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Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet
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Dec 31, 2008

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Read in January, 2009

Finished this just after the fireworks on New Year's Eve had ended and the dogs were finally calm again...

I'd have gone for three and a half stars rather than three, if that were an option. I liked the writing a lot - though it never struck me as quite as beautiful as Patricia McKillip's - liked the story and setting a lot, and the characters were fine, if sometimes a bit distant. Especially Auralia, though the ale boy (still with no known name - good on for you for refusing to tell Auralia, ale boy!) and the prince became more engaging by the end. I also liked the feeling I got for the author, in that I felt I could trust him not to suddenly throw something at me that would feel really wrong.

But with that, I wasn't in any danger of being so drawn into the book that I had difficulty putting it down. However, I'll definitely be reading the second, as I've heard it's well worth it.

Interesting thought just struck me: both this (recommended by R.J. Anderson) and Knife, written by R.J. Anderson, have a theme of leaders responding to danger by making everyone retreat into a hugely constricting 'safety'. (Or is it just a ploy on the part of the leaders to restrict freedom?) I like this theme a lot, as it happens, and it's well-handled in both. (Haven't finished Knife yet, but not worried that it'll fall apart at this point!)
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