Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Tethering” as Want to Read:
The Tethering
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Tethering

(The Tethering #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  82 reviews
All Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

After losing everything he has ever known, Jacob is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to huma
Published October 20th 2014 by Silence in the Library Publishing (first published October 17th 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Tethering, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Tethering

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  440 ratings  ·  82 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Tethering
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-2019, fantasy
4 stars - English Ebook 🦋🦋🦋
I think what crawl ounder my skin was Dexter. I do not know why Emilia is with him. The character Jacob of is more suiting for her. Well written. You slide into the world of Emilia and Jacob. Liked the read. 🌹🌹🌹
Christopher Russell
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To be fair, the author is my wife. That being said, I was (and still am) her front line editor for this series, and yet, this book is still one of my favorite reads. Megan has a writing style and voice that are very unique and wonderfully inventive. Childlike in wonder at times yet full of a wisdom and maturity beyond her years at others. I highly recommend this book. And I know that some will think that I'm biased, but Megan and I are each others biggest critics (because we have to be). And I t ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That was a poor mash-up between Harry Potter and the Shadowhunters, with some poorly executed bonding à la Sarah J. Maas, and I'm so tired of the same old tropes in YA, I feel like I'm growing out of those books. It's becoming harder to find something that can surprise me pleasantly with an original twist to the known stories at this point.

We have spellcasting, of course the spells have names and the male lead uses a wand (HP). There's a rift in the magical society with some wanting to stay hidd
Courtney Toohey
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Official Review: The Tethering by Megan O’Russell
By Courtney Whittamore
Imagine that while living a very menial life at best, your entire life is interrupted by a world you thought only existed in books of legend. Further, imagine that you are told that you yourself are a part of this mystical world, and have the chance to be whisked away to the realms of all things unbelievable so that you may become a part of the grand scheme of a race that has been suspect of existence for centuries, but never
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my interest until the very end. I had question that needed to be answered and was worried because there was so little book left to read. However O'Russell did a wonderful job tying up the ending but still leaving the reader wants more! Overall very well written and definitely on my recommendations list! ...more

Sorry but this was just incredibly boring. Characters were 2d and uninteresting. Plot was ok just overall lackluster. Nothing said “keep reading me..” though I trudged through to the end. No book 2 for me sorry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this. This is an overdone story told through clichés wrapped in a bland writing style. ...more
Kanwarpal Singh
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is story of young romance and fantasy story a school time friends named Emilia and Jacob, and dexter, when suddenly life change a turn and Emilia left him for sometime, and suddenly one day and incident happened and his father died, and that day he came to know that he has magical powers and then new challenges come up and they have to meet council at NewYork, but Emilia got abducted, and to save her Jacob and Samuel (driver) run past in search and came to know that dragon (rebel group) lea ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written tale that builds a great story arc. I found a new author to follow!
Clarissa Gosling
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit predictable, but with some beautiful turns of phrase
Tracie King
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great read with lots of twists and turns. A must if you like adventure and suspense!! Would recommend for any age.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


3.5/5 STARS

The Tethering isn't a book I probably would have picked up on my own (the only reason I read it was because I'm part of a blog tour for the second book in June), and having heard nothing about it I really didn't know what to expect when I started. Luckily I ended up quite enjoying it.

At just above 200 pages, T
Nathan Smith
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Tethering is the first effort from author Megan O'Russell and what an effort it was! The plot of the book revolves around a sixteen-year-old boy named Jacob Evans who unexpectedly finds himself thrust into a hidden world of magic that is on the brink of collapsing into disorder. To make matters worse for Jacob, his best friend, Emilia Grey, whom Jacob has a not-so-secret love for, is part of the magical world and becomes involved in the conflict in an unexpected way.
Speaking of unexpected, w
Andi Plouffe
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shocked. Not up to par with her normally epic stories. It's like a cheap knockoff of harry potter. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wants to be Harry Potter and The Magicians, but falls short on world building and character development.
Susanne Matthews
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to read this absolutely incredible and entertaining novel prior to its release and I enjoyed every minute of it.Ms O'Russell crafts a wonderful tale of magic combined with events in the life of a boy, unsure about his place in the world and his future. The angst he feels is easily to appreciate and I empathized with him. Life hadn't been kind to Jacob, and discovering his new gift hasn't made it any easier--and then to see the girl he cares about involved with someone ...more
Vincent Morrone
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!

Such a wonderful story. Jacob is a young man that you just wish you could rescue. Watching him find his place in his new family was magical. Author Megan O'Russell does an exemplary job at building a believable world and her characters of Jacob & Emilia as well the supporting cast.

This book did remind me of Harry Potter, an unloved boy who finds out he's supposed to be part of a magical world, but the story and story telling is completely original.

