- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 0790 (What's this?)
- Series: The Nethergrim (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Philomel Books (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399159991
- ISBN-13: 978-0399159992
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Skeleth (The Nethergrim) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 10, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In this sequel to The Nethergrim, the 14-year-old heroes from the previous tale take separate paths. Wizard-in-training Edmund meets Ellí, a young wizard who helps him learn magic but may not be trustworthy. Meanwhile, skilled horse trainer Katherine is forced to work as a scullery maid for Lord Aelfric after her father, John Marshall, leaves to seek the help of the legendary hero Tristan. Tom is traveling with John when they are attacked by the Skeleth, a hoard of spirit beasts in service of the Nethergrim. When John is overtaken by a Skeleth to become part of their army, Tom has to free the imprisoned Tristan and find an elder woman whose magic skills may help them defeat the evil spirits. Elsewhere, Lord Wolland from a neighboring barony is planning a war against the northern lands and thinks the Skeleth will aid him. When Edmund, Katherine, and Tom are finally reunited, they have to convince the local villagers to help them defend their land against Wolland's trained knights and find a way to stop the Skeleth, without killing Katherine's father. The narration of this pseudomedieval tale alternates among the three protagonists. Free of the cumbersome backstory that dragged the pace of the first book, this installment combines elements of fantasy, action, romance, and suspense and further defines the motivations of its characters. The book ends on a cliff-hanger that will have readers anticipating the next volume. VERDICT Fans of the first title will enjoy this new adventure; purchase this growing series where middle school YA readers are ravenous for epic fantasy.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Praise for THE SKELETH
"[A] solid contender for the teen answer to Game of Thrones." —Kirkus Reviews
"Jobin is a fine writer . . . Recommend this to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson or Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series." —VOYA
"With this sequel, Jobin has expanded this fantasy adventure into a series of epic proportions. . . [T]he kind of series that hooks both new and veteran readers." —Booklist
"The book ends on a cliff-hanger that will have readers anticipating the next volume. Fans of the first title will enjoy this new adventure; purchase this growing series where middle school YA readers are ravenous for epic fantasy." —School Library Journal
Praise for THE NETHERGRIM
"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
"An engrossing read. . . . Jobin combines elements of suspense and mystery with a pervasive sense of impending doom." —School Library Journal
"[T]his entertaining coming-of-age fantasy . . . 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
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Our heroes have returned home to great fame and celebration, at least within the confines of their own small village. But the world is a bigger place and will not pause for their rest and recovery if it takes note of their deeds at all. There is still a great evil afoot. And many smaller evils. And countless things that could be good or evil depending on your vantage point. The victor writes the histories but often those books are ignored, edited, or lost altogether.
Though the Skeleth is fantasy, everything from tedious castle chores to frantic battles are so detailed and realistic that your mind has no trouble becoming utterly lost in Jobin's world for the duration of the story. My only complaint is that because book two was just released I can't immediately dive into book three.
This series is great for tweens/teens who aren't ready for Song of Ice and Fire and other adult series, but still want a story with great pacing, compelling characters, and real stakes. The darker elements of life in a fantasy universe are not glossed over here, and the plot is sophisticated enough that I had to cross-reference the map more than once.
The author makes his charactors appealing . He also ties up each story with an appropriate ending which make them able to stand alone ,while leaving room for additional books. Recommend highly
Although the return of Edmund and Tom is expected, it's Katherine who reigns. She is highly featured or at least seems to be a strong young teen who takes her place among the greatest strategists to date. Her life lessons hone her skills and she develops her intuition which is a game changer.
The descriptions of battle was spot on. In many ways I felt like I was reading Gane of Thrones and Lord of The Rings. The emotion and anticipation of arrows made for a great roller coaster ride.
The ancient evil will be a must see when this will see a movie release. I for one have no interest of ever being taken. This evil grips you and the lesson here pulls you at the heart strings.
I only wish that the character of Elli gets more of a backstory. She felt like she could've been flushed out more for her reasons to get to know the characters. My hope is she is in the next book.
I felt like this book captured female characters well and have them a front seat to the action. They have a say in all that transpires and hold the key to this tale.
Looking forward to more :-)
I liked the first book a little more than this one. But I still really enjoyed this book as well. One of the things I loved about the last one was the strong friendship between Edmund, Katherine and Tom. And how they worked together to save the children stolen by the Nethergrim. In this book they’re separated for a great deal of the story. Tom is away with Katherine’s father, and then ends up on a quest of his own. Edmund and Katherine are in the same village still, but they’re kept apart by various things.
This book had a much darker feel than the first one. Which makes sense, both because of the friends not being together, as well as because of all the evil that they now know is loose in the world. Offsetting that, there are possible love interests for all three main characters. While it isn’t a huge thread for Tom or Edmund, Katherine spends a lot of the book with hers.
We learn more about the magic, including the fact that there are three branches. We get to meet the Revered Elder for one of them. We also learn more about the last time the Nethergrim was active in the land. A little of the history about why she was allowed into the world that time, and how some of her minions were contained.
All three of the main characters are challenged in new ways. When they get back together, and fight the new evil, you can see how they’ve grown and changed over the course of the book. Edmund has learned a few new tricks with magic. Katherine is even more sure of herself and her abilities. And Tom… Well, you’ll see!
This was just as quick a read as the last book. If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to do so!
(cross-posted to my blog)
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