Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: The Nethergrim

The Nethergrim
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a generation ago that the wizard Vithric and the knight Tristan battled the evil Nethergrim and the creatures with him. The kingdom still sings songs about the battle and there are festivals every year to honor them. Now there is something dark near the village and animals are disappearing with only their bones left behind. Then suddenly, children disappear. What begins as whispered concerns quickly become a hysterical cry – The Nethergrim is back! One of the missing is Edmund’s brother and he knows he must try to save his brother’s life. Edmund seems to have a touch of magic, but with his father forbidding any reading and no wizard to train him properly, he must learn on the go with his friends at his side.

The Nethergrim is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy. Because it is the start of a new series, readers will experience a lot of character development, world building and background creation. Although all of that is expected, the reader may find the story flat and wanting in sections. I believe if readers understand that this is a debut novel, they may give Jobin some leeway in the final product. I can’t say for certain if I will read the next book in the series or not.

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