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Sunday, December 19, 2010

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

The names are numerous – Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Sinterklaas, and St. Nick, but do we really know where Santa Claus got his name, or how he became the jolly man we all expect to visit us on Christmas Eve?

In Tim Slover’s book, “The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus,” the Utah author reveals for one and all the “true” story of the beginnings of the man we all know and love as Santa Claus.

About The Book:

Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.

It all starts 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. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.

My Thoughts:

Tim Slover captures the reader’s imagination with this exciting, adventure filled book which accounts the “real” life of Santa. Readers can almost feel the crisp bite of the frosty air, the warm spicy goodness of Anna’s cookies, and the lively banter of the eight flying reindeer as Slover weaves a magical tale of holiday joy and spirit in this enchanting tale that answers so many questions – such as how Rudolph (known as Ranulf) joined the reindeer team, where Santa got his first red suit, and how he manages to deliver all those toys all over the world in one night and never gets stuck in a chimney!

Children and adults will find the story fascinating. I personally look for this book to become a holiday classic!

My thanks to Bantam Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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