Book Review: The Elf Brief by Jordan David

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Book Review: The Elf Brief by Jordan DavidThe Elf Brief by Jordan David
on November 24th 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 209
Source: Online Book Club
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About the series:
For over two thousand years the legend of Santa Claus has endured. His is a mission of peace as outlined in the Magi Charter, given to the first Santa by the Child. From humble beginnings following that First Christmas the Santa lineage has been passed down through the ages. This epic adventure tells the story of those Santas from the founding of the North Pole and the origin of the ancient elves, to our modern times where the world’s problems effect even those in the secluded complex of the North, and concluding in the distant future which finds Santa and the elves committed to their mission on a galactic scale where Christmas traditions are barely recognizable. Even in that era those committed to the Charter must find a way to deliver that which is needed most to those most deserving.

The Elf Brief:
Santas come and go, but elves are forever.... The North Pole is preparing for the retirement of a great Santa and anxiously awaits the arrival of the new Santa. Noel, a tenacious elf from the tiny reference department has been tapped for the special task of assistant to the new Santa. The elf will have to quickly get over his astonishment and take on the challenges that come with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the North Pole. Intrigue and mystery must be unraveled if he is to prevent an old friend from leaving and ensure the continuity of the Christmas tradition...

 

This was an interesting story. One that took a bit of patience to get through. The plot itself is good but the story is a bit long winded.

The main idea is that there are elves and elves outlast Santa. When Santa has to be replaced, some of the elves are there and have done the job before and will be there long after the Santa is gone, so they help in the transition. However, no elf actually knows of all Santa’s responsibilities. The premise was well done and is very cute! I kept wanting to know how the Santa transition was going to work. There were also some things mentioned that aren’t technically plot driven, such as how the sleigh moves and how Santa gets around the world in one evening, that makes this particular story very unique and updated.

There were a few things, however, that got in the way from this being a completely pleasurable experience. The hardest for me was the amount of detail that is unnecessary for the heart of the story. For instance, the main elf, Noel, has not seen much of the North Pole complex. He’s a good elf and does his job without much questioning. So when he is asked to join Santa in a briefing Noel is taken aback but delighted and a bit scared. On his way throughout the complex he takes some time to admire the complex.

Multiple times Noel stops at something that has nothing to do with the story. Or seemingly nothing. There is one picture that does have a bit to do with the story, but the description goes on and on about many parts of the complex. For the few areas that do have something to do with the plot, I completely understand an author wanting to fully explain what is happening and the surroundings of the elves, however, the continuation of this throughout the plot kept me from enjoying myself.

Also, there were many misspellings. Sadly, this can also take someone out of a story. When the reader is supposed to fall into the story and be a part of it, a misspelling can jar you back into the real world. Since this is such a special world and the author took so much time to explain it, it is sad that I found so many misspellings. Many were easy words to miss, since instead of common sense, and incite instead of insight.

The story did get good when Noel finally gets to meet the new Santa. Also, Noel is a special type of character that questions everything. It makes sense but was not outright said and for this reason not only was Noel confused through most of the story, but so was I. For a new elf to be singled out is extraordinary and there did not seem to be a reason for the old Santa to do it. The reasoning comes around, a bit, but I really had to reach to figure this portion out and put two and two together. Foreshadowing for this part of the plot would have at least given some clues. The new Santa is delightful and full of excitement and brings this excitement to Noel’s life.

In short: this was an interesting take on a story we all think we know. It was difficult to get through with the wordiness and misspellings, but the story was cute enough for me to wonder what will happen to Noel next!

On a side note: there is also some religion unexpectedly. The child (whom I am assuming was JC), swearing upon a bible, and talk of Adam and Eve all took me out of the story. I get that Christmas is the day some celebrate Jesus’s birthday but for me, it just didn’t fit the story. There was no real reason to have it just placed in three little places. I think it would have been better, if he wanted to put Christianity into the story, to fill the story with Christianity, not place it as an afterthought.

 

Rating Report
Plot
3 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
2 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
Cover
3 / 5
Overall: 2.6 / 5

 

 

 

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