Christmas is dying.
The last Santa Claus had triplets who each inherited a portion of his father’s power, and that split is now tearing apart the soul of Christmas.
Niccolo Vecchio, the eldest, has fortified the North Pole into a citadel of ice and metal.
Santini, the middle brother, is in hiding somewhere in the Mediterranean.
The youngest brother, Niccolo Piccolo, is raising legions to reclaim his inheritance.
Two of the triplets will have to renounce their claim in the next forty-eight hours, or this Christmas will be the last one ever.
And it’s up to Adam, underachieving teenager sub-ordinaire, and his brand new jock bully Zach to make that happen…
My Honest Review:
Since childhood we have heard and associated Christmas with fat, pot-bellied, white bearded Santa, his reindeer, his elves and his laugh ho ho ho. We always picture him as a jovial old man who loves children and can never be mean to anyone. Whenever we mention Christmas we have an inbuilt, typical image of Santa in his red and white robe, reindeer and elves in their green dress.
But Snowbound by Olivier Lafont is story of Santa’s three sons with a big twist.
Though it is a fiction with childhood fantasy theme, it has an adult angle (with reference to age and antagonist and not otherwise).
Olivier Lafont has panache for writing stories with suspense and mystery. His Sweet Revenge was first book I read and I had liked his writing style. Similarly Snowbound too has mystery around Santa’s three sons and captures reader’s attention right from start till the end.
The story is just too addictive; you really can’t stop till you finish it.
But there are few drawbacks which I would like to mention. The author has used foreign dialect but no translations of those are given. I would have liked it if the translation was mentioned below, as not all are well versed or have knowledge of French, Italian or Ukraine dialect.
Also in couple of sentences I found some simple editing errors which could have been avoided.
But other than that, I absolutely loved reading Snowbound even if it is little difficult to imagine Santa’s children in negative avtar.
Snowbound is a must read if you like fantasy, fiction and Christmas with Santa.
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About the author
Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor living in Paris.
His novel 'Warrior' was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel 'Sweet Revenge' exclusively on Kindle. 'Purgatory: The Gun of God' is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa.
Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide.
As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in '3 Idiots', one of India's all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed 'Guzaarish', and the Lifetime film 'Baby Sellers', amongst other films.
Lafont graduated with two degrees in acting and writing from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction.
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‘Warrior’ shortlisted for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize
‘Hari Om’ feature film winner of seven prizes in international film
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