The Auralia Thread series, by Jeffrey Overstreet
Book 1 – Auralia’s Colors
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 colors 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 Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.
Book 2 – Cyndere’s Midnight
When a bloodthirsty beastman discovers Auralia s colors, his conscience awakens. When the heiress of a powerful kingdom risks everything to help him, their lives–and the lives of a kingdom–hang in the balance.
” Cyndere walked down to the water to make her daily decision whether to turn and go back into House Bel Amica, or to climb old Stairway Rock and throw herself into the sea
In “Cyndere s Midnight, ” the power of Auralia s colors brings together a bloodthirsty beastman and a grieving widow in a most unlikely relationship one that not only will change their lives, but could also impact the four kingdoms of The Expanse forever.
Jordam is one of four ferocious brothers from the clan of cursed beastmen. But he is unique: The glory of Auralia s colors has enchanted him, awakening a noble conscience that clashes with his vicious appetites.
Cyndere, heiress to a great ruling house, and her husband Deuneroi share a dream of helping the beastmen. But when Deuneroi is killed by the very people he sought to help, Cyndere risks her life and reputation to reach out to Jordam. Beside a mysterious well an apparent source of Auralia s colors a beauty and a beast form a cautious bond. Will Jordam be overcome by the dark impulse of his curse, or stand against his brothers to defend House Abascar s survivors from a deadly assault?
Critics hailed Jeffrey Overstreet s first fantasy novel, “Auralia s Colors, ” as exceptionally well crafted, beautiful, and masterfully told. Now he continues weaving this fantastic tapestry with an enchanting fairy tale for ambitious imaginations of all ages.
Book 3 – 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.
Book 4 – The Ale Boy’s Feast
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.
My name is Jeffrey Overstreet.
I am a teacher and a writer, and I travel all over the place speaking about creative writing, film criticism, fantasy, faith, and the power of play.
Sometimes I’m invited to teach creative writing courses and workshops. This brings me great joy.
Currently I am celebrating ten years working as communications specialist at Seattle Pacific University.
My dream? To someday have a full-time job teaching creative writing and film-related courses.
My other dreams? They’ve all come true.
These are my published novels, so far:
The Ale Boy’s Feast
This is my memoir of “dangerous moviegoing,” published by Regal Books:
Through a Screen Darkly
I grew up in Portland, Oregon. My father was a teacher there during that time, and my mother has worked as a teacher too… so I grew up in a world of educators.
My younger brother Jason is some kind of singer/songwriter/composer genius. He has a singing group called Rescue that continues to amaze and bless audiences everywhere. I’m proud of that guy.
My wife, Anne, comes from Roswell, New Mexico. (Insert alien-related joke here.) We just celebrated our 16th anniversary. She works as a gardener and a freelance editor, but her poetry is what really blows my mind. Read her book: Delicate Machinery Suspended. It’s breathtaking. Really.
I’ve been writing books since before I started kindergarten. I think the first one was called “The Sea Monster,” and it was full of scribbled drawings of a massive, fanged beast trying to swallow a little stick-figure man. I’m not sure what that represented, or if I identified with the man or the beast.
But, thanks to a whirlwind of events in 2005-06, and a few meetings that could only have happened through God’s wild imagination, my first book was published: Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth, and Evil in the Movies (from Regal Books). It’s a book about art, faith, and the way that a good movie can change the world. It’s a memoir of sorts, but also a collection of meditations on great movies, and I include some excerpts from memorable interviews with filmmakers and movie stars.
I’m also a novelist. Auralia’s Colors and its three sequels, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast, were published by WaterBook Press, a Random House imprint.
What is more:
I’m a contented resident of Shoreline (north end of Seattle, Washington).
I’m the contributing editor of Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine.
I’ve worked for decades as a film critic for a variety of publications including Paste, IMAGE, Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Risen and more.
I’m a trouble-prone follower of Christ.
I guess that’ll do for starters. Any questions?