Santa Claus's daughter, Holly, comes to Earth seeking an end to the curse cast upon her and the Land of the Immortals by an evil wizard, whose own punishment will end only if Holly willingly gives him her pure heart.
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In a letter-writing twist, a boy asks Santa what he wants for Christmas. Holly is born, and her fate seems sealed when the warlock Herrikhan curses the baby with a cold heart, which he hopes to claim when she matures. Cursed himself, Herrikhan must possess the purest heart to obtain his freedom. Holly's curse affects everyone in Forever, Land of the Immortals, as she must live in cold conditions to keep her heart alive and no new souls may enter Forever. The only immortal who hasn't proven herself worthy of the honor, Holly finds a way to reach Victorian Empire City (a.k.a. New York), where she brings magic to children, finds true love, and crushes Herrikhan's curse. This story strives to be an original fairy tale, but fails with trite narration and melodramatic dialogue. Grotesque violence abruptly jars the saccharine tone at times. Ryan even changes traditional toy-making elves into cranky goblins who dress up as elves for reporters. The only noteworthy features are Long's exquisite, detailed illustrations. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060585153
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060585153
Book Description HarperCollins. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060585153 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW4.0015005
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060585153
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Santa and his wife are blessed with a daughter, but the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse. With fanciful characters, rich language, and evocative imagery, "The Legend of Holly Claus" pays tribute to the great fairy tales and myths of our time. Illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060585153