Reading Backwards

What would happen if you read the books in The Auralia Thread out of order?

I would have guessed that it would be pretty much impossible. Several reviews of Cyndere’s Midnight and Raven’s Ladder began with the reviewer saying, “I was very confused, but then I realized that this book was part of a series, and I need to read the first one.”

But there have been exceptions. Some read Cyndere’s Midnight first and managed to get through it and enjoy it. Then they read the rest of the series.

But tonight I came across a review written by someone who read The Ale Boy’s Feast – the fourth and final book! – before reading any of the others. What did the reader think of it?

See for yourself. Apparently, it isn’t impossible. It’s not ideal, of course. But not impossible.

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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 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.