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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

The Guardians #1

author : william joyce

pages : [hardcover] 228

memorable quote To understand pretending is to conquer all barriers of time and space.

favorite characters : north & katherine

summary :

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting…and, he’s not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.

review :

I wanted to start this book series as soon as I watched the movie based on it, Rise of the Guardians. Because it’s one of my favorite movies, I was excited to see what William Joyce was writing about these fantastical people who live in our imagination. This first book centers around North, the person Santa Claus was before he was Santa. Let’s just say that he’s everything you wouldn’t think he was, apart from caring for children. He’s big, tough, a master thief, a great fighter. But he has a big heart and is determined to stop the Fearlings as well as Pitch, the Nightmare King. The Boogeyman.

I just love the obvious amounts of thought and imagination that went into this story. The detail makes it seem like a fairy tale, something I’d tell to all the kids I know. It’s a special world that Joyce is creating, one in which all of these characters-the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny-all know each other and work together against evil. There are wizards and magic, children who save the day. There’s a little bit of everything in this first book and I’ve already gotten the second one to read, featuring E. Aster Bunnymund!

This is a quick read that took me less than a day to finish because it’s geared toward juvenile readers. I think that just about anyone can enjoy it because I loved it! Who doesn’t love the magic of these legendary figures and remember how we thought of them we we were children? I loved being able to return to them but in a  new way through this story and the ones that will come afterward.

I really recommend this book to anyone, especially those looking for a short and sweet story! To connect with your inner child and get a taste of Joyce’s fantastical writing, you need to pick up this book.

5/5 stars!

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