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“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“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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When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears Reviews

  • Marie
    2018-12-31 18:17

    Oh. My. Goodness. I has a cover! AND A TITLE!This series has the most creative titles I've seen in a while. I can't wait!

  • Pandionhalatius37.6
    2018-12-26 15:21

    *screams* it's here!!!!! I've waited for this book for a long time!! 'Myyyy prrecioussssss......'

  • Kat Heckenbach
    2019-01-01 14:24

    So, yes, I got this book through Amazon Vine. I'll tell you this--I was *excited*! I loved the first two books and have been looking forward to reading the third book for quite some time.That said, let me start off by saying, if it's been a while since you read the first two, unless you have one of those amazing steel-trap memories, go back and reread. And if you haven't read the first two at all, go read them. I started this one and was immediately lost. The story starts, as did the second book, with the last scene from the previous book. It's really not enough of a refresher, though, as there are so many characters and the scene is right in the middle of major action.Still, I was more than happy to reread the other two. I love this series! The characters are great, the world of Mag Mell and its interaction with our world are unique and creative. The books are filled with goblins and sprites and phooka and tree men and cat-sidhe and...let's just say, this is SO my kind of book.Yes, there is romance, but it is a thread, not the main focus, but completely integral to the story, and it is CLEAN. What dominates the plot is the adventure and suspense of Teagan and her family trying to save Mag Mell. The writing itself is descriptive and well-paced and witty. Great dialog.My only gripes, which I also had with book one, was that I'd have like a bit more depth of sorrow during the sad parts, and this one had more sad parts than the others. (I'll not give spoilers, but...) And I felt the plot of this one was a little wandery. Also, there were a few places I felt the action went a little on the fast side. I want time to slow just a bit when there's a big confrontation...again, I don't want to give spoilers or make you think I was disappointed, because the book is great, it just had a few more hiccups than the previous ones.But it did all come together in the end. And I loved that Abby got more of an active role...and I found myself trying to figure out who I'd cast as Finn Mac Cumhail and Teagan if this were a movie....

  • Meg Wilson
    2019-01-18 12:32

    I was so excited to read this book, and can’t wait for it to hit the shelves. It was such an excellent finish to the series, and so satifying but I will miss all of my friends in Chicago and Mag Mell.Teagan and Finn and crew had so much to do and resolve, I wondered if it could possibly be done, all of the threads possibly tied up, no dangling questions. War with the goblin queen and the Demon god? Healing Mag Mell? Surviving the curse of the MacCumhail? Resolving their relationship? Keeping their loved ones safe when all Hell breaks loose? What about the phooka taken to Chicago? How about Tea’s hopes and dreams? She was just party to killing a teacher in the school cafeteria at the end of book two, after all.Well. Not all hopes are met, not all battles won, and there are heartbreaking things in store for you, readers. But the road must be walked. “I do not ask for a path with no trouble or regret. I ask instead for a friend who’ll walk with me down any path…” and that, I promise you, you have. This book is an adventure shared with characters you love. They choose their paths, do amazing, exciting, heartbreaking things and follow their choices to the end.They find their strengths and use their brains and their courage and trust in love. Some become the women and men we know them to be, others fall, and some are lost.The end is very satifying, the characters are very loved.I cannot wait for the next series by Kersten Hamilton!“I do not ask for a path with no trouble or regret. I ask instead for a friend who’ll walk with me down any path.I do not ask never to feel pain. I ask instead for courage, even when hope can scarce shine through.And one more thing I ask: That in every hour of joy or pain, I feel the Creator close by my side. This is my truest prayer for myself and for all I love, now and forever. Amen.”

  • Judith
    2019-01-09 14:23

    WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS is a wonderful conclusion to an outstanding fantasy trilogy. I'm only sorry it has come to an end because it has it all, family love, deep friendships, romance, danger, epic battles, humor and characters that you will long remember. Please do yourself a favor and read this trilogy and get to know all the characters: Teagan Wylltson who is brilliant, beautiful, brave and compassionate, her little brother Aiden the 6 year old bard who hears a song for every person he meets, Lenny, Aiden's 16 year across the street friend with a mind like a 6 year old, Tea's boyfriend, Finn Mac Cumhaill who is a hereditary goblin killer and who was placed by CPS with Tea's family, Abby, Tea's best friend, the mafia princess who has "people", her mafia cousins and extended family who are at her beck and call and who adds a lot of fun and humor to the story. Then there are the adults who provide love, comfort, protection, and understanding to the young people. John Paul Wylltson, Tea's father, a librarian and a bard, full of stories, poems and songs that help his children when needed, Mamieo, Finn's grandmother, a powerful woman who adopted Tea's mother when she fled Mad Mell, Zoë, Aiden's dance therapist who has come to help him with his grief and becomes his friend, the Turtles, Abby's mafia cousins, the almost adult Leo, Angelo, Rafe, and Donny, "good fellows" who can do just about anything, Mrs. Santini, Lenny's mom who cooks wonderfully conforting, Italian dishes, and Seamus MGillahee, Tea's lawyer, young, smart, and conceited, who gets involved in spite of himself. Highly recommended.

