Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
Santaff Clausen is the name of the city this takes place and there is magic in the world that this place harnesses. The imagination behind the book is fantastic as usual. I do plan on going on with this story and I ...more
There were so many things about this book that I loved. All the twists given to childhood characters was one of the best. The Man in the Moon, the Boogeyman and of course Santa Claus were all done in fresh ways. I even liked how djinns and Abdominable Snowmen were used in the ...more
Long ago, there lived a swashbuckling swordsman under the name of Nicholas St. North - North to his friends - who would one day be known to the world as Santa.
The possibilities were endless. Battles would be fought. Wonders revealed. Many journeys. Many lands. Many joys. Many sorrows.
North in his youth ran with the roughest lot - always looking to make a buck. When he stumbles upon the village of Santoff Claussen, he must (for the first time) decide what the true treasure is - gold ...more
So I went looking for the books and here is the first one. It is not what I was expecting and to be honest I am very glad. This book has not only the same feel as the film but a lot of the graphics have made the transition too.
However this is the story of St Nick master swordsman and master of the north. This is the very beginning of the story where as the film in rights is the very end.
So what of this ...more
In the center of a large forest, protected by a spirit that tempts trespassers with glittering jewels, and guarded by a ferocious bear that stalks the shadows, lies the hidden village of Santoff Claussen. This strange place is hidden from the world and is home to an odd group of i ...more
This was honestly so good. It's basically everything I need
in my life, which is sort of funny because the first time I watched the film ... well, I didn't really like it. But I've watched it many, many times since and it's one of my favorite animated films. So imagine my surprise when I find out that it's based off of books. Uh, I like books. Let's read the books. William Joyce certainly doesn't disappoint, even if this is a children's book. It captivated me the moment I began readi ...more
I saw Rise of the Guardians multiple times and I love that movie. I didn't know there was a series before the movie... There were a few differences but the ending, I assume, it's going to be the same.
What I normally appreciate about middle grade books is that they're always an adventure in itself. Getting into this one I was sure it was going to be intense and fast-paced.
Compared to other middle-grade books, this felt pretty chill. ...more
What made me love it now, as an adult, were the sweet characters: mainly North himself, a dashing and daring bandit king who realizes he has a hea ...more
I really enjoyed Joyce's creativity in this bo ...more
I expected to like the story a lot more, based on my enjoyment of some of Joyce's delightful picture books; also, I think the idea of the Guardians of Childhood sounds really exciting.
However, the writing in this book seems a bit shallow and hurried to me, and I felt didn't quite do justice to the grand concept. I kept wanting more character development. I wanted to linger in the imaginat ...more
The story unfolds in a ...more
Nicholas St. North, of the title, is Himself. SC. The Dude. This is his backstory, and I dug it. He is a thief with a heart so pure he passes all the magic tests, and that makes him a little cranky because he really wants his crew to buy his story and continue to follow his e ...more
Plus, one girl-child protagonist and, briefly, one disempowered female walk-on. That's it.
Books like this are how you train a class of third grade boys that girls don't matter, except as sources of naive adulation and objects to ...more
Way back when (2013) when I was living with my cousin and his family 'Rise of the Guardians' was my favourite movie to watch with his little boy (and also one of the only ones I could tolerate repeatedly) so I was super excited to read the children's books.
This is easy to read, absolutely enchanting and engaging I really didn't want to put this one down.
Highly HIGHLY recommend to all childr ...more
It may be because these books are meant for ages 7-11 so I won't be too critical. The language is pretty simple and there is not a lot of depth to the story. I'm probably too used to YA stuff like Harry Potter to really appreciate this book but it just doesn't seem ...more
I needed a new audiobook and wanted something fluffy, and whilst perusing my library wishlist, found this. So I checked it out, figuring, "It's Santa's origin story, right, so that's Christmas-y. Right?"
No, it really wasn't. But it did make me feel happy. And that's the next best thing.
The book begins with an innocent moonbeam who accidentally awakens an ancient evil. You know, the typical stuff.
From there, we follow the wiz ...more
Lots of action and adventure. We enjoyed the foreshadowing of Nicholas St. North and the fantastic little place called Santoff Claussen. The kids really attacked the idea that today's version of the fat, jolly man called Santa Claus could maybe kick some butt, if needed! And my daug ...more
"To understand pretending is to conquer all barriers of time and space."
The overall plot was a bit chaotic. There's definitely a lot going on—ancient spaceships, the magical Santoff Klaussen, nightmare creatures, a robotic djinni, wizards, Russian bandits, Yetis... But the wild imagination of it all is precisely what I would've loved as a child! I kinda loved it as an adult.
I love books like this that I think would be fun to read out loud, especially to read out loud to children.
I'll be continui...more