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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce
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Jun 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, middle-school, read-with-a, christmas

Ever wonder who Santa was before he was Santa? He was a bandit, talented no doubt, but a thief and treasure hunter nonetheless. Nicholas St. North was his name, and he was only concerned about himself until the fateful day he ended up in the village of Santoff Claussen. He expected to find treasure, but instead he found a village terrorized by Pitch, an ancient evil, and his Fearlings, rulers of the night, bringers of nightmares.

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce and Laura Geringer tells how Nicholas grew from being a self-centered man to the caring, magical person who will one day be Santa. We follow him and his mentor, a great wizard, and a young girl named Katherine as they fight to protect the children of the world.

As an adult, I enjoyed it. I could complain that maybe some of the characters were underdeveloped, that the grand quest was a little slow to materialize, that it’s kind of odd that the adults were the stars in this middle school book, but it honestly doesn’t matter. It was an enchanting story, and just the right length.There was adventure, spells, a mechanical djinni, a mysterious spectral boy, and, of course, flying reindeer. A great seasonal read.
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