The Dark Servant

The Dark Servant

by Matt Manochio

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The Dark Servant by Matt Manochio

"Santa's not the only one coming to town ..."

It has tormented European children for centuries. Now America faces its wrath. Unsuspecting kids vanish as a blizzard crushes New Jersey. All that remains are signs of destruction--and bloody hoof prints stomped in the snow.

Seventeen-year-old Billy Schweitzer awakes on December 5 feeling depressed. Already feuding with his police chief father and golden boy older brother, Billy's devastated when his dream girl rejects him. When an unrelenting creature infiltrates his town, endangering his family and friends, Billy must overcome his own demons to understand why supposedly innocent high school students have been snatched, and how to rescue them from a famous saint's ruthless companion--that cannot be stopped.

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BN ID: 2940157159436
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 03/22/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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The Dark Servant 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of the Hook of a Book Blog Tour. This is the story of Krampus. And what is Krampus you ask? Well, here’s a little tidbit… December 5 is Krampus Nacht — Night of the Krampus, a horned, cloven-hoofed monster who in pre-Christian European cultures serves as the dark companion to Saint Nicholas, America’s Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas rewards good children and leaves bad ones to Krampus, who kidnaps and tortures kids unless they repent. I don’t remember my grandmother ever calling it by this name, but it’s basically the same concept. Do you remember the words to the song…. come on, you know you’ve heard it playing everywhere since November 1! “He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake “ After reading this… you’ll understand why it’s so important to be good. And if you think about the origins of many of our Christmas songs, you’ll find a recurring theme among them… With all that being said…. I LOVED this book! The action starts on page one and never lets up. The Krampus has his list of naughty children and sets about rounding them up, throwing them in his cage (strapped to his back), and taking them to his lair to dole out punishment for their evil deeds. And since we know that Santa always checks that list twice, we know his information is good. Five kids are kidnapped. Each one has committed a heinous crime against their peers. Mostly we deal with bullying… for one it’s so extreme that the victim tries to take her own life. Each child must be dealt with, each must repent for what they’ve done… and be sincere. Krampus knows if you are lying. But did he somehow make a mistake? Does he have a child in his possession that should not be? Will they be found before they are all tortured within an inch of their lives? While this is a horror story and it does contain its share of blood, guts, gore, and other grisly things… there is a message here. Bullying isn’t ok. It’s never ok. The Krampus turns the tables on these bullies and makes them feel as their victims do. The story flows smoothly and your attention is grabbed right away and the hold the story has over you never let’s go. The characters are well-rounded and believable. The issues presented are things that kids deal with every day. Pick up a copy today for a great holiday horror read!
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
We all know about benevolent Santa Claus, don't we? But, unless you grew up in Austria, Germany or another country in that part of Europe, you may well have never come across Krampus - Santa's antithesis. By selecting this particular 'monster', the author has provided us with a Christmas horror tale. Krampus has one role to perform, he must do his Master's bidding and discipline naughty children. But before your mind creates a vision of a crying child on the naughty step, look at the cover. It is a pretty accurate depiction of what you will find on the pages of this scary, riveting and unusual book. Krampus takes his job seriously. When he comes to town, you had better hope you've been good. Wonderfully horrific from page one, this book also references issues of concern to today's school-age population and their families.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best Krampus story that I have ever read. However, this one is not for little kids. Older kids maybe. Krampus was scary, gory, exciting, and yes......even funny. I really loved the ending. Did not see it coming..............well not entirely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and you all know the rest. In this clever, frightening, and not just for the Holidays horror tale, author Matt Manochio crafts a novel centered around the Krampus story, but set in New Jersey. Kids have disappeared, one of them the town sheriff's eldest son. And as the sheriff and his younger son attempt to put the pieces together of the potentially horrifying puzzle, the real reason for the disappearances is both terrifying and unique. My only minor criticism would be some of the dialogue between teen characters felt a bit too grown up, but again, just a small nitpick. Check out the sequel recently released, as well as Manochio's other Samhain titles, as this reviewer will in the future. Recommended!
Aaroneous More than 1 year ago
The Dark Servant – a review. The first thing I noticed about The Dark Servant was the cover. Admittedly, I have a thing for monsters. I must also confess that when I first picked up this book to start reading I knew next to nothing about the Krampus folklore. Boy was I in for a treat! Also known as the “Christmas Devil”, Krampus was the dark side to St. Nicholas’ light. Where Nicholas rewarded good children, Krampus punished the bad, and so on. With that understanding firmly in place, I sat down and dug into Matt Manochio’s debut novel, hoping for a thrilling treat. I can say that I was not disappointed! Set in present day New Jersey, The Dark Servant follows Billy Schweitzer, the youngest son of the local police chief. Kids start disappearing, and all that is left behind are massive hoof prints in the snow. Okay…strange. Off we shoot on an adventure of fear, repentance, and self-discovery, as their small New Jersey town is thrown into a crushing blizzard. The Dark Servant is an engrossing read. You quickly empathize with the characters, especially Billy and his (wish she was my girl) friend, Maria. They gather the facts and surmise Krampus’ identity before anyone else, and struggle with the realization that they are dealing with a supernatural monster. And how in the world are they going to convince the adults?  Krampus is truly an otherworldly character, and comes to life for a whole new generation of readers in this story. I really enjoyed The Dark Servant, and highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so sorry she says licking his head gtgbbl tonight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the premise for the story was very intriguing but the characters all turn out to be thin caricatures and very stereotypical. The realism around the police work is lacking