Title: Raven’s Ladder (book 3)
Series: The Auralia Thread
Author: Jeffrey Overstreet
Publisher’s Synopsis: A DEADLY MENACE IS BREAKING THROUGH THE GROUND. THE PEOPLE OF ABASCAR MUST ABANDON THEIR STONE REFUGE AND FLEE INTO VULNERABILITY IN THE FOREST. BUT THEIR KING HAS HAD A VISION…
Following the beacon of Auralia’s colors and the footsteps of a mysterious dream-creature, King Cal-raven has discovered a destination for his weary crowd of refugees. It’s a city only imagined in legendary tales. And it gives him hope to establish New Abascar.
But when Cal-raven is waylaid by fortune hunters, his people become vulnerable to a danger more powerful than the prowling beastmen––House Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascar’s wandering throng.
Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralia’s colors, and are twisting a language of faith into a lie of corruption and control.
If there is any hope for the people of Abascar, it lies in the courage of Cyndere, daughter of Bel Amica’s queen; the strength of Jordam the beastman; and the fiery gifts of the ale boy, who is devising a rescue for prisoners of the savage Cent Regus beastmen.
As his faith suffers one devastating blow after another, Cal-raven’s journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hope––the vision he sees in Auralia’s colors.
Ok, so I didn’t read the back of the book. I picked it up, read the introductory part before flipping to the prologue and, start reading. It took me about 13.4 seconds to realize that this was a sequel. As I glanced at the back of the book, I then realized it was book THREE in a series that I now realize will have at least one more book.
So, to say that the book was hard to follow was a bit of an understatement. Characters appear out of nowhere and you are supposed to know who they are and care about them. I’m sure I would have, if I’d read the previous books, but it was really hard to invest myself in them without that gentle introduction you get in a new story. That being said, I liked the characters. They have depth that you don’t always find in Christian “children’s” books. That alone made me keep going. At the end of the book, I found a list of people and where they belong… it would have been nice to know it was there… maybe they could put it at the front of the next printing so people would know that it was there for their use before they wade through the book without it? Just a suggestion…
Now, I’m sure it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book. Hogwash. The book is well-written, engaging, has a fabulous map (but not nearly as fabulous as the one my illustrator did for Shadows & Secrets) and a story I’m dying to read for myself. Yep. I’m going to buy the first two books. Jenna is waiting eagerly to jump into them too.
Speaking of my illustrator, maps, and Shadows & Secrets. I was a little thunderstruck to see a Christian Fantasy book with the series name “The Auralia Thread”. Kind of threw me. I mean, Auralia isn’t Aurelia… but man it’s close. Furthermore, there’s a young man in this book… Wynn. I kid. you. not. I nearly whimpered at him. Seriously,I did. And, for the record, Firefox wants me to correct the spelling of Auralia to Aurelia. I think it’s funny. Fortunately, the similarities end there. This is a very long, complicated plot. And I love it.
I can’t say a lot about how things went and what I liked and didn’t like. So much of it will change/depend upon how I see things after I read the first books. And I will. I’m putting in my order for them as soon as I’m done writing this review. It’s my guess, that if you enjoy books like The Ranger’s Apprentice, Narnia, or Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, you’ll love these.
I want to thank Water Brook for providing this copy for review. Sorry, I’m keeping it. Considering how few books I keep that they send (even ones I love) it might be an indicator of whether you want to grab one for yourself or not. Just sayin’.