The Guardian of Light

Shaun Connaughton

Book Cover

GENRE

ADVENTURE FANTASY EPIC ACTION

    Core Theme

    SELF-BELIEF

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

    CHARACTER LIST

    SHANE - 20S, ORDINARY YOUNG MAN GRANTED THE CHANCE TO BECOME SANTA AND DEFEND THE WORLD AGAINST EVIL.

    HILLOR - THE HEAD ELF, SHANE’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING SANTA.

    KRAMPUS - A FORMER SANTA’S APPRENTICE TURNED INTO AN EVIL MONSTER.

    MORGAN LEFAY - A WITCH TASKED WITH GATHERING THE WORLD’S EVIL TOGETHER.

    THE MAN IN A DARK SUIT - A MYSTERIOUS ORGANIZER OF THE PRISON BREAKOUT AT THE SOUTH POLE.

    RENGAR - ELF, SHANE’S WEAPONS TEACHER.

    Logline

    I wanted to write a story that revolved around the character of Santa Claus in a way that had never been done before. Making it more for teens and adults without resorting to common tropes like making it a horror or comedy. Something that would captivate anyone who reads this series.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Orlando Fl, North Pole, South Pole

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    A private military force breaks into a secret magical prison located in the South Pole and sets free the worst criminals from history. They release Krampus who seeks out and kills the current Santa Claus. In a panic the North Pole seeks out and trains a new Santa a young man named Shane Conner.

    Ending Description

    Shane is attacked on Christmas eve and just manages to defeat and recapture Krampus, with some help from others and his training. After returning to the North Pole he finds the long lost wand of Merlin which will set him out on his next adventure. While Morgana seeks out more magical criminals.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781981196296

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Shane Conner

    Age: 25

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Heroic,Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Hillor

    Age: 350

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Honorable,Leader,Blunt,Confident

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Krampus

    Age: 1000+

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Villainous,Aggressive,Crazy,Lone Wolf,Skillful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Morgana

    Age: 25

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Criminal,Seductive,Secretive,Sexy,Villainous

    Development Pitch

    So Santa Claus protects the Light of the world which is the life force of the entire planet and the current Santa is killed after a massive break out happens in the South Pole where the worst criminals from all of history are kept. The governors of the North Pole must recruit and train a new Santa Claus to set out and recapture these villains before the are able to find and set free the Darkness a powerful entity that feeds on the Light of each world. All while trying to keep the magical world a secret. He finds out from his time in the North Pole that most everything humans thought about magical creatures and the world are not quite like he thought. He learns to use magic and starts his path to becoming the new leader of all the races which make up the North Pole. Meanwhile Morgana Le Fay works to aid Krampus who is getting ready to kill the new Guardian on Christmas Eve. By the end Shane realizes he can't keep doing this alone and also finds secret. So he returns home to rest up and plan things out for the future.

    Genre

    FANTASY

    Brief

    A prison break frees the world’s most dangerous magical creatures, with the monster Krampus killing Santa Claus. Ordinary Shane Conner is recruited to learn the ways of magic to become the new Guardian of the world and defeat Krampus.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile skips over all the world building that takes place throughout the book, which needs to be included to give an accurate picture.

    Draw of Story

    The action movie beginning is a great way to start. It sets the tone clearly, while slowly revealing a mysterious world.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There’s a lot of description of minor actions. Getting dressed, crossing the room, picking up the food. This could be dramatically reduced. Similarly the scene descriptions give a visually rich world, but at the cost of making a slow story.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The allure here is a big magical spectacle with battles, spells and escapism from daily life.

    Fanbase Potential

    Possibly, but most people don't want to watch Santa get killed. There's a large market for this kind of expansive fantasy world but kids don't want this violence in their feel-good content and most teenagers don't want Santa in their action content. It's a Venn diagram where that area of overlap is likely smaller than either area that does not.

    Awards Potential

    Outside of a few notable exceptions, violent fantasy films and TV are made for pure entertainment and not awards.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, ONCE UPON A TIME

    What’s New About the Story

    The way that it creates a backstory that combines many elements of traditional magical stories in a new story. For example, the way it includes an explanation for the myths of Atlantis, Merlin and of the genie and the lamp. If this could be dramatized instead of mostly being used as backstory it could make the world more enjoyable to unravel.

