WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2010)
Here comes another lyrical adventure from The Expanse. Jeffrey returns readers to the remnant of House Abascar in the Barnashum caves as their heir, Cal-Raven attempts to lead the people his father left behind after the disaster that destroyed their homes and life as they knew it. Raven’s Ladder also brings the stories or Cyndere and House Bel Amica full circle till they intertwine once again with those of Cal-Raven and House Abascar. While Overstreet writes with a poetic touch that few authors are capable of achieving, he also writes a fantasy that engulfs the imagination and keeps the reader entranced as they turn the pages. Never have I found myself wanting to jump over the slow parts in the Auralia Thread epics because they don’t exist. Overstreet ushers his characters from one adventure to the next without hardly a breath to catch in the interim (what interim is more like it). While it has been some time since I read Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight I must warn readers new to The Expanse and Auralia Thread that starting somewhere amidst these hypnotic narratives is not the best idea. Overstreet’s fantasy world is intricately woven and reads with clarity if you begin where the author did (book 1, Auralia’s Colors) and follow them through in proper sequence. Don’t forget this is book 3 so make sure you have them all before you jump in with your entire being. If you are like me and find yourself chomping at the bit for the next book and can wait till book four wends it’s way to the retailers to conclude the collection (at least for a time) I wouldn’t be above suggesting you wait and buy them all at once. (ISBN#9781400074679, 400pp, $13.99)
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