Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King


Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare (The Guardians)

I picked up this book because I heard about it after the “Rise of the Guardians” movie came out.

First, I’d like to mention how nice the presentation for this book is. It looks beautiful, and it has nice inside art, too. It’s one of the better looking books I’ve seen.

The way it’s written makes me think of a person sitting in a chair, telling a story to a bunch of people around them. It took me a little while to get into it. It definitely has its own, unique style.

It’s very whimsical and there’s a lot of humor in the writing (for example, North, the character, making a compass that points to himself).

It was enjoyable. The characters were likable, and it had a certain feel to its world. It was “Earth” and yet full of magic and everything seemed to have intelligent – whether a beam of light from the moon or an insect.

It had a fairytale like charm, where it could spout out anything as existing in this world and the explanation is “because”. It didn’t worry about trying to explain the science behind things. For instance, a little girl is tossed high enough to reach the clouds, and lands safely because she’s caught. Obviously she’s still be a pancake, but this is the sort of story where cows can jump over moons or trees can come to life and it’s not questioned.

I did enjoy it and plan on getting the next book sometime.

I also appreciate that while, obviously, this wasn’t the end of the series, the book did have its own end. This particular adventure finished instead of stopping a story somewhere in the middle and asking people to buy the next book.

I give it about an 8/10.

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