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About The Ale Boy's Feast

Book 4 of the Auralia Thread series

The king is missing.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.

Hopes are failing across The Expanse. The forests, once beautiful, are now haunted and bloodthirsty. House Abascar's persecuted people risk their lives to journey through those predatory trees. They seek a mythic city - Abascar's last, best hope for refuge - where they might find the source of Auralia's colors.
They journey without their king. During a calamitous attempt to rescue some of his subjects from slavery, Cal-raven vanished.

But his helper, the ale boy, falling through a crack in the earth, has discovered a slender thread of hope in the dark. He will dare to lead a desperate company up the secret river.

Meanwhile, with a dragon's help, the wandering mage Scharr ben Fray is uncovering history's biggest lie - a deception that only a miracle can repair.

Time is running out for all those entangled in The Auralia Thread. But hope and miracles flicker wherever Auralia’s colors are found.


Praise for The Auralia Thread

“Overstreet’s writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told.”

“The rich details, well-developed characters, and complex story will make this a new favorite among fantasy readers.”

“With a skillful pen, Overstreet shows a world that exists in another dimension. A true treat to fantasy fans.”

The Ale Boy’s Feast is a great, sprawling poem. Its rich language moves and breathes and awakens every sense. Jeffrey Overstreet has made something beautiful here. His story reminds us that beauty is an agent of grace.”
—JONATHAN ROGERS, author of The Charlatan’s Boy

“Jeffrey Overstreet’s imagination is peopled with mysteries and wonders. 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

“Jeffrey Overstreet writes like Van Gogh painted. He is a literary impressionist, and his understated yet vivid narrative style overwhelms the imagination. The Ale Boy’s Feast does more than just tell the end of a story; it invites the reader into the world of the Expanse with a cast of beautifully complex characters to join them in pursuit of the mystery that calls us all.”

“Through word, image, and color, Jeffrey Overstreet has crafted a work of art. From first to final page, this original fantasy is sure to draw readers in.”
—JANET LEE CAREY, award-winning author of The Dragons of Noor

“It’s entering a beautiful dream you don’t want to leave, with exhilarating tension that takes you beyond story and into deep truths.”
—SIGMUND BROUWER, author of Broken Angel and Flight of Shadows

“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

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: Mar 15, 2011

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

The king is missing.
His promises lie in ruins.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.

 Click here to download chapter one of The Ale Boy's Feast.

The Ale Boy's Feast is the stunning conclusion to The Auralia Thread, which began with the critically-acclaimed Auralia's Colors and continued through Cyndere's Midnight and Raven's Ladder . The woman whose colors collapsed a kingdom may be the redemption of the Abascar people and their king.

Click here to download chapter one of The Ale Boy's Feast.

By Apryl Herrell

The Ale Boy's Feast is the 4th book in The Auralia Thread series. I received this book before I had read any of the other books in the series, but after reading just a few pages I was interested enough to find the previous three to read. This series is well written, and engages the reader. The way the writer pulled characters from the entire series into the final book was inspiring. It is definitely a recommended read if you like fantasy.

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By Ethan Schriner

The Ale Boy's Feast is a very well written book that is full of description and a subtle sense of mystery. I like the smooth story line. there was a strong sense of analogy in the "Prodigal Mage" being Jesus. My favorite attribute is the bit-by-bit release of information to keep the interest of the reader throughout the book.

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By Tara Runyan

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...

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By Lady Rael

The fourth and final book of The Auralia Thread opens with House Abascar's journey northward, seeking a home. But evil haunts them in many guises. If the fabled city exists, how many of the dwindling house will reach it alive? The forest has become bloodthirsty in root and twig. The young king Cal Raven has disappeared. Shar ben Fray is galivanting in the southern desert. And the Ale Boy? Ah, the ale boy. The poor little fella is...

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By Angela Hallisy

I must confess, this series by Overstreet has had me captivated since the first book, Auralia's Colors, back in 2007. I had long been looking for a modern author who not only captivated the mind but the imagination as well. I can confidently say that I have found that in Overstreet's work. The series is an enticing escape from every day life and picking up this book was like going back to an old friend. I could not relate to all of the...

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