Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars
Eric Tanafon's holiday-themed, adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens, Father Winter: A Yule Story, is a thrilling and imaginative treat for the holiday season. Tanafon's questors and their guides are the perfect companions to have when one ventures up into the frozen north lands in search of Father Winter. There's the elf, of course, as well as a mischievous Arctic fox, and that's just the beginning of this surprisingly awesome book that makes the Arctic come to life so beautifully. I loved reading about Holly's interactions with Snowthorn and the Inuit family, and Connor's quest to rescue his sister is every bit as action-packed and exciting. You don't have to believe in Christmas or Santa Claus to enjoy this marvelous fantasy where nothing is quite as it seems, but you may find yourself just wondering a bit as you follow along on Holly and Connor's adventures. Father Winter: A Yule Story is most highly recommended.
- Reviewed by Jack Magnus
This might be a children's book, but as an adult I really did enjoy it. Seeing the world and the wonder of it through the eyes of children is amazing. Holly and Connor have so many different things to overcome while they are on this trip. Eric Tanafon has laid out a wonderful story that is magical and manages to teach lessons on the way...but it is done in such a effortless way that I think most children would miss they are being taught and just walk away from it with the good lesson. I am going to be recommending this one to my local library for their winter reading circle with kids. Whether you have a child you would like to read this to, or just want to feel a little magic of your own, I recommend this book.
- Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett
From the Author
"Father Winter: A Yule Story" is appropriate for readers aged 9 to 99. 8-year-olds need parental guidance, as they might want to immediately start off for the Arctic. On the other hand, anybody who reaches 100 automatically becomes so wise that they no longer need to read fantasy novels, and usually spend their time on top of a mountain somewhere, waiting for people to climb up and ask them about the meaning of life.
This book is for the rest of us.