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

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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 cit
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by WaterBrook (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
Jan 07, 2013 Kayle rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2011 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
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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Ranting Dragon
May 05, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
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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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Phyllis Wheeler
Jul 20, 2011 Phyllis Wheeler rated it it was amazing
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
Joel Jackson
Mar 31, 2011 Joel Jackson rated it really liked it
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
Jeff Miller
Mar 31, 2011 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it
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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W
Jun 22, 2012 W rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-read, abandoned
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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Bill Ketchem
Nov 09, 2013 Bill Ketchem rated it did not like it
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
Amanda
Sep 20, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2010s
This is definitely not a stand-alone book; you may want to go back through and re-read previous books before you dig in again. I'll admit I never did finish this book; it came across as disjointed and occasionally disorganized, and like the author's heart wasn't in it. The world itself is definitely unique, and the very definition of dark fantasy, so if you're into dark Christian fantasy, go for it...but start from the beginning.
Tim
Sep 17, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
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!
Stephanie
Oct 03, 2013 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Good story plot but made too complicated. Ended up needing a chart & that was within 1st 4 pages. Didn't help that lots of new made-up names & words with little context but enough to know meaningful Got annoyed so skipped to the end. Liked the ending but no desire to read the middle
Phil Wade
Jan 01, 2013 Phil Wade rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, for-review
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.

Story summary
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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Rachel Thomson
Apr 06, 2011 Rachel Thomson rated it it was amazing
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
Amy
Mar 01, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, fantasy
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Lorie
Mar 19, 2014 Lorie rated it it was amazing
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.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
jD
Nov 30, 2010 jD rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1_library-yes
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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Matthew Dickerson
Nov 28, 2015 Matthew Dickerson rated it it was amazing
This book was worth the wait. Overstreet creates remarkably real and human characters in the midst of an engaging "fantasy" world -- a world whose land and cultures and people are described vividly, beautifully, and poetically.

It is the realness of the characters I am especially drawn too. The heroes are flawed, but not simply cynically dismissed. The villains whom we despise one moment, are shown to be redeemable at another. And yet the very rage and animousity the reader feels for these villai
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Ashley
May 22, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2011 Valentina rated it really liked it
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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Katy Wilmotte
Sep 18, 2015 Katy Wilmotte rated it it was amazing
An incredible finish to an incredible series.

Not everything was done perfectly and some threads were left undone at the journey's end (something I am slowly learning to appreciate rather than resent), but after the last page, I closed the book and just stared off a moment, overwhelmed by the beauty of everything.

What started as a story about Auralia and her colors became a story about Jordam, about Cyndere, about Cal-Raven, about Krawg and Warney, about Emeriene, about Ryllion, about Scharr be
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Sandra Stiles
Apr 09, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
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
Jason Shuttlesworth
Mar 25, 2011 Jason Shuttlesworth rated it really liked it
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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Barb Terpstra
Mar 26, 2011 Barb Terpstra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2013 Zoe Scrivener rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
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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Sheryl
Jan 05, 2014 Sheryl rated it liked it
This is the 4th book in the Auralia Colors series. I enjoyed this series although at times it was hard to read. The names and places were hard to pronounce making reading a bit tedious. CalRaven, Rescue and Tabor Jans groups end up together in the end, but many lives are lost. I thought this book would tie up all the loose ends, but the way it ends makes me think there SHOULD be another book. This book is about faith of the Keeper and the lack there of. Coming back to believing in The Keeper and ...more
R.M. Lutz
Dec 30, 2016 R.M. Lutz rated it it was amazing
I struggle with believing this magnificent series is over. So many questions were answered at the end, but so many more arose. Part of me hopes that Mr. Overstreet will show us more of what happens in the Expanse, but I also know that this series, like real life, likes to give us mysteries. Although this was not my favorite book in the series (mostly because it means the end of it), I'm glad that I saw the story through to the very end. I'm sure I'll be re-reading it at some point in the future. ...more
Sx
Oct 01, 2012 Sx rated it really liked it
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
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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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