It's filled with
Corey Beth
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even make it through this totally underwhelming, poorly written book. Everything about it was flat. Grammatical errors abounded, there was NO character development at all, & the plot was so slow moving & nonsensical that I struggled to complete the 2\3 I did finish. It's a bummer, because I liked the premise, & I really wanted to like the book. However, it just felt like a skeleton of a story, as if someone just threw together the least possible effort. Maybe a younger audience (i.e. ...more
This is not really a teen/YA book. It is more on a preteen level. The intellectual level of the writing made it difficult to read and left me totally unsatisfied. Everything from the characters, the setting and the plotting are at best shallow and derivative. This is not a story about magic, it is a story using magic as a thin excuse to move the plot along. Those are several hours I will never get back and I miss them already.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't feel complete

I was enjoying the world and the characters but then the book ended feeling like more was opened than was resolved. This kept it from being a satisfying read for me and caused the low rating. If you don't care if a book works on its own, you will probably like it far more.
Dana Wood
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My issue...:the boy contains magic and displays it but the magical community doesn’t swoop in and take him under their wing. No. They abandon him to see if he can do it again?!?!? Then they invite him to be a part of this fable-like life and then they want him to save them all. And mix in a girl and her evil father and boyfriend. It’s disappointing story.
James Murphy
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a YA fantasy novel, "The Tethering" is a real humdinger! Good-hearted heroes, dastardly villains, high-octane action, and plenty of magic to keep things interesting. Makes me wonder what Megan O'Russell has put together for "The Siren's Realm," the next book in this series. ...more
Tanya Spackman
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya
VERY engaging. I was hooked in the first few pages, and when it ended I was hungry for more.
Janine Spendlove
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya-lit
LOVED IT! Very much shades of Harry Potter, but definitely it's own unique story. I really REALLY enjoyed it! ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this on a whim and was disappointed. It’s definitely written for a younger audience and although I thought the plot line would suit me, it was so boring.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Reviewer’s Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Despite the three-star rating, this book is still well-written and has a developed plot. Unfortunately, the story was not for me, at least not when compared to other works by Megan O'Russell. Now, this feeling could be due to a couple of reasons so let me explain:

1) This is one of the first works by the author (I believe). Considering writing is an ever-developing skill even for New York Times bestselling au
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the audio version of The Tethering.

In The Tethering by Megan O'Russell, Jacob, a high school student, learns he is a wizard. He reunites with his old friend (and first crush), Amelia, a witch. We follow them and others in the magical community as they fight against a violent group who wants to use magic to gain power.

The worldbuilding was well done, including the magical system. I particularly liked the use of talismans, which can be wands or rings or any other objects. The p
Cathy Eades
I started reading this by pure accident. I had downloaded it and it opened when I turned the kindle on so I started reading. The beginning was quite good, it realed me in a d I decided I'd give it a read straight away.

So yes it is a somewhat cliched YA read, there are definitely vibes from other books, there is a definite shadow hunter feel to it and the plot is if not predictable it's certainly not unique. The characters are likeable but that whole Jacob is new but he's going to save the world
Laura Martinez
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a easy and quick listen. I thought the narrator did a good job portraying the main character and the males. He did okay portraying the female voices. It didn’t distract me from the story. I enjoyed getting lost in this world. I loved Jacob, who was the main character. It was fun to see how his friendship with Emilia developed throughout the years and how Jacob lived on his own and how he coped with things. I felt for his character and I hope to find more a ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Undercover Witch Academy: First Year
  • Luna Caged: Behind the Wall
  • Gathering Water (Gathering Water, #1)
  • Frost (Midnight Ice, #1)
  • World Whisperer
  • How to be a Mermaid (The Cotton Candy Quintet #1)
  • Dragon's Awakening (Heir of Dragons #1)
  • Only the Worthy (The Way of Steel, #1)
  • Magician's Heir (The Dark Mage Series Book 1)
  • Hexing (Magic & Alchemy #1)
  • The Aviary (Uncaged, #1)
  • Signed (Bear Mail, #1)
  • Deceived (Soul Keeper, #1)
  • Rivals (Dragon Reign #1)
  • Awaken (Awakened Fate #1)
  • The High Crown Chronicles (High Crown Chronicles, #1)
  • School For Spirits (Spirit School #1)
  • Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, #1)
See similar books…
Megan started writing when she discovered playing Cordelia in King Lear leaves you way too much time waiting backstage. She began her career as an author during an ill-fated trip to Oz. She hasn't stopped writing (even when living on a tour bus) since.

Megan's wanderlust has led her all over the globe. When she's not planning her next escapade, she's diving into fantasy worlds where she doesn't ha

Other books in the series

The Tethering (4 books)
  • The Siren's Realm (The Tethering, #2)
  • The Dragon Unbound
  • The Blood Heir

Related Articles

With his new horror novel, The Only Good Indians, author Stephen Graham Jones conjures one of the most effective scary images to ever hover in that...
66 likes · 8 comments
“In times as uncertain as these, we must find joy and freedom whenever we can.” 0 likes
More quotes…