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Disappointing sequel
misspidervor 3 Jahren

In this sequel to The Dark Servant, were we met Krampus, we encounter another mythical figure that may not be so well known to most people: Frau Perchta, an old hag which is out to punish those that didn't behave well, while good people may be rewarded with valuable coins. Her trademark MO is to gut her victims and stuff their bellies with straw (in legend it is mostly stones, but I guess both are equally unpleasant replacements).

While the motives of both Krampus and Frau Perchta - punish those who did evil - stay close to the original legend, the author definitely took his liberties while crafting this story around them. For once, Krampus and Frau Perchta should never be able to meet each other, as each has their own time to appear. However, this time Krampus has gotten behind schedule - mind you, he only has two nights to his work - and so he is still out hunting for a victim on twelfth night, the high time of Frau Perchta. While this at first causes some quarrels, they soon decide to work together to bring down the bad people. I appreciated the first scenes where Krampus and Frau Perchta met, where the reader got some, but unfortunately still not enough, background information on them.

This leads to them joining forces to attack a baron's castle to gain entrance and snatch their targeted victims from inside. For me, this was the point where the story went downhill fast. Instead of weaving a mystical atmosphere with subtle creepiness and mischievous trickery, we find open slaughter and simple brutality. Also, there were a lot of silly and inapt moments - both with regards to the historical setting and the situation right then and there - that made me shake my head in wonder. While the writing was faultless, the wording did not always fit the historical time, and some characters felt rather exaggerated in their behavior. I guess what bothered me most was the failed attempt at humor, which seemed out of place and ridiculed any horror that may have built otherwise.

Where The Dark Servant presented a perfectly scary monster story, this sequel did not do the job for me.

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Rezension zu "Twelfth Krampus Night" von Matt Manochio

Disappointing sequel
misspidervor 3 Jahren

In this sequel to The Dark Servant, were we met Krampus, we encounter another mythical figure that may not be so well known to most people: Frau Perchta, an old hag which is out to punish those that didn't behave well, while good people may be rewarded with valuable coins. Her trademark MO is to gut her victims and stuff their bellies with straw (in legend it is mostly stones, but I guess both are equally unpleasant replacements).

While the motives of both Krampus and Frau Perchta - punish those who did evil - stay close to the original legend, the author definitely took his liberties while crafting this story around them. For once, Krampus and Frau Perchta should never be able to meet each other, as each has their own time to appear. However, this time Krampus has gotten behind schedule - mind you, he only has two nights to his work - and so he is still out hunting for a victim on twelfth night, the high time of Frau Perchta. While this at first causes some quarrels, they soon decide to work together to bring down the bad people. I appreciated the first scenes where Krampus and Frau Perchta met, where the reader got some, but unfortunately still not enough, background information on them.

This leads to them joining forces to attack a baron's castle to gain entrance and snatch their targeted victims from inside. For me, this was the point where the story went downhill fast. Instead of weaving a mystical atmosphere with subtle creepiness and mischievous trickery, we find open slaughter and simple brutality. Also, there were a lot of silly and inapt moments - both with regards to the historical setting and the situation right then and there - that made me shake my head in wonder. While the writing was faultless, the wording did not always fit the historical time, and some characters felt rather exaggerated in their behavior. I guess what bothered me most was the failed attempt at humor, which seemed out of place and ridiculed any horror that may have built otherwise.

Where The Dark Servant presented a perfectly scary monster story, this sequel did not do the job for me.

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Rezension zu "The Dark Servant" von Matt Manochio

Better be nice
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This book delivers a good old-fashioned monster tale, where the creature is after some children. However, this one comes with a twist, as the creature is no other than Krampus, Santa's Dark Servant. He takes those children that are on the naughty list for behaving badly, especially nx bullying other kids. If the children freely acknowledge and honestly regret their deeds they may be spared a brutal punishment. But this year in New Jersey, Krampus made a mistake, and now he is the one in trouble.

This was my second book based on the Krampus legend, and while 'The Dark Servant' stayed close to the original legend, at the same time it was kind of a stereotypical monster story. There where several though very minor things that bothered me. The references to the Nazis, while legitimate, seemed unnecessary. Also, I was not convinced why Krampus made his appearance in New Jersey, of all things. Finally, Krampus was made ridiculous on several occasions, which was entertaining but also counteracted the sense of dread and horror.

While I would definitely recommend this book as a well-written scary monster story, when it comes to Krampus I prefer Brom's interpretation of the legend: Krampus: The Yule Lord.

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