Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Ale Boy's Feast byJeffrey Overstreet

Recommendation: Recommended
My main purpose in choosing this book was to expose myself to an author I was unfamiliar with. Jumping into the 4th and final book of the Auralia Thread Series was a difficult task. While I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing, I was so unfamiliar with the myriad of characters and the fantastical land and creatures where they dwelt it took me well over half of the book to begin to grasp the story line.  However, I am still glad that I read it and will probably have my kids read the series (starting from the beginning!) at some point.
The story opens with the King missing. The land the people are living in is turning against them, they fear for their lives they are looking for a way to escape. The Seers have lied to them and they are reluctant to trust anyone, even each other. The ale boy, finds an escape through an Underground River, but will they make it? And will they ever find their King, or Auralia and her magical colors?
Positive: A very well written fantasy.  As much as I understood of the story I enjoyed.
Negatives: I hesitate to state these negatives as they may be unfair due to my unfamiliarity with the previous books however the number of characters was difficult to keep track of. The fact that we would often jump storylines made it even more difficult. Any Scriptural or Biblical themes were sporadic and seemed disjointed.
Talking Points: One of the main themes of this book that I walked away with was the utter destruction and deceitfulness of sin. The Seers completely deceived the people and it caused the ruin of many lives as well as the people’s way of life. II Cor. 11 talks about Satan disguising himself as an angel of light and I Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy (the devil) is looking for ways to devour us. The consequences of their belief in those lies were far-reaching. It is the same with sin. When we are deceived to believe that sin is alright there are consequences not only in our own life but in the lives of those around us. Once we are caught in that downward spiral, it is so difficult to escape. The Bible tells us that even creation is moaning under the curse of sinfulness. Talk with your kids about their own sinful hearts and the patterns of sin that are being established in their life right now. Patiently teach them to recognize their sin, repent, beg for mercy and forgiveness and put on their spiritual armor (Eph. 6).  

Age Level: 12 years and up
I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review.

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