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Climbing "Raven's Ladder"

My birthday was a month ago, but a bunch of gifts have arrived in November… thoughtful comments from a few readers who have read Raven’s Ladder. And I’m grateful.

Here’s what they’re saying…


Kathy Tyers, author of Shivering World and the Firebird series:

“Jeffrey Overstreet’s imagination is peopled with mysteries and wonders, and his craft continues to mature. Reading Raven’s Ladder is like staring at a richly imagined world through a kaleidoscope: complex, intriguing, and habit-forming.”

R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter:

“A darkly complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters, in which glimpses of haunting beauty shine through. Sometimes perplexing but always thought-provoking, Raven’s Ladder is the work of a fertile and striking creative imagination.”

Andrew Peterson, singer/songwriter and author of North! Or Be Eaten and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness:

“With Raven’s Ladder, Overstreet does what the best fantasy writers do: he opens a door into a new world—a beautiful, dangerous world, and one that stayed with me long after I closed the book.”

Aaron White, writer and editor of

“In Raven’s Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet continues what he began with his first two novels, Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight, crafting a world rich in detail, purpose, and wonder. Each page reveals new threads of a complex, interwoven story that excites and entertains while provoking deeper thought. It has been a long time since I’ve read a series as captivating, meaningful, inspiring, and beautiful as this one.”

S. D. Smith, author of The Fledge Chronicles serial:
“Raven’s Ladder is a fantasy gem. The story is imaginative and truthful, the characters authentic and complex. Jeffrey Overstreet has given us a gift—a fully realized world teeming with life and wonder. It is a fully human tale, with a penetrating glory throughout. Here is a heaping portion of truth, beauty, and goodness.”

Esther Maria Swaty, Seattle City Guide Examiner:

“In Raven’s Ladder, Jeffrey Overstreet weaves a brilliant tale of intricate layers, inviting his audience into a story of deeper meaning. Not mere fiction that ends with the shutting of the book, it sneakily tiptoes into your thoughts, challenging you to ponder a little more.”

And speaking of gifts, Anne and I spent some of our holiday today gathering and crafting Christmas gifts for family and friends. If you’re looking for Christmas-gift ideas, how about this: Pick up copies of Auralia’s Colors (book) (ebook) and Cyndere’s Midnight (book) (ebook), and include a note that lets the recipient know that if they start reading right away, they’ll be ready for the third one when it arrives in stores in mid-February.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email

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