Ok, Krampus the Yule Lord is honestly one of the best books I’ve read in years. And yes, I realize that this review is a little late given this book is about Yule (in December) and it is now February. I am not blind to that fact. But life can sometimes get away with you. For months. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to review the book, just that it might not get done in a timely manner, despite best intentions!
Now then. This books was initially recommended to me by @_hex_libris who had honestly been trying to get me to read Brom for well over a year. I was finally so intrigued by her support of the author/illustrator/artist/genius that I bought the book for the then-upcoming Christmas/Yule season. I ended up starting this in mid-December and finished it on Christmas Eve because I wanted to finish it before Christmas Day come hell or high water.
Bear in mind, the most I knew about Krampus was what I had picked up on that episode of Grimm that one time, so I was flying blind with this one. That was possibly one of the best decisions I could have made, rather than go looking for reviews and whatnot. I absolutely LOVED this book. The way Brom writes, the mythology he uses and the characters that he both creates and borrows for this story is just impeccable. This is going to be a yearly re-read for me. I have literally recommended it to every person I think could have the slightest grain of interest. And also to people who might not. It’s that good.
It is also, thankfully, not a scary as I was half-expecting it to be, given the cover. I am an absolute scaredy-cat, guys, no joke. I cannot handle horror or anything scarier that the Crow. That is my utter limit for scary anything. So when I say the book isn’t scary, you can trust in that. A tiny bit gross at times (there is a little gore, not gonna lie), but not scary. Just exceptionally well-written and illustrated.
Hilariously, I was talking to my best friend this week, patiently waiting my turn so I could recommend Krampus to him, when he started telling me all bout this amazing new book he had read, how it pulled in old mythology and how the author was also the illustrator and how the book was kinda huge but also COMPLETELY AWESOME and it was called Lost Gods. Now this all started to sound suspiciously familiar, so you can imagine how I absolutely cracked up when he said yes after I asked him whether the author was Brom. We were literally recommending each other different books by the same author! #wavelength. I now have every intention of picking up pretty much everything else Brom has written, which to my knowledge thus far includes Lost Gods and a Peter Pan retelling (!!!!!!!!!) named The Child Thief.
FIVE STAR READ, PEOPLE!!
Image credits: photos taken by me, of my now-beloved copy of the book.