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  1. #1: Auralia's Colors: The Red Strand
    #1: Auralia's Colors: The Red Strand
    Jeffrey Overstreet
    Waterbrook Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $1.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 87% ($13.00)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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    CBD Stock No: WW072521
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Writer - Boring/Confusing Plot
    April 29, 2015
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book was a little too "artsy" for my tastes. It's clear that Mr. Overstreet is a good author, as the writing itself has good dialogue and descriptions (although be warned that there are a lot of made up phrases and creature names...which I think is just fine in a fantasy setting). However, the story/plot itself was boring and confusing. Since I could tell that the author was good with words/dialogue, I kept waiting for a real story to evolve (not just a thing with colors), but it was not to be. I confess that I only made it through 75% of the book, but if it didn't keep my interest by that point, it was not worth finishing (for me, at least).

    On another note, the story did not really have anything to do with Christianity (at least, not explicitly), but on the same token, I saw nothing morally wrong in the book, either.

    Also, I think another problem I had is that I could not relate to any of the characters and really root for anyone. Overall, I will consider reading other material from this author, but I will definitely pass on anything further in this series.
  2. Hayward, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a good choice
    February 5, 2013
    Hayward, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    My firiend bought this book. I started this book and was not impressed. If it is suppose to be a christian based book where the bible references. I told my friend don't read it she should send it back to you and complain. Not a good book or a good show on christianity like in other books I have bought from CBD.....
  3. Highland, New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 27, 2010
    the man with a plan
    Highland, New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    This was the most interesting fantasy that I have ever read. It was as if the writer's pen was a paint brush, and was painting the book; as if the world was black and white. And when it got to the end the world was filled with colors. This is a very colorful book. I do recommend it to all fantasy readers.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 29, 2009
    Fantasy lover
    Auralia's Colors is a bit different of a fantasy than I am used to. It was somewhat darker than the stories I usually read. I found it in our local library and decided to try it out. the story was well written but I found the descriptions of the villains in the last chaper quite disgusting (kids may not want to read that chapter)and I definitely don't like it when a character I have come to like dies (I won't say who). But I hope that the later books in this series have a bit lighter a tone than this one. such books as this can depress me at time and afterward I must find a lighter book to read. But it is good to fight boredom or read on a rainy day.Try it. Who knows. you might like it more than I do. I just get tired of the dark tones in the movies, books, or just life in particular sometimes. I read as an escape. I preferr to escape into something wonderful and exciting. This book just didn't quite fit the bill for me.
  5. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2008
    Jill Williamson
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Two Gatherer thieves find an abandoned child lying in a massive footprint near the river. They take the girl back to the village where she grows up wild and mysterious amongst the Gatherers, those unworthy of living inside the walls of House Abascar. The girl, Auralia, has a unique gift, the ability to weave breathtaking colors from the world around her. When Queen Jaralaine issues a proclamation that sends all of House Abascar into a colorless season of winter, Auralias gift becomes illegal.As Abascars Winter stretches year after year Auralia grows up, nearing the age of sixteen when all enter House Abascar for the Rites of Privilege to show what gifts they might offer the kingdom. As the Rites draw near, Auralia must decide if she will go and reveal her gift to the king or if she will remain safely hidden in the forest all her days. Either way, her choice could mean the end of life as she knows it.Auralias Colors was a unique book. The writing was beautiful. I couldnt read it as fast as I like to read. It had many point of views, but the author brought them all together in the end in a wonderful way that fulfilled most of the plot lines, but left several dangling so that I have to read the next book to find out what happens. It was entertaining, creative, and unique. Recommended.
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