Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kersten Hamilton on The Explosive Creation of her Goblin Wars series & Win a set of the Goblin Wars books

September 12, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 34

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The Explosive Creation of Kersten Hamilton’s Goblin Wars series


Kersten Hamilton

THE GOBLIN WARS began like a creative version of Einstein’s Oscillating Universe. Life, art, stories, songs and poetry that I loved were compressed within my heart until it couldn’t hold them any longer—and then they exploded out into books!
There are three elements that were more important in the creation of this newly-minted universe than others:
First, there were my own Celtic roots and love of story. When our many times great grandmothers told tales by firelight, strange creatures lived in the leaping shadows on the walls. The unknown was in the forests all around, and each night it crept as close as the flickering candles would allow. Electric lights may have pinned those shadows to the walls, but the unknown is still there. Waiting. And we need stories to teach us how to face it with courage. I knew that was the kind of story I wanted to write.

Then, there was a visceral response to Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. I completely loved Pullman’s writing and completely disagreed with his worldview. I knew my books were going to express a different view—what I believe the universe is really like way down deep. That’s how Mag Mell came into being.
And finally, it had to be about a goblin because one had visited me long ago.
When I was a child, a goblin crept out of the dark and slipped her paw into my hand. The creature’s name was Lina, and she came to life in a book by George MacDonald. Lina was a dog–like beastie with green eyes lit by amber fire, and a huge mouth with icicle–like teeth. Curdie, the hero of the story, could feel the real hand of any creature inside its flesh glove, and when Lina put her paw in his hand: “a shudder, as of terrified delight, ran through him…instead of the paw of a dog, such as it seemed to his eyes, he clasped in his great mining fist the soft, neat little hand of a child! The green eyes stared at him with their yellow light, and the mouth was turned up toward him with its constant half grin; but here was the child’s hand!”
As I read those lines I felt it. I felt the child’s hand inside a rough paw glove, and I knew I was going to pull a child out of a goblin one day. That’s how Teagan was born.

Oh, and then there’s Finn. I should probably mention him. He just showed up one day, and I let him in. Who could resist Finn?

Thank you for having me on All Things Urban Fantasy today!

 Kersten Hamilton

Kersten Hamilton

I was born in a trailer in High Rolls, New Mexico, in 1958.
My parents, who were not very practical people, neglected to go to the hospital or inform anyone of my arrival, so some Official Document Confusion existed for a long time as to the exact year and date.
By my sixth birthday, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by the sound of words, the sweep of story. I wanted to make word magic and tuck it inside the covers of a book.

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1 set of Goblin Wars series

Set of Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1)In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars, #2)


Available on now by Clarion Books


Tyger Tyger

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too… and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

In the Forests of the Night

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

“People will die.”

Locked doors are opening, and uncanny creatures are tumbling through mysterious portals from Mag Mell, the world-between-worlds, into the streets of Chicago. The Dark Man has marked Aiden with a new song that’s scared him badly, and a frightening new group of sídhe is lurking nearby.

Teagan knows this is war, and she must protect her family. She leaves her flesh and bones behind to join Finn in hunting the evil beings across the city. Meanwhile, their relationship is heating up—almost faster than they can control. But he is still bound to fight goblins his entire life . . . and by blood she is one of them now.

Then the gateway to Mag Mell cracks open again, and the Wylltsons find themselves caught in a trap. As her loved ones begin to die, Teagan realizes that she must destroy the Dark Man and his minions once and for all in order to save those who remain . . .

. . . before it is too late.


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34 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kersten Hamilton on The Explosive Creation of her Goblin Wars series & Win a set of the Goblin Wars books”

  1. Linda Townsend

    Oh my! A goblin visited you? I also have Celtic roots… and love paranormals…
    I’ve never heard of your series until today but now I’ve added your books to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win them!

    • Kersten Hamilton

      The first of many over the years. 🙂 I think you will like the Goblin Wars!

