A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Skeleth explores familiar situations from myth and legend.
Love sometimes injures the one who loves but is worth the pain. Love cannot be taken, only given.
Positive Role Models
Tom, Edmund, and Katherine each face mortal danger with bravery and resourcefulness. Edmund is lured by the power of treachery, but he's able to find his way back from it.
Violence & Scariness
The Skeleth contains violent scenes, but they are usually understated and appropriate for the book's reading level. Katherine's father is enslaved by the Skeleth and turned into a monster. A character is badly wounded in a jousting match. There's a big battle with heavy casualties on each side.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Edmund has a growing romantic interest in Katherine, but she's infatuated with someone else.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Skeleth is a medieval fantasy novel for younger readers, solidly constructed and featuring appealing characters. It is the second volume in the Nethergrim trilogy by Matthew Jobin. The Skeleth contains violent scenes, but they are usually understated and appropriate for the book's reading level. Katherine's father is enslaved by the Skeleth and turned into a monster. A character is badly wounded in a jousting match. There's a battle with heavy casualties on each side. No sexual content other than an unrequited crush.
Is It Any Good?
In this second volume, author Matthew Jobin gives his characters additional emotional depth and makes their individual adventures more suspenseful and compelling. Telling this tale of high fantasy from the perspectives of three young protagonists proves an excellent strategy, lending the saga added urgency as each character defines his or her destiny. It's a rare middle volume of a fantasy trilogy that improves upon its initial premise, but THE SKELETH devises new complications that bode extremely well for the final installment.
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