I am having vision issues which are terrifying to someone whose work and interests lie in reading and writing. Because of this, I am falling behind in some of my reviewing commitments and ask for your support and patience.
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Christmas Chronicles...Review
In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.
It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.
Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.
By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.
Wow, and wow! I collect Christmas books and each year I get one or two new ones. This one is definitely going to become one of my favorites.
Tim Slover has taken the legend of Santa Claus and made it wonderful and believable. There are magical elements which are absolutely necessary when writing about Christmas and Santa Claus, but there are also Christian elements and references to the birth of Jesus Christ, which is why we celebrate Christmas. These elements are woven together seamlessly.
Klaus' story is charming. In his and Anna's relationship, we see a strong, committed marriage. Their love for the children of the world and their love and belief in Christmas is tangible. There are some deeper elements that make an adult/YA Christmas story, rather than a children's book. However, it's also a story about good vs. evil, and it's a story about charity and love.
Thanks to Cheryl from Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Tim Slover here. You can see more tour stops and reviews here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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