3 out of 4 stars
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The Elf Accord is the fourth book in the Magi Charter series by Jordan David. While the first three books take a fantastical look at the inner workings of the North Pole, The Elf Accord examines the questions you didn't realize you had. Where did Santa's elves come from? How did Santa find the North Pole? What makes the North Pole magical?
In 1180AD Austria declares itself a country and the nobility fights to sort out their new hierarchy. Santa Leopold takes the opportunity to follow the advice of Lady Serapha and move his people to a safer location. Lady Serapha assures Leopold that this new location will have the resources to support the mission for 1000 years. Leopold faces his doubts, trials, and losses on the journey to find himself in the snowy expanse of the north. While there is more than enough space for Leopold's people they are set against a tribe of polar bears who have a previous claim to the land.
The Elf Accord sets the groundwork for the events of the first three books in the series. Noel Night (the protagonist of the first three books) lives in a reasonably modern setting. The Elf Accord looks to the past to answer many of Noel's (and the reader's) questions. The reader sees the journey to the north and learns about the magic along with Santa Leopold and his people.
Amazon lists The Elf Accord as a teen/young adult book but the first three books are listed as children's books. The Elf Accord sits well as a young adult novel. It steps away from the common thought that Christmas is magical dream for children and shows the reader that there is so much more. The reader is reminded that even magic needs hard work to seem truly fantastical.
Unfortunately grammar is still an issue in the book. The beginning of the book appears to be better edited than the end. As the reader gets to the meat of the story more homophone confusion and minor comma issues start popping up. Patience is a strong theme, but more often than not, Jordan David uses the word patients instead.
I rate The Elf Accord 3 out of 4. Jordan David continues to show the reader a unique side of the North Pole without sugar coating it in a song. The grammar issues, especially on a reoccurring theme, are the only thing that prevents me from rating this book a full 4.
The Elf Accord - Book Four of the Magi Charter
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