The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet is the fourth book in the Auralia Thread fantasy series. When I first noticed this, I wondered if I would understand what was going on, but I found that wasn’t the case.
There is a lot going on in this book (which was slightly confusing for the first few chapters). There’s the ale boy, called Rescue, who falls through a crack in the earth, and finds himself leading a party of people from both Bel Amica and Abascar, along with a beastman named Jordam. There’s the king of House Abascar, Cal-Raven, who has gone missing. There’s the mage, Scharr ben Fray, who uncovers the lie so many had believed. Auralia, who many are searching for because of the color she brought into their world. And that’s just the beginning of the many characters involved.
I was thrilled to find such a great book, and fantasy at that. The author tells a wonderful story, showing skill in weaving so many characters together. As an aspiring writer, I really appreciated how there are so many new things in this book that are different from the world we live in (vawns, Deathweed, mawrn, beastmen). The Ale Boy’s Feast was excellent, and one of the few books that I would read many times over, and recommend to other fans of the fantasy genre.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.