The Skeleth (The Nethergrim Book 2) by Matthew Jobin
Age Range: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up | Series: The Nethergrim (Book 2) | Hardcover: 400 pages | Publisher: Philomel Books (May 10, 2016)
About The Skeleth
The next great epic fantasy is here . . .
For the lords of the north, land is power. The Nethergrim, now awoken and free to wreak its evil upon the world, offers the promise of victory to those ruthless enough to accept its foul bargain. One ambitious lord, eager for the chance to conquer and rule, succumbs to temptation and helps to free the Skeleth—eerie, otherworldly beings said to be unstoppable in battle. The Skeleth merge with the bodies of their victims, ruling their minds and turning them into remorseless killers. Worse yet, to kill the man inside the Skeleth only frees it to seize a new host, starting a cycle of violence that has no end.
Such chilling tales are not enough to stop young Edmund, innkeeper’s son and would-be wizard, from seeking for a way to turn back the oncoming tide of destruction. Along with his best friends—Katherine the trainer of war-horses and Tom the runaway slave—Edmund searches for a magical weakness in the Skeleth, something that might allow him to break their never-ending curse. The three friends join with the legendary hero Tristan in a battle of courage, wisdom, wits, and sacrifice to stop the Skeleth from ravaging their homeland and all they hold dear.
This adventurous tale that marries earthly greed to otherworldly evil is perfect for fans who enjoy the epic worlds of John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Discover for yourself why so many are making the comparisons!
About the Author
A native of Canada, Matthew Jobin holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. He lectures in anthropology at Santa Clara University. The idea for The Nethergrim came to Matthew as a young boy exploring the forest surrounding his home. Intent on telling the story of this fantasy world, he’s been developing it and its inhabitants ever since. Matthew lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Tina.
For more information visit his website at: http://www.matthewjobin.com.
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My Thoughts on The Skeleth
Wow. Just wow. I absolutely love this series. I can’t wait to read the next book. I’m hoping there will be more than three books in this series, but three seems to be the magic number for series these days, so I’m not holding my breath.
The Skeleth picks up soon after The Nethergrim ends. Edmund, Katherine, and Tom spend most of this book apart from each other. While their adventures are mostly separate, they’re interwoven as well. It all comes together beautifully in the end. Edmund continues to grow in his knowledge of magic and gains a teacher that may or may not be trustworthy. Katherine is living at the castle as a maid and continues to learn and plot from her vantage point there. Tom goes with John Marshall (Katherine’s father) to search for Tristan, the hero of legend. Meanwhile, a greedy lord is making plans to go to war, using an unpredictable, uncontrollable, and horrific weapon.
This series is perfect for kids in the 10-14 age range. It’s a weird stage between middle grade and young adult books where there’s absolutely nothing good to read (except for this series). If your tween/teen reader loves fantasy, they’ll definitely want to check out these books. They’re full of magic, friendship, sword fighting, diabolical plots, wizards, war, and amazing horses. It reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia, but not in a derivative way. It’s original and imaginative.
Content: Fantasy violence
Source: I received an advanced readers copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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