Terry Chadwick, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Terry Chadwick)
Definitely not your typical Christmas book. You will never view Santa Claus in the same way again. Krampus is the Yule Lord who was overthrown and imprisoned by Santa Claus, aka the Norse god Baldr. West Virginian Jesse is a down and out musician who is trying to put his life straight and keep his estranged wife and daughter safe from the corrupt cops and criminals of the area. Krampus escapes and goes after Santa Claus, wanting his magic sack back and to be worshiped as the Yule lord again. Jesse finds the magic sack, gets captured by Krampus, and the fun begins as both Santa and the bad guys go after the sack and Jesse. Lots of violence and dark humor. Krampus and Santa Claus are both horrible yet sympathetic. And, like all good Christmas/Yuletide tales, the story has a life-affirming ending.
EdwardHakim, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by EdwardHakim)
Pretty good book. Really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. I can't bring myself to give it five stars though because I hated the religious stuff that was thrown in. Everything I read about the book before starting it led me to believe that it was a dark fantasy about a rivalry between Santa and Krampus but it's more like Santa and Christian mythology vs. Krampus and Norse mythology.
One thing I really loved was that there was no clear good guy between Santa and Krampus. You might think Santa is the good guy because... well he's Santa. But then you find out he used blood on the magic bag to use it for delivering toys... who and how many did he kill to twist that magic bag to his will? You also learn about worse things when Krampus and his Belsnickles explore Santa's workshop.
by Christopher Paolini,
"Brom is that rare breed: a person who is skilled in more than one area of artistic expression. Here's hoping that he will continue to share his dark and often beautiful dreams with us for many years to come."
by Charlie Jane Anders, io9.com,
"The creator of The Child Thief, is back — and this time he's taking on the Christmas Devil. Are you ready for a studly, Nordic Santa Claus, and his scary/sexy wife?"
by Library Journal,
"This illustrated horror novel by acclaimed gothic fantasy artist, illustrator, and novelist Brom (The Child Thief) is perfect for anyone who disdains a cozy, sentimental holiday story."
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