Book Review: Krampus the Yule Lord

During the Christmas season, I was on a bit of a holiday reading and writing kick. My husband pick up Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom during one of our many bookstore escapades, so I decided to give it a chance.

Below is the excerpt from the book jacket:

   One 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.
            Now Santa’s 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.

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My opinion of the book? I absolutely loved it! Five out of Five stars. It took me some time to get into the story- Jesse, the main character come across as a bit of a dead weight, barfly, not the type of character I typically follow. Brom does an amazing job of developing the character realistically from a cowardly, broken man to an inspired father and artist as he follows the Yule Lord on his journey of re-enlightening the world on the joys of season. The book is gritty, with several overt sexual references and some scenes with graphic violence, but the harshness adds to the story rather than distracting.

The book included an intriguing mix of references to Santa’s origins and Norse mythology. The setting, although not a real town, was based off real life struggles in a rural environment plagued by small town mobsters and drug dealers.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the use of various forms of artwork by the author scattered throughout the story. Every chapter began with a sketch of characters or settings and the center of the book displayed  beautiful, full-color character paintings.

Overall, amazing book with gorgeous artwork. Definitely worth a read!

 

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