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The Ale Boy's Feast: A Novel (The Auralia Thread #4)

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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Book 4 of the Auralia Thread series

The king is missing.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.

Hopes are failing across The Expanse.The forests, once beautiful, are now haunted and bloodthirsty. House Abascar's persecuted people risk their lives to journey through those predatory trees. They seek a mythic city
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ebook, 400 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 18th 2011)
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Mark Oppenlander
This is one of those books that makes me wish there was a way to give 3.5 stars on GoodReads. It is better than three, but I can't quite find it in my heart to give it four.

One of the dangers of reading a series is that you begin to have an investment in the characters and their outcomes. You may also develop preconceived notions of how the series wraps up or feel that the author is foreshadowing certain things - which inevitably means that you will find your hopes fulfilled or dashed against th
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Kayle
Reading through these reviews it really surprises me how many people don't take the time to notice that a book is the finale of a series. I guess I understand how that might happen, but it's kind of sad. Many of these people seemed to give the book a lower rating because they didn't know what was going on, not having read the first three books. This series is one of my absolute favorites.

This was a fantastic end to the series. It answered most of the questions that the other books had left hangi
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Jill Williamson
The characters from book three, Cyndere’s Midnight, continue along their way. We follow many different groups of characters, most importantly: Cal-raven and the ale boy. King Cal-raven, having escaped Cent Regus, eventually meets up with some companions and sets off to find the New Abascar. The ale boy attempts to lead a group of former captives toward a safe location. Deathweed and visorclaws are growing throughout the land and killing many.

Mr. Overstreet writes beautifully. I tend to favor boo
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W
The Ale Boy's feast is the fourth book in the "Aurelia's Colors" series, a fact which I wish I had known before trying to stumble and flounder through this novel. What would probably have been an intriguing, well-written fantasy novel ended being a flop for me personally because try as I might, I could not keep the characters. creatures, places, or story lines straight.

From what I gleaned from the novel, the good people of the kingdom have lost a war and their king is assumed dead; together the
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Jeff Miller
This is the last novel in the The Auralia Thread a tetralogy. This was a rather unique fantasy novel that had some basic elements of this genre without feeling derivative at all. This series has been very character driven and the length of the series has given the necessary time for the characters to develop to give them added dimension.

I found the ending surprising, but perfect and really it is the type of ending I should have expected of this series. In some ways it reminded me of the ending o
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Phyllis Wheeler
The Ale Boy’s Feast caps off a four-book series starting with Auralia’s Colors, a finalist for a Christy award. In the set of tales, residents of The Expanse struggle with a spreading curse of terror and evil. In this world, certain bloodlines confer special powers: sculpting stone, walking through fire, charming with music, communicating with animals. But only one person has the gift to weave colors to bring hope and healing to dark places. That person is Auralia, who seemed to die at the end o ...more
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The Ale Boy’s Feast is the final installment in Jeffrey Overstreet’s Christian-inspired fantasy quartet, The Auralia Thread (read the first three books’ reviews: Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, and Raven’s Ladder). House Abascar remains in shambles and Cal-raven must fight his way through a crisis of faith to rescue his people from the worst threat yet. The mystery behind Essence and the Deathweed is finally revealed, and all of the major characters
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Joel Jackson
In the final book of The Auralia Thread, Overstreet does a commendable job of exploring issues of faith and doubt in the midst of a fully realized fantasy world. Themes such as resurrection, salvation, eternity, redemption, forgiveness, and the rekindling of lost faith are explored. Overstreet explores these amidst a story that moves through the lives of characters that readers of the series have become familiar with. Cal Raven rediscovers faith and does so in a way that enlightens him further. ...more
Lorie
Apr 03, 2014 Lorie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Christian who likes fantasy; anyone who wants more like CSL's Narnia
Recommended to Lorie by: I tripped upon Overstreet's wonderful blog.
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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Tim
That was pretty darn awesome. Overstreet's style takes some getting used to, and it definitely improved over the four books in the series. I can imagine a lot of people quitting before they get to the fourth book, but that would be a shame. Extremely redemptive; authentically hopeful; unique vision; solid fantasy writing.

