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About Raven's Ladder



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.


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’sResponse magazine.

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  1. Christine M.
    March 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    I could not put this book down. Loved it, but need to know if there will be another book coming in the series and when?

  2. March 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    Well, let’s see, Raven’s Ladder is the third book – the Gold Strand of The Auralia Thread. There is one more book in the series, the White Strand, titled The Ale Boy’s Feast, due early next year.

  3. Angela H.
    May 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    This book, like the others in the series, was captivating. The text is so visually compelling that it is truly an escape to another land where the conceptual undertones of the story play out before you. I am very relieved to hear that there will be another book in the series, but am saddened that it will end there. Are there any plans at this time for a new fiction series? I have rarely found a modern author that so completely captures my imagination the author here does.

  4. Kim Brayman
    June 7, 2010 at 9:22 am — Reply

    Thank heaven this book is out. I just picked up ‘Cyndere’s Midnight’ to refresh my memory of what the ending was like and was reminded of the beautiful language depicting the human condition, environment and circumstances that was woven into such an imaginative and captivating story. I’ve actually read passages in ‘Auralia’ two or three times just because I loved them. There are people I know in this series and places I’ve been in a tale that is fascinating and scenes that are visually evocative. I was checking to see if I could immerse myself in the continuation yet. Thank you for getting it out there for me just in time.

  5. Emily Shore
    October 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    Incredible to think of where one can find a treasure. I found Auralia’s Colors in a small temporary bookstore and am already entranced by its pages. Thank you for inspiring me. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with Auralia. As a fellow writer, may I praise this book for its enchanting descriptions, vivid depiction of setting the scene, compelling characters, and riveting action. Along with my passion and other sources, it’s words like these that continue to propell my love of writing.


    Emily Shore-an old but soon to be upcoming author

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email