Monday, March 28, 2011

"The Ale Boy's Feast" by Jeffrey Overstreet

The book "The Ale Boy’s Feast", by Jeffrey Overstreet, is an excellent conclusion to the Auralia’s Color series. I found the book highly entertaining, and filled with vivid imagery. I find Overstreet’s writing to be much different than most authors in his genre; his writing tends to be difficult and demanding, but in the best way. There were times when I had a hard time getting into the novel, but there were also times when putting it down was not an option, because it had become so gripping and intense. The entire series is vivid, and filled with colorful imagery which allows the readers imagination to be filled to the brim with colors, metaphors, and complex plot twists. Christians would also really enjoy this novel, because Overstreet incorporates Christianity, but he does so in a way that it becomes hidden between the pages, and careful reading is required in order to see the connections between Christianity and the world of the Expanse. This makes it possible for non-Christians and Christians alike to enjoy the novel, without being overly struck with religious aspects and worldviews. My one complaint about this novel, and the whole series in general, is that they were just a little too difficult to read, especially since it is geared towards a younger audience. However, I do highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Christian fantasy novels, in fact, I would say it is a must read for all.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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