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
this story doesn't just pull you in, it drags you in and doesn't let you leave. kirby heyborne is a performer each character having their own voice gives such power to this lightly twisted tale that one seeks more of both brom and mr. heyborne
Probably not. It'd be hard to give a quick run down, without sounding like I'm insane. I stuck with it because the storytelling was good, not for the actual plot itself.
Meh. It ended well enough, but I was hoping for more.
That's just the thing; I thought this was the book the new movie was based on. I thought it'd be a fun, spooky Halloweentime read, and then I'd go see the movie for an extra thrill. The *only* thing these two have in common is the title.
The narrator was fantastic. I liked the story when it involved the humans, but I just couldn't get through the Norse legend stuff without wanting to fall asleep.
...yet the tale is right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of author's in this bailiwick - people like Adams, Gaiman and Pratchett who can weave old lore into modern day. That may be the problem; I've been spoiled by their great writing before reaching this. That may also be the reason for so many positive reviews from other listeners; they're entranced by this sophomore book because it's one of their first encounters in the genre.
So engaging and very well written. So many feels for Krampus. Will definitely be revisiting Brom's other works!! I'm sold.
I was pleasantly surprised. A good story and fun read with an academic twist. Nice ending to a grisly tale.
This is a sick, twisted and disgusting spin on Christmas-I f**king loved it!! Okay it's not that disgusting, I just wanted to get my point across on how twisted-ly cool this "Holiday" themed novel is. Real quick, this book's about a loser, failed songwriter(Jesse Walker) from West Virginia who comes across Santas magic sack of presents which is when his luck really takes a turn for the worse.
Santa isn't the only one who wants the magic sack, the real Yule Lord of Christmas is after the sack too, "Krampus". I won't give too much away, I'll just tell you this in an extremely well written, original, "Quentin Tarantino-esq" story about two Christmas Saints doing battle and how evil Saint nick really is. I have to tell you that the character development in this book is amazing!! I kid you not, Brom really made the characters larger than life and Kirby Heyborne's narration(especially Krampus) was one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. I don't know what kind of sick mind could come up with a story like this but God bless you!!! God bless you Brom!!
Merry Krampus everyone, Merry Krampus!
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.
Wow! Kirby Heyborne's performance was fantastic. The way he portrayed Krampus was audible gold!
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.
Without being a spoiler, I like Krampus very much. The "other" guy, not so much. I think you will enjoy this book.
yes the narrator was the best that i have heard period.
I am still trying to find one myself.
this was a first time and will listen to anything he does from now on.
yes it was. I hope he writes more.
worth every bit of money
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