Jack The Tale Of Frost by Tony Bertauski is the second book in the Claus Universe series. It picks up at the end of the first book, Claus: Legend Of The Fat Man, and propels you into an adventure of grand proportions.
The main character is Jack’s best friend Pawn. (For readers who have not read Claus, I will leave this a bit cryptic.)
Pawn carries with him a very special gift from Jack, in the form of a microchip. The microchip, or root, is implanted in Pawn’s brain, and contains Jack’s memories.
Pawn’s destiny is to travel far from the North Pole to escape Jack’s enemies. He has no choice. Pawn must travel south or endure tremendous pain from the root.
Timelines change, new characters are introduced, and suddenly it’s modern day. Pawn’s new name is Mr. Frost, a toy manufacturer on Frost Plantation.
The rest of the story is so magical, and invitingly mystical that it had me by the heart the moment I started reading.
It has a fantastical cast of characters, heart warming scenarios, funny interactions, and a very sinister plot.
Bertauski was brilliant in crafting this story, this trilogy. (Yes, there is another book that I immediately purchased after finishing Jack.)
Bertauski’s writing captivates the reader, folding them into the story until they feel part of the cast of characters. It’s not just a book for children. Nay!Nay! It has something for all ages, and types.
I feel that both Jack, (and the trilogy) should become classic holiday reading material. The Spirit of Christmas lives in these novels.
That may sound a bit melodramatic, but I feel strongly about my Christmas novels. (They don’t call me Mrs. Claus, for no reason)
I do feel that these books should be read in order. Although they could be stand alone novels, the impact and understanding is greater when read in sequence.
Jack is what every second book in a series should be, powerful and brilliantly written.
Enjoy this series. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.
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Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.