Raven's Ladder, Strand Series #3   -     By: Jeffrey Overstreet
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Raven's Ladder, Strand Series #3

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1400074673
ISBN-13: 9781400074679
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Series: Auralia Thread

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of The Auralia Thread, the fantasy series which begins with Auralia’s Colors, a thrilling adventure twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. He is an award-winning film critic and columnist, his work appearing in many publications including Image and Paste. He is also the contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine.

Endorsements

“Jeffrey Overstreet's imagination is peopled with mysteries and wonders, and his craft continues to mature. Reading Raven's Ladder is like staring at a richly imagined world through a kaleidoscope: complex, intriguing, and habit-forming.” — Kathy Tyers, author of Shivering World and the Firebird series

“A darkly complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters, in which glimpses of haunting beauty shine through. Sometimes perplexing but always thought-provoking, Raven’s Ladder is the work of a fertile and striking creative imagination.” — R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

“With Raven’s Ladder, Overstreet does what the best fantasy writers do: he opens a door into a new world—a beautiful, dangerous world, and one that stayed with me long after I closed the book.” — Andrew Peterson, singer/songwriter and author of North! Or Be Eaten and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

“In Raven's Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet continues what he began with his first two novels, Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight, crafting a world rich in detail, purpose, and wonder. Each page reveals new threads of a complex, interwoven story that excites and entertains while provoking deeper thought. It has been a long time since I've read a series as captivating, meaningful, inspiring, and beautiful as this one.” — Aaron White, writer and editor of FaithAndGeekery.com

“Raven's Ladder is a fantasy gem. The story is imaginative and truthful, the characters authentic and complex. Jeffrey Overstreet has given us a gift—a fully realized world teeming with life and wonder. It is a fully human tale, with a penetrating glory throughout. Here is a heaping portion of truth, beauty, and goodness.” — S. D. Smith, author of The Fledge Chronicles serial

“In Raven's Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet weaves a brilliant tale of intricate layers, inviting his audience into a story of deeper meaning. Not mere fiction that ends with the shutting of the book, it sneakily tiptoes into your thoughts, challenging you to ponder a little more.” — Esther Maria Swaty, Seattle City Guide Examiner

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Raven’s Ladder

"Jeffrey Overstreet's imagination is peopled with mysteries and wonders, and his craft continues to mature. Reading Raven's Ladder is like staring at a richly imagined world through a kaleidoscope: complex, intriguing, and habit-forming."
—Kathy Tyers, author of Shivering World and the Firebird series

 "A darkly complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters, in which glimpses of haunting beauty shine through. Sometimes perplexing but always thought-provoking, Raven’s Ladder is the work of a fertile and striking creative imagination."
—R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

"With Raven’s Ladder, Overstreet does what the best fantasy writers do: he opens a door into a new world—a beautiful, dangerous world, and one that stayed with me long after I closed the book."
—    Andrew Peterson, singer/songwriter and author of North! Or Be Eaten and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
"In Raven's Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet continues what he began with his first two novels, Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight, crafting a world rich in detail, purpose, and wonder.  Each page reveals new threads of a complex, interwoven story that excites and entertains while provoking deeper thought. It has been a long time since I've read a series as captivating, meaningful, inspiring, and beautiful as this one."
—    Aaron White, writer and editor of FaithAndGeekery.com

"Raven's Ladder is a fantasy gem. The story is imaginative and truthful, the characters authentic and complex. Jeffrey Overstreet has given us a gift—a fully realized world teeming with life and wonder. It is a fully human tale, with a penetrating glory throughout. Here is a heaping portion of truth, beauty, and goodness."
—    S. D. Smith, author of The Fledge Chronicles serial

"In Raven's Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet weaves a brilliant tale of intricate layers, inviting his audience into a story of deeper meaning. Not mere fiction that ends with the shutting of the book, it sneakily tiptoes into your thoughts, challenging you to ponder a little more."
—    Esther Maria Swaty, Seattle City Guide Examiner
 

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  1. Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Engrossing & Enchanting World of Auralia
    May 23, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    The best fiction transports the reader into the setting of the book. The adventure written becomes an adventure experienced. Characters aren't just described by the author, they are befriended by the reader. This is when reading becomes an engrossing, consuming experience, and books become a work of art rather than a mere production. Jeffrey Overstreet wields this kind of book magic in his "Auralia Thread" series.

