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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
Series: Auralia Thread
Through A Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the MoviesJeffrey OverstreetRegal / 2007 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Following the beacon of Auralias colors and the footsteps of a mysterious dream-creature, King Cal-raven has discovered a destination for his weary crowd of refugees. Its 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 beastmenHouse Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascars wandering throng.
Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralias 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 Amicas 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-ravens journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hopethe vision he sees in Auralias colors.
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, Ravens Ladder is the work of a fertile and striking creative imagination. R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
With Ravens Ladder, Overstreet does what the best fantasy writers do: he opens a door into a new worlda 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 gifta 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
"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, Ravens Ladder is the work of a fertile and striking creative imagination."
R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
"With Ravens Ladder, Overstreet does what the best fantasy writers do: he opens a door into a new worlda 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 gifta 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
Kirstenjean3 Stars Out Of 5Warning: some inappropriate content for Christian readersFebruary 17, 2016KirstenjeanQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 1My two daughters have been reading this series. They could hardly put them down and say that Overstreet is one of the most talented contemporary authors they've read. However, my 13 yr. old said she reluctantly had to quit reading them (even though she's DYING to finish the series) because of inappropriate content. Her words are: "The first book has SOME questionable material, but books 2 and 3 have far too much". She quit reading book 3 as it became obvious the main hero of the book (Cal-Raven, whom you grow to love and admire) is lusting after a married woman (Emeriene). Jeffrey Overstreet doesn't let any actual adultery take place. I read through one of the more questionable scenes myself, and he does a pretty good job of depicting mounting sexual tension between the hero and the woman, involving some touching and lustful sweet talk. It is clear that as the audience, you are supposed to feel this tension and want the two characters to consummate their desires. Not cool! This was one of several romantic scenes. The author presents this with no hint of disapproval--you are supposed to be routing for this relationship and approving of it, since the woman is married to a terrible villain. My younger daughter, who finished the series, says the author in no way uses these scenarios to teach a biblical lesson. Book 2, "Cyndere's Midnight", has similar adulterous situations.
wayranchAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 29, 2015wayranchAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This was an amazing Christian fantasy novel. It was a little hard to get into and understand the world Jeffrey Overstreet created but it was definitely worth it.
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5The Engrossing & Enchanting World of AuraliaMay 23, 2011Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleThe 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.
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5March 15, 2010Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThere 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.
Andrea Schultz4 Stars Out Of 5March 13, 2010Andrea SchultzI 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