  2. Linda Townsend

    Sorry! I didn’t read the question before commenting… AAGH! My fav alternate universe? LOL! It changes all the time depending on which book I’m reading… My latest favs are split three ways between Sara Humphries Amoveo world and Terry Spear’s Highland wolves and Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels where the undead and paranormals are crossing over into New Orleans.

  3. Veronica

    This look exciting. This series I mean. I too have yet to read these books and I am very glad to have discovered them. I am huge fan of anything paranormal written stories with sassy or sarcastic lead characters. Get help but love things that go bump in the night. Can’t say I ever got visited by a goblin but I have had experience with a visiting ghost or two. Thanks for the share and giving us a chance to win an amazing prize set!

    • Kersten Hamilton

      They most definitely go bump in this series! Ghosts sound pretty exciting, too.


  4. JenM

    Wow, I can’t believe you were born in High Rolls! My parents lived in Cloudcroft for 15 years. It’s so beautiful there.

    Let’s see, favorite UF universe to read about would have to be Kate Daniels’ world, with the magic taking over the tech, but I definitely wouldn’t want to live there.

    • Kersten Hamilton

      New Mexico is beautiful…all over! Did you ever go to the Cherry Festival in High Rolls? I think you may be the only person outside of NM who has recognized the name!

      • JenM

        I picked cherries in High Rolls many times and my parents always had bags of frozen cherries in the freezer for cherry pie in the winter. Those cherries were so sweet you didn’t need hardly any sugar for the pie. Thanks for reminding me of that!

  5. Shadowisa

    My favorite Universe varies. At the present I really love the world that Seanan McGuire has created beginning with Rosemary and Rue. I really love the Toby and Tybalt characters (among others) in her series.

  6. erinf1

    Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Umm… I really like the magic world of Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews.

  7. jan farnworth

    My favorite urban fantasy it a toss up between shannara from terry brooks or the iron fey fairies world from julie kawaga. I love both anything with dragons or elves is good and a series about goblins sounds really interesting. thanks for the chance to win.

  8. JoshA

    The underworld/Underworlds of Chuck Wendig’s Blue Blazes. (I just finished it, so it’s foremost in my mind).

  9. Heather Wohltman

    My favorite Urban Fantasy universe would have to be Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. I just love the idea of magic waves and their spin on shifters, vampires and other supernaturals.

  10. Lzzrd

    My current favorite Urban Fantasy world would have to be vampire/lesser world of JR Ward. She made Caldwell and the whole vampire kingdom so real. But my first favorite always must go back to CS Lewis’ Narnia. I think it haunted me for decades…

  11. johnnie-marie howard

    MY favorite place in a different universe is kinda like in the Iron King story where the main character leaves her house through her closet and ends up in another realm!!

  12. Victoria Zumbrum

    My favorite universe is Twilight. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  13. Barbara Elness

    My favorite urban fantasy universe is Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin world.

  14. Denise Z

    I have to admit I am pretty partial to Rachel Morgan’s Hallows and Harry Dresden’s subbasement apartment 🙂

  15. Susan S.

    I have to say Harrison’s The Hollows and McGuire’s October Daye world.

  16. Bethany C.

    I also really like McGuire’s October Daye universe, and that of the books in Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers series.

  17. Jean S.

    Oh such a difficult question… My two favorites are Seanan McGuire’s alternate San Francisco in her October Daye series and the alternate Atlanta in Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great series. 🙂

  18. Dalene K Rodman

    There are so many that I haven’t gotten to yet, it is so hard to say, I don’t think I will know until I can get to all the books I want to read, although Terry Brooks Shannara is a world I love and so is JRR Tolkiens the hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

  19. Kai W.

    My favorite fantasy world is Narnia. After all, where can you find talking animals and alas Aslan.

  20. Chelsea B.

    This series sounds insanely good. Like– whoah! I need to get on this series asap!

  21. C.L.

    I like the Fever series universe a lot, in answer to the question posed.

    This serious sounds absolutely fascinating, a definite TBR.

  22. Mikk Boiadè

    I loved the Shannara series from Terry Brooks. And I would love to discover this one too! 🙂