Friday, July 15, 2016

Review Cyndere's Midnight: A Novel (The Auralia Thread #2)

Cyndere's Midnight (The Auralia Thread #2) by Jeffrey Overstreet
Genre: Fantasy, Christian, YA, Magic

When a bloodthirsty beastman discovers Auralia’s colors, his conscience awakens. When the heiress of a powerful kingdom risks everything to help him, their lives--and the lives of a kingdom--hang in the balance.

“Cyndere walked down to the water to make her daily decision — whether to turn and go back into House Bel Amica, or to climb old Stairway Rock and throw herself into the sea…”

In Cyndere’s Midnight, the power of Auralia’s colors brings together a bloodthirsty beastman and a grieving widow in a most unlikely relationship… one that not only will change their lives, but could also impact the four kingdoms of The Expanse forever.

Jordam is one of four ferocious brothers from the clan of cursed beastmen. But he is unique: The glory of Auralia’s colors has enchanted him, awakening a noble conscience that clashes with his vicious appetites.

Cyndere, heiress to a great ruling house, and her husband Deuneroi share a dream of helping the beastmen. But when Deuneroi is killed by the very people he sought to help, Cyndere risks her life and reputation to reach out to Jordam. Beside a mysterious well–an apparent source of Auralia’s colors–a beauty and a beast form a cautious bond. Will Jordam be overcome by the dark impulse of his curse, or stand against his brothers to defend House Abascar’s survivors from a deadly assault?

Critics hailed Jeffrey Overstreet’s first fantasy novel, Auralia’s Colors, as “exceptionally well crafted,” “beautiful,” and “masterfully told.” Now he continues weaving this fantastic tapestry with an enchanting fairy tale for ambitious imaginations of all ages.

I don't like to post reviews for a series out of order, for one the chance of spoilers for ealier books, but this one I felt it best to do this way. This was my favorite of the four, and it's been a while since I read the first, so I will post it if I get to revisit this beautiful series (hopefully soon!) but for now I at least wanted the chance to mention this great adventure! <3

Did not disappoint! Just as good, maybe better than the first. Though I admit I liked some of the characters more in the first, the characters that lived on into this book grew, and with they my opinion of them also grew. It reminds me of a parallel version of Beauty and the Beast in some ways, but even so I love it! I loved all the books in this series, but this one was my favorite. It's the only one with that 'retelling' feel, but it's definitely there.

About the author:
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 someday have a full-time job teaching creative writing and film-related courses.
My other dreams? They've all come true.

These are my published novels, so far:
Auralia's Colors
Cyndere's Midnight
Raven's Ladder
The Ale Boy's Feast

This is my memoir of "dangerous moviegoing," published by Regal Books:
Through a Screen Darkly

This is my blog: Looking Closer with Jeffrey Overstreet
This is my Facebook page:
This is my Twitter account:

I grew up in Portland, Oregon. My father was a teacher there during that time, and my mother has worked as a teacher too... so I grew up in a world of educators.

My younger brother Jason is some kind of singer/songwriter/composer genius. He has a singing group called Rescue that continues to amaze and bless audiences everywhere. I'm proud of that guy.

My wife, Anne, comes from Roswell, New Mexico. (Insert alien-related joke here.) We just celebrated our 16th anniversary. She works as a gardener and a freelance editor, but her poetry is what really blows my mind. Read her book: Delicate Machinery Suspended. It's breathtaking. Really.

I've been writing books since before I started kindergarten. I think the first one was called "The Sea Monster," and it was full of scribbled drawings of a massive, fanged beast trying to swallow a little stick-figure man. I'm not sure what that represented, or if I identified with the man or the beast.

But, thanks to a whirlwind of events in 2005-06, and a few meetings that could only have happened through God's wild imagination, my first book was published: Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth, and Evil in the Movies (from Regal Books). It's a book about art, faith, and the way that a good movie can change the world. It's a memoir of sorts, but also a collection of meditations on great movies, and I include some excerpts from memorable interviews with filmmakers and movie stars.

I'm also a novelist. Auralia's Colors and its three sequels, Cyndere's Midnight, Raven's Ladder, and The Ale Boy's Feast, were published by WaterBook Press, a Random House imprint.

What is more:
I'm a contented resident of Shoreline (north end of Seattle, Washington).
I'm the contributing editor of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine.
I've worked for decades as a film critic for a variety of publications including Paste, IMAGE, Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Risen and more.
I'm a trouble-prone follower of Christ.