Monday, August 9, 2010

Auralia's Colors by Jeff Overstreet

Storyline: An orphan girl is found by two Gatherers, outcasts from the House of Abascar. As the girl, who names herself Auralia, grows older, she discovers she has a gift—she can create wonderful, colorful weaves from what the forest has to offer. The only problem is that the king of House Abascar has forbidden anyone to wear colors.

The older Auralia becomes, the more she understands that she was sent to House Abascar for a purpose. Though reluctant, Auralia forges ahead in her task, aided by the Gatherers and some unlikely allies, including the prince of Abascar.

My Take:

I love the descriptions in this book. They are breath-taking, beautiful, and awesome. Overstreet makes his book shine with the vivid pictures of people, animals, and the world. Next to The Lord of the Rings, I think its one of the easiest, prettiest worlds for me to imagine. The characters are very real to me as a reader.

One of the best things (to me) was the fact that not all of the characters are handsome or pretty. A lot of books have beautiful main characters. I realized not long ago that I'm guilty of this very thing. While I think that Auralia herself was pretty, others--Krawg or the ale boy, for example--aren't, and I really liked that.

I also like the mysterious spiritual elements in the book. The Keeper, the Northchildren--all to me present mysteries that I ponder over even after reading the book. It reminds me somewhat of MacDonald's stuff.

There were a couple of things I didn't care for, but overall this was an incredible book.

Rating: five out of five stars

6 responses:

Lostariel said...

Cal-raven is my favorite character, I think. I was very glad the third book had his name in the title. :)

I don't really mind pretty main characters, especially in books like LotR, where it just fits. Still, evaluating my own writing, I thought to myself, "How much would it really hurt to say this person is ugly or plain or not to describe him/her in those kinds of terms at all?"

Galadriel said...

Would you care to expand upon which parts you didn't care for?

Heather said...

@Lostariel: I like Jordam, Cyndere, and Cal-Raven. I don't mind pretty main characters either, it just seems to me that everyone tends to focus on them more than ugly or plain main characters.

@Galadriel: Sorry for not elaborating--when I wrote this yesterday I was in a little bit of a hurry. I didn't care for the cuss word stand-ins too much. I also didn't like the conversation between Queen Jaralaine and the captains when she's in a nightgown. But like I said, overall it was a great book.

Erin MacPherson said...

I'm so glad I found your blog... I'm always looking for places to learn/read about GREAT novels. So, thank you!! This book sounds great and the comparison to Lord of the Rings... well, that's a HUGE compliment. Tolkein is one of my favorites.

Galadriel said...

I guess the fact that they were meant to be bad things--I mean, Ark-robin was uncomfortable with seeing Jaralaine in her nightgown--was what stuck out to me about them.

Heather said...

That stuck out to me too. I just didn't think it was totally necessary.

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