I’ve just finished Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet. I loved it. It took me a while to get into this series. I didn’t like the way the first book (Auralia’s Colors) ended…which made it hard to get into the sequels…but overall my biggest complaint was that they were confusing. While reading this series I keep catching myself re-reading. Not a bad thing necessarily, but I’m a fast reader with a tendency to skim, and going back for plot points isn’t somthing I do. Not that the writing is confusing, but there is a wonderful murkiness to these books. As I read, I got the sense that I wasn’t seeing the story clearly. (Reminded me of Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter. One of my favorite books, but it’s easy to miss stuff if you’re just skimming along.) I think I just wasn’t used to the author’s style yet, because as I’ve read sequels (Cyndere’s Midnight and Raven’s Ladder) I’ve gotten more and more into the story. The author reveals more insight into the culture as the series goes on which makes it easier. I also re-read the first book and liked it much better the second time. Great stuff! A unique style and story. Basically it made me pay attention, which can be challenging for me. I would recommend reading this series all at once. Which will be possible when book 4 (The Ale-Boys Feast) comes out in March!
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