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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

de William Joyce, Laura Geringer

Séries: The Guardians of Childhood (Novel 1)

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Nicholas St. North, a daredevil swordsman seeking treasure in the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen finds, instead, the great wizard Ombric Shalazar and a battle against the Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings--a battle Nicholas can win only if he finds five other Guardians in time.
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Charming and fun if nothing like the movie it spawned. I wish that Katherine had been a character in the movie because she's an awesome young heroine. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
This was a fun read. Yes, like everyone else I watched the movie and thought “well now I want to know the backstory to this world”

The story was captivating right from the start, it’s full of mystery and imagination that just keeps coming and is woven together in such a beautiful manner. It pulls you in and makes you want to keep learning the beauty of this magical world and it’s guardians.

I love the the back story to this particular Santa, (I’m a sucker for Santa backstories haha) this particular one was very different from the usual, Swordsman, thief, battleridden, angry, and so many other unlikely characteristics that were used to describe him, alongside the jolly and wondrous side we all know. The only thing I was a little bummed about was it doesn’t actually tell us HOW he became the Santa we all know and love, which I am hoping in something that gets explained in later stories. There was hints of it but not enough to actually say “this is how he came to deliver toys to children”

The story ends in a manner that makes you want to come back and continue learning and becoming part of this wondrous world. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Jul 30, 2020 |
The sinister Pitch, the terrible Nightmare King whose depredations brought about the end of the interstellar Golden Age, and resulted in the last scion of the great House of Lunanoff becoming the fabled Man in the Moon, above a small green planet called Earth, is freed from his ages long imprisonment in this engrossing middle-grade fantasy novel from William Joyce and Laura Geringer, immediately setting out to conquer the planet and terrorize its residents (especially its children) with his Fearlings. When Pitch and his men come upon Santoff Claussen, a magical and well-protected village in the isolated wilds of Siberia, protected by the spells of the great wizard Ombric, they are at first repelled. When they try again, this time possessing the great bear which (amongst other things) protects the village, it seems like they will have more luck. Then a dream summons Nicholas St. North, the most famed thief and adventurer of the age, to Santoff Claussen's defense, leading to a sequence of events in which Pitch is temporarily defeated, and North finds that he has a higher destiny...

Having read and enjoyed all three of William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood picture-books - The Man in the Moon,
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
, and Jack Frost - I have long been meaning to read the series of fantasy novels involving the same cast of characters. Much of the back story here - the battle between Pitch and the Lunanoff Family, during the Golden Age, and the partial destruction of the Moon Clipper that led to the formation of Earth's moon - were covered in those books, but it was good to get more details. I really enjoyed the cast of characters here, from the wise Ombric to the intrepid North, not to mention the courageous Katharine, and hoped I will see all of them again, in subsequent entries in the series. My only disappointment, with Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, is that although Nicholas' eventual role as Santa Claus is hinted at, that transformation isn't actually covered in the story, something I was rather expecting, given the book's description. Still, that is a minor complaint, as I otherwise greatly enjoyed this one, and am now eager to track down and read the sequels. Recommended to anyone who has read and enjoyed the picture-books mentioned above, and to all middle-grade readers who enjoy fantasy fiction. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 4, 2020 |
I'd have gone to 5 stars if the story had covered more ground and stood alone a little more strongly, but it was mostly an origin story - and any long-time comic reader will know that those are a tricky prospect (with the double whammy of being essential reading). William Joyce has a wonderful voice in his writing. Sprawling and intimate at the same time, with a preternatural connection to what WORKS in the hearts and minds of the young and young-at-heart.

I love the set-up of this series, how it functions as the creation of a mythic pantheon that kids know they can believe in because it comes from love. Evil, darkness, and mistakes aren't sources of negative motivation for loving the heroic idols within - they are instead rejected and contained, fought and sequestered away where they can still be seen and understood.

These are "gods" who have your back, want you to succeed, and don't threaten to torture you - they frankly don't care what you think of them, they're too busy being good and experiencing the same struggles and flaws that their readers understand all too well.

Thank you, William Joyce. I don't know if these books will ever attain the heights that they should - but I see what they are, what they are worth, and the love that went into them. I'm never going to be too old to know the value of a nightlight. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
Nicholas St. North is written by the extremely talented, William Joyce and illustrated by Laura Geringer. This is the first book in the Guardians series. It tells the story of Santa, before he was Santa. Nicholas St. North is an awesome swordsman that is treasure and adventure hungry. He teams up with Ombric and a little girl to defeat the Nightmare King, who is torturing the children in the village, Santoff Claussen. This book reminded me so much of old-school fantasy books and I loved it. The students will enjoy the adventure this book will take them on. ( )
  bwaresam | Nov 9, 2016 |
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