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Krampus: The Yule Lord

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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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    Mel USA 01-05-14
    Mel USA 01-05-14 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Put.....the Vodka.....Down"

    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..

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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.

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    Ryan CA, United States 08-31-15
    Ryan CA, United States 08-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't finish it..."

    ...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.

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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 3 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.

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    Stanton Mt Carmel, TN 04-21-13
    Stanton Mt Carmel, TN 04-21-13 Member Since 2016
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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 3 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    L.B. 04-10-13
    L.B. 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.


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    Elijah syracuse, NY, United States 12-14-12
    Elijah syracuse, NY, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark, violent, and twisted."

    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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    Sam Meyersdale, PA, United States 12-04-12
    Sam Meyersdale, PA, United States 12-04-12
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    "Brilliant narration and a great dark holiday read"

    Audio narration = 5++ Kirby Heyborne does such a phenomenal job narrating this story that I would say that it was probably what I enjoyed most about the book. He brought these characters to life in such a way that I thought there were several different narrators and was surprised to find that this was not the case. I wasn't surprised to find that Heyborne also narrated parts of Cloud Atlas which was also done brilliantly. I look forward to enjoying more audio books with this narrator.

    I am almost sad to say that I didn't enjoy Krampus as much as I thought I would. I loved Brom's retelling of Peter Pan in The Child Thief so much that I was anticipating the same kind of dark and disturbing storytelling in this story about a Christmas demon. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't by any means a fun, happy story, it just didn't have that element of creepiness that I expect from this author or that I anticipated with this particular subject matter. How can a story about a Christmas demon known for dragging naughty children off to Hell be anything less than terrifying? Unfortunately, there is a way.

    The images of Krampus seem pretty terrifying but for some reason this story presented him as far less than intimidating, and even a little ridiculous at times with all too human-like flaws. Since Krampus is said to carry naughty children off to hell, I thought he would be a bit more imposing with less obvious weaknesses of character. There were definitely some bloody & violent moments involving The Yule Lord but I didn't find him believable as a God or descendant of Loki. Also, the background of the conflict between him and Santa was a little confusing at times, especially near the end. The way this story was resolved was even more baffling. However, an afterword explains a lot of the mythology that the author used to inspire parts of the book and does actually answer some questions.

    While several aspects of this book left me less than satisfied, many others I really enjoyed. For example, exploring the origins of the Santa Claus and Krampus mythology and their relationships to the Gods Odin and Loki. I am always fascinated by the way many pagan rituals have been absorbed into Christian celebrations and I enjoyed reading about how that applied to Santa and Krampus' legends. There was also some wicked humor interspersed throughout that I found genuinely entertaining. Those moments when Krampus was attempting to function in today's world was at times amusing and at other times just sad. I would have liked to have seen this explored a bit more.

    One of my favorite things about Krampus- The Yule Lord was the main character Jesse. I don't know how many of you watch the TV show "Breaking Bad" but there is also a character named Jesse in that show who consistently makes all the wrong decisions and isn't very likable but somehow has some endearing quality that makes you root for him all the same. Jesse in this novel was much the same and so, in my mind, this is who I saw playing this tale out. This and the incredible audio narration were, in my opinion, this books best qualities. But while I loved Jesse's character, sometimes I felt like what was going on with him overshadowed Krampus' story and I was left wanting more from both.

    Overall, Krampus is a story I would recommend, especially for the Christmas/Yule season. There is a lot going on in this story; violence, mayhem, mythology, gods, goats, magic, thugs, domestic violence, murder, and belsnickels. You definitely won't be bored. If you are thinking of reading this, I HIGHLY recommend the audio, it is one of the best narrations I've ever listened to.

    Rating - 3

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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