Raven's Ladder: A Novel

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 16, 2010 - Fiction - 368 pages
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A DEADLY MENACE IS BREAKING THROUGH THE GROUND. THE PEOPLE OF ABASCAR MUST ABANDON THEIR STONE REFUGE AND FLEE INTO VULNERABILITY IN THE FOREST. BUT THEIR KING HAS HAD A VISION…
 
Following the beacon of Auralia’s colors and the footsteps of a mysterious dream-creature, King Cal-raven has discovered a destination for his weary crowd of refugees. It’s a city only imagined in legendary tales. And it gives him hope to establish New Abascar.
 
But when Cal-raven is waylaid by fortune hunters, his people become vulnerable to a danger more powerful than the prowling beastmen––House Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascar’s wandering throng.
 
Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralia’s colors, and are twisting a language of faith into a lie of corruption and control.
 
If there is any hope for the people of Abascar, it lies in the courage of Cyndere, daughter of Bel Amica’s queen; the strength of Jordam the beastman; and the fiery gifts of the ale boy, who is devising a rescue for prisoners of the savage Cent Regus beastmen.
 
As his faith suffers one devastating blow after another, Cal-raven’s journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hope––the vision he sees in Auralia’s colors.


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I received The Ale Boy's feast (4th in the series) in the Early Reviewers. Because it is the 4th in the series I decided I wanted to read the ones before it. So while I read all 4 books directly after ... Read full review

The Engrossing & Enchanting World of Auralia

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Contents

Prologue
1
Calravcn in Four Kinds of Trouble
9
To Save the King
20
Riddles in the Dark
27
The Second Siege of Barnashum
36
A Second Exodus
42
Drawn bv Vision I rivcn by Fear
50
Campfire in the Cragavar
59
A Precarious Beginning
187
Abascar Scattered
205
Descent into the Bel Amican Night
219
Alitalias Defenders
229
An Open Window
244
The Glassworks
256
A Sudden Change of Plan
269
Helpless in the Garden
278

King of Birds and Mere
66
White Dust
73
The Rcvelhouse
86
The Six Tricksters
95
What Calravcn Saw through the Glass
106
A Traitors Bargain
116
Sisters Astray
125
Snydes Fall
138
Brown and Mousey
144
Bauris at the Window
155
The Wall That Talked Back
163
Contents 19 QueenTheseraTakes Counsel
174
Night on the Beastnian River
285
Suspicion at die Harbor Caves
294
An Offering to the Chieftain
299
Reunions
311
Subterfuge
326
What Came by Invitation
336
Queen Thesera s Birthday Surprise
352
Calravcn Lost
366
Epilogue
372
A Guide to rhc Characters
381
Acknowledgments
384
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About the author (2010)

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of The Auralia Thread, the fantasy series which begins with Auralia’s Colors, a thrilling adventure twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. He is an award-winning film critic and columnist, his work appearing in many publications including Image and Paste. He is also the contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine.


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