  • Ambur
    2018-12-29 14:10

    Oh my goodreads! I have two essays due this week...but I could not resist the lure of When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears! It was AMAZING...and I didn't want to put it down...at all! It made me laugh, it made me cry, and as always, it left me wanting even more Finn MacCumhail. ;) haha If you haven't started this trilogy yet...I seriously recommend that you do, but do know you're probably gonna cry, but you'll also laugh and be full of happy smiles, too. :D----edited! So, I loved my original reaction to this one too much to delete it, so I've added my completed review below. ----Oh boy!!!! I absolutely loved the first two books in this trilogy, and When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears does not disappoint as a conclusion! This book completely blew me away. I expected to love it, and I did, but I did not expect all of the things that happened in this book. I tend to predict a lot of things as I'm reading, but Kersten Hamilton ALWAYS keeps me on my toes, and I LOVE that! I also love Finn...just had to get that out there. :PI'm not going to go into too much detail because this is the final book in a trilogy, but I will tell you a bit about it. We see Teagan come into herself even more in this book, and she kicks some serious butt. We also see Finn be awesome as always, and the rest of the fabulous characters also play their parts. Overall, this trilogy is one of my favourites and I wholeheartedly recommend it to absolutely everyone. This trilogy is completely amazing, and all three books were fantastic on their own, but together they create one amazing trio of books. They will have you laughing, crying, and they'll have you grinning like a giddy school-girl.The Goblin Wars trilogy is amazing. It's unique, and frankly it covers some of the paranormal that I've never even dreamed about before...after all, it's not often that you read stories about goblins...or at least I hadn't before this trilogy and I haven't since. These books are refreshing, they're heartwarming, and they're all-around awesome. Seriously, if you haven't started them yet, you need to because you will love these books, and you will simply adore the characters. I don't think I'll ever forget Tea, Finn, Aiden, or any of the others...and I definitely won't forget about the magic of Mag Mell.I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal books that are different, and especially if you like intricate folklore and worlds that fit seamlessly into our own...this trilogy is similar to Cassandra Clare's in that way. Just as the Shadow-world fits into our own, so does the world that the goblins and other beings come from in the Goblin Wars trilogy. :D Also...if you like hot YA dudes and adorable romances, I think you'll enjoy Finn and his relationship with Tea...they're fantastic together. :DWell...I got a bit fangirly there, but what can I say! I totally love these books, and I hope that some of you get the chance to read them because they're amazing! The titles of the books also all come from William Blake's poem "The Tyger"...it's pretty neat actually, and the poem pops up throughout the trilogy. Here's a link to the poem online if you'd like to read it: "The Tyger" by William Blake.* This review is also on my blog and on my other accounts on social media sites. * I received an ARC of When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears from Thomas Allen and Sons to give an honest review. All opinions (and fangirl outburts :P) are my own.

  • Bookphile
    2019-01-06 17:22

    I've had a bit of a back and forth relationship with this series. I was very impressed by the first book, but somewhat let down by the second. For a good portion of this book, I found myself disappointed again, but then the real power that I'd noticed in the first returned, and everything was tied up in a very satisfying way. Some spoilers to follow.Having read several different takes on things like fae and other creatures associated with the Irish mythology used in these books, I can say this is one of the best. A lot of other novels seem to use the fae like parlor tricks or as sex symbols, but in this book the fae feel like actual beings. They have motivations, flaws, and even good sides that make them well-rounded instead of pinups. This is true of the whole series, which is a big reason why I liked it as much as I did. In general, the fae bore me, and though I don't know much about Irish mythology, I get the feeling that Hamilton hews more closely to tradition than many any authors, which goes a long way toward giving her interpretation the authentic feel that many of these others lack.Hamilton also has a knack for characters. Not only are her humans vivid and realistic, she has angels, phookas, fae... And all of these characters feel real. When something bad happens to the characters, it has resonance, and I felt their tragedies and triumphs. More than once while reading this book, I welled up and felt deeply about what was happening to her characters. Though I lost a little of my sense of them over the years it took for this entire series to come out, it didn't take too long before I was drawn back into them, like running into old friends I haven't seen for years and falling right back into easy conversation. Each one feels like a distinct individual.My one critique of this book--and what held me back from enjoying the previous book as much as I did the first--was that things get a little wordy at times. I wouldn't want Hamilton to skimp on the character development, but sometimes the narrative slows down so much that I begin to wonder if it's going to get to the point. This detracts from my overall enjoyment. There's a good stretch of this novel where it feels like things aren't really going anywhere, leaving me anxious to return to the plot to find out where it would take me. By the end, it did become more obvious why the series takes its sometimes circuitous routes, but it was hard to see while reading, like curves in the road preventing a driver from seeing where the road leads.Still, this is a strong and lovely series. When Hamilton writes of Mag Mell, the sections are so evocative that I felt transported into the world of the fae. It's a terrible, beautiful, and wondrous world, and Hamilton does an excellent job of portraying this is a very elegant way. There's no heavy-handed sense that the writer wants you to know how threatening the world is. She shows you instead of telling you, and because of that, she avoids the manufactured angst I've felt when other books delve into this world. Reading these books is like reading mythology, it has that same sort of delicate, otherworldly touch, that sense that it's a world being painted and not a modern author trying to drive home the point that it's a fearsome place. I highly recommend this series to anyone who has an interest in Irish mythology or the fae.