VISCORCLAWS ARE SCARY!
Breanna
Oh Wow! The Auralia Thread was a prodigious series! As I finished The Ale Boys Feast I thought to myself,If everyone could write a fantasy series this well I would never lack for good entertainment! So many people try to write like Tolkien when it comes to fantasy but I don't see that in Jeffrey Overstreet's books, it's really refreshing! The creativity and complexity of this story totally blows my mind! The characters are many but yet you know everyone of them as if they had an entire book abou ...more
Rachel Thomson
The journey began in Auralia’s Colors, when two crotchety old thieves outside House Abascar found a child lying in an enormous footprint. That child grew to be an artist, a reckless, loving girl who dared display the colours she saw to a kingdom in which colour was forbidden. Those colours captured the heart and fired the imagination of the king-to-be, Cal-Raven, and of a bloodthirsty beastman called Jordam. Likewise, they captivated a small boy with no name, a servant in the king’s house known ...more
jD
I gave up a night of sleep to finish this book. It the long awaited final installment of Auralia's Colors. This is truely a fine work of high fantasy. Mr. Overstreet's imagination seemed to have no boundries. He took me on a break-neck journey to the very last word.

If you have not read this series, I will warn you, the ending is not neat and clean. I was quite frustrated with the loose ends and vague implications. Had I known it would end without answering all my questions, I would not have read
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Phil Wade
I loved this series. The story that appears to be about a magical rebellion to small, oppressive rulers in the first book becomes an adventure about radical reconciliation by the fourth book. It asks big questions: Can the great curse be revoked? Can a traitor return to his kingdom or be accepted in a new one? Can criminals build a new place of law and order? And more than these questions are the ones driving the narrative behind the scenes: Does the glorious beauty we see in this world point to ...more
Grace
I would have given this 3.5 stars, if Goodreads would have let me. It ranks higher than “liked”, but lower than “really liked” for me.

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The Ale Boy's Feast is the fourth book in a fantasy/fiction tetralogy. The world is in disarray, two main houses have fallen under the Seer's power and corruption. The king of one, House Abascar, is still alive and determined to lead the survivors to a new place where they can start over. His vision, which comes from a lady by the name of Auralia, is
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Ashley
The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet is the fourth book in the Auralia Thread fantasy series. When I first noticed this, I wondered if I would understand what was going on, but I found that wasn’t the case.There is a lot going on in this book (which was slightly confusing for the first few chapters). There’s the ale boy, called Rescue, who falls through a crack in the earth, and finds himself leading a party of people from both Bel Amica and Abascar, along with a beastman named Jordam. Ther ...more
Valentina
I received this book from Blogging for Books, and my first thought was how beautiful and lush the cover was. As I began reading, I realized the writing matched it perfectly. There is some serious poetry woven in these pages, some spellbinding images that capture you as they move the story forward.
This is a high-fantasy novel, the fourth in a series, so it’s not best to jump right in without knowing a bit about the particular world in which it is set and a basic idea of who the characters are. T
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Amy
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Jason Shuttlesworth
Very interesting book. Very prosy too. A little choppy at times, but I think the writer was being pushed a bit too hard to meet a deadline. TABF has many interesting names for common creatures...some mythical...that makes it a bit quirky. Quirky in a good way. It answers a lot of questions in the first three books. BTW, I recommend that the first three books be read first...it would make the Ale Boy's Feast easier to read.

I felt the last parts of the book were a bit awkward to read, especially t
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Sandra Stiles
Like the other three books in the series the writing was wonderful. The world created is so wonderfully described the reader could almost step right into it. ONce again an author has created a book full of Christian values without screaming "This is Christian Fiction". The Seers of Bel Amica are still destroying the land using Deathweed. The four books in this series has plot lines that meet and twist together. However, I often felt confused because there were too many things going on at one tim ...more
Barb Terpstra
I enjoyed "The Ale Boy's Feast", although I was at a bit of a disadvantage--I had not realized that this was the final book in a trilogy called The Auralia Thread. If I had read the first two books, I think this read would have been much more meaningful for me.