    "Raven's Ladder" (book #3) was my first encounter with the series, and as the story developed I felt like I had stepped into a well-developed, alternate world. The members of a fallen House are struggling to survive in a wilderness, and a mysterious danger lurks below ground. A young king believes in childish myths about The Keeper and risks everything to follow his mystical guides. A group of devious seer-types control an economic stronghold where the people worship moon spirits and follow their own pursuits and pleasures wholeheartedly. And a malady which turns men to beasts has destroyed another House and threatens all the land.

    The tale is so different it takes a while to feel comfortable in the story. And when you begin to sense the grandeur of the tale, glimpses of connections to Christianity make the tale all the more alluring. Auralia's vivid colors mesmerize all who remember them, and visions of beauty stand out all the more starkly against a pervasive and widespread ugliness. Whispers of The Keeper and the mystery of a long forgotten past make figuring out this world much less easy than it seems.

    As the tale progresses, high and low points ebb and flow. The conclusion will leave you begging for more, and wondering what is in store for young King Cal-raven and the other heroes of the book. And after finishing this book, you may feel the urge to read the first two books to enjoy the world Jeffrey Overstreet has created to its fullest extent.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah publishers for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  2. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 15, 2010
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    There is one major issue when reading a series such as this one... it is really beneficial to read them as close together as possible. I have read the first two books in this series and thought they were excellent. A series that is fresh, innovative, fun, but deep and with an amazingly unique world that is captivating. The problem is that since putting book #2 down I have read about 200 other books so the details were a little cloudy going into this one. I valiantly spent the first couple chapters refreshing my memory and reintroducing myself to the characters as the first two books came flooding back. Once reacquainted with my surroundings I sat back and enjoyed myself.Following Cal-Raven as he leads his people to a New Abascar, on their detour to Bel Amica and on side roads to the Cent Regus. His Captain Tabor Jan does his best to hold things together as Cal-Raven searches for where The Keeper wants them to go, but circumstances are out of his hands. Cyndere at Bel Amica still wants to help them in memory of her husband, but she is up against the Seers and Ryllion. The plots twist and turn and I really enjoyed this book. I am hoping that there is another book coming, there were lots of loose ends... but I honestly don't know. At any rate, this is a series that will capture your imagination, I just recommend reading them close together.
  3. Andrea Schultz
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 12, 2010
    Andrea Schultz
    I haven't read a lot of Christian fantasy novels, but I've enjoyed the ones I've read to date. Ravens Ladder was no exception. Mr. Overstreet is a masterful & imaginative storywriter. He's created a wonderful fantasy world, & has described it with lots of color & creativity.As seems to be the case with all Christian fantasy novels I have read to date, it has taken me a couple chapters to get it. Ravens Ladder was no exception. I did hang in there & was soon drawn into the story & its characters. As is often the case when you join a book series midstream, there's the concern that it will be difficult to follow the storyline. I didn't find that to be the case with Ravens Ladder. It stands alone very well. And Jeffrey helps those of us who are joining the series in the middle by providing A Guide to the Characters at the back of the book, a tool which I found most invaluable through the entire reading of the novel (there are a lot of characters; pay attention!).I found this book to be extremely well-written; Mr. Overstreet is a masterful storyteller. It was adventurous & mysterious, & the story kept moving. I was a little surprised that the story was not more overtly Christian (unless I overlooked something). It is billed as Fiction/Fantasy, but since it is published by Waterbrook Press (the Christian imprint owned by Random House Publishers), I expected it to be more allegorical. There were some elements, but not as many as expected. It is certainly not non-Christian or non-biblical, in my estimation, but I had other ideas of what it would be.There'll be a fourth volume of The Auralia Thread, which Jeffrey is in the process of writing. I look forward to seeing where his imagination takes these characters!This book was provided by Waterbrook Press for review purposes.Reviewed by Andrea Schultz Ponderings by Andrea http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com
  4. Terri
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 12, 2010
    Terri
    Raven's Ladder is part of a series - which I prefer to read in order but sometimes is not an option - but this story takes you on an adventure that can easily stand alone without reading the previous books in the series.It is a fantasy filled with danger and hope, it is imaginative, yet filled with biblical truths and principles. Very enjoyable book that will keep you captivated to the end where you may find yourself still thinking about the story long after you finish the book.
  5. Jennifer Sikora
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    March 12, 2010
    Jennifer Sikora
    I did not really care for this book as I have other books I have reviewed. I couldn't get into this one. It could be because this is the third in the series and I am coming into it at a mid-way point and haven't read the other two before it.Other than that, it does have a story line similar to other villains and hero books
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