Monday, April 26, 2010

Jeffrey Overstreet: RAVEN'S LADDER

The book, Raven's Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet is at
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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Raven's Ladder is the third book in The Auralia Thread. Overstreet is writing the fourth and final volume to the series, now. The first two volumes are Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight. The books tells of a dark world with no colors, and the child who knows the Keeper and the child fills the world with color. In this third book, she has grown older and colors are revealed through another child by Auralia creation. King Cal-Raven seeks a place to move his kingdom and his people after their dwellings are destroyed.

The author is aware of the flaws of this book, he refers to them himself, in the story. He asks if we have the patience to hear a story who has too much description and wanders off it course. I have to say I did not always have that much patience, I got bogged now in the lack of story and the inability of the Raven to act. Yet, it added to his point of discouragement.

The author states, "Raven's Ladder is about preserving a vision of hope through doubt, disappointment, distration and disaster." One thing this author does which all fantasy readers look for is he created a world filled with characters, and to walk in this world with the many characters is the books charm.

Sometimes you wonder if the author is making social commentary which is too thinly disquised. I found if I laid the book now, I was in no hurry to pick it up, so it never grabbed me, and made me read to the end. I struggle with getting through this book. I felt it lack a thread to hold it all together, and sometimes you don't need three modifiers for a noun.

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Blogger Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Interesting analysis. I have to admit, I had similar reactions, especially about the social/religious commentary. It seemed to bog the story down rather than contributing to where it was heading.

The denser description didn't bother me, though. I just wish I really cared for a character. In all three of these books, that's been my biggest problem I feel so ambivalent about whether or not any of them succeed in their deeply cherished goals.


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