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Book Review ~ Krampusnacht by James Drummond

I wrote this 5* review for Artisan Book Reviews. FREE to buy today! Also on KindleUnlimited if you miss the free download.

I can’t wait for my granddaughter to be a few years older so that I can read this with her.

Fans of fantasy and scary stories, this pulse racing book is for you!  Nail-bitingly thrilling, I couldn’t put it down.   This is a great ‘children’s and teenager’ paranormal ‘don’t look under the bed’ folk tale, a modern day Grimm.

From the first page, as we watch young Simon traipsing through the snow for his clandestine meeting with the six, you will be gripped.  The whole book is fascinating and attention grabbing but the last third of the book I was literally on the edge of my seat with my heart racing!  Superb plot, a Christmas time myth brought to life in a very realistic way.  One night, in the town of Bad Gastein in Austria, there is a loud sound a bit like thunder and then the earth moves.  The next day, a storm arrives, the worst ever recorded in Austrian history.  With the cold and the wind and the quickly deepening snow, something from myths and legends arrives.  Something intent on devouring seven children.  Will newly turned Vampire, Rachel be able to save them?  And who is the fast running man in the forest?

Beautifully wrapped around this traditional hair-raisingly spooky story, are the lessons against bullying and the morals of forgiveness, they are not in your face and don’t deflect from the story, they are simply part of it to be absorbed.  A Christmas tale full of good cheer and fear.  If you hear the faint tingle of dull bells, the clatter of chains and the snickering of unknown creatures then I suggest you lock your doors and don’t venture outside until the storm has passed!  

James Drummond writing style and skill is superb.  Although, writing for children the book is littered with engaging words that might require the aid of a dictionary, but what a fabulous way to learn!  Smooth, and very easy to read, this really is a book of excellent quality.  This is book 4 of a series, but I can say this reads extremely well as a standalone.  I’ve not read any of the others but that did not impinge my read at all.  In fact, now I want to go and read the whole series!  With wonderful characters and a brilliant ‘peek through your fingers’ scary plot this absolutely comes to you highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews.

Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not.  Happy reading everyone!

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