Sunday, August 28, 2011

Daylight Taunts

Daylight taunts with flashes of brilliant clarity
but the sun, when it rises, is veiled with clouds
colored teasing purple and mocking gray.
Do they shroud a cold Apollo?
Or is this drab ersatz morning
prophecy and fulfillment all in one?
I long to blow away the brume
in long streamers of resurrection,
to fly on wings of light and color!
But I am fettered by cinereal chains
and freedom is drowned in a mist of lies.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review for “The Ale Boy’s Feast” by Jeffrey Overstreet

“The Ale Boy’s feast” is the latest (and last) book in Jeffrey Overstreet’s ‘Auralia’s Thread’ series. I must admit, off the bat, that I have not read any of the other three books. However, reading this one made me want to read the others. Mr. Overstreet writes with lyrical and vibrant prose, eliciting descriptions as vivid as Auralia’s colors, yet he doesn’t let his poetic gift keep him from telling an exciting story.

The story follows the ale boy, the mage Sharr ben Fray and King Cal-Raven through entertwining story lines as they struggle to bring their friends, families and loved ones through darkness and danger into the final light and safety. Along the way he deals with such big ideas as faith, beauty, truth, honesty, faithfulness, humility, redemption and transformation, and all with understanding and compassion. And unlike some Christian authors he is not afraid to deal honestly with the darkness and sin within all of us, never losing hope along the way.

All in all I am glad to have made some new friends, and look forward to spending more time with them as I read the first three books.

Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.