What a refreshingly unique story. This book is an epic fantasy with elements of secret history. The story combines German legends of Kris Kringle with biblical accounts of the Magi, and rounding it all out with Elves, dwarves and goblins. This may sound like a soup that doesn’t mix, but nothing feels out of place or forced.
The book is populated with interesting and likable characters – even those who begin as non-sympathetic players.
This book is part of a trilogy, but rather then 3 books, it is three volumes of the one book (kinda like Lord of the Rings).
Every now and then there was a turn of phrase in this book that felt too contemporary for the historical setting, but it didn’t really bother me. The way I see it there is some translation taking place in the telling.
I think this is going to become something of a Christmas tradition for me – reading the next Winterking book as it comes out late November each year.
If you’re looking for something a bit new and daring in epic fantasy – something that feels both familiar but different, then I recommend this book to you.