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There’s just something about the holidays that makes it the perfect time to read a fantasy novel. Even better is a book with a Christmas theme!
The countdown to Christmas is on. Make yours a fantastical adventure with the books below. Read one or read them all!
This is not the Santa Claus story you might be expecting.
Christopher Nicholas is an average fifteen year-old teenager…at least he thinks he is. But to be average he’d have to ignore his unique ability to see people’s names above them, or the way he seems to be able to know what is really in someone’s heart. Then, there is the fact that as he is about to turn sixteen, everything he thinks he knows about his life is about to be turned upside down.
Christopher Nicholas is the last surviving heir to a very old and powerful promise. And, he has a choice to make. He can choose to continue to live his life the way he wants as the world around him falls into darkness and a dark and evil force known as Legion achieves their plans to finally take over everything. Or, he can choose to accept who he is as the only one who can stop them and bring light back where only dark exists. He can choose to become THE HEIR OF CLAUS.
He’s not fat, he’s rarely jolly, and he just might kick your butt! Join the elf behind the legend on an irreverent romp as he scrambles to save not one, but two worlds from imminent disaster.
Sleighed tells the story of Sinter Ni’klas – the real Santa Claus – and his wife Ti’elle, rulers of the elfish kingdom of Erethielle. Their world and ours are magically connected; Erethielle produces the magic that Earth needs to survive, and Earth consumes Erethielle’s excess magic that would otherwise burn it to a crisp. Every Christmas Eve, the barrier between the two worlds grows thin enough for Sinter to deliver the magic that the Earth needs to sustain its existence and, in the process, he prevents the destruction of both worlds. Thus, the fate of the two worlds depends on Sinter’s yearly trip.
However, this year there is a problem. Factions within the populace are protesting the continued delivery of such massive quantities of magic to the Earth, demanding that it remain in Erethielle. With less than one week until Christmas Eve, the magic intended for Earth, which Sinter has been faithfully collecting all year, is stolen, imperiling his visit. While Sinter pursues the thieves outside the kingdom- encountering hostile armies, snow monsters, trolls, traitors, and angry unicorns- Ti’elle is attacked and kidnapped as part of a plot against the crown.
Join the real Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fantasy adventure completely devoid of singing, vertically challenged elves, green felt, pointy hats, and every other cutesy thing erroneously attributed to the Man in Red.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
Dickens was not the first author to celebrate the Christmas season in literature, but it was he who superimposed his humanitarian vision of the holiday upon the public, an idea that has been termed as Dickens’ “Carol Philosophy”. Dickens believed the best way to reach the broadest segment of the population regarding his concerns about poverty and social injustice was to write a deeply felt Christmas story rather than polemical pamphlets and essays. Dickens’ career as a best-selling author was on the wane, and the writer felt he needed to produce a tale that would prove both profitable and popular. Dickens’ visit to the work-worn industrial city of Manchester was the “spark” that fired the author to produce a story about the poor, a repentant miser, and redemption that would become A Christmas Carol. The forces that inspired Dickens to create a powerful, impressive and enduring tale were the profoundly humiliating experiences of his childhood, the plight of the poor and their children during the boom decades of the 1830s and 1840s, and Washington Irving’s essays on old English Christmas traditions published in his Sketch Book (1820); and fairy tales and nursery stories, as well as satirical essays and religious tracts.
A boy, an elf and a train.
And a great adventure.
Sam Reynolds is in trouble. He’s been placed in detention by the school and on restriction by his dad for fighting.
It was a story his grandfather told him of a trip he took by train when he was a boy.
To the great city of the north.
The North Pole.
He came back from that trip with a circular object dropped in the snow by a man he could see only from a distance. In the center of it, writ large, were the initials SC.
It had to be.
Sam has heard the story his whole life and has seen the proof. But he wants to know or himself, to prove that what he has believed since he could remember was the truth.
One night he goes looking for the train that his grandfather rode. What he finds both shocks and surprises him and it leads him on an adventure from which he will never be the same again.
From the author of I Am Legion, Skyfallen, Shadow Lords, and The Joining.
The original stories behind everyone’s favorite Christmas ballet
It wasn’t until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale’s earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas’s 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann’s popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Frost’s life was about to change forever. Frost spent his whole life working with his mother for a Duke and finally earned his freedom and position. The past he knew so little about, would change his life forever. He was the first half elf to slip through the hands of death as an infant. His true identity had been unknown to him. On his seventeenth birthday, Frost would realize the importance of his true destiny. As Dark Elves return to the Earth, Frost alone holds the power to defeat them if he can learn to control that power.
Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murder, a
liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood.
You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming to
take your head. I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide…
and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of
Krampus, the Lord of Yule and mortal enemy of Santa Claus.
Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling
songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures
chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the
reindeer leap skyward taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds,
screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets earthward, a magical sack
that will thrust the down-on-his luck singer into the clutches of the
terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become
blurred as Jesse’s new master reveals many dark secrets about the
cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, and how half a millennium ago, the jolly old saint
imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.
time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution
and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the
chance to redeem himself to his family, to save his own broken dreams…and
help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.