    Lead Characters

    Relatability. What stands out about Shane is his normalcy. He can be a stand in for the audience, they want to see themselves in the red coat and they should feel that he is reacting to this situation in the same way they would.

    Uniqueness of Story

    No. There's a lot of fantasy out there and like a lot of fantasy like work is more focused on setting up its world for future stories than telling the story taking place now. This conflict, primarily between Shane and Krampus, needs much more drama, action and spectacle for the audience to enjoy it enough to come back for more.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    This book is majority backstory and world building sandwiched between a dramatic beginning and end.

    Tips for Improvement

    Give this episode of the saga more of a cinematic arc instead of using it as set up.

    Brief

    A prison break frees the world’s most dangerous magical creatures, with the monster Krampus killing Santa Claus. Ordinary Shane Conner is recruited to learn the ways of magic. He steps into a vast magical world with a battle between darkness and light stretching back thousands of years. Shane steps up to become the new Guardian of the world and defeat Krampus, but the war will continue.

    What We Liked

    The visual richness and built out world are this story’s greatest strengths. There is a depth and breadth that fans could explore for a long time without tiring.

    Film: As a film this can deliver big popcorn fueled magically battles in a clear battle between good and evil. All while having fun with humanity's fascination with magic. It can be Harry Potter with Santa Claus.

    TV: The history of the Guardians is interesting, dramatic and episodic. If that history were told over time in parallel with Shane’s story, then there exists the framework for a lot of stories from many different perspectives, always with something new to explore. It combines a magical history with challenges for the present. Something similar in tone to the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

    Key points: Wish fulfillment. Built out fantasy world. Magical spectacle. Holiday counter-programming. Good vs evil escapism.

    Synopsis

    Commandos break into an Antarctic Prison staffed by Elves and trolls, they free the prisoners and head north with a secret container, only to be killed by the monster that emerges from inside. Krampus, the large wolf-like monster now set freed continues to the North Pole, infiltrates Santa’s castle and kills Santa Claus. After Krampus escapes the elves are left with a dilemma, Santa had no apprentice and they need someone to become the Guardian that keeps all creatures united. They need Shane Conner. Shane Conner is a young man who shrugs things off, even after being dumped and fired he shakes off the phone number that keeps calling him, but eventually answers and is led to a mysteriously plain office. At the job interview Shane answers morality questions, is given a demonstration that magic exists and a ticket for the Polar Express. He is given the choice to become the new Santa Clause. Shane is suspicious but he has to see where this goes and soon heads north.

    Meanwhile the forces of darkness are at work. Krampus kills and enslaves in the Canadian north, while a man in a dark suit tasks former prisoner Morgana LeFay with tracking down the other escapees. Shane makes it to North Pole and accepts the job of Santa. He is shown around and given more information about the powers, responsibilities and risks in becoming not just a toy giver, but the guardian of the light. The light being a mysterious, but cognizant force that can draw out the good in all. With barely more than a month till Christmas Eve his training in all things magical begins in earnest. From the head elf Hillor and various teachers he not only learns to wield magic as both a tool and a weapon, but the history of the long conflict between light and dark that he has entered. The twelve guardians before him have all fought the war and often lain down their lives to safeguard others.

    The forces of evil are not idle, LeFay makes connect with Krampus, who is abducting children and magically changing them into ‘Gremlins’ who do his bidding. They grow concerned at the north pole as disappearances mount, but Christmas is now at hand. Before his journey Shane learns that his belief in himself, so important to magic, is why he was picked out for the job and that the elves believe most of the evil doers, even Krampus, still have good inside them.

    On Christmas Eve Shane has issues with his magic as doubts cloud his abilities. Shane has a magical time delivering presents with Hillor until they are attacked. Krampus traps Shane in a forcefield where the two battle and Shane is almost defeated, but he sees a flash of light and the shadow of a woman which knocks Krampus off balance long enough for Shane to subdue the monster. As he recovers from battle Shane finds an artifact from a past guardian, Merlin’s wand. He knows Merlin is trapped somewhere in the world and believes the wizard can teach him more about magic than the elves will. He must also journey to find his own apprentice. Elsewhere, the man in the dark suit is perfectly happy to know Krampus is being held prisoner and he gives Morgana LeFay a new mission.

    About The Author

    Shaun Connaughton has a lot in common with his hero Shane Conner. They both believe in magic and can show you a world you'd want to escape to.