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The Skeleth

(The Nethergrim Trilogy #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In a vast kingdom divided by power-hungry lords, land equals power. With the Nethergrim now awake, her limitless wellspring of evil means opportunity for those willing to do her bidding. One ambitious Lord, eager to overthrow his counterparts and rule the north, succumbs to temptation, helping to let loose the Skeleth, forces of energy that absorb whole anyone who attempts ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Philomel Books
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May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I thought the first book was good, I felt that the author really hit his stride with this second book. I don't know what it was other then it seemed like the story and the action was starting to really come together towards the end of the first book and therefore it continued on in this second one. I had more history with the characters and the skeleth. I was cheering on the good guys all the way. Just like in the first book there was death. As I was reading this book it was like a mini mo ...more
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought the first book was a cute, young fantasy novel. I expected more of the same going in to book two. It was that, but this round was so much more. The armies, backstabbing rulers, unexpected heroes and ultimate battles took this to a whole new level for me. Seeing the main trio split up by circumstance was a perfect opportunity to learn about them as individuals. They have weaknesses—some that they are able to overcome, but many that make them weak and suffer. That was a dose of realism t ...more
Silvara Wilde
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
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I received this book for free from Philomel Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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 stole
Dena (Batch of Books)
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Wow. Just wow. I absolutely love this series. I can't wait to read the next book. I'm hoping there will be more than three books in this series, but three seems to be the magic number for series these days, so I'm not holding my breath.

The Skeleth picks up soon after The Nethergrim ends. Edmund, Katherine, and Tom spend most of this book apart from each other. While their adventures are mostly separate, they're interwoven as well. It all comes together beautifully in the end. Edmund continues to
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Skeleth is the second book in The Nethergrim series by extremely talented author Matthew Jobin. In book 2, as the characters learn more of the wider world, we readers are also immersed deeper into the world and we are introduced to more of the surrounding people and lands. The characters jump to life from the pages, so vividly real and well drawn they are. As in book 1, the second book in the series features characters refreshingly real and inspiring. The heroes are believable real people wh ...more
Jun 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Oh man... The stakes seem to be so much higher in this one. I am so excited. SO, SO EXCITED.

May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite new series, I can't wait for the next book!
Dale Russell
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-reader, fantasy
In this second volume, we return to the world of the Nethergrim, an ancient evil that was determined to conquer and destroy. Thanks to the efforts of Tom, Kathrine, and Edmund, the heroes of the previous story, the Nethergrim was vanquished and the world made safe again. Or was it?

Our heroes return in this adventure. A little older and a little wiser. But it seems that the destruction of the Big Bad from volume one, may not have been the only danger to threaten the lands. During an early battle
William Bentrim
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin

As I said on my review of Jobin's first book, The Nethergrim , this is billed as a YA book. I would suggest the upper end of YA as there is considerable violence and death. Do not take that as a criticism, merely as a caution that I would not recommend the book for 10 year olds.

The trio of Katherine, Edmund and Tom return in this book to confront the continuing threat of the Nethergrim, an ancient evil.

Jobin creates a situation that tests each character and further
Rick Stuckwisch
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is quite simply a fantastic book, the second in a great new series in process. Can hardly wait for the next installment to come out, but we'll have to bide our time till then. Well imagined and beautifully written. The story is gripping and compelling from start to finish. It rolls and builds like thunder, at times profound and frequently though-provoking. Very realistic and believable fantasy, but no less charming and captivating. The telling of the tale is exquisite, neither cumbersome no ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I waited over a year for the continuation of this story and it was worth it! It was awesome to touch bases with Katherine, Edmund and Tom again. I began to wonder at times if they might secretly be members of the Stark family due to some of the peril they experienced in this book. Who or what are the Skeleth? Where did they get such a cool/frightening name? When is there going to be a movie of this series? I want to see this in real life! Especially a few of the new magic related characters intr ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic fantasy, vividly told

Fantastic second book in the Nethergrim series. Just as I had hoped, in this volume we start to see more of the politics and systems of magic in this world and it is all so detailed that it seems utterly real. I can't wait for book 3!

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 a
Tim King
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Nethergrim. . . but The Skeleth: I LOVED!! Whether or not readers have read the predecessor to The Skeleth, they will truly enjoy the rich world of this story, its genuine and human characters, and its style of prose only found among the greatest of authors of this genre, such as Tolkien and Lewis. This is the rare kind of book that you will read once, and then proceed to read a second and third time, because it may very well be your favorite. I hope that this will someday be made in ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-finished
Soooo good! Can't wait for the next one!
Carey Adams
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to the next one.
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

The sophomore curse does not occur in the follow up book by Matthew Jobin. His consistency with the world he built and the characters he developed from his first book is awe inspiring. Jobin's series can rival any of his fantasy peers writing!

