The Wish List features one book from my wish list each week, along with why I want it. Thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine and Ren at All By Myshelf for the inspiration.
Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
By William Joyce
Before Santa was Santa, he was North, Nicholas St. North - a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have riven way to terrors of epic proportions. North must decide whether to seek his fortune...or save the village.
When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Claussen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting...and he's not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.
Yes, I am still five years old at heart, and I am not afraid to admit it!
My inner child aside, this book looks fantastic. While looking up some information on the movie Brave (after watching it, I was really curious what kind of reviews it had gotten) I stumbled upon the trailer for the Dreamworks movie Rise of the Guardians, severely abused the replay button, discovered it was based on a book series, and rushed to the Barnes & Noble website to add it to my wish list. It looks so original, magical, and imaginative, and I love the thought of Santa Claus being an adventurous warrior. I still can't wait to see the movie, but once I get my hands on this book, it should help tide me over until then.
P.S. Here's the trailer for Rise of the Guardians: