The Legend of Holly Claus
Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked, a miracle occurs: Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse--from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly's heart is frozen, and the gates to Forever are locked, barri...more
Reread 2014: Found out last year that this book is out of pri ...more
The Legend of Holly Claus is a cry book. It made be cry because of its wonder and beauty. Publishers Weekly said it was a “ ...more
A young boy is encouraged to write to Santa Claus at the beginning of the story by his mother. Ten year old Christopher writes that he has everything he needs in this world, but instead asks the benevolent ruler of The Land of Immortals if there is anything he wants for Christmas. It is in this beautiful spirit of giving that this story takes flight. Unbeknownst to young Christopher, he plays a great role later on in the story.
When Nicholas Claus rece ...more
I found this book in a used bookstore and was enchanted by the cover. The illustrations throughout the book are equally mesmerizing, the detailed sketches of Holly and the Land of Immortals really fuel the reader's imagination.
The story is quite long but can definitely hold the reader's attention throughout. Many plot twists and side stories to engage young minds. It has 2 excellent messages about giving love selflessly and inspiring others to dream big and go for it ...more
I absolutely couldn't resist thi ...more
It really adds so much to the story you never knew you were missing. You do miss the magnificent art from the children's book but the descriptions and character development make up for it.
The title and cover grabbed me first. The language drew me in, like a Dicksonian memory, and the story itself captured me completely. This is a story of Santa’s gift, not one he gives but one he receives, and a curse, one ...more
To say it all, this plot was very well-writte ...more
Born to the Clauses is their little girl, Holly, who becomes cursed with a heart surrounded by ice and forced to live her life very alone. With her friend ...more
The story's felicity of language adds to the pleasure of reading.
Each character provides incentive for family discussion,
encouraging further exploration of history and mythology.
Vivid characterization supports remembrance of classical names
and natures for minds that appreciate education.
(Suggestion: Peruse the character list or glossary first.)
While framed in fantasy, the story depicts practical scenarios
that illustrate such constructive values as mutual helpfulness
and the ...more
The Legend of Holly Claus is a beautifully told story. The writing is so descriptive and has such a Victorian feel too it. There's lovable characters (one is a baby penguin, by the way), there's plot twists, and there's wonderful Christmassey feels :)
Also, the illustrations are some of the most beautiful that I've ever seen. Like, wow.
I think I find a new favorite Christmas book.
Firstly, there are many a book reviewer who would rate this book poorly for reasons I will discuss further down. Excepting technical aspects like spelling and grammar (I know this should be a given, but I live in both the self-published and traditionally published world), I tend to judge books based on what they’re meant to be, not an across-the-board system. I’m not going to judge The Legend of Holly Claus ...more
In the land of Forever, Nicholas Claus is king and rules with a kind, lovable, and steady hand. When a little boy in New York City sends Nicholas a letter, asking Santa what he wants for Christmas, Nicholas is shocked. However, he snatches the opportunity with both hands and wishes for a daughter. Holly Claus is born to him and his wife, Viviana, soon after. She is a darling child, perfect in every way. Her beauty, even as a baby, cannot be compared to. Her kindness, as ...more
This was an interesting book. It was different. It was just everything I didn't expect. There were a lot of really creepy/dark things described in the same manner that the magical snow in the shop was. Herrikhan was terrifying and gross and I'm really glad he got the end he got. But even that was unexpected. The grand finale was dealt with in the same tone as Holly getting dressed for a regular work day. It was over in a single paragraph. ...more
According to Goodreads everyone seems to file this book under Fantasy, but I got a much stronger Fairy Tale feeling while reading it. The basic story line is…Princess baby is born, a curse is placed on the kingdom, princess must grow up and save her kingdom. Throw in a little unexpected romance and you have the complete Fairy Tale package. That being said, I really did enjoy this book. Even though Holly is the daughter of Santa Claus and Christmas is mentioned many times in the book, it didn’t r ...more
Well, eversince I was a kid I've always love to watch stories about Christmas, just seeing that festive colors and the brilliant lights, the cheery atmosphere and all the presents under that Christmas tree, it fills my heart soo much wish that every year, I would like to have such merry Christmas. :)
I was sorting through books, one day, at this booksale; I was looking for a mystery book and something new to me to read, and then I suddenly got ...more