Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cyndere's Midnight

Author: Jeffery Overstreet
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7253-8
Genre: Inspirational/fantasy

Jordam is a member of the clan of cursed Beastmen and one of four ferocious brothers. But the glory of Auralia’s colors has enchanted him, which awoke a noble conscience which clashes with his vicious appetites.

Cyndere is heiress to a great ruling house, and her husband, Deuneroi, has a dream of helping the Beastmen. But when the Beastmen kill Deuneroi, Cyndere risks her life to reach out to Jordam. Beside a mysterious well (the source of Auralia’s colors) Cyndere and Jordam form a sort of friendship.

When Jordam’s brothers attempt to overtake the House Abascar, Jordam will be forced to decide if he will be overcome by the dark impulses of his curse, or risk his life to stand against his brothers to defend his friends from a deadly assault.

CYNDERE’S MIDNIGHT is the second book in Mr. Overstreet’s fantasy series, The Auralia Thread. I didn’t have the opportunity to read Auralia’s Colors, but as near as I could tell, CYNDERE’S MIDNIGHT seems to stand alone.

I am not the best person in the world to review fantasies, and do try to avoid them, but every once in a while one crosses my desk. Mr. Overstreet is an award-winning author, and it is easy to see why. The scenes, even this fantasy world, are so well described that the reader can easily imagine them. I did find some of the names of the characters, such as Deuneroi, hard to pronounce, which frustrates me, but still, CYNDERE’S MIDNIGHT is a well crafted tale which is very masterfully told. If you or someone you love is a fan of fantasy, don’t miss CYNDERE’S MIDNIGHT. $13.99. 364 pages.

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