The Nethergrim

The Nethergrim

by Matthew Jobin
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The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

The next great fantasy epic is here! For fans of Ranger's Apprentice and The Chronicles of Narnia.

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.

In a story reminiscent of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic and The Chronicles of Narnia, Matthew Jobin weaves reality, magic, and adventure into the next great fantasy phenomenon.


“This series starter is reminiscent of epic fantasy series such as C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia or J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The characters are strongly drawn and . . . [t]here is a compelling blend of magic, romance, looming evil, and noble sacrifice.—VOYA

“The Nethergrim reminded me of a cross between The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. . . I would really like to see this one on the big screen.” –Brodart’s Library Services

"Entertainingly told with many unique features, The Nethergrim reads like a classic.” –Recommended by Richard C., [Staff Pick at Powell’s Books]

“I’d go ahead and say everything about this book screams BLOCKBUSTER FILM.”—The Social Potato Reviews

"Riveting. Perfect for imaginative middle-grade readers craving a hearty magical adventure."—Booklist

"Fantasy fans will find much to enjoy in this elegant gem of a novel."—BCCB

"First in a planned trilogy, this is a solid debut for anthropologist Jobin, who steers clear of genre cliches while offering up a refreshingly metaphysical take on magic, a believably dark setting filled with unusual threats, and a seductive and manipulative villain."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399159985
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Nethergrim Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 830,507
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Matthew Jobin spent 25 years developing the Nethergrim's world—its story, present and past; its landscapes; its language. He was originally inspired as a boy exploring the forest surrounding his home in Canada, and has been intent on telling the tale ever since.

