Decades have passed since the heroic knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. Everyone in Moorvale knows the legend and celebrates the triumph. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. The whispers start quietly, yet soon the news is out: the Nethergrim has returned. Edmund knows little of the Nethergrim. He just wants to study magic-which his father cannot tolerate. When Edmund's little brother disappears, though, Edmund and his best friends run away to battle an evil whose strength and power none of them can imagine.
"[An] entertaining coming-of-age fantasy . . .this 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" "Jobin combines elements of suspense and mystery with a pervasive sense of impending doom in this opening volume of this trilogy."-"-SLJ" "The Nethergrim itself is indeed the stuff of nightmares, and Jobin judiciously doles out details about it, heightening suspense further . . . Fantasy fans will find much to enjoy in this elegant gem of a novel"--"BCCB"
Matthew Jobin spent 25 years developing the Nethergrim's world--its story, present and past; its landscapes; its language. He was originally inspired as a boy exploring the forest surrounding his home in Canada, and has been intent on telling the tale ever since. Matthew, who holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from Stanford University, now lectures at Santa Clara University and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.