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An Excerpt from Raven's Ladder, Chapter 1: Cal-raven in Four Kinds of Trouble

Auralia reached out to Cal-raven. As he approached, the flame of the candle he carried flapped like a flag in a hard wind. …

That’s how Chapter One of Raven’s Ladder begins. And now… you can read the whole chapter.

Of course, you’ll have to order a copy of the book to learn what happened in the Prologue. Here’s a hint: It involves the ale boy in a cave far below ground.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author, editor, and professor with an MFA in Creative Writing. He teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University, Covenant College) and film studies (Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's been a columnist and critic for Christianity Today, Image, and Books & Culture, and his writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly visits universities, conferences, and churches to lecture in the U.S. and abroad. Would you like him to edit your work? Want to have him speak to your community? Email