Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head.... I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide....
The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus.
One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse's new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.
Now Santa's time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams... and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.
©2012 Gerald Brom (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
The Yule Lord is an ancient Lord who was banished by Santa Clause 500 years ago. He sets out to right the wrongs perpetrated against him and take his Yule throne back. A lot has changed in 500 years and his only knowledge of it has been the occasional news paper. His band of minions are the undead, however, surprisingly not as violent and evil as the local mob and crooked sheriff.
Great, weird, violent Christmas read. I loved how the story just kept on getting better and better. The characters were so crazy, a nightmare come to life, that being said, the flip side was their fantastical vulnerability. This is not for anyone who is offended easily about religion or gore.
The narrator was good, just make sure you have the volume control close. A dark Christmas tale with a historical fantasy at its core. Ho Ho Ho
What a GREAT story! Likeable characters and a wonderful fantasy. Almost made me not like Santa Clause anymore. Klampas is a sympathetic devil and the main characters are all very enjoyable. Made me cry, made me laugh. An absolute gem of a book!
Rocking around the Christmas tree, tossing good taste aside for blow-molds and blow-ups in your front yard, having another cup of Christmas cheer. Hell, yes! 'Tis the season! And you are caught up in it! It all sounds festive and like great fun, everybody's doing it...until you wake up in the morning, your head feeling like someone fell out of a chimney on it, and you see a copy of Krampus lying on the bed next to you, tangled sheets tossed on the floor. OMG, what have I done? I'll tell you what you've done...
I compare making this choice in Audiobooks, to the choice of getting hammered. Starts out great (down the hatch) you're committed to get your holiday on (why yes, I'll have another, ) rock out with your (Yow! don't mind if I do)..."I came in like a"... (maybe 1 for the--you know)...you're disgustingly drunk, and hope there is no record of your folly anywhere. You have grandkids, after all! You'll never do it again, you promise. You straighten your ear buds, and try to regain some reading dignity.
I'm sure Brom isn't getting any thing good in his stocking for this contribution to Christmas. I'll learn; a few more sessions of dangling a novel over the toilet, and I'll learn..
As the header says...this book is okay. It's not particularly exciting but not entirely boring either. The characters aren't particularly captivating nor are they completely uninteresting. I can't highly recommend it but I know there are many out there that will like the story if the user reviews can be trusted.
If there is one bright spot in Krampus, it is the narration by Kirby Heyborne. His tonal shifts and accents are great and specific for each character. I would gladly listen to him in future audiobooks.
That's really all I can say concerning Krampus: The Yule Lord. I just don't have any strong reactions concerning the book, pro or con. It's like an action movie...not great but decent entertainment if there's nothing else to do.
Fascinating dark fairy tale, woven into the modern reality of rural West Virginia. One of my best listens ever! Krampus, the Yule Lord of old, reappears in the world after a 500 year absence, and finds he's been supplanted by Santa Claus, who has stolen his magic sack. The battle between Santa and Krampus is one plot line of this tale, the other is that of a down-on-his-luck young man, Jesse, who gets caught up in the drama. It was hard to stop listening, as there is plenty of dramatic tension throughout the story. Also, I enjoyed learning more about ancient mythology and Yuletide traditions. And the narrator was fantastic - I would give the him 10 stars if I could!
(There is a lot of violence and heavy use of the F-word, so if that offends you, skip this one.)
Totally original.. no mistletoe or sleigh bells in this novel. I'm not always a fair reader, because I have to have a book that keeps my attention, preferrably from the first page. This one works. A couple of scenes are violent and very graphic, even compared to authors such as King. However, they are necessary for this story line. A new and refreshing look at the "light and dark" of Christmas, with a solid blend of fantasy, horror, and suspense.. and yes, Christmas.
His overall being
His kindness for the wolfs
His performance of Santa
Krampus of course!! How often would I get to go out to dinner with the Yule Lord?
I have heard of Yule tidings along with bits and pieces of this mythology, but never knew it could be this interesting. I live in Tennessee, born and raised. When the story started, I thought I made a mistake with the "hillbilly" slag. But after the first few chapters, the storyline started blending in with mythology, history of Christmas and everyone's present day understanding of "Santa Claus". Anyway, very interesting twist! You better bet, I will be leaving my offering in my shoes on my front deck this Christmas. And my kids? They better be good or Krampus could come and put them in his sack and beat them with a stick!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. There are some pretty obvious parallels though I didn't really like American Gods - I think Krampus is a much more likeable guy.
The party at the bar. If only Christmas were like that! We'd have a lot less suicides.
Excellent narration, in particular Krampus' voice is perfect - worthy of an award!
The intermixing of multiple lines of differing opinions regarding the main character's motives. This is a book where the majority of characters are viewed as antagonists by some participants, but protagonists by themselves.
I loved the performer's voice acting of the Yule Lord's voice. You really got the feeling he was in a different character state of mind when voicing Krampus.
The story is very well written, and draws on less well known myths. The idea that Santa has an archenemy is fascinating. With that said this book is one of the most violent works of fiction I have ever read in my life. Krampus himself is a twisted being, and the desire to kill Santa is dark. If that doesn't bother you too much then I strongly recommend this book.
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