Next week, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour will feature The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet. In honor of the event, I’m holding a giveaway for the book. If you enjoy lyrical prose and a thought-provoking storyline, I highly recommend both the book and the series which it concludes. Since this is the fourth (and final) book in The Auralia Thread series, you will enjoy it best if you have already read the others. During the upcoming tour, I’ll be sharing a great deal about The Ale Boy’s Feast, but I’ve included the basics here, for your reading pleasure.
The king is missing.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.
Hopes are failing across The Expanse. The forests, once beautiful, are now haunted and bloodthirsty. House Abascar’s persecuted people risk their lives to journey through those predatory trees. They seek a mythic city – Abascar’s last, best hope for refuge – where they might find the source of Auralia’s colors.
They journey without their king. During a calamitous attempt to rescue some of his subjects from slavery, Cal-raven vanished.
But his helper, the ale boy, falling through a crack in the earth, has discovered a slender thread of hope in the dark. He will dare to lead a desperate company up the secret river.
Meanwhile, with a dragon’s help, the wandering mage Scharr ben Fray is uncovering history’s biggest lie – a deception that only a miracle can repair.
Time is running out for all those entangled in The Auralia Thread. But hope and miracles flicker wherever Auralia’s colors are found.
Sample of the first page:
A mystery led the old man from the shelter of the trees.
Krawg, raising his picker-staff like a spear, pursued the creature eastward into the open and watched it plunge down the slope toward the River Throanscall. A flash of green wings, an unfamiliar chirp, and the scampering prey was gone, vanishing into the riverbank grasses that stood shoulder-high.
He paused, remembering Captain Tabor Jan’s orders.
At the travelers’ suppertime counting, the counters had come up short. Growling, the captain had handed out shrill-whistles and sent out a search party to comb the surrounding forest for Milora, a young glassworker who had strayed. The seekers were not to move beyond the safe range of a shout as they fanned out through the trees.
But the River Throanscall was an endless sigh as it coursed through the seed-heavy reeds and that familiar music attracted him.
“Bird got away, lucky rascal. Must be rough, don’t you think, Warney—havin’ wings but never flyin’?”
If you’re interested in the book, I invite you to enter the contest. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (and make sure the email address you put in the email field is valid, so I have a way to contact you if you win).
The giveaway will remain open for two weeks (until 11:59PM EST, May 27th), and then I will randomly select a name and contact the winner by email. If I don’t get a response to the winning notification email within seven days, a new winner will be selected.
Disclaimers: Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway limited to the United States.