Stormtrooper Terry

Stormtrooper Terry

Monday, December 30, 2013

Goodreads Book Review - Krampus: The Yule Lord

Krampus: The Yule LordKrampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Talk about an alternative Christmas story! This book tells the tale of Krampus, a mythological creature of Asgardian descent who is the Yule Lord and who hates Santa Claus for stealing the holiday season from him. The set-up sounds comical as hell but, while the story does have plenty of comical moments, it takes quite a few darker turns as well. The main character, Jesse, gets involved in Krampus' story at a particularly low point in his life, and the story itself is all about watching how Jesse's personal journey dovetails with Krampus' quest for revenge. I enjoyed the book, it had quite a lot of nice touches and fun characters, but it felt less complete to me than the other Brom books I've read. I think that's because it felt kind of rushed; the entire story takes place over three or so days so the pace is frenetic and there isn't a lot of breathing room. Better pacing would have made for a better story, but other than that it was definitely fun... and different... holiday reading fare.

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