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-01-01 19:02

    WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS was an amazing conclusion to an outstanding epic fantasy trilogy. It had it all: great danger, epic battles, humor, romance, and characters so real that you'd swear you knew them. I was a little concerned when I began this book because I had read the second late in 2011. I've read a lot of books since then. But by Chapter 2, I was back in the story and pulling for my favorite characters to survive and make the world right again. The characters in this story are so wonderful. Teagan Wylltson is smart, beautiful, serious and caring. She is a goblin who has chosen to be a healer. Her little brother Aiden is a bard and a typical six-year-old. Tea will do anything to protect him from the evil creatures that want to keep him from saving Mag Mell. Tea's boyfriend is Finn Mac Cumhaill who is this generation's goblin killer and who lived on the streets before being placed with Tea's family. Then there is Abby who is Tea's best friend, a mafia princess, and who adds a lot of humor to the story. The adults in this story are wonderful characters too. John Paul Wylltson is a librarian and bard and, although he is completely human, he knows the stories and the poems and the songs that his children need when dealing with the creatures and worlds that are real to them. Mamieo is a wise old woman who adopted Tea's mother and who has been a mentor to Finn. Zoë is Aiden's dance therapist and friend and seems completely at home in Mag Mell despite the fact that humans can't go there. A new character is introduced in this story. Seamus McGillahee appears first as a lawyer sent to get Tea out of jail after an incident at her high school. He is young, brash, and, as Mr. Wylltson says, as smart as he thinks he is. He also hates goblins and is in denial about his father's Irish Traveler heritage. He is one of the characters who changes greatly during this story. He moves from a smart guy with no real purpose in life to a man who has a destiny. There are many non-human characters too. Sprites like Lucy who hides in Aiden's hair, a Phooka named Gil, an angel named Raynor Schein, a tree named Joe, and all sorts of cat-sidhe. Like all epic fantasy, the characters are tested to the limits of their souls. There are heart-breaking losses and triumphs too. Shining through it all is love of all kinds - love of family, romantic love, love for all humanity. This book is made of awesome. I think this whole series is vastly underrated and under-publicized. But, don't take my word for it, visit your local library or bookstore and find Tyger, Tyger and In the Forests of the Night and see for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed. I can hardly wait until school begins again to share this trilogy with my students. I know that this whole series has been added to my keeper shelves and my Kindle.

  • Elevetha
    2019-01-18 12:24

    Gah. Next June August is too far away. I want it now. I want to see my beauteous characters again. I want to see how it ends. (Provided it ends to my satisfaction, of course.) Gives it here!!...Well. That turned out better than I expected. I had fears about it, mostly because quite a number of final books in a series have disappointed me lately. But I am incredibly pleased to say that When The Stars Threw Down Their Spears lived up to my expectations.HEARTBREAKING QUOTE (view spoiler)[ "Don't worry, Raynor." Aiden's head was down again. "I already know I'm in an Irish story. I'm going to be awesome like Colan so Tea can win the war. Then I'll go see Mom."(hide spoiler)]Do you-Do you hear that sound? It's kinda like a cracking sound. That would be my heart, breaking into pieces. Aiden, you poor baby!!MEGA QUOTE(and commentary) (view spoiler)[ His arms tightened around her. "When it comes to choosing between me and the boyo, I want you to choose Aiden.""What?" Teagan pushed away and turned to look up at him."I'm saying that Raynor's not the only one who might have to make hard choices. I've lived with them all my life, but they're new to you, girl. Sometimes you don't have time to think them through. Barely time to act.""All right," Teagan said. "But if it comes down to choosing between me and Aiden, I need to know you'll do the same thing. Choose Aiden."Finn nodded. This scene was very important to me for a couple reasons. Obviously, there's the fact that Finn is a perfect darling. But other than that, look at these two. In love. Their world(s) crumbling around them. Trying to keep everybody safe but realizing that, in all likelihood, some of their family and their friends are going to die. They realize that there might come a time when there's only one life they can save, and they're making sure that the other understands that they want them to save Aiden; not them. They will live or die, but Aiden is going to live. To Finn, Aiden is the kid brother of the girl he loves. And he's willing to die for him. This probably has something to do with how much Finn loves Tea and because he realizes what Aiden is to her; what she is to Aiden. And that's great, because that's love. Either way, or both, as I take it, it was a brilliant scene. Bloody brilliant.(hide spoiler)]

  • Jill
    2019-01-19 13:04

    A series rich in mythology and spiritual depth, filled with memorable characters. I wish the author had been allowed more word count (or more books) in order to deepen the broad cast of characters--a few got lost in the shuffle somewhere between book 1 and book 3. Cindy and Oscar got token mention but ended up feeling unnecessary to the plot. IMO, the series grows stronger with each book. I love the mythical creatures--the goblins, phookas, cat-sidhe, Thomas, etc.My favorites were the cat-sidhe (or however that is spelled!) So creepy yet so pathetic. Love Grizelda and Grendal. :-) My favorite "human" character was Mamieo.If you enjoy fantasy with weird beings, set mostly in our modern world yet connected with the "multiverse," laced with modern humor and cultural references yet clean, and touching on deep spiritual matters in unique ways, be sure to check out this series!

  • Esther Jackson
    2018-12-24 20:32

    This was the best finale of a book i've ever read. Everything was set up perfect for the ending. It was sad, but yet still tearfully happy. At the beginning everything was still trying to work itself out but by the end you would have to saw you did not see that coming. Beautiful writing, I believe this author just kept learning from her few mistakes in the books before and put everything she had left into this glorious book. This was an amazingly rare opportunity that you will not want to miss out on.

  • Raven Lucero
    2019-01-03 16:27

    Funny, awesome, original, and downright magical. That description pretty much sums up this series for me. I really enjoyed the characters, their relationships, and their development throughout the series. Teagan really does remind me of Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle, except instead of voodoo, she's more goblin-magic stuff. All in all, a great read.4/5 stars

  • Jenn
    2018-12-26 14:31

    I loved this book and love the heck out of this series. Made me feel all the feels.

