Krampus: the Yule Lord, City of Dark Magic, & Half Magic

NEW: KRAMPUS: THE YULE LORD by Brom (Harper Voyager, 2012)

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus. Krampus is a holiday book unlike any other you’ll find this season!

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.

 

From the reader community:

“It’s hillbilly noir crossed with Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s as Christmassy as you can get when your protagonist is out to murder Santa Claus (as it turns out, that’s pretty Christmassy). The funny is hilarious. The danger is real. And the violence is hilarious and real…I’ve read a lot of great books so far this year, but none of them have been as full of pure fun as Krampus.” ~Greg (Goodreads)

“Krampus is an exhilarating gory Christmas tale as Santa and Lord Yule battle each other while the mortal matures as he gains confidence and esteem while moving away from self-pity and debasement. Fast-paced from the moment Santa and the devils fight and never slows down, fans will appreciate this coming of age holiday horror thriller.” ~Harriet (Amazon)

Enjoy an excerpt of Krampus: the Yule Lord on Tor.com. Order a copy from these popular booksellers:

 

SOON: CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte (Penguin, 2012)

Debut author Magnus Flyte is in fact the debut collaborative effort of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, but be sure to check out the delightful persona developed for the man Magnus on the seres’ website. City of Dark Magic could be considered simple historical romance except for a sprinkling of time travel and magical creatures!

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.

Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

 

From the reader community:

“The story moves swiftly and balances between the paranormal, murder mystery, romantic comedy and historical fiction. You will want to go to Prague. You will find yourself straining to hear the opening bars of Beethoven’s fantastic pieces. You will want to read this book in one sitting while drinking good beer.” ~Kim (Goodreads)

“Worthwhile book that should not only be read but put on your shelf for a fast-paced adventure read that you can turn to again and again.” ~Adrienne (Goodreads)

Don’t miss this: 25 copies of City of Dark Magic are being given away on Goodreads, now through December 1. Enter to win!

An excerpt of City of Dark Magic is available on from the author website. Look for this book on November 27 or preorder:

 

CLASSIC: HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager, Book One in the Tales of Magic series (Sandpiper, 1954)

The seven book Tales of Magic series all follow the same perfect formula for young readers: take four children with time on their hands and put them in an out-of-the-way place, and before you know it, they’re uncovering magical talismans and having adventures. Eager’s prose is bright and funny and interspersed with enchanting pen-and-ink illustrations by M. N. Bodecker (though the current cover illustrations are by Quentin Blake, well known for his work with Roald Dahl).

Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eager’s tales of magic have become beloved classics. Now four cherished stories by Edward Eager about vacationing cousins who stumble into magical doings and whimsical adventures are available in updated hardcover and paperback formats. The original lively illustrations by N. M. Bodecker have been retained, but eye-catching new cover art by Kate Greenaway Medalist Quentin Blake gives these classics a fresh, contemporary look for a whole new generation.

 

From the reader community:

“They’re fast, funny, charming reads. Most of them take place over the course of a few warm days, and they’ll all bring you back to the time when lightning bugs were only a fraction of your summer magic. Read if: 1. You’re looking for the most appealing way possible to spend an afternoon with fractions. 2. You can’t find anyone to play Ghost in the Graveyard with. 3. You want a proper fairy tale.” ~Andrea (Goodreads)

“I first read Half Magic when I was seven and twenty years later, I still love it. My abiding love of children’s literature probably began right here, in a book that has everything—plot, humor, intelligence, and fabulous characters. Children and adults alike will love Half Magic. Start here, but remember: to read one is to want them all.” ~Ivy (Amazon)

Enjoy an excerpt of Half Magic on NPR.org. Order the book from these popular booksellers:

Which Fantastic New, Soon, and Classic books are you excited about?