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About Raven's Ladder

A DEADLY MENACE IS BREAKING THROUGH THE GROUND. THE PEOPLE OF ABASCAR MUST ABANDON THEIR STONE REFUGE AND FLEE INTO VULNERABILITY IN THE FOREST. BUT THEIR KING HAS HAD A VISION…
 
Following the beacon of Auralia’s colors and the footsteps of a mysterious dream-creature, King Cal-raven has discovered a destination for his weary crowd of refugees. It’s 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 beastmen––House Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascar’s wandering throng.
 
Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralia’s 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 Amica’s 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-raven’s journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hope––the vision he sees in Auralia’s colors.

Praise

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 Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of three previous books in The Auralia Thread fantasy series. Publisher’s Weekly called Auralia’s Colors a story “precise and beautiful… masterfully told,” and it was a dual finalist for a Christy Award. An award-winning film reviewer, he has written a moviegoer’s memoir, Through a Screen Darkly, and contributes regularly to Image and other journals. He lives in Shoreline, Washington and works at Seattle Pacific University.

Product Details

400 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 16, 2010

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

A deadly menace is breaking through the ground. The people of Abascar must abandon their stone refuge and flee into vulnerability in the forest. But their King has had a vision... King Cal-raven risks his life to find a safe haven for his refugee followers. But when they are seduced and scattered by wicked “seers” from House Bel Amica, and the deceptive forces of evil set their sights on him, the King’s faith and mettle are tested by an insatiable fire. Click here to read the first chapter of Raven's Ladder!

By Joel Jackson

I loved the depth of this story. You could certainly tell it was the transition story that sets up the charactes for redemption. The number of characters that Overstreet introduces and creates as believable is fantastic. I found myself desiring each character's story as I moved through the stories of other characters. I have to say I was shattered by the deaths that occur within the book, but I can also see how those deaths are necessary for...

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By Chautona Havig

Ok, so I didn't read the back of the book. I picked it up, read the introductory part before flipping to the prologue and, start reading. It took me about 13.4 seconds to realize that this was a sequel. As I glanced at the back of the book, I then realized it was book THREE in a series that I now realize will have at least one more book. So, to say that the book was hard to follow was a bit of an understatement. Characters appear ou...

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By Joan Nienhuis

In my mind, writing fantasy must be about the hardest of all the fiction genres. Writing Christian fantasy must be harder yet. Unfortunately, this book just does not come up to my standard of great Christian fantasy. There is no Christian allegory to the book that I can identify. Just when I thought the Keeper was representing God, it did something totally out of God's character. There is lots of drinking of beer and ale and smoking a pip...

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By Angela Hallisy

This book, like the others in the series, was captivating. The text is so visually compelling that it is truly an escape to another land where the conceptual undertones of the story play out before you. The character development and interconnections that began in the earlier parts of the series continue to expand into a world that you can easily be immersed in. I was very relieved to hear that there will be another book in the series, but am...

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By Pamela Morrisson

Raven's Ladder is the third book in the Auralia's Thread series. Because I missed the second volume, it was difficult for me to pick up the story in this sequel. My suggestion to anyone thinking about reading Raven's Ladder would be to read all the books in order and preferably within a short amount of time. These books are built upon each other and it would be easy to miss everything that is going on without the information in previ...

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