  • Andrea Hussey
    2018-12-30 16:07

    It’s been so long since I’ve read the second book, I barely had any memory of this series at all. And only a few snatches came back to me, because the author didn’t explain anything, just jumped right into the action from the very first page. I didn’t remember the characters or the names, so it was so hard to keep up with everything. There are wayyy to many characters to keep up with, way too many people in this story, so it’s such a task to follow along and understand what they’re talking about. Teagan isn’t the most likable main character, she can be rude the way she talks to people or doesn’t respond at all to them saying something to her, and she’s really weird with how she talks and acts. Wearing Finn’s hoodie that goes down to your knees and pink pajama bottoms really doesn’t evoke a good image. Then she tries to throw the knife to take that girl whose name starts with an I back to the place whose name I can’t remember, and the knife hits her jacket instead of her. It’s annoying when she can’t do something. Teagan kept making comments that Finn was humming like a high-power line and she felt the electrical impulses in his body, and they had an electric hug. There were so many of these comments in the beginning that I got tired out of that quickly. I just love these electricity comparisons in novels, like he’s a power line or something. I wish authors could come up with something besides electricity, like they’re appliances being plugged into an outlet. Pg. 53 “It was like being wrapped in warmth and electricity, which ran delightfully along her skin from head to foot.”Pg. 57 “..even though he was humming like a high-power line again.”Pg. 58 “Finn took her hand, and Teagan was sure he felt her grief for the cat-sidhe as clearly as she felt the electrical impulses in his body.”Pg. 92 “Finn her an arm around her and pulled her under his chin, where she was completely wrapped in his electric embrace.”Pg. 148 “She felt the electric tickle of Finn behind her.” Pg. 148 “She felt a shock as their lips touched, the wild inside her exploding like fireworks, rocketing through her to Finn.” Pg. 148 “Finn’s electronics had gone haywire.”Pg. 184 “I know you feel electricity too, Finn.”Pg. 185 “You feel the electricity in more than just me?”Pg. 326 “She could feel his heart beating, the electric fire of his body filling her senses, a living shield between her and anything that would harm her.”Pg. 347 “It’s that thing she has with electricity.” Pg. 368 “Electricity arced between them..”Pg. 386 “The electric arc that followed his tough spread nets of static over her body and shivers of delight down her spine.”Pg. 387 “Certainly not with an electric beast that smelled and looked as good as Finn.”It was cute when the little sprite that hides in Aiden’s hair attacked Seamus. Aiden ordered Bomb Attack One and she hits the man with a marble and plucked out a nose hair and held it up triumphantly. The different beings at their house are pretty cool, as is the idea of Aiden being able to tell a person’s song. Teagan just isn’t a likable person. There’s so many different species and people around her that are so interesting and have their own distinct personality and she pales in comparison. She’s like a block of ice, no warmth at all just a clinical detachment. And there’s no feelings coming from her or thoughts, just words, like asking people can u please go inside, you’re disturbing my work. It’s things like that that come off as abrasive. I remember now the problem I had with Abby and the guy that liked her, Jinghez Khan, because he had told her he was biding his time with other girls until she was his, and Teagan said he dated cheerleaders serially, but not simultaneously. That is so utterly wrong I can barely even talk about it. When they go to Mrs. Santini’s house she asks if Teagan is having problems with Finn, and she says not exactly, she loves him but she doesn’t know if they want the same things, which sounds like a problem. He wants her and a peaceful life, to and to beat someone up once in a while because it’s a habit she says, and Teagan wants an education, and to keep her family alive, and to stop the evil in Mag Mell, like she’s got her priorities straight. I just don’t like this girl. Teagan feels more electricity as Finn comes in the room, and when she goes up to him she sniffs, which is weird, because she can smell the morning on him. She goes to kiss his cheek and he turns his head and their lips meet and she feels a shock and then the “wild” inside her explodes like fireworks. Finn swayed and she ends up holding him up before he falls down. I don’t like it when the girl has to do that, then he asks her to steer him to the couch which made it worse. And he calls her girl like she’s a little girl, so much younger than him, like he’s ancient or something. I don’t like that. It was funny when Abby said oh my god, the couch, are you going to let them do that on the couch Mr. Wylltson? That was a cute scene. I don’t remember Abby being so mean and rude. She brings up some things they need to explain about the incident at school, and Seamus the lawyer said I think I love you, and she says “yeah? Well I don’t like lawyers. Plus, you’re too old for me. Your lips are totally starting to wrinkle.” Wth kind of thing is that to say to someone? Seamus asks may he use the restroom, and Abby says he’s going to the bathroom to check for wrinkles and laughs. What a b*****. At breakfast Teagan asks Raynor about traversable wormholes, and he asks where she heard that term, and she says from her teacher. And Abby says to Finn “Tea’s totally out of your league. You know that, right? She’s almost the smartest person at school.” Again I say, WTH kind of thing is that to say? What a nasty freaking b*****. She says it loud enough that everyone in the room can hear. And Teagan’s reaction, or non-reaction as is per usual, was: Almost? Teagan smiled. Jing. Of course, Abby was thinking of Jinghez Khan.So, because Teagan shared a thought that somebody else had, she’s almost the smartest person in school? And Teagan, did you hear what she said to your boyfriend, the guy you claim to love? Hello, where is the reaction? See, this is what I don’t understand. After her friend said such a horrible thing, in front of everyone, she had NO THOUGHTS about it. What kind of design flaw is that? Why isn’t the author having her say anything? This girl is literally without feelings, like a robot or something. Where is her defense of Finn and why isn’t she putting Abby in her place? She’s too busy being amused. Abby seems obsessed with the fact that Finn doesn’t have a job. The author needs to expand the vocabulary when saying how characters are speaking. Almost every time it’s he said, she said, Teagan said, Finn said, Abby said, etc. rather than saying how they said it. There needed to be a different way of describing their dialogues, because he said/she said isn’t descriptive enough and it gets really old. I wasn’t happy with the way it ended. I’m a fan of romance and longed for more between Teagan and Finn; all there was were kisses that might well have not even been in there because there were barely any feelings or thoughts behind it. When someone kisses you want more than “they kissed” which was basically what this was. And mostly they just talked about “canoodling” without doing it. So lacking in that department. Their relationship was so boring and I didn’t pick up that they really loved each other. He thought she was beautiful, and then at the end she thinks of him as a sexy beast, which was weird, but I’ve gotta have more than that for why they like each other. There were so many electricity references that I got so sick of the word. If all you can use to describe them touching is electricity, there’s a serious problem. I was too old for this series when I started it, so having many years pass before I finish it didn’t help. This is definitely a book for very young teenagers, not my own age of 22. There’s only so many cats and Dumpster Dogs and the like you can read about before you’re just like this is too juvenile and not very inspiring. There are some cool elements to the book, like how Finn is meant to fight and how Aiden sings songs that heal and Mag Mell likes him so much. The plot felt very long and drawn out. She’d be at home having these long conversations with the myriad of people at her house while I had an all-out war in my head to keep straight who the freak was who, and I was just craving for someone to do something already. One time, only one time, Teagan and Finn go out at night hunting Dumpster Dogs and don’t even find any. What a waste. Instead, Teagan has this moment she climbs a mausoleum or some structure at the cemetery and gets charged with lightning. Overall, a disappointing end to this series, not enough action, not enough time spent in Mag Mell defeating the bad guys. It was all over in the blink of an eye, way too easily. And I HATED that Mamieo was killed and Teagan’s dad. Even though they went to be with their spouses, I didn’t like it. And Rafe and Leo I think died too, which was not right at all. I just expected so much more from this last book, and not liking Teagan made this long book even longer. I couldn’t stand her and just wanted to be done with the book.