If you have a teen or young adult or loves fantasy, this would be a good read for them. The story line between good and evil, the giving of second chances, the holding on to hope are all represented well. I especially liked the giving peo
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Zoe Scrivener
I don't tend to read books linearly, so I read pieces of the end as I was reading the middle, and thought I wasn't going to like it. But when I actually read the end through properly, I loved it. It was bittersweet in many ways, but I'm not as attached to "happily ever after" endings as I once was. I loved how the story that Krawg made up turned out to be real. Overstreet did a stellar job weaving the different threads (pun not intended, considering the books' secondary titles) together, and som ...more
Tiffany
This is the fourth and final book in the Auralia's Thread series. And like the rest of the books the writing was wonderfully unique.

It was complex, suspenseful, full of hope and dreams. The way the author describes things is just great. You can immediately begin to see the canvas he is painting with his words. The colors, landscapes, creatures and humans are so vivid and clear. The plot was very thick in this book and at times I thought there was no way this book could be the end to this story.
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Bill Ketchem
A truly muddled ending to the series. How disappointed I was in the conclusion of this series. I think the author got as tired of writing this as I got of reading it, took all the loose ends on the word processor, stitched them haphazardly together and sent it off to meet the publisher's deadline. An author should probably write the last chapter of the book series before he ever starts so he'll know where he's going. Long dead character brought back to life as a completely different character an ...more
Sx
Finally, closure. Or is it? The poetic prose remained gorgeous as always and Overstreet took a deeper look at some characters - particularly Cal-Raven and Milora but for the rest, there was a disconnect, and the ending, when it finally came, felt rushed and puzzling, even as I knew I was supposed to gasp in awe, I found myself turning back the pages to reconnect those dots. I wished there had been a fifth book to wrap up what blanks Overstreet intended to fill rather than hastily wrap it up with ...more
Christopher
Fantastic ending to an amazing fantasy series. One of my new favorites.
Michaela D.
I liked the ideas and messages behind this book, but since I am reading this in a specific amount of time and often don't have much time for reading, I will have to change books. I would recommend this book to anyone that thinks that they have a sophisticated vocabulary to give them a new look on knowledge, and it is also entertaining, but it is too long for now. I hope to come back to this book soon, but as for now I have another book that I'll be sure to whiz through in no time!
Laura
While this was a good book, I would recommend that people read all four books back to back. I read the other three books more than a year ago and I spent half of the book trying to remember who everyone was and the other half trying to remember what everyone was trying to do. The ending was kind of confusing to me too, but part of that was due to not having read it right after the rest. I still liked the book and I would highly recommend this series.
Tim
This did not end like I was expecting. And I liked it better as a result.

I probably would have rated this higher, except that it felt a little rushed, as if this book needed to be two books instead of one. There were numerous times when I wanted the plot to slow down and focus more on certain details and the development of certain characters. That is good in it's own way; I wanted more rather than less.

The entire series is well worth reading.
Phyllis
Reading The Ale Boy's Feast was like delving into a world full of magical characters (many)and landscapes. It is full of mystery and complex conflicts. With the descriptive word pictures, Jeff Overstreet involves you in the quest to find the perfect, safe world for the Abascar survivors. A story of hope and redemption, readers may find their own interpretations in the allegories presented
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My name is Jeffrey Overstreet.

I am a teacher and a writer, and I travel all over the place speaking about creative writing, film criticism, fantasy, faith, and the power of play.

Sometimes I'm invited to teach creative writing courses and workshops. This brings me great joy.

Currently I am celebrating ten years working as communications specialist at Seattle Pacific University.


My dream? To someda
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