This is billed as a YA book but I am pretty darn far away from that age and I really enjoyed it. Jobin takes three teens and places them in a perilous situation and allows the reader to enjoy watching their personal growth.
The Nethergrim is a world class boogieman defeated years ago. When animals and children begin to disappear the locals of Moorvale begin to wonder the Nethergrim was actually killed. . Edmund, the main protagonist, is a dreamer and a reader in a village that admires neither. He admires Katherine who is a strong, warrior like female and whose strong, warrior like traits are no more appreciated than his own dreaming and reading. The third unlikely protagonist is Tom, a slave who is a good friend to Katherine and Edmund.
When members of a group of child kidnapping bolgugs (goblin want-to-be) are slain by Katherine, Edmund's unrequited love object, the village is roused to action.
The rest of the story is how the three friends rise to more than their aspirations to seek out the kidnapped kids and face the dreaded Nethergrim.
This is the first book in a series and very well done.
I highly recommend.
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