For bad children, a lump of coal from Santa is positively light punishment when Krampus is ready and waiting to beat them with a stick, wrap them in chains, and drag them down to hell—all with St. Nick’s encouragement and approval.
Krampusnacht holds within its pages twelve tales of Krampus triumphant, usurped, befriended, and much more. From evil children (and adults) who get their due, to those who pull one over on the ancient “Christmas Devil.” From historic Europe, to the North Pole, to present day American suburbia, these all new stories embark on a revitalization of the Krampus tradition.
Whether you choose to read Krampusnacht over twelve dark and scary nights or devour it in one nacht of joy and terror, these stories are sure to add chills and magic to any winter’s reading.
Featuring stories by Cheresse Burke, Guy Burtenshaw, Jill Corddry, Elise Forier Edie, Patrick Evans, Scott Farrell, Caren Gussoff, Mark Mills, Jeff Provine, Colleen H. Robbins, Lissa Sloan, and Elizabeth Twist.
What if wizards were real but we knew them as mall Santas?
The SantaClaus myth we know and love is just a cover for a secret order ofwizards. They wield a system of magic that draws on the power of swearwords to battle the forces of the evil Krampus.
Daniel is a college kidwho needs a job. He finds work at the mall Santa kiosk but almost loseshis life on his first day when Krampus’s minions attack. He learns magic is real, Santas are wizards, and swear words hold great power.
There’san ongoing battle against evil for the fate of the world. Can Danieltake up the fight? Can he learn to do magic too? Will the Santas survive the onslaught of the forces of Krampus? Find out in Santa vs. Krampus!
Out of Scandinavia, in the early 1700’s, steps the story of a boy who becomes a man, of a man who beomes a legend, of a legend that inspires the world. Santa is real.
Grandma gives a sweater she knitted, Dad receives a necktie he doesn’t really like, the kids get toys that make a variety of noises, most of them loud, all of them annoying.
What do writers give for the holiday season? They give the gift of stories that take the reader away to fantastical times or places, tales that can be blood-curdling or heart-warming, adventures that capture the heart of the season.
Fantastic Holiday Stories by Kevin J. Anderson • Kristine Kathryn Rusch • Rebecca Moesta • David Farland • Larry Correia • Nina Kiriki Hoffman • Dean Wesley Smith • Debra Gray De Noux & O’Neil De Noux •
Jerry Oltion • Kathy Oltion • Kent Patterson • Ray Vukcevich • Kim Antieau.
Time marches on… Santas and Elves come and go at the North Pole complex. For some the reasons they choose to leave are personal, for others it’s a dismissal. Santa’s annual Mission must never fail despite how each passing year adds complexity amidst a world plagued by endless wars and upheavals. The denizens of the North are not secluded from the human world’s problems. The complex is not the utopia that some want it to be. Santa and Elves must come to terms with the turbulence of history and not allow personal issues to disrupt their commitments. Anna, Tetsu, and Hilda will each face challenges that threaten their legacies and centuries old friendships.
About the series: The Magi Charter
For over two thousand years the legend of Santa Claus has endured. His is a mission of peace as outlined in the Magi Charter, given to the first Santa by the Child. From humble beginnings following that First Christmas the Santa lineage has been passed down through the ages. This epic adventure tells the story of those Santas from the founding of the North Pole and the origin of the ancient elves, to our modern times where the world’s problems effect even those in the secluded complex of the North, and concluding in the distant future which finds Santa and the elves committed to their mission on a galactic scale where Christmas traditions are barely recognizable. Even in that era those committed to the Charter must find a way to deliver that which is needed most to those most deserving.
The truth that inspired the myth…
Power has always had a way of attracting attention. Those who want it constantly seeking out those who have it, never caring who or what it costs in the process. When Gerald first heard of the ancient magick to the North and saw with his own eyes the feats it could achieve, how could he not sacrifice whatever was necessary to obtain it?
With an army at his back and the words of a mysterious stranger at his ear, the elves are on the verge of complete annihilation. Their best chance at survival may rest on the shoulders of an elf named Kringle, and Kris, an abandoned boy who fate left in her care.
Join Maribel and Jingle Belle The Elf as they embark on their journey to the Northern Town beyond the frozen mountains; to save Santa and the elves from the tyranny of the wicked Snow Queen, Befana. Prepare yourself for a Christmas journey like no other, as you see traditional characters in a new light. Wrap up and get comfortable as you follow our characters through the frozen north to rescue the Festive Legend we all know as Santa Claus.
Upon completing her first Big Night assignment of delivering coal to all the kids on the Naughty List, Coal Elf Ember Skye thought all was well at the North Pole. She no longer has to slave away mining coal, and her arch-nemesis – the demonic and evil elf, Sturd – has seemingly been stripped of his power and relegated to obscurity.
But you just can’t keep a bad elf down. Sturd’s accidental discovery of an ancient text sends him on a mission that may very well change life at the Pole as they all know it. His unexpected rise in power potentially could lead to unbridled chaos that would threaten the very existence of the Big Night, the North Pole, and even the Claus himself.
Return to the North Pole where Ember and all the Coal Elves will soon realize never to underestimate the corrupting temptation of unrivaled power. Unfortunately for them, it may be too late…