When I first picked up The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that it was a fantasy book, the cover looked ominous, and the tagline “when magic sleeps, evil awakens” sounded promising.
What I found was that this was an exciting story with three different teenage protagonists who were all empathetic and interesting for different reasons, and there were lots and lots of MONSTERS. There were the typical physically scary monsters of the supernatural strength / pointy teeth variety but then there were also many aspects of the story that were psychologically scary, as well. And of course, the closer our protagonists get to the Nethergrim’s lair, the scarier it gets!
This would be a great book to give to fans of the stories it echoes — The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and the Narnia series. But it would also be a great book to give to teens who don’t think they like fantasy but are willing to be swept up into an exciting and suspenseful story. This is the first book of a planned series, so get in now on the ground floor!
Edmund, Katherine, and Tom are all fourteen years old, they all live in the small village of Moorvale, and they’re all teased for being different from the typical kids their age. Each of them has dreams of having different lives, but little hope of ever achieving those dreams.
But then some strange things start happening in their village. First, animals start disappearing. Soon after that, children start disappearing. The last time something like this happened was years and years ago, when an ancient and evil creature called the Nethergrim was still around. It was killed by a knight and a wizard who joined forces and raised an army of men to defeat it. Everyone has heard the songs and the stories, so it MUST be true.
Except … maybe the songs and the stories were wrong. Maybe the Nethergrim isn’t dead after all. Maybe it was only sleeping all this time, and now it’s waking up.
Edmund has a very personal reason for wanting to find and destroy the Nethergrim. His younger brother is one of the children who disappeared. Edmund is very interested in magic and has read lots of magic books, which is why he has a theory that those missing children aren’t dead after all. Or at least they’re not dead … YET. There might still be time to save them, IF Edmund and his friends can find the Nethergrim’s lair before it’s too late.