Missing for 160 years, the Saint -- aka Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus -- has been found. Fed a drug that wiped out his memory, he has been returned to the fey stronghold of Cadalach and is on the road to recovery. Unhappy with what has become of Christmas and his Santa Claus alter ego, he hires Adora Navarra, a biographical author of mostly unread works, to write the biography of the real Santa Claus.
Though Adora is leery of working for someone she feels must be insane, lack of funds and an unfortunate attraction to Kris have her accompanying him to Cadalach. Discovering that the fey are real, as are dragons, goblins and other assorted magical folk, Adora is overwhelmed. But the discoveries she makes about herself and the plans the Goddess has for her are what really turn her world upside down.
This visit to the "wild side" is wonderfully imaginative and action-packed. The gradual discovery of the heroine's heritage and her budding relationship with the hero are intriguing. The continuing storyline that moves this series along is well done, and it's amazing how much research was done for this fascinating tale. (Mar., 368 pp., $6.99)