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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King: The Guardians, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
My eight year old son and five year old daughter absolutely loved this book. They said the details in the story allowed them to have a vivid understanding of what was happening in the story and really evision the scenes. Once we started, they didn't want to stop. It created for several late night reads (past bedtime) as they just couldn't stop reading because they wanted to know what happened next. Excellent book.
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This enchanting tale glitters with the magic of the far north. An ancient evil has been unleashed on the unsuspecting village of Santoff Claussen: the evil Nightmare King and his army of Fearlings have come to steal the dreams of innocent children and replace them with terrors of the night. It's up to the learned wizard Ombric, his young protégé Katherine, and the swashbuckling theif-turned-hero Nicholas St. North (who will one day be known as Santa Claus) to save the day.

The story unfolds in a world of magic and wonder, but as fantasy worlds go it's a surprising and unusual one. There are aspects that are recognizable as our own world: the village of Santoff Claussen is set in old Russia, a battle takes place in the Himalayas, and the characters are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci. At the same time, it's a fairy tale world, full of wizards from Atlantis, protective moonbeams, fighting fireflies, and benevolent bears. The fairy tale world blends with science fiction when space travel and talking robots arrive on the scene. Not to mention the fact that Santa Claus and the Man in the Moon make an appearance. It's an engaging and interesting world, but an odd mix of genres.

The tale is filled with action and adventure, and good triumphs over evil. Themes of friendship, imagination, and facing one's fear are strong in the book. While at times the plot and setting seem a bit forced, it's overall an enjoyable read.
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"Helping a legend like William Joyce bring his vision to life is a dream come true ... The Guardians of Childhood will delight the imaginations of children and their parents for generations to come." --Jon Anderson, Publisher
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This fantasy novel for younger readers is a wonderful escapade into C. S. Lewis's credible magical world, that revived in my memory "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". This admirable continuation of the story initiated in "The Man in the Moon" invites William Joyce to join the Legendary troubadours Hans Christian Andersen, Peter Pan's Barrie, and Harry Potter's Rowling, the most friendly story tellers children and their parents have ever got. The Guardians of Childhood series tells the formative stories of childhood legends including Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

Talented author and artist William Joyce reveals the story behind childhood icons as Santa in Nicholas St. North, following 'The Man in the Moon', in his new series Guardians of Childhood. Set out to invade the dreams of magical Earth's children, an evil nightmare Lord Pitch, escapes his ancient bonds. Old wizard Ombric stands in his way. His former apprentice Nicholas St. North, their mechanical djinni and the girl Katherine, join in building the dramatic events, along side with a gang of Himalayan lamas, fighting trees, domesticated bears, and armed Yetis, in a milieu of Russian folklore. The story is narrated in good English, marked by virtues and fancy, in an delightful setting.

The first chapter book, presented to 'young rascal' Jack Joyce and his sister Mary is co-authored by their dad, William Joyce and Laura Geringer, and beautifully illustrated by Joyce: "North knew exactly what his first experiment would be.
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Read from December 09 to 12, 2012

I picked this up after watching Rise of the Guardians, obviously (great movie, by the way). The story was so heartwarming and I fell in love with the characters, so when I heard mention of the novels, I had to check them out. I didn't plan to read them at first, but when I read the first chapter, I was hooked on the writing.

The novel is written in storybook style. Meaning, it's all tell and very little show. Dialogue is scarce. But this is a children's book, and there's nothing wrong with this format. In fact, I very much enjoyed it. I thought it carried some words and phrases a bit too complicated for younger children to get (five year olds, for instance, would probably constantly ask questions) but I really enjoyed the read. It was a nice length too. I finished it in two nights, and it didn't feel too long or too short. I think it's great for people of all ages, and especially an amazing holiday read. It's something I would revisit and I know I'd enjoy reading the other books. I haven't decided yet if I will, but I'd like to eventually.

While this novel is supposed to focus on St. Nick, it also focuses on many other characters, which was great fun. The battle with Pitch was tricky and intense. I also loved the presence of the "spectral boy," which, if I'm right, is another version of Jack Frost, but I'm still not completely confident of that. His powers seem to revolve more around light than snow. Who knows? It's still very entertaining. I hold a lot of regard for the author for his work with children's stories. This was a great debut. I'm definitely rooting to see all six books completed!
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