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Krampus: The Yule Lord | [Brom]

Krampus: The Yule Lord

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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....
—from Krampus

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

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    Ranch Girl 12-18-14
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    "Yuletide Reborn! Riveting!"

    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.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Horror Fans...Toss It In Your Cart!!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stanton Mt Carmel, TN 04-21-13
    Stanton Mt Carmel, TN 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoughts of Christmas"
    What did you love best about Krampus?

    His overall being


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Krampus?

    His kindness for the wolfs


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His performance of Santa


    If you could take any character from Krampus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Krampus of course!! How often would I get to go out to dinner with the Yule Lord?


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Artur Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-17-13
    Artur Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'd Take Krampus over Santa Claus any day"
    What other book might you compare Krampus to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The party at the bar. If only Christmas were like that! We'd have a lot less suicides.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narration, in particular Krampus' voice is perfect - worthy of an award!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don 04-10-13
    Don 04-10-13
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    "I love me some Krampus!"
    What did you love best about Krampus?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Arlington, TX 09-25-13
    Phillip Arlington, TX 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay...that's all."

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-10-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "aBROMination"

    SANTA CLAUS IS AN ABOMINATION
    At one time Santa Claus and Krampus were the best of friends. Then the egotistical Claus sucker punched Krampus and chained him under ground. Santa Claus won the fight and rewrote the history books. He had so much power that Christians worship him today and put up trees in his honor, even though Santa stole that idea from the Yule Tide Lord. The Christians hated Krampus, who honored Mother Nature, because his parties included lots of drinking and getting naked.

    THE ANSWER TO ALL RIDDLES SEEM EASY ONCE YOU KNOW THEM
    Krampus is unfamiliar in America, but is well known in Germany and other European Countries. Brom did a lot of research for this book, which makes it that much better. This is not as good as NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, but it is the next best thing.

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    Bryan Indiana, United States 12-03-14
    Bryan Indiana, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Intro Had me!!"
    Would you listen to Krampus again? Why?

    I will probably listen to Krampus again. It's an interesting story that had me cheering for one character at the beginning and siding against that same character towards the end and back again. It left me basically confused as to who the heroes were but in a good way.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    Wow! Kirby Heyborne's performance was fantastic. The way he portrayed Krampus was audible gold!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was one of the best single listens I've heard all year. I was entertained all of the way through and was impressed by the creativity of the story itself. If you're looking for something that doesn't follow the typical tripe that is being spewed out by the mundane then this will tickle that sweet spot between your ears.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-13-14
    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Cool concept for a story."

    Without being a spoiler, I like Krampus very much. The "other" guy, not so much. I think you will enjoy this book.

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    christopher senerote california,usa 12-12-13
    christopher senerote california,usa 12-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "wow,wow,and wow couldnt put this book down."
    Would you listen to Krampus again? Why?

    yes the narrator was the best that i have heard period.


    What other book might you compare Krampus to and why?

    I am still trying to find one myself.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this was a first time and will listen to anything he does from now on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes it was. I hope he writes more.


    Any additional comments?

    worth every bit of money

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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