  • Heather
    2019-01-12 13:03

    This is it. And I probably would still be sitting on it if the e-arc didn't expire back in June. That's how I am about series that I love. I hate for the last book. I want to know what happens but I don't want it to end. But there was something different with THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS. There was so much story left to be told. Not just loose ends to be tied up, but another journey into Mag Mell, a love story to finish, one way or another, and a story to be told. This was no wrap up book. This was a story within itself. And I was so blown away by this book it made me want to start the series all over again.So, what? You haven't heard of The Goblin Wars? Well I reviewed Tyger, Tyger and In The Forests of the Night. Are you saying you didn't read my reviews? No that couldn't be it. You must have just forgotten. So brief recap--SPOILER FREE RECAP----here you go!Teagan Wylltson wakes up a normal teenage girl following her plan, study hard, go to her job at the zoo to study the animals (she might want to be a vet or an animal behaviorist or something along those lines) and NO BOYS! Then Finn walks into her life and her world changes for better and for worse. Circumstances change in the Wylltson family and a social worker starts nosing around. Abby, Teagan's best friend has been dreaming of goblins, shape shifting monsters and unearthly beautiful creatures and they are all after Teagan. What's worse she hates Finn and he's not real fond of her. But they both know about the monsters. And Finn is The MacCumhaill, born to fight those monsters. And finally, there is little Aiden, Teagan's brother with the voice of an angel who is scared of Elvis impersonators and the Tooth Fairy. Together the three of them go on an incredible journey in Tyger, Tyger.In The Forests of the Night the journey continues with more characters and even more danger. Angels and Mab and other creatures from various folklore appear as Teagan and Finn have to travel back to Mag Mell. There is a lot of dry humor in the novel and a swoon worthy romance to die for. Finn can kill someone will a spoon, but he doesn't get all protective over Teagan unless she needs help which isn't often. If I was picking best friends, Abby would be number one on my list! She has Teagan's back and then some. And if she can't do it, the Turtles, cousins Rafe, Leo, Donnie, and Angel can find a guy!There is a lot of Celtic folklore and with the addition of Yggdrasil as Mr. Wylltson explains, "A Nordic tree in a Celtic World. I always told your mother that was a literary drift." (p.50 In The Forests of the Night). Mamieo, Finn's "grandmother" is very present in this novel and she has really great conversations with "The Almighty". Very funny! This is a great second book in the trilogy. The characters are amazing, which makes a book for me. I love these characters. I would be friends with them, help them in their adventures, lay down my life if needed. The titles of the books follow William Blake's poem The Tyger. Oh, here's great interview with Teagan, Finn and Abby HERE.End of RECAP*******So there are so many characters in this novel I can't even begin to list all the main ones. What I will say is that there is even more depth to the characters than ever before. Secondary characters become primary characters and Abby, Teagan, Aiden and Finn become much more to each other. "People will die" is true and you just have to brace yourself. The first time is shocking and I cried. I've come to love these characters. I know their histories, their life stories and it took a little bit of me every time I lost one of them. But some people had to die and the ones that did made sense. As Teagan and Aiden's mother always said, "The Irish don't have happy endings." The electricity between Finn and Teagan is like lightning. Sparks fly. Mountains move. The world holds it's breath. I'm telling you, these two have chemistry! And I might have a slight crush on Finn. He's Irish for one so he's got that accent thing going on. He's never out of his comfort zone no matter where he is. He just kind of always lands on his feet. Oh and he goes nowhere without duct tape. He's pretty sure it can fix anything. Teagan is still focused on her plan after she kills Fear Doirich of course, but she needs to fit Finn in her life now.The world in this one is complicated. The world where Teagan lives with her family is also inhabited with scary creatures and good creatures that only those with the sight can see. So her dad can't see them and talks to walls when he thinks he's talking to a cat like creature. Mamieo isn't exactly tolerant of these creatures since a goblin killed her husband who was The MacCumhaill. But Mag Mell, which is very hard to describe, is filled with creatures, good and bad and sometimes humans. Mag Mell itself isn't evil, it was just overrun with evil creatures. And Teagan can "hear" the trees of Mag Mell calling to her asking for help because they are dying.The story is simple but complex. Easy- kill Fear Doirich. Hard- get back into Mag Mell which is sealed. Sneak in so that no one knows they are there. Getting into the heart of the city without being detected and then killing Fear Doirich, not an easy thing to do even if they get that far. And above all, Teagan wants to save Mag Mell. My thoughts- This was way more than what I expected! I was not expecting an even better novel than the last two. I wasn't expecting to be completely floored by the losses. The story didn't go exactly as I thought it would. Actually, I had no clue how it would work out. Fear Doirich can be anywhere at any time and anybody can work for him so being caught in Mag Mell is a constant danger. So I commend Kersten Hamilton for figuring out this complicated plot. I wouldn't know how to save my favorite characters! The story is complete. No loose endings. There is a little humor as the book wraps up. Even though it sounds dark and the story does have some dark parts, there are some lighter moments, a couple of romances and possibly a happy ending for some of the Irish.I absolutely recommend this complete series but if you've read the first two and were thinking of not finishing the series, don't do it. This book is easily the best in the series even though I've loved them all. I think Kersten Hamilton put her heart into this one and it shows. It's absolutely a worthy finale to a fabulous fantasy series!

