Monday, April 26, 2010

April CSFF: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet Book 3, The Auralia Thread series








Here is my review:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jeffrey Overstreet and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Raven's Ladder" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

“Raven’s Ladder” by Jeffrey Overstreet is part three of The Auralia Thread fantasy series. It is a continuation of the story begun in “Auralia’s Colors” and sustained in “Cyndere’s Midnight”. There promises to be a fourth – and final – book in the series. My husband is the science fiction/fantasy fan in the family, so it didn’t surprise me that he grabbed this book to read it before I could really get my hands on it.

Well, I’ve finally begun reading the continuing adventure of the people of Abascar as they flee their home because of the latest menace which happens to be growing out of the earth. Their king, Cal-raven, leads them through challenging encounters that test their mettle and increase their strength. The elements in this novel are so much like real life, it’s scary. The fear that comes from the truth being twisted into a lie is so true-to-life that it almost must be written in this genre to be grasped without experiencing complete terror!

This is totally off the path of my review, but I must mention that one thing I really appreciate about this novel is the guide in the back of the book to the characters. I sometimes get really lost in science fiction/fantasy reads trying to keep the characters straight. Perhaps the names are too similar? Is it just me, or do others experience this? Still, this story shows reflections of Christ leading the church and Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land. I love to sit back with a book that is written so well and with such creativity that I can not only enjoy the story, but fall more madly in love with my Savior!


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2 comments:

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

"The elements in this novel are so much like real life, it’s scary. The fear that comes from the truth being twisted into a lie is so true-to-life that it almost must be written in this genre to be grasped without experiencing complete terror!"

Very well said! I agree; this book does a tremendously good job of dealing with lies and temptations--very modern ones, I might add.

KM Wilsher said...

What a fun review, love the blog.
I didn't know about the guide to characters. I wish more fantasy and scifi would follow this lead!