Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

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Forget naughty or nice--this is a battle of good vs. evil.

Discover the origins of St. Nick and follow along as the Guardians start their quest to rid the world of nightmares in the first Guardians chapter book from Academy Award winner William Joyce that inspired the beloved film, The Rise of the Guardians .

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North--a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune...or save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting...and, he's not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2018]
Edition: First Atheneum Books for Young Readers paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781442430495
Branch Call Number: J FIC Joyce
Characteristics: 228 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 18, 2019

This is the tale of Santa Claus, and it makes you realize that you don’t really know his full story! Beginning with Moonbeams and magic, this is the beginning of the story of the Guardians. Or at least, this is where the author begins. And what a beginning!

When Nicholas St. North is introduced, it is hard to reconcile the wild, angry bandit with the jolly old Santa we know and love. But this wonderful retelling of an old myth is a great tale on the man who eventually becomes there Guardian of Wonder.

With twists and turns, moon and magic, as well as an elusive little sprite who likes to laugh and strives to protect the Small Ones, this is a great book to read with children. Highly recommended for those with a strong imagination as well as those who want to feel young at heart again.

Jan 23, 2019

It's been a long time since I've read such a wonderful middle-grade novel. I've found that I love fairy-tale re-tellings, and this is truly a magical one. I discovered this author and these novels while browsing my local bookstore- I had no idea these stories were connected to one of my current favorite animated movies, Rise of the Guardians. This, perhaps, made me biased towards liking it, I'll admit, but I do think that this novel is solid enough to stand on its own. It feels like an Oz novel by L. Frank Baum (Rinkitink in Oz, etc.) but set in our world, with just enough lyrical wordplay and fantastical elements to make you envision a rosy, nostalgic, magical past that might have occurred on Earth. This book, of course, is the origin story of North, the equivalent of Santa Claus. Joyce weaves in Claus lore deftly and seamlessly- North is a Russian Cossack, used to the cold. He rides on reindeer and clouds to find the lost city of Santoff Claussen, and learns magic from the last Atlantean. There are also gorgeous illustrations of characters and settings that add another layer of whimsy to the story. I'd highly recommend this author and series if you enjoy Baum's works, Grimm's Fairy Tales, or any other modern retelling of a classic story.

Gina_Vee Jun 27, 2018

Thi is the first book in the series and I am all kinds of confused.

Jan 15, 2018

Really original, fun, and well told story! Joyce is becoming one of my favourite authors! I think this series would appeal to fans of P.B. Kerr's Children of the Lamp series, however, it is for a younger reading audience. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

Oct 03, 2016

read all of this series you chums

Kereesa Jan 18, 2016

Cute and quick. Recommended for grades 3+.

Sep 01, 2015

This series is beautiful!! I am looking forward for the last book coming out next year! Yay Nightlight!!

Jun 25, 2013

I can't wait to read this book!
even though I am a teenager, I fell in love with the movie. I really want to read the background story.

Jun 23, 2013

This book was entertaining, and would be an excellent read for children just starting more advanced chapter books. It had a variety of interesting characters, and the illustrations were charming. Overall, it made me smile.

jmiss Apr 14, 2013

Imaginative and fun, this is a great book to read with kids, especially if they enjoyed the Rise of the Guardians movie. I read this with my little sister and I loved it as much as she did (and I'm 19.)

Nothing bad, unless your family doesn't do magic. Otherwise, fantastic book.

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Apr 10, 2013

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orange_tiger_1456 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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