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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

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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 :)