Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus a novel by Tim Slover

The magic begins 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. By the end,  Santa's magic is last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies. 

I enjoyed reading most of this book. I mostly enjoyed the moral behind this book though. But all in all, it wasn't my cup of tea. I really wanted to like this book. I am disappointed that I didn't. 
The characters were well written and well developed but at times it was too corny and too sugary sweet for me. A couple of times Tim Slover shocked me with the turns of events but that is also a good thing. Keeps us on our toes. One of the morals in this story reminded me of the book I read for review Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado: are you willing to do a good deed just to do a good deed while remaining anonymous? The other lesson learned in this book is good always overcomes evil.
All in all, if you are looking for traditional Christmas story with a few tweaks and surprises, this is for you.
The title is fitting and so is the cover.
I would recommend this to some but not all.

                                                            I received my copy of this book from Pump Up Your Books. Thank you Cheryl for letting me be part of this blog tour.



Cheryl said...

Thanks for taking the time to review Tim's book. I enjoyed this one, though I have to admit there was one thing I didn't like. I can't say what that is or it would give part of the story away, but you might be able to guess it.


Elisha German said...

Thank you for letting me part of the blog tour. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it even if I didn't fully enjoy it.