Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Review: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce & Laura Geringer

Title: Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King (Guardians of Childhood, #1)
Author: William Joyce & Laura Geringer
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: Atheneum
Hardcover, 228 pages
Date Published: October 4, 2011
Source: NEIBA
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting...and, he’s not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.
Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King is a fun and new explanation about the origins of Santa Claus. It has something for everyone, both those who celebrate Christmas, and those who do not. There’s fighting, action, magic, invention, and some captivating descriptions about light and dark and good and bad.

The purity and innocence that comes with childhood really plays an important role in this swashbuckling adventure. North, the Santa Claus figure, is dashing and roguish and nothing like the Santa we think of now, but children will love to see him in this new light. Everything about the story is special and holds this sense of enchantment that will charm even the most reluctant readers.

While the story focuses on Santa Claus, it doesn’t go into any sort of religious background. Instead, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, taps into the magic that comes with the holiday season and the childhood wonderment that this time of the year invokes. It’s a dreamlike story that will delight readers and enchant them with a new way of thinking of their dear Santa Claus.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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This is the first book in the series and it's already set to hit the big screen in an animated adventure. Check out the movie poster and get ready to see the film next year on 11/21/12:


BookLuvr Mindy said...

Sounds like a fun one to read!

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Candace said...

I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds like a great book to read around the holidays! I may have to read it next year!

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