  • Jared
    2018-12-26 16:15

    I enjoyed the series and especially enjoyed getting to experience the fresh incorporation of Celtic mythology into modern times. Unfortunately, out of the trilogy, this book held my attention the least. While there are good characters and you get to live in their world for another book, I feel that, perhaps, the plot progressed a little too slowly. Every time I picked up the book I enjoyed it, but I was rarely energetically enthusiastic about making time to read it.

  • Emily
    2018-12-29 16:11

    3 1/2 stars

  • Allison
    2019-01-03 17:09

    If I could give it more than 5 stars I would

  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    2019-01-10 12:30

    4.5 starssad that the series is over :(All good things must come to an end, so it is with some sadness that I type out this review. I have loved Kersten Hamilton’s Goblin Wars series since the first book, which I remember reading in Lexington KY at a horse show. I read a lot of books and usually can’t remember the protagonists’ names half of the time, but I distinctly remember reading Tyger, Tyger in the hot, sweltering arena. I remember some OMG moments, and I remember being impatient to read In the Forests of the Night, which I thought was an even better book. And so here we are, on the finale, and once again, I thought Kersten Hamilton delivered a powerful, adventurous story, which closed out the series nicely. While people did die, as promised, she wrapped up most of the story lines to my satisfaction, and I don’t hesitate to urge you to read this if you have been enjoying the series so far. You won’t be disappointed.I will make one observation about the author’s narrative style, because I believe that it will drive some people batty. Occasionally, the character interactions come across as kind of random, but I think that these conversations add a lot of flavor and background to the events. Topics fly back and forth, and at the time, they don’t always seem to fit with what is going on. Only as Teagan and Finn are ramping up for their big showdown with the Dark Man, Mab, and all of the scary creatures in Mag Mell do they make sense. When the conversations are finally placed in the context they belong, all of seams become neat and tidy. The prose requires some patience, and I didn’t find it as immediate and relevant as other YA books. It doesn’t plod by any stretch of imagination, but I wonder if this series would have been better suited as straight up fantasy, instead of being shelved in the YA section of the bookstore. Your mileage may vary here.I grew to love many of the characters, especially Teagen, Aiden, and Abby. The Turtles even had their Mafioso charm, which made the scene in Rosehill that much more painful. New character Seamus was a welcome arrival, and I never knew if he should have been trusted. One thing that I will say for Teagan is that she gave her trust unconditionally, and she always believed the best in everyone and everything. Even when it was doubtful that her trust was deserved, she still gave it wholeheartedly, accepting that there were risks involved. Once crossed, however, it would take a feat of great sacrifice and effort to earn it back. It was her unfaltering belief in others that made Teagan such an easy character to like. She knew that she was going to get bit on the backside every now and again, but that didn’t destroy her faith that others would do the right thing.I enjoyed this series very much, and am sad to see it come to a close. I knew that I could count on an engaging read with each new installment, and that something would happen to shock and horrify me, but also give me hope that things would, somehow, work out in the end. I also appreciated Teagan’s growth as a character, because, if I have to be honest, I was a little iffy on her the first 100 pages of Tyger, Tyger. She more than made up for that by the end of the series, becoming strong, brave, and kind. I don’t think I would have managed to remain kind, considering all of the life-altering and heartbreaking events that she experienced. In the end, that’s the take away I’ll have for this series; Teagan’s unwavering faith in others, despite all of the betrayals and treachery, and that’s where she found the strength to keep fighting against the Dark Man and Mab. Win or lose, she refused to compromise her beliefs. I loved that about her.Grade: B+

