January 2, 2011


BOOK DESCRIPTION:  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.

By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.

Article first published as Book Review: The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover on Blogcritics.

I read Tim Slover's The Christmas Chronicles the week of Christmas and found it a charming and enticing tale, perfect for the holidays or any other time of year. 
Most of us know the overall story of Santa Claus and if you are like me, you have watched every Christmas classic around.  But author Tim Slover has taken a new and novel approach to how an orphaned child named Klaus would become a toymaker and distributor beloved by children and adults the world over.  He seamlessly weaves numerous elements of Santa into his work, including Santa's infamous red suit, his jolliness, the elves, the North Pole, the reindeer and even his "stand-ins" working at your local mall, having their photos taken and asking children what they want for Christmas.  One of my favorites was the explanation of how Santa manages to visit every child in the world in one night - - the explanation was completely believable (in the magical Santa sense) and I was utterly delighted by it. 
I quickly and easily read The Christmas Chronicles in one sitting and the book left me feeling warm and satisfied and wanting to curl up next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa.  The Christmas Chronicles is a "small" book, only coming in at 176 pages but each of those pages is very well spent and will enchant you.  It's a perfect read for adults or for children and would be a marvelous addition to any family's library, creating a fantastic holiday tradition. 
So grab yourself a mug of hot cocoa, curl up by the fire with your child or significant other and share in the joy of Santa Claus and the holiday season. 
The Christmas Chronicles is available for purchase at major booksellers, including Amazon.  I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.
Review copy of this book provided by Library Thing in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.


serendipity_viv said...

What an adorable book. Definitely one to add to my list for next year.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds perfect for me :)