“Edmund felt despair eating away at his victory. ‘Why is the world like this?’ He shivered. ‘Why does it feel so cold, so hard?’
A smile flickered on John’s face, one that was neither happy nor sad. ‘What would be the worth of goodness, in a world that always rewarded it?’”
Edmund is the older of two sons, and will one day inherit his father’s tavern; however, Edmund has other dreams. He wishes to be as powerful as the legendary wizard Vithric. Many years ago, a dark shadow passed over the lands, a vicious beast known as the Nethergrim and it was on the prowl for the sweet flesh of children. A brave knight, Tristan, and one of the greatest wizards ever known, Vithric, along with other knights defeated the beast. The lands were happier, the children safer, and the world was back to order now that the Nethergrim had been defeated… that is until our Edmund’s story. Edmund secretly learned about magic and wizardry, until his father found out and burned all his books, this led to Edmund making one false move and angering the wrong person in his pursuit of knowledge. On top of all of this the children are disappearing, and a beast like no other has found that peace does not agree with it. Along with his village, his crush, and an abused indentured servant Edmund must find a way to defeat this beast and save his brother and the missing children.
This was awesome! I was a tween when Harry Potter came out, so I am in love with YA supernatural/adventure stories. While there are similarities to the mentioned series, this series stands on its own two feet. The characters were endearing, the bad guy was pretty nasty (a little Dorian Gray for my liking… but it works), and the gruesomeness was never too understated. I can already see all the life learning messages bleeding out of the pages, and I am giddy to find these characters again in the next installment.
Thank You NetGalley! 4.5 Stars!