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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The North Pole is crowded with evil witches, goblins, and ghosts who hate everything about Christmas: the music, the gifts and, most of all, the Elf king, King Eilfyw, who lives deep within the village, who devotes his life to bringing gifts and Christmas cheer to children around the world. King Eilfyw has some magic tricks to protect him from the witches who repeatedly try to prevent him from sharing the joy and love of Christmas. Even on that special day over 2,000 years ago, when the king of kings was born in Bethlehem, the witches tried to prevent King Eilfyw from visiting the newborn king, Jesus. But good triumphs over evil and the spirit of Christmas, the joy of giving and sharing love carries on.
Sit back and enjoy a timely legend, a fable of love and the true meaning of Christmas. Susan Hathiramani’s charming fairytale, King Eilfyw, will warm the hearts of children of all ages (including adults) and become a Christmas treasure to share every year. Combining the legend of Santa Claus, the harvest solstice marked by Halloween, and the New Testament's telling of the birth of Jesus, this story spans centuries of spreading love and cheer around the world. The plot develops through the building conflict between the witches and the elven king until it reaches a stunning climax when the king flies in his sled to Bethlehem to welcome the newborn king of kings. The music and the gifts outshine the evil that lurks nearby as the elven king continues his mission to bring gifts to children around the world every Christmas Eve. The illustrations help carry the story along. Beautifully told.