Saturday, January 8, 2011

Auralia's Colors

Auralias Colors (The Auralia Thread Series #1) (Paperback)Auralia’s Colors, The Auralia Thread, Jeffrey Overstreet, WaterBrook Press, Fantasy, 2007, 338 pages.

Synopsis: When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster's footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling - and forbidden - talent for crafting colours that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar's hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia's gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

Auralia's Colours weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action and unpredictable characters sure to enthral ambitious imaginations.

My thoughts: Writing a review of this book is hard. There are few books you can easily compare it to, one being the Bible. It is its own tapestry. Overstreet weaves in colors hinting at joy, intrigue, betrayal, and desire. The color metaphors never got old, which shows his mastery of allegory. Many finer points of this allegory are hidden deep and are hard to discern. The Keeper is an interesting creature to note. I have been told it is not in fact a representation of the Creator, though it would seem that way.

The ending left me breathless and sad, but I look forward to the next Strand! I believe this will become a classic in the allegory genre, alongside C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia!

My rating: 5 stars


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12 comments:

  1. I love this series--it is one of my favorites, and that's saying a lot. The fourth and last book, The Ale Boy's Feast, is coming out around March, last time I heard anyway.

    Good review =)

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  2. I would have to agree, this ranks among my top favorite fantasy series so far! I can't wait to read the next ones!

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  3. Noah ... this is a good review, and your five stars is well worth it.

    A very minor correction just to set your expectations ... the Keeper is not an allegory or stand-in for God. You'll have to keep reading the series to find out more. The last book, THE ALE BOY'S FEAST will answer all!

    -Robert

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  4. Thanks, that's good to know :). I can't wait to read the rest of the books! Unless you already have, would you mind rating my review on the publisher's website? The link is right beneath the review. Thanks!

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  5. I just read this book... a very good one, too. I tried to explain it to a friend--but couldn't, LOL.
    --Vrenith

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  6. Hey :) I've read the first few in the series, I thought---they were OK. Glad you enjoyed it! And a thoughtful review :D

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  7. Thank you for the insightful review ~ I appreciate your honesty. You've intrigued me as I've never read these.

    html question ~ if you don't mind. I was just curious as to how you got your rating bar to show up at the bottom of your post? I tried to embed the code on my website, and so far, I've been unsuccessful. Pointers, please?

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  8. It didn't work for me either, so I improvised. Here is what you can do. Put this next to your review: Please rate my review!

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  9. This looks like a good book. ;) Good job reviewing it Noah!

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  10. Hmmm... Well, I don't want to give anything away, but I would say that the Keeper does sort of work as an allegorical figure of God... it just depends on how you look at it, and then Raven's Ladder really threw a big twist into the mix concerning the Keeper... I'm curious to see what Overstreet does with The Ale Boy's Feast. I just have to see how this one works out!

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  11. If you like this you will love the second one, Cyndere's Midnight. That's been my favorite of the bunch. Raven's Ladder was also good with a crazy twist of an ending.

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  12. I am reading these books. I am over 200 pages into the this one. As of yet I don't know what to think. It is so different then everything I have read. Even taking review notes isn't helping.
    I do like the color idea though. As a quilter I understand what colors can do to fabric.

    I look forward to your reviews of the rest of the books.

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