Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Nethergrim: By Matthew Jobin



Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together--and work apart--in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.


The Nethergrim is a great middle grade novel.

It maintains a constant level of action that will keep readers ages 10 to 13 engaged in the story, the pacing is good, and The Nethergrim's author, Matthew Jobin, does a great job creating likable characters that readers will easily relate to.

But in my mind, the best feature of this book is that I couldn't put The Nethergrim down. I finished this engaging book in one reading session, staying up late in the night. And in my opinion, if a book can keep you engaged to the point that you fight sleep to finish it then it's a good book.

As for other features, Jobin creates an interesting magic system that I look forward to learning more about in later books. Further, because of the way this book ends, I am excited to see how the series continues in later installments. 

All in all I liked The Netgergrim and look forward to reading further books in this series.


Publisher: Philomel

Published: April 8, 2014

Price: $17.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nethergrim-Matthew-Jobin-ebook/dp/B00D29CAQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396975559&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nethergrim

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