3 out of 4 stars
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One of Santa’s elves is trying to take over! This is the situation at the North Pole in Elf Archive by Jordan David. This is the second book in the Magi Charter series. The first book in the series “Elf Brief” finished about five years before the start of this book, thus most of the major players are the same. The novel is a fantasy story about Santa and his elves at the North Pole.
As elves are immortal, to all intents and purposes, they can stay at the North Pole forever. Some get tired, they are converted back to being human and return to the human world. Others feel they have worked long enough and move to the retirement village. No one tells them when it is time, they decide for themselves; unless, they have done something so wrong that they are banished.
In comparison, Santa’s work a fixed term of 100 years. At the end of their term, they mostly return to the human world too; however, some of them have left before the end of their time and others have stayed at the North Pole, though in a retired position.
Mistletoe Green is an ambitious elf. He views the periodic change of Santa’s as being too disruptive of the work that the elves do in service of the yearly mission. Mistletoe has been working for over 200 years towards the end of shifting power from the Santa’s and putting that power into the hands of the elves, namely himself. The arrival of a new elf, Noel Night, has jeopardized all his hard work. Where will this struggle lead?
Jordan has a very fluid writing style. If it wasn’t for the many grammatical mistakes throughout this book it would be a very easy read. He has a great attention to detail that make the characters come alive on the page, jump out of the book and say ”hi” to the reader. They would then lead you back into the frozen wasteland that has been vividly elucidated.
The part I love the most about this book is the inclusion of the reindeer games. The new Santa was an avid surfer before he took up the mantle of Santa, so as part of the games he has brought in a surfing competition. They have portals that that can simulate any environment, so they can surf at the North Pole. I know that they dress appropriately for the competition, but I can’t get the vision out of my head of Santa in his thick red suit perched on a surf board at the top of a wave.
This book is rife with grammar mistakes of many types. The mistake that Jordan makes the most is using homonyms, though extra words and wrong word order are also common. The homonyms caused some confusion at first, but you soon get used to substituting the correct word as you read. The other grammar mistakes are more disruptive to the flow of the story. This leads me to deduct a star in my assessment of this book, thus giving it a rating of only 3 out of 4 stars. This is a great story for all fantasy lovers, especially those that love Christmas, and I heartily recommend it. I also think it would be a good idea to read the first book in the series before reading this as it would be difficult to understand without it.
The Elf Archive - Book Two of the Magi Charter
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