A Colorful Review for “Auralia’s Colors”

What’s better than a double Americano with your breakfast?

A review like this, from the voracious book lover “SuperFastReader”:

Auralia’s Colors is the first in a proposed series of four, to which I say, “Bring it.”

It’s an astonishingly accomplished debut, and falls prey to none of the lazy traps to which fantasy writers are prone. The characters are strong, the concept and plot inventive and original, and the prose is lyrical.

Auralia is a fresh creation, a character that I can’t compare to any I’ve seen in the fantasy literature I’ve read. She’s not the stereotypical fierce hoyden or pampered princess, nor is she the wise and mystical Galadriel-type. She’s a child of nature stepping into destiny with a confidently unsure step, if that makes sense. She doesn’t know who she is or where she came from, but she can’t deny the purpose and passions that animate her any more than the trees can deny giving their colors.

Overstreet credits Patricia McKillip’s The Book of the Atrix Wolfe as an influence in his foreword, and I would say that’s the author I’d most closely link him to…

The highest praise I can give this book is to tell you that it took me forever to read, by Superfast standards, anyway, because I was so enthralled by the story and the world he was creating that I wanted to stay in each sentence a little longer than usual.

Thank you, SuperFastReader! If you offered t-shirts for fans of your site… I’d buy one!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

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    Thanks for such a great read–can’t wait for the next one! Please don’t George RR Martin your new fans :)