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And that is as far as your familiarity with the classic Christmas tale will get you.
There's no Nutcracker here (and if there is, you'd better watch out!). This is a twisted version of Santa Claus.
It is 1818, and the Santa family has boarded the Alexander, the ship which, with the Isabella, under the command of Captain John Ross, was tasked with finding the hoped-for North West passage. Captain Ross was ultimately unsuccessful, but for the Santa family, Ross' failure is merely the next step in their own quest for adventure and the unknown.
Above the Arctic Circle, a civil war has been waging for centuries. On one side, Jocah leads a group of elven forced to move from hiding place to hiding place. On the other side, Jack, the Cold One, squats in his palace at the North Pole and plots his takeover of the entire world. When three warmbloods blunder into his territory, it seems Jack's plans can finally come to fruition.
The family is separated. Nicholas, captured by Jack's forces, is kept prisoner in Claus' lab and will be used to bring destruction to all warmbloods on the planet. Jessica and Jon, meanwhile, find succour with Jocah's people, where they learn the true nature of the gentle elven and meet the recipients of their genetic modification: Dasher, Dancer
and the boys, who don't fly, but rather leap prodigiously from place to place, lugging sleigh-fulls of rebel elven behind them.
It's an odd setting, an even odder cast, but there is something rather satisfying about this not-a-Christmas tale, especially when treated with Bertauski's wry humour.Read more ›
Matches the frozen tundra setting of the book perfect. :) I'm not sure what the man is carrying to make those tracks but it looks cool and enticing to read.
I have never ever heard of anything like this. Sci-fi? Santa? This has got to be a must read.
What I liked-
The originality and creativity was endless. It took a classic old tale of Santa Claus and Jack Frost and pushed it aside and made a whole new outlook. I sincerely loved it. My absolute overall favorite scene was what I call the smashing scene. "hey there, fella," he said. "You ready to party?" I just couldn't stop laughing after that. The Cold One (Jack) is convinced everyone loves him and that his day has finally come to destroy the ones that got away. Really he believes he just the coolest kid on the block. I honestly felt bad for him though. Tony describes Jack so well its like I went through everything with Jack. Poor guy was bullied all his life being blue and all. And Claus, his brother, got all the attention. He is smart, good looking (well better than being blue), and pretty much the elven's role model. Now theres a third guy he begins a total different guy from Claus and his last name happens to be Santa. He is a total different guy. There is no Santa Claus in this story. He is stolen from his wife and son and captured by Jack. Jack wants to steal all his memories and send him to the human world to rid it of stupid humans. Claus is the only scientist who can do it and Jack is the one forcing him to do it. This tale is humorous, adventurous, and scientific. The ending will blow you away and possibly make you cry.
What I disliked-
I have no real complaints. This is quite possibly the best scientific festive read ever (and probably the only).Read more ›
What I liked:
The concept - I loved the concept of the book. That's why I bought it. I do enjoy the many different "How Santa Claus came to be" stories that come out every December on the TV. I love seeing how people imagine a story differently.
Nog and Merry and Tinsel - Three of my favorite characters who didn't go through much change in the book. By that, I mean the changes they did go through felt more in line with their characters. Nog, I felt, learned to like Warmbloods while Merry and Tinsel learned to be brave (or braver). I really liked them, and one of the reasons I kept reading was to get to the next part with them in it.
Jack - The bad guy. I just adored him. There were some things that annoyed me, but that's later. The whole idea of Jack was something I really got into.
Jon - Only the first 1/3 of the book did I like him. After that, nope. More below.
What I didn't like:
The sagging middle - Frankly, I felt that where the bulk of the action should take place, there was a whole lot of nothing. Nicholaus is captured by Jack's group, and sleeps or barely leaves his room pretty much the rest of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was pleasantly surprised. Bertauski did a good job twisting the concepts surrounding the Santa Clause legend into his origin story which is entertaining and compelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved how the characters developed and the way the story developed. Interesting way of looking at how Jack Frost and Santa came to be.Published 2 months ago by Susan M Schlutow
Ok, I'm 61 years old and I'll always believe in Santa. I've read many stories, including J.R.R Tolkein's, about Santa and his origins and life at the North Pole. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathi
At first I said, what the heck is this, just a kids story? Then the plot became more intricate and more action oriented. All in all, a pretty good read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dingy Deb
Well it's a marvellous idea. A science fiction story playing with the Christmas myth. Usually Bertauski does not stray greatly away from some if the more well-worn tropes of recent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynda Stevens
So, I’m the author of Mist Falcon: Book One Of The Warrior Poet Archives (Volume 1), I read a lot of Fantasy, absolutely love the genre, and know a bit about quality Fantasy books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan J Doughan
This very different take on the origins of Santa Claus, the reindeer, the elves, and even Jack Frost is imaginative and different. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kay Crayton
Like other reviewers, I enjoyed the premise of this book at the start. But there's a lot of sitting around remembering. Which is fine, but that's kind of ALL that happens. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Folina Dubernol
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