Monday, February 16, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour Day Two: Jeffrey Overstreet - Cyndere's Midnight: A Review



There is very little to criticize about it, actually. Thus I fear that the review will be overwhelmingly positive.

Jeffrey Overstreet’s Cyndere’s Midnight is a novel, the second in the Auralia Thread series, the blue strand.

The book’s wonder starts even before you begin to read it, the cover itself is excellently designed. It was the cover of Auralia’s Colors that drew me to that book, Cyndere’s Midnight has an equally well designed cover. I definitely have to praise the work of Kristopher K. Orr & Kelly L. Howard on their excellent design.

Jeffrey Overstreet is unapologetic in creating real, believable, and beautiful, characters. From the very first sentence he weaves the tremendous personality of our heroine. “Cyndere walked down to the water to make her daily decision–turn and go back into House Bel Amica, or climb Stairway Rock and throw herself into the sea.” Such golden verse, such beautiful prose. The book is filled with it, like Auralia’s Colors before it, it is poetic and powerful. Not only that, the book is filled with things that would usually be considered quite strange. Half-beast, half men. And yet, Jeffrey Overstreet has such a gift of weaving beauty into his books that he can make a book about what would at first glance seem deplorable, beautiful. His storytelling will bring questions to your mind, and challenge you to ask them. Begging you to look closer and presenting you with the idea that perhaps the monsters without are not that different then those within. And while such plots have been done many times over in literature, you have several books featuring good orcs for example, Jeffrey Overstreet doesn’t have the preaching that I often see such books have, instead Mr. Overstreet trust the reader enough to draw what conclusions he or she might make from the story itself.

The book is able to challenge your prejudices without raising your guard, I found myself relating to a character so different from me as to be nearly alien. I have to say that this is one of the most well written books, from many angles, that I’ve read in a very long time. It is the kind of book I’d like to see folks discussing the same way that we still talk about Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

I highly recommend it.

-Shane

An earlier review of Auralia's Colors

Featured book, Cyndere’s Midnight - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400072530
Jeffrey Overstreet’s Web site - http://lookingcloser.org/
Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog - http://lookingcloser.org/category/journal/
Jeffrey Overstreet at Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Overstreet/42902959

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