Saturday, August 10, 2013

"When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears"

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many novels, including the acclaimed YA paranormal trilogy The Goblin Wars. When she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives.

Hamilton applied the Page 69 Test to When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears, Book Three of The Goblin Wars, and reported the following:
Well, let's see. Booklist claims that When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is “is brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy.” I think I managed to at least imply three of the four on page 69:
“Almighty preserve us,” Mamieo said, and crossed herself.

“I’m just trying to understand what I’ve stumbled into,” Seamus said. “The Wylltson family, Mamieo and Finn, and a group of Italians have declared war on Mab, Queen of the Sídhe, and killed the son of Fear Doirich, the goblins’ god.”

“To be fair, Doirich started it.” Mamieo sounded just like Aiden had a few moments before.

“We have no choice, Dad,” Teagan said. “They won’t leave us alone, and we can’t run. They’ve hounded the Mac Cumhaills for generations because of what Fionn did, haven’t they? They’ll hunt us to the ends of the earth and they will kill us. They will kill anyone who helps us. If we can’t run, we have to fight.”

“We have a little time to prepare,” Thomas offered. “There was only one gate in North America, and it’s closed now.”

“We still have whatever creatures have already made it into Chicago to deal with,” Teagan said. “And the Highborn will be coming. They’ll just have to step into Ireland, like Kyle and Isabeau did, and catch a flight over.”

“Speaking of creatures,” Mamieo said, “some definitely made it out before it closed up.”

“There were some teens on the street the first time we drove past,” Teagan explained to Thomas. “They might have been Highborn. I think one of them was . . . eating a dead cat-sídhe.”

“What did they look like?” Thomas asked.

“Long legs, heavy shoulders. Not very clean….”
What say you, O readers? If I promised that there is a sizzling romance, would you read on?
Learn more about the book and author at Kersten Hamilton's website.

My Book, The Movie: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears.

--Marshal Zeringue