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Cyndere's Midnight (Auralia Thread)by Jeffrey Overstreet
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When a bloodthirsty beastman discovers Auralias colors, his conscience awakens. When the heiress of a powerful kingdom risks everything to help him, their lives--and the lives of a kingdom--hang in the balance.
“Cyndere walked down to the water to make her daily decision — whether to turn and go back into House Bel Amica, or to climb old Stairway Rock and throw herself into the sea…”
In Cynderes Midnight, the power of Auralias colors brings together a bloodthirsty beastman and a grieving widow in a most unlikely relationship… one that not only will change their lives, but could also impact the four kingdoms of The Expanse forever.
Jordam is one of four ferocious brothers from the clan of cursed beastmen. But he is unique: The glory of Auralias colors has enchanted him, awakening a noble conscience that clashes with his vicious appetites.
Cyndere, heiress to a great ruling house, and her husband Deuneroi share a dream of helping the beastmen. But when Deuneroi is killed by the very people he sought to help, Cyndere risks her life and reputation to reach out to Jordam. Beside a mysterious well-an apparent source of Auralias colors-a beauty and a beast form a cautious bond. Will Jordam be overcome by the dark impulse of his curse, or stand against his brothers to defend House Abascars survivors from a deadly assault?
Critics hailed Jeffrey Overstreets first fantasy novel, Auralias Colors, as “exceptionally well crafted,” “beautiful,” and “masterfully told.” Now he continues weaving this fantastic tapestry with an enchanting fairy tale for ambitious imaginations of all ages.
Cyndere, heiress to one of the great houses, has always hoped to help the violent Cent Regus beastmen. To honor her late husband, who shared that hope, she risks her life and reputation to reach out to Jordam, who will either be overcome by the dark impulse of the "beastmen curse," or will stand against his brothers to defend House Abascar's survivors from a deadly assault.
About the Author
Jeffrey Overstreet is a novelist and award