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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: The Christmas Chronicles - The Legend of Santa Claus

 
The Christmas Chronicles - The Legend of Santa Claus
Author: Tim Slover
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Audiobook: 3 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: William Dufris
Source: I won it from a book blogger years ago.
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Book Description

In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.
It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.
Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.
By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.

Review 

First let me say…what a delightful little book! 
I really liked this story about Santa Claus and where the legend came from. The legend of Santa Claus had to start somewhere and like all legends they start with humble and simple beginnings. Klaus (with a K) was the best carpenter in his little village and decided the make small toys for the children in his village after the Black Plague killed so many of the children’s families in 1343. Klaus just wanted to spread a little bit of happiness. Simple I told you. But the story goes on to tell you how he met Mrs. Klaus and where the reindeer and elves came from.  Did you ever want to know how he gets all those gifts to all the children around the world and in their houses? Well this is the story that answers all of those questions and some you never ever thought to ask. I am not a book re-reader but this just might be a yearly re-read for Christmas. It is a book that kids of all ages would love and parents as well. I think my love of peppermint grew a bit more after reading this book. I have had several candy canes since I finished reading it and I have one in my purse right now.
Why didn’t I read this book years ago when I first got it as a prize from a book blogger hop? Why? If you are in need of a Christmas book to read to get you and our your kids in the mood for Christmas and not just the shopping this is a good book to start with. If you have a small child with a million and one questions about Santa and why things are the way there are, then read them this book. I am telling you this is the book to answer all the whys.

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to all readers of all ages.

Challenges

This book is number 53 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge
This book is number 9 in my TBR Reading Pile Reading Challenge

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