Matthew, who holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from Stanford University, now lectures at Santa Clara University and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Nethergrim 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ravenclaw226 More than 1 year ago
As a Children's Lead for Barnes and Noble I am continually reading lots of children and teen books to provide recommendations for customers. I recently came across "The Nethergrim" while setting up a display and was immediately interested based purely on the cover. It didn't take much time to decide to read the book myself and I am so glad I did! Matthew Jobin creates such a magnificent world in his story that you cannot bring yourself to put the book down. I could compare it to J.R.R. Tolkien and yet even that does not do it justice! Jobin takes everything about the "successful fantasy formula" and throws it out the window. There is no "Chosen One", there is no white wizard guiding the quest, there is no legendary king/queen trying to win back their throne... the story is three young children deciding to take action to save children younger than themselves who were taken with nothing more than their natural gifts and dreams. Edmund wants to be a wizard, Tom has a natural ability at making various healing salves and drinks and seems to have a good sense at animals feelings/abilities, and their friend Kathrine has been training with her father with a sword and raises horses. Even the enemy itself is left in mystery yet at the end of this book, hopefully answers will follow in the continuation of the series. This has definitely been a worthwhile read and is definitely jumping to the top of my books to recommend to children/parents looking for a good fantasy and adventure title! And parents, never fear! This book has a wonderful story line, while there may be some otherworldly monsters within its pages everything turns out all right at the end! It even has some wonderful focus on the relationship between parents and children, sibling with sibling, and even hints towards future focus on monetary wealth vs love/emotional wealth. Overall some wonderful messages are being fortified through the story telling (and that is something not every fantasy story can provide for your children without dragging the plot down). Overall HIGHLY recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edmund, a want-to-be wizard, has his world shaken when his brother, Geoffrey, is taken by the Nethergrim’s forces. Edmund must embark on a great journey with his friends Katherine, a tomboy, and Tom, a slave, to save his brother and the other kidnapped children before it is too late.  The book is full of action throughout, especially at the end. If you love to read books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, I would highly recommend it. It has the mystery and magic of both series with its own twist. It realistically presents the lives of older teens and the pressures of growing up while still having the magic and adventure any fantasy reader would want. My only complaint is that the story takes a while to actually have the characters to start on their journey.  I give it a 5 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nethergrim is the kind of new book many of us have been awaiting for a long time - a story that engrosses us fully in a world so well crafted that is seems entirely real. The middle ages world of the Nethergrim is immersive and captivating with a cast of characters that will become your friends - and your foes - that stay with you long after you finish the book. The characters and the plot have the depth and richness to make this book as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. The three young characters have lives that readers can relate to at the same time as we can enjoy their extraordinary adventures. Aren't you tired of books about "the chosen ones", people who have special powers or are secretly the descendants of royalty? I know I am! It was so refreshing to read about characters who may have talents but they are not superhuman. Yet when faced with great evil, they overcome their limitations and become heroes. The magic theory in The Nethergrim is really cool, the ideas are so woven into real science and mythology it gives the world a truly rich feel. I like how the author draws on ideas from philosophy and creativity/poetry and applies it to magic! As for the adventures, I don't want to give anything away at all, so all I can say is that this book will make you think - no matter what your age. You will not only be entertained but intrigued, the concepts are deep while they are fun.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, the Nethergrim and its many monstrous minions brought terror and death to the lands. A hero and his band of followers fought against these monstrosities, eventually setting off on a dangerous mission to slay the Nethergrim. Of the many men who ventured into the mountains, only three returned. Now the people of Elverain celebrate the deeds of the men who slayed the Nethergrim. But when animals go missing only to be found later as nothing but a pile of white bones, people begin to fear and whisper. When Edmund's brother and four other children go missing, it is up to Edmund and his gang of outcasts to save them. Can they make it through the many dangers ahead of them in time to save the children? In the beginning of this book, I really thought I wasn't going to like it. My only reasoning being that the main character was so young and immature. I was happy to see that Edmund's character grew and matured throughout the story. The action starts right away an the story is unique and filled with creatures I have never heard of before, at least not that I remember. Despite these creatures not being previously known to me, I had no trouble imagining them as I read. My greatest complaint about this book would be that I felt the character of Tom could have been, well, more. I wanted to know more about Tom and how he knows things that the others do not, and what his life really is like. I hope that I will be able to learn more in book two. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story with a young hero in the face of horrible odds. If you liked the Harry Potter series or the Rangers Apprentice series would love this story. It has a perfect mixture of magic, danger, evil, and hope. A wonderful read.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Right from the get-go it was the title of author Matthew Jobin’s The Nethergrim that had me interested in reading. It sounded interesting, foreboding and after reading over the novel’s description I was interested in finding out where it would go. A middle grade novel dealing with fantasy and a bad guy way more powerful than they could even dream of being? Sounded like a great read and luckily for me it totally was. It’s been years since the evil Nethergrim was killed and main characters Edmund, Katherine and Tom live in a land that has been enjoying the calm since then. All seems fine but each of the children have their own problems to deal with. Edmund wants nothing more than to practice magic but his father is strictly against it and he’s falling for his best friend Katherine; Katherine wants to continue on with her tomboy-like lifestyle but is aware of hot it dishonors her family and is unfitting for a lady; Tom is a slave with a cruel master. One night when a group of kids go missing, Edmund and his friends find themselves embarking on a quest to stop the Nethergrim and save the taken children. The Nethergrim has returned, angry and more powerful than ever. It will take all the courage within themselves to use the skills that they’ve acquired in order to save themselves and the townspeople from the Nethergrim and his unspeakable evil. Right from the start of The Nethergrim I knew that I would be reading a novel filled with action and adventure. It begins with the story of the Nethergrim’s first adversaries; a knight named Tristan and a wizard named Vithric. After that the story jumps right into the protagonist Edmund’s life showing us how his parents disagree with his love for magic, ultimately ending with his father burning all of his spell books. From there I could see that while this story would probably most likely a hundred percent show Edmund using some crazy magic skills at some point later on in the plot—the road to that potential scene would be heart-wrenching. The way that The Nethergrim is written definitely gave off the correct mood for a high fantasy novel. Personally I got into it really fast and loved every moment of reading. Granted I did find that the start was a bit slow but once the plot picks up it just goes. I was excited, I was afraid, I was scared of the story’s villain and all of his ‘henchmen’. For a middle grade book it didn’t feel like one whatsoever. It’s the kind of novel that I think almost anybody could get into. As for the characters I really liked Edmund and Katherine, but I felt like Tom didn’t really do much. Edmund goes around wanting to be a wizard, Katherine’s father is a badass who helped defeat the Nethergrim the first time (though obviously he didn’t do a great job) and Tom is a slave. Bought off when he was a kid. Edmund spends most of the novel as the protagonist, pushing his companions to accompany him on his way to beat the Nethergrim. Katherine shows that even if she is a girl there’s no way a girl can’t be kick some serious butt. But I felt like through most of the novel Tom was a secondary character who was used more as a plot device than an actual character. I would recommend the Nethergrim to readers who are looking for a fantasy-adventure novel that will keep them intrigued from start to finish, to anybody looking for a well-written middle grade novel and just to any readers who want a story that will keep them guessing and eager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago