I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.
A new take on our beloved jolly fat man, Santa Claus, the legends that have made him what he is in our eyes and the elven, which do not remind you of what you grew up believing in. The magic we have grown up to, debunked with great explanations that are creative and thought provoking. The relationship between Claus and Jack has a whole new meaning and the author does the explanations justice. I do wonder if the evil Cold One’s, aka his Excellence, aka Janack aka Jack’s, personality was shaped a bit by the movie, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
This book centers on the finding of a “Warm Blood” that Jack has wanted to get his hands on for years. This story takes place during the Fracture, where elven have been separated in to two different factions and are against one another. This has been caused by the personal agenda of The Cold One.
The author blew me away with his descriptive writing style. I felt the cold, blinded by the storms, was giddy with the formal introductions of the reindeer, awe struck by the technology of the elven , broken hearted over what had happened medically to Jack and understanding of how Claus wanted and needed to believe that his brother was so much more than what he thought of himself. The author tickles the reader’s interests in the beginning, warms us up to the story than without the reading even realizing it, is brought under the spell that the author has weaved.
There are so many different layers to this story. The elven, the warm bloods, Claus and Jack and Cane and so much more that trying to lasso it all together for this review is hard, to say the least. If you are looking for a more adult and dark version of the North Pole and its inhabitants, than this book is what you are looking for.
After all this, you are probably wondering about my rating. There is so much going on, that at times I felt a bit lost. I had to reread certain details, go back at times to get the gist of things and at times still didn’t fully get what was going on and I felt that was enough of a distraction to warrant the 4 star rating. Now, having said that, I do look forward to reading the other books in this series. There is something to be said about a story that twists from the known to make it into a more complex and thoroughly enjoyable read.