The Nethergrim is free and awake!! It's evil is no longer a children's bedtime nightmarish story but reality. The Nethergrim offers the promises power to those evil enough to align their souls wi
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting and it's everything I hoped it would be, as a sequel to The Nethergrim. I just could not put the book away, had to keep reading. Full of action, adventure, and an introduction to fascinating medieval language, that won't disappoint the reader! The characters, I loved from Book One have come alive again, with many new and interesting characters, that kept this FA reader turning the pages. I don't want to spoil anything, so that's all I'll say. This author's ability to weave a fa ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Edmund may be the son of the village's only innkeepers, but he was enough of a wizard to beat back the Nethergrim and rescue most of the children stolen. He knows, though, his puny knowledge is nowhere near enough. So when a wizard arrives with a visiting party of lords, he thinks he's finally found a teacher . . .

Tom was hoping to escape the grasp of his former master, but that plan quickly goes awry when Tristan's castle turns out to hold unpleasant surprises. Now hunted by man and monster, he
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and thought it was a fantastic sequel to the first. Now the hard part is waiting for Book 3 but such is life...

Sometimes I felt the book was a bit disjointed because the three main characters were all doing their own things do switching between points of view would break my immersion a bit.

It was fun watching the characters grow and mature as individuals and go through their own struggles.

This book is quite dark for its age group and the political aspect definitely makes me que
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A worthy successor to the dark and gritty Nethergrim. The action is less intimately local this time, as larger politics--and war--descend upon the domain of the three protagonists. The world-building continues to revolve around their growth as characters, and it makes for another intriguing and exciting tale.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Edmund is troubled by terrible nightmares, at the same time,
a new threat called: the Skeleth(they are similar to zombies) are
threatening the kingdom.
There is a strong influence of both C.S. Lewis and Tolkien in the story.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book was a great start for me and I feel the author gained confidence leading this to be even better. The action and story seemed to shift at even greater pace which I loved. The characters developed even further (as I didn’t love them enough already) and can’t wait to read 3rd one.
Rachel van Rookhuijzen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Enjoyable. Less predictable than the first. Still some devastating moments.
The book-addicted teenager
The second instalment of the Nethergrim series. I did kinda enjoy the first one, and enjoyed this one even more. It went an unpredictable route, because the Nethergrim was hardly in it. Instead this book was focused on the war with the backstabbing Lord Wolland, and the skeleth that had been set free. It realyy had my interest, and although being much longer felt a lot shorter.

We saw all the characters developing, and we also saw the introduction of some new characters that include a lot of roy
Bridget Little
So I read the first Nethergrimm book about a year or two ago and I was like, "meh, it was pretty good." I only remember some of it, so when I started reading this there were a lot of moments of "oh yea, that thing . . ." But anyway, back to this book. So I started reading it and I got to the part where Edmund was talking to the Nethergrim. I thought to myself, "Alright, this is going to be cool. It's going to be like the evil voice that follows him around and has strange conversations with him i ...more
Mark Buxton
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
My name is Katherine, and Lord Aelfric has forced me to leave the stables and become a castle servant. Lord Wolland has arrived at the castle and professes a need for war. He always has an annoying smile on his face, but he behaves as a bully. I have learned that war is coming to our lands, and someone has unleashed the Skeleth. These creatures use the bodies of mortals in their destruction and will switch to other bodies if the mortals are killed. Tom left with my father to find Lord Tristan, b ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the publisher (Leyane Rose)

Having concluded their epic battle with The Nethergrim, Edmund, Katherine and Tom are separated and trying to get on with their old lives. Katherine is told that since her father was the trainer of warhorses but is now gone that she can't stay in that position. Lady Isabeau decides that Katherine will have to work as a skivvy in the palace, which doesn't utilize her skills at all. Edmund's parents are still running their inn and are more supportive of
Nick Rijnsaard
3,5 stars ***

I've waited so long for this book to come out. When the first book was released I picked it up from the bookstore very quick without knowing what for an adventure laid ahead for me.

And I have to give credit to Matthem Jobin to come up with a quite Original idea. And for a middle grade fantasy novel it was also very seriously. A little bit to much for me, because there is not a lot humour in the book wich is a shame because I think that a great sence of humour Always makes a book bet
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always worry about sophomore books; the possibility of a sophomore book in a trilogy experiencing a slump is very real.

However, this definitely wasn't the case with The Skeleth​. Edmund, Tom and Katherine return, all in the (occasionally reluctant) pursuit of new and different lives. Though Edmund's parents are more receptive to the idea of him studying magic, Katherine's been put in the position of pursuing a life she doesn't want, and Tom finds unexpected challenges of his own.

Jobin has upp
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Matthew Jobin is an anthropologist and author. The Nethergrim, his debut fantasy series for young readers, was published by Philomel – a division of Penguin-Random House. The Nethergrim was a finalist for the 2015 Monica Hughes Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and was named a Best Book for Teens by the New York Public Library.

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