I love Rise of the Guardians and have adored the story since I first saw it in theaters the day it came out. Until that movie, I had never been a big fan of certain childhood idols like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, or Sandman—in fact, they used to terrify me—but William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series and works based on them have managed to capture my heart all the same. As such, it didn’t take me long to discover a fan comic series based on the movie.
Rufftoon, also known as Johane Matte, works as both a story board artist for Dreamworks Animation and as a comic book illustrator. Not only did she work on Rise of the Guardians, she also did work on Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as a few others series. So when I first stumbled upon her comic series on deviantART, I naturally fell in love almost immediately.
No Words Left is yet another amazing character study story done by RedSkittleQueen on AO3 (Queen of the Red Skittle on FF.net) for the Rise of the Guardians universe. Inside the Wallpaper, which I reviewed last year, was the first story I read by her, and I was blown away. It was dark, heart-wrenching, and at its core, it had some damn good writing and characterization. RedSkittleQueen isn’t my favorite author—her fics are sometimes a little wordy, to name one problem I have with them—but her take on the RotG characters is always spot on. She puts them into tough situations with no easy way out, raises some interesting questions on morality, and the characters are forced to learn and grow from their experiences. That is especially true of No Words Left.
It’s been a few years since Rise of the Guardians came out, and I’m still in love with the story. Unfortunately, though there’s been occasional talk of a sequel, I think it might be wise to not get our hopes up. As such, wanting to know more about the mythology behind the movie, I finally sat down to read the book series the movie’s based on.
Nicholas St. North chronicles how North went from a Cossack outlaw into the man we know as Santa Claus. As this is a book series, it naturally has a lot more mythology and characters than we see in the movie. And at 228 pages with large font, it’s a very easy read; I blew through the first novel in just a couple hours. Nicholas St. North is a simple, engaging read, and I loved almost every moment of it.