Nickolai of the North Paperback – 19 Oct 2006
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'A real yuletide treat ... If it doesn't give you that Xmas feeling, then there is no help for it: you have become Scrooge.' (The Times 2006-12-17)
'Enchantingly original ... thrilling twists ensure that this will become a Christmas classic.’ (The Independent 2005-10-21)
A gem... an imaginative fantasy.(Daily Mail 2006-12-08)
'This definitive story of how Santa came to be recreates the magic of Christmas with elves, fairies, flying reindeer, and plenty of snow and ice. A classic myth in the making, presented in a luxurious gift edition.' (Starred review, Publishing News 2005-07-01)
The definitive story of how Santa came to be - a book for every home this Christmas. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Nickolia of the North is about the childhood of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, the baby elf boy who survives when the evil elf queen Magda turns all the other elves at the North Pole into stone by stealing their Light Fairies. Plucked from the jaws of her wolves by a flying reindeer and dropped down the chimney of a childless couple, Nickolai has to keep his pointed ears and fairy soul secret - until his adoptive parents and best friends are persuaded to come to the sinister gold city Magda has created. Packed with exciting action, charming reindeer and hints of the life to come this is a really delightful book. It just misses 5 stars because I felt that the characters weren't explored in sufficient depth, but it's one of the best Christmas stories I've come across.
I think it is one of the best books in the world.
I hated Magda and I loved Nicholai and his friends.
I can't wait to read another book from the same author. She is very good and her stories are brilliant.
Cheers from Dublin!
You can forget everything you read elsewhere about St Nicholas, as the author explains what really happened to Nickolai of the north. The forces of good and evil confronted each other at the North Pole in a world containing elves, goblins, fairies, flying reindeer, a two-headed monster, an evil witch, a town paved with gold and a bit of magic.
My own childhood was a long time ago (in the fifties), but I found it to be an enjoyable read and I note with satisfaction, as I read other reviews of this book, that modern children also find it enjoyable. The great news for those who enjoy this book is that there is a sequel, Nickolai's Quest, which continues the story by explaining how Santa and Rudolph deliver all those presents on Christmas Eve.
This is a story about a little boy, Nickolai, and his search for his family. After a horrific attack on the Elfin kingdom by the witch Magda and her evil band of demons and goblins, baby Nickolai is snatched from the snow by a flying reindeer just as Magda's vicious wolves are closing in. Deposited down a chimney in the nearest 'Two-Legs' village, Nickolai grows into a young man in the care of old Joe and Hannah, and makes new friends in his town. Hearing rumours of a new Golden City further north, Nickolai and his friends travel to investigate. For Nick, this is a quest to finally find out who he is; for his friends and their families, it is a chance at a new life. But all that glitters is not gold, and when a terrible plot is uncovered, threatening childhood forever, it's up to Nick and his old reindeer friends to save the day.
This is a wonderful book to give to children at Christmas, weaving together all kinds of Christmassy magic and mythology into one action-packed story. There are fairies and wolves, demons and witches, elves and reindeer, Northern Lights and streets paved with gold, sleigh rides and a magical forest. There are hideously evil and twisted characters who seem to be unstoppable in their dastardly plots to destroy the world, and there are good, brave and courageous people who must fight to win the day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favourite book up until now, I am 19 but this will always be my childhood favourite.Published 19 months ago by Imogen Richards
I'm an adult, and accidentally started reading this whilst taking my daughter to the the library, I was hooked from the start, and had to get it out to complete it, and I enjoyed... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs Laura L Latarche
Best christmas story ever wonderful magical and great condition!Published 21 months ago by Claire Morgan
Not bad more fun parts I think .my family mite like it or not I do not know set yes or no at www.yes or no.comPublished on 20 May 2014 by G D Crow
The plot was fairly complex but held well together and came up with a lovely tale to explain the begins of Christmas.Published on 21 April 2013 by Lindsey
Magical winter story. Lovely to read to children in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Looking forward to reading the sequel.Published on 1 Jan. 2013 by KatieSpirit
Well if you have ever wondered why or where all of this Christmas stuff came from, read on.
Nickolai of the North from the very creative mind of Lucy Daniel Raby is the story... Read more