  • Marla
    2019-01-17 16:24

    This review originally appeared on Book Brats on July 30, 2013.Prepare yourselves, for I am about to come as close to gushing as I get in my reviews. As I don’t wish to give anything away, I will be talking a lot about the series as a whole in order to explain everything I can without ruining the reading experience of others.I started reading The Goblin Wars series when I started book blogging in 2011. It was one of the batch of the books that re-introduced me to YA, in fact. I grew to love the series more and more, and now I am writing my final review for it, as When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is the third and final book. It has been a lovely ride into a strange, sinister, yet beautiful world that reminded me about everything I love about fantasy fiction. This may be the last book in the series, but I don’t doubt I will be visiting this rich world again.As in the previous books, Kersten Hamilton’s characters are truly engaging and simply come alive in your imagination. They all have distinctive voices and personalities that are readily apparent throughout all three books. Not only do they portray grave situations well, they also bring much wit to readers that makes for such a great reading experience. Teagan and Finn interact very well and I’ve found Teagan to be one of the most emancipated female leads I’ve read. On the occasions during which Finn becomes perhaps too protective, she steps it up and does things her own way. This is very refreshing thing in the current YA market. I thoroughly enjoy gutsy female protagonists.The two worlds within When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears are so very vibrant that it’s incredibly easy to become lost in the pages. Whether it be the human realm or that of the goblins, there is so much to explore. This is the type of book where you can read it several times and discover something new every time you read. Mag Mell is alive in many ways, both in its world-building and in its essence within the story. It can actually be considered a character on its own, as it is a sentient place. It doesn’t get much better than that.I can’t stress enough just how much this series has come to mean to me. In addition to capturing my imagination in the way the best fantasy fiction can, it has also inspired me within the area of writing. The Goblin Wars is an especially memorable series, one which I think deserves a lot of credit. One only has to read interviews with the author to see how invested she is in the creation of such a complex world. This is one series that I would highly recommend to readers of fantasy in general and especially those in need of something a little different. Sure, you can find faeries all over the place, but how often do you see goblins? It’s a growing topic that is perfectly exemplified by this series. It is a must-read of the highest order.

  • Kim
    2019-01-07 17:02

    This is one of those series that I am truly sad to see go. I truly fell in love with The Goblin Wars... the characters, the story, the mythology. I am sad that it is over, but it ended beautifully.I really have enjoyed the writing style the author used for these books, especially in the dialogue. I realize that the same thing that I love about it is something that often annoys others. There is a bit of a frenetic pace to it, with seemingly random bits flying back and forth. But I think this fits perfectly with a household that is chock full of people and Mag Mell creatures. That doesn't make for a calm, quiet, and ordered household and the dialogue adds flavor to the chaos that that must be.The characters in these books were especially vibrant and unique in their own ways. Even those that you didn't necessarily love, they had their good points. And the opposite was true as well, making them all a bit more relatable. The Turtles, somewhat Mafioso in their lifestyles, were among my favorites of the supporting cast of characters. They were often hilarious and their matter-of-fact Mafioso ways applied to the paranormal was really fun. And Jing, Jing who was not so secretly crushing on Abby. I loved his acceptance, his humor, his willingness to help. He provided some great down-to-earth humor.There was sadness in this book, more so than in the others. Characters we weren't supposed to like died, but so did some we hav come to love. There were also times when feelings about various characters began to change... starting to care about those we hadn't and starting to dislike those we previously loved.Things to love about When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears... --The characters. As I said before, there were some for whom, over the course of the book, my feelings changed. That kept it interesting. --The deep dive into the mythology and characters of Mag Mell.My recommendation: A beautiful ending to a wonderful series! A must read!

  • Kayla
    2019-01-05 18:06

    There will never be enough words to express my love for the Goblin Wars trilogy. Ever since I first read book one I’ve been addicted to this plot and fantastic set of characters and this is one trilogy where the next two books don’t fall short. The sequel was great, if not more addictive than the first, and the third and unfortunately final book When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears was fantastic! Every time I thought that I knew what was going to happen next, I was proved wrong. This is a book that you don’t want to start if you don’t have time to read it all at once (cue my regret at starting it right before finals and then staying up all night just to finish) because it is just that addictive. There are a lot of characters in this book but each is so distinctive and great that there isn’t any confusion at all; I loved the mix of humans and otherworldly creatures, especially in this one where Teagan’s worlds are really starting to blend together. Everyone that Tea cares about is in danger and she and her adorable little brother, Aiden, are the only two that can stop the evil trying to claw through to their world.With characters this great, don’t doubt that all of the bad guys are plenty terrifying. There are shapeshifters, soul-eating creatures, and, worst, one who can twist people and creatures just by singing it into reality.I feel like I could rave about this book and trilogy for ages. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is a great conclusion, even though I didn’t want this to end at all. It took all of my expectations and threw them away though I’m so happy to get the ending that I wanted in an unpredictable way.I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy, Irish folklore, a great book, or a read you’ll never forget. Whether you’re new to this trilogy or have been waiting eagerly (like me!) for this last book, you’ll never regret reading the Goblin Wars . . .Actually, I’m tempted to start reading the first book now.

  • April
    2019-01-17 12:18

    3.5 stars

  • Melissa
    2018-12-27 15:23

    I love the first two in this trilogy, Tyger Tyger and In the Forests of the Night. In the last book that follows the Blake poem, Teagan is determined to save her loved ones as well as Meg Mell. Her connection to everything fae has been enhanced and she has embraced both sides of herself.Now for my problem... how do I talk about this book and not spoil it for those that haven't yet read the other two? That is always a problem for a book you enjoy.What I will say is this: I felt that this was the best of the 3 for me. I think what I loved was Teagan's growth throughout the series. Often when you get that, you see a character slip back as if they never had epiphanies or any growth at all. You do not find that here. Sure Teagan makes mistakes, but they don't seem to be repeated and she learns to trust herself. Also the characters were stellar. I have loved her little brother throughout the series and he captures my heart again in this book. I also love the other secondary characters and we get a bit more of the ones we met in the last two books. Also with the other books, I think the research was stellar. The way the poems were woven into the story, the names, mythologies all harken back to the old stories and tales. It's just something I really enjoyed.My biggest complaint? This is the last book! Perhaps a Abby and Jing book? A book of Aiden when he is all grown up? Seriously... I don't want to give these characters up! Guess I'll have to be satisfied with rereading the stories again. *sigh*I give this book 5 stars. I really enjoyed my time in Meg Mell and I don't want to leave. I recommend it to YA and faerie book lovers.

  • Maria Kazantzi
    2019-01-06 16:22

    Goblin Wars is a series that stands out among the many fantasy series that exist nowadays.So if you haven't read the previous books what are you waiting for?? Stop wasting your time reading this review (which of course is a good review!) and read them!!"When the stars threw down their spears" is darker from the rest books of the series- it is the book in which the last battle takes place and the heroes know that it will be difficult for them to end up alive and harmless... actually the first sentence of the synopsis sums it up; "People will die", and since we feel pretty close to the heroes, we also lose what and when they lose. Throughtout the book, the reader's feelings are escalating as the writer combines moments and epic battles with emotional songs. Those who have read the previous books know what I'm saying. The rest of you who haven't read the books and you are still reading this review- you little rebels!- yes, I did say "songs". You see Kersten Hamilton has an excellent music taste and knows just how to combine songs with the plot. Moreover, Mag Mell's magnificent descriptions will wake the artist that hides inside of you and you will either start painting or curse your lack of talent to paint something equivalent to those descriptions...Read the ending of a special series that continues to inspire the reader to take one step further- to broaden his horizons and read literature and poetry, irish mythology, and hear great songs (this series is the reason I started listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival) and-why not?- paint Mag Mell's marvelous landscapes (even though I failed miserably..).

  • Jay
    2019-01-05 20:07

    Wow, did the story grew in character count from the start of these books to the end. It would take a large all-star cast to put this book on as a major motion picture or broadway musical. The author does do a really good job of handling the large number of characters she creates. My favorite part of this book is how she blends together all these people of different ethnicities (including some fantasy and folklore peoples) and captures how they are stronger by working together.I think my daughter's favorite part of the story is the romantic relationships that develop. I liked the magic and the adventure more, myself.I enjoyed the story, but didn't feel compelled, internal to the book, to keep reading (external, I had my daughter asking what I thought of her favorite book series of all time so far). Well, there were times when I needed to read to see what happens next, but it is more of a beautiful picture that I like looking at, but don't feel I need to hurry through. Maybe that's good, but I found that the series took me long enough to read that I would forget details and feel a little confused at things I'm sure I was supposed to just "get" in the story. Probably, now that the trilogy is complete, future readers won't have the same issue.Maybe I'll read all three books again myself someday, just one after the other.And I do recommend listening to at least one of the books as an audiobook, so you get the pronunciations and accents. It's cooler that way.

  • Ashley E
    2019-01-15 16:12

    The Goblin Wars is the best YA series I've read this year. The Wylltson family caught my heart right from the get-go, and I was hooked for the entire ride. In When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears, the war that started with the death of Teagan and Aiden's mom finally comes to a head. All the allies that they've gathered through the first two books, and even a few new ones, are ready to stand by them to the end.The action building is perfect. Once I started, I couldn't stop reading. With a lovingly crafted plot and superb characters, the finale to the series is absolutely, well, grand. Teagan's struggles with who she is and what she is is executed wonderfully, and it felt so real. Finn's growth and stubbornness are just as fun to experience as ever. And their slow romance is so sweet. Aiden's secrets and unique abilities, and his importance to the story, are revealed. And so many characters grow and change and prove who they really are, and it all is so right.I laughed through this book, and I cried. As the blurb says, people die. And even so, it was a perfect ending to an amazing series. I'm only said that it ended! I'll be looking forward to future books from Hamilton.[I received this book for free through First Reads and was not required to write a positive or any other type of review. All opinions stated herein are solely my own.]

  • Jasmyn
    2019-01-21 14:16

    People are starting to die as all the baddies from Mag Mell begin to show up in Chicago. Teagan and Aiden continue to be targed by the sidhe and their lives are always in danger. They need to rely on their new friends and allies that they made in book two to help heal Mag Mell and banish the darkness from its' world forever. The lore and mythology are amazing so lifelike - they really help to make this story as wonderful as it is.There was so much action in the final book of the trilogy. It was non-stop and almost impossible to put the book down. Teagan's empathy and care for the creatures around her has made it hard to tell who is still a bad guy and who might just be on the right side now. While there is a lot of sadness and death in this one, there is also a lot of light and rejuvenation. None of the character are the same at the end of the book - all have changed for the better and moved on to become what their destiny meant for them to be. This has been one the best ends to a series I've ever seen.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-06 19:07

    I have been following Finn and Teagan’s journey since the very beginning and having just finished the third and final book in the series I can say that I am going to miss their adventures.The story starts off action packed and then slows down a little bit but the story kept moving along throughout the book because there was a lot of plot to resolve but it all got done.There were a lot of surprises in this book, let’s just say that I was surprised about some of the events. I don’t really want to give away spoilers so I don’t really want to go into depth with this review.I particularly loved the quest that Teagan’s dad left for Finn to complete which just made me laugh so much. You’ll have to find out what it is by reading the book yourself though.I really enjoyed When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears and the entire Goblin Wars trilogy. I will definitely be keeping out for more books by Kersten Hamilton in the future.

  • Lara
    2018-12-30 15:17

    Teagan has declared war on Mab, the goblin queen, and she and all of her friends must save Mag Mell and banish evil from it for once and for all.I had not read the first two books in the series. That was a huge mistake. I thought I would be able to figure out what was going on without having read the first two books, but I was wrong. This series is apparently rooted in Irish legend and mythology, complete with goblins, fae, phookas, cat-sidhe, guardian angels, Dump Dogs, sprites, and many more. It was exhausting trying to keep all of the names of the humans and the creatures straight. I also found the incessant dialogue boring. Virtually the first half of the book took place in Teagan’s house with everyone sitting around talking. Things start to pick up around three quarters of the way through, but by then I really didn’t care what happened. I just wanted it to end.Recommended for libraries that own the first two books. Otherwise, not recommended. Gr. 7-12.