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Product Details

  • Series: The Auralia Thread
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First Edition edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400072530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072538
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Overstreet's writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told.”
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“Overstreet paints vividly imagined scenes and develops his characters and story with thought-provoking insights into human motivations.”
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“[Overstreet weaves] a story filled with an intriguing plot; vivid characters; and, most importantly, imagination.”
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“Overstreet writes gorgeous and gritty fantasy that leaves us wanting more.”
Youth Worker Journal

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“Overstreet's writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told.”
Publishers Weekly


“Overstreet paints vividly imagined scenes and develops his characters and story with thought-provoking insights into human motivations.”
CBA Retailers+Resources


“[Overstreet weaves] a story filled with an intriguing plot; vivid characters; and, most importantly, imagination.”
Church Libraries


“Overstreet writes gorgeous and gritty fantasy that leaves us wanting more.”
Youth Worker Journal
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Mr. Overstreet has such a vivid way of writing!
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Finally, at the climax of the novel, you understand why each separate story was being told and how each viewpoint character played a part in the ultimate outcome.
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From page one Overstreet grabs your attention and once again sucks you back into The Expanse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Sullivan on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
With "Auralia's Colors," Overstreet introduced an expansive and vast world with lush language and a huge cast of characters that were juggled nicely for a premiere novel. In "Cyndere's Midnight," Overstreet's great writing has only gotten better, with a larger cast of characters that are handled more effectively than in the previous book, a deeper delving into the world of Abascar, and a pretty fast moving storyline with plenty of classic bloody fantasy action. There's romance, lust, betrayal, magic, evil, and a powerful sense of good. It's an engaging read from start to finish.

There's several different plotlines that make up the story of the book - the central one being a well-rendered classic beauty and the beast tale, of a beastman named Jordam who awakens from the beastmen's eternal ravenous walking slumber, thanks to Auralia's Colors, and meets Cyndere, the heiress who is determined to bring back the Cent Regus house from the deep dark pit into which "The Essence" flung them.

The novel also follows a storyline from the perspective of The Four Brothers (beastmen)- Mordafey, Jorn, Goreth, and Jordam, who want to make a deal with the Cent Regus monsters so they can take over House Abascar and steal all their treasures. Often in fantasy novels, when the writer chooses to write from the perspective of the "bad guys," it's done cheaply, where the author merely imprints human characteristics directly onto a beast. But Overstreet shows more attention to detail than this; the way the beastmen speak and the way they act, and their very attitude, are much more than simply the opposite of humans - they're their own twisted and scarred race.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Carosaari VINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a well-crafted novel, with great storylines and characters. Jeffrey writes exquisite scenery with beautiful imagery, that comes to life off the page. I particularly enjoyed the Beastman storyline, as we follow Jordam's struggle between righteousness and the familiar. There seemed to be intriguing parallels between this novel and the current issues of the 21st century, as Jeffrey paints a dilemma between assisting the Beastmen to change and grow, verses eradicating them or using them as war machines. The best of fantasy helps us reconsider our own reality, and Cyndere's Midnight certainly does that.

I would certainly rate this book higher if for one point: it follows Auralia's Colors. Auralia's Colors was just that good, and Cyndere's Midnight is a good book, but not on the level of the first. I was trying to wrack my brain to understand why, and I think it's because of this: there are just too many threads to follow in Cyndere's Midnight. There are too many main characters, and we don't know who to emotionally invest ourselves in, or who to root for- at least not until the last couple chapters. In Auralia's Colors, it was clear that Auralia was the character. In Cyndere's Midnight, The strongest and most intriguing thread is certainly that of Jordam, but he's not the title character, and frankly Cyndere's story is rather uninteresting. She, the Ale Boy, Captain Ryllion, Emerienne, and Cal-Raven all have their own storylines, but they feel only hinted at, and at the same time demanding at times our full attention. The book would be stronger for having a focus on only Cyndere or only Jordam, with supporting characters.

I recommend this book, to both fans of Auralia's Colors and those who have never read Overstreet before. But I recommend more Auralia's Colors, and, I believe, the next book in Overstreet's series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake on September 16, 2008
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House Abascar lies in ruins while Auralia's colors live on. The Beastmen of Cent Regus now roam the land looking to take down any Abascar survivors. In House Bel Amica, Cyndere, heiress to the throne, mourns after hearing the news that her husband was murdered by Beastmen while looking for Abascar survivors. Longing for change and a chance to grieve, Cyndere flees to her childhood retreat. After she arrives Cyndere has a chance encounter with a Beastman named Jordam. She soon realizes that Jordam is different from the other Cent Regus monsters. It seems that he has been changed after being exposed to the beauty of Auralia's colors. Cyndere now has hope that her husband's dream of helping the Beastmen can now become a reality.

As Cyndere and Jordam grow closer, a sinister plan comes to light threatening to destroy the remaining members of House Abascar. Thwarted by their loyalty to their own Houses, Cyndere and Jordam must work together to save these innocent lives who have already suffered so much.

Jeffrey Overstreet continues to awe and inspire with this second strand of the Auralia Thread. This is fantasy writing at the highest level and every line drips with moving prose and breathtaking description. Overstreet possesses the rare talent that allows him to methodically pace his narrative, all the while keeping the reader hanging on every word. It is impossible to fly through this story and at no time will you want to.

Cyndere's Midnight is a beautiful tale laced with themes of love, honor, and justice. Jordam's character is a wonder to behold as he struggles against his dark nature in the fight to embrace all that is right and true. Cyndere's unyielding compassion for her rightful enemy will leave your heart soaring long after the last line.
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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that includes "Auralia's Colors," "Cyndere's Midnight," "Raven's Ladder," and "The Ale Boy's Feast." He also writes about art and culture at LookingCloser.org, and his "memoir of dangerous moviegoing" is a book called "Through a Screen Darkly." Jeffrey's film reviews are published at ImageJournal.org twice monthly, and at Filmwell.org. In the past, he has written for Paste, Christianity Today, and various other periodicals. He regularly lectures at universities and conferences around the country, on many subjects including Storytelling, Fantasy, Play, and Film Interpretation. He lives in Shoreline, Washington, and works as the contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University's magazine Response.

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