Thursday, March 11, 2010

Raven's Ladder & Lady Carliss Blog Tour

Once again I have two more incredible books from Waterbrook Multnomah to share with my wonderful readers! I have been enjoying books from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program for a couple months now and have loved all of the books I have read.  If you are a blogger and would love to review Christian fiction and non-fiction books, head over to Blogging For Books and sign up here!

About Raven's Ladder: 

Following the beacon of Auralia’s colors and the footsteps of a mysterious dream-creature, King Cal-raven has discovered a destination for his weary crowd of refugees. It’s a city only imagined in legendary tales. And it gives him hope to establish New Abascar.

 But when Cal-raven is waylaid by fortune hunters, his people become vulnerable to a danger more powerful than the prowling beastmen––House Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascar’s wandering throng. 

Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralia’s colors, and are twisting a language of faith into a lie of corruption and control.

 If there is any hope for the people of Abascar, it lies in the courage of Cyndere, daughter of Bel Amica’s queen; the strength of Jordam the beastman; and the fiery gifts of the ale boy, who is devising a rescue for prisoners of the savage Cent Regus beastmen. 

 As his faith suffers one devastating blow after another, Cal-raven’s journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hope––the vision he sees in Auralia’s colors.

About Jeffrey Overstreet:

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of The Auralia Thread, the fantasy series which begins with Auralia’s Colors, a thrilling adventure twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. He is an award-winning film critic and columnist, his work appearing in many publications including Image, Paste, and Christianity Today. He is also the contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University ’s Response magazine. Jeffrey writes in the coffee shops of Shoreline, Washington , with his wife, Anne.

My Review:
This is the first book by Jeffrey Overstreet that I have read, and was very intrigued by it.  I am not a huge fan of fantasy fiction, however was pleasantly surprised by this book, and will definitely be seeking out the other books in this series in order to get a better overall sense of the author's writing.

Raven's Ladder is the third book in the Auralia's Thread series by Overstreet. There is also a fourth, and final book, in progress. I have not read the first two books, Auralia's Color and Cyndere's Midnight, so when I started Raven's Ladder I was initially confused, but was able to get the jest of the previous books quickly. This book is filled with a ton of action and I love that it has a battle of good versus evil, as in some of my other favorite Christian fantasy fiction such as The Chronicles of Narnia.
BUY IT: You can purchase Raven's Ladder directly from Waterbrook Multnomah. It is also available through your favorite Christian Bookseller.

About Lady Carliss & The Waters of Moorue:

Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for kidnapping a friends’ family. Along the way she is reunited with Sir Dalton and discovers that the struggle in her heart is far from over. 

When Dalton falls to the vicious attack of a mysterious, poisonous creature, Carliss finds herself in a race against time. As Dalton clings perilously to life, she must find the antidote in the distant and strange city of Moorue .

 While there, Carliss uncovers the master plot of a powerful Shadow Warrior that will soon overtake the entire Kingdom. Her faith in the Prince and her courage as a knight are tested as she faces evil Shadow Warriors and a swamp full of dreadful creatures. The lives of many, including Dalton ’s, depend on Carliss. But she cannot save them all, for time is running out.  She faces an impossible choice: save Dalton , or let him die so that others may live.

Read an excerpt of Lady Carliss & The Waters of Moorues here.

About Chuck Black:

Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical communications engineer, is the author of nine novels, including the popular Kingdom series. He has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota .

My Review:
This is the first book by Chuck Black that I have read, and I assure you, it will not be my last. Lady Carliss & The Waters of Moorue is the fourth book of The Knights of Arrethtrae series. Although I have not read the other three books, I was able to follow along with Lady Carliss quite well. It could easily pass as a stand-alone title. It is written as a young adult book, however, the way this book is written makes it suitable for all adults. Particularly those who have a strong interest in historical fiction or fantasy fiction.

Lady Carliss has all the elements that a great book should: excitement, adventure, strong story line, a battle between good and evil, strong, developed characters and it is very easy to read. Adding old english words to the mix brings across a strong authenticity to the book. I love that the main character is full of honor and I love that the story follows her journey to make the right decisions. 

Just as with Raven's Ladder, this book would definitely be a hit with fans of historical/fantasy Christian fiction. Though this genre is not my favorite, I am once again being drawn into it! I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Lady Carliss & The Waters of Moorue online directly from Waterbrook Multnomah. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing complimentary copies of each of these books for the purpose of an original, honest review on this blog***


  1. Thank you for your reviews. I'm glad I'm following and look forward to checking out your recommendations. Finding reading time is frustrating for me...sometimes I read the same sentence 41 times until I can complete it without hearing "Mommy!"

  2. So many books and so little time to read them! That's true even though I am always reading one on the bus and at home. A sense of honor: That is a value that has disappeared from our society and is laughed at. Nonetheless, we are all poorer and weaker for the lack of honor and we need to recover a sense of what it is. Perhaps Angela Fournier, the main character in my new release, Angela 1: Staring Over (the first in a series of three set in a coastal Texas high school) has it, though I did not write her with that idea strictly in mind. You be the judge. If interested click on may name and follow the link to my web site. Thanks!