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Product Details

  • Series: The Auralia Thread
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074679
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
 

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I urge you to read the first two books and then read Raven's Ladder.
chrisdd
When I first read Auralia's Colors I was blown away by the magic of Jeffrey Overstreet.
Makepeace Clan
Read the first two books before you decide if you want to continue the story.
Doctor Gangreene

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jackson on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm never quite sure what to expect from fiction by an author of Christian faith... for every wonderful reading experience (like Stephen Lawhead's Celtic Crusades or C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia), there are numerous slogs through preachy & cliched schlock. (Insert obligatory reference to the Left Behind books here.) It's a little like Tim Burton films - you never know when an "Edward Scissorhands" is going to bloom amongst a field of weeds like "Batman Returns" and "Planet of the Apes."

It helps, of course, when you trust the author as someone who appreciates story & subtlety, which is certainly true of Jeffery Overstreet. As a long-time reader of his articles & reviews at [...] and his blog, [...], I was excited to find his first book, Through A Screen Darkly, which is a series of essays on movie-going & faith.

So when Mr. Overstreet released the first book in The Auralia Thread series, Auralia's Colors, I... checked it out from the library & felt really guilty about not reading it. Yeah, I know, that wasn't the story I wanted to tell either, but it's the truth. I'm not sure what kept me from digging into the first novel - some of the reviews I'd read made it sound "artsy" and I never managed to pick it up and get into it before I had to return it.

Fast forward a couple of years to the early part of 2010 when I agreed to blog/review Raven's Ladder, the third book in the series. I quickly realized that I didn't want to read book 3 before I read the first two books. So, for the past couple of weeks, I've carted around The Auralia Thread books and read them whenever I could... waiting for my boys at the park, taking a break at work, even squinting at them by the light of a bedside lamp.

Yes, the books are that good.
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Format: Paperback
This fantasy fiction novel, the third in the Auralia Thread series, contains complex characters and a descriptive narrative, which has been masterfully weaved, with the ability to draw the reader in to the world of the author's creation. As you travel through this mythical land there are themes of deception, hope and faith much like what we find in our own lives.

The tale reminded me of some type of "other worldly" medieval times story with a twist. However, not having read the previous books, it was a little difficult to understand the background of the characters.

I found a guide at the end of the book that gives an overview of the main characters. Had I found it earlier in my reading it would have been quite useful and made the book a much more enjoyable experience.

I highly recommend starting with the first book in this series "Auralia's Colors." Should you decide to do otherwise--be sure to refer to the helpful guide before you start reading. It will bring understanding of the characters which will help you, the reader, to be willing to invest yourself in them as you read.

If you like fantasy fiction, and aren't expecting something overtly "Christian" in nature, then this book and series in its entirety would be well worth reading. Well written with a plot and perhaps even "undertones" that represent modern day life it provides an enjoyable escape for the reader.

This is my first fantasy fiction book. Being new to the genre I have little to compare it to and thank Multnomah Publishing Group for providing a review copy. Those who enjoy fantasy fiction would quite certainly enjoy all three books in this series along with the final book which is yet to be released.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy E. Sondova on March 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Starting the Auralia Thread series with Book Three, Raven's Ladder, is not a good idea. It's like walking into the middle of an awkward conversation or trying to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop without first biting into the candy covering--difficult, but not impossible. Fortunately, author Jeffery Overstreet provides a glossary of characters in the back of his book to help newbies like me discover the world of King Cal-raven and his people.

Raven's Ladder follows the continuing tale of Cal-raven as he leads his refugee kingdom to found a New Abascar after their old kingdom was destroyed in a previous book. The book is reminiscent of the Bible's depiction of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness, but in Overstreet's tale there are believable and interesting female heroines.

Overstreet plays attention to detail as he weaves together a masterful plot that becomes clearer--even to first-time Auralia Thread readers like me. The cast of characters (and there are many) are marvelous--finally a Christian fantasy book I would recommend to my Lord of the Rings-loving friends!

I imagine the first and second books in the series are wonderful and would shed a lot of light on Raven's Ladder. So, if you want to read a good fantasy, check out the Auralia Thread series, but start at Book One, or you'll be referring to the glossary...a lot.

*This book was provided for review the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
When he was a prince Cal-raven freed Auralia's Colors only to find their "house" collapsed killing his father. Still believing that the Keeper sent Auralia to them for a reason, he led his people to safety inside a stone labyrinth after overcoming the beastmen (see Cyndere's Midnight). However their refuge proves unsafe when something from underground is trying to drill through the stones. The people of Abascar flee again while their ruler King Cal-raven foretells the rebuilding of a New Abascar.

However, King Cal-raven is distracted by the Seers of the House Bel Amica. He fails to protect his people who have plans for the wanderers and having learned of Auralia's Colors from those they have trapped with their charms, they weave this into their lies. Only Cyndere as daughter of Bel Amica's widow Queen Thesera abetted by Jordam the House of Cent Regus beastman; and "Rescue" the mysterious ale boy can save the weary wanderers. However they must overcome the brutal cursed Cent Regus beastmen, the sneaky Seers advisors to the queen of Bel Amica and the wavering monarch Cal-raven having lost his faith in the colors and his vision.

The third colorful Abascar religious fantasy is a terrific entry with a powerful message of keep the faith at all times especially when you feel abandoned. The story line is fast-paced but character driven as Cyndere continues to believe even more so while Cal-raven is losing his beliefs. Although filled with action throughout, it is the King's questioning what the Keeper wants for the House of Abascar that he helped to collapse that makes this a strong inspirational fantasy.

Harriet Klausner
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