Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Ale Boy's Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet

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Jeffrey Overstreet's book is a very unique story of colors, hope, deception, and mystery that feeds the imagination.  It's the fourth book and the white strand in the Auralia Thread.  It starts out right after the last book when the King of Abascar in the Expanse went missing after his desperate rescue attempt, to save some of his people from slavery, went  horribly wrong.  The ale boy, who was helping the king, also disappeared by falling into a crack in the ground.  Miles underground this brave heart, the ale boy called Rescue by many, finds an underground river and tries to lead the survivors to safety.  The other half of the Abascar people are also traveling but through a dangerous bloodthirsty forest trying to find an ancient mythic city of safety.  Much awaits the heroes of this story as the last leg of their journey may be the most difficult yet.  When a great deception seems to shake King Cal-Raven, can he find hope in the truth?  Can the evil Seers of the Expanse and their Curse be yet defeated?

This enchanting story was most colorfully and skillfully written.  I read this book before reading any of the other books made before it thus making this book's story very confusing.  I would advise starting with the first three books in this order: Auralia's Colors, Cyndere's Midnight, and Raven's Ladder.  My plan is to go back and read these three books and then the last one again because I really liked it.  Though not necessarily a Christian allegory it still had a christian influence.  The story makes you look at the beauty of nature differently and praise the creator for his wonderful creation.  Even though it's Christian, it still has adult themes that should not be read by children.  Older teens and adults would love this book if they would like to explore creation a whole new way.

(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and this opinion is my own.)

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