Auralia's Colors

Auralia's Colors

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster's footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling--and forbidden--talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar's hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets. When Auralia's gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, she sets the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

Auralia's Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400072521
Branch Call Number: OVERS
Characteristics: xii, 334 p. : map ; 21 cm.

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scribby
Apr 20, 2019

It’s refreshing to read a novel of high fantasy that does not draw its concepts of good and evil directly from the Lord of the Rings (I say that despite enjoying Tolkien very much). Here, those ideas are more nuanced; what is clearly a repressive totalitarian state, for example, appears to have begun with good intentions (as is often the case in reality). Of course, the truth will out, in this case in the form of Auralia – who brings with her an explosion of colors, mystery, creativity, as well as phraseology that is so poetic that I occasionally had to re-read a paragraph because I’d been paying more attention to the sound of the words than what they meant. This beautiful writing reaches a pinnacle of rapture as the secret is revealed. (But I won’t go farther into that, to avoid spoilers.) The Expanse is a self-contained, self-referential world, adding authenticity to the novel. Worth a read, not only for the sheer beauty of the language, but also for its message of creativity and building up rather than tearing down.

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EmilynSilver
Jul 03, 2012

This book series is my favorite partially because of the beautiful style of writing, but also because of the mysterious and yet vivid characters, and the moral behind this book that I felt it held: when looking around in forests, look for colors, look for inspiration. Be creative with your life, and build others up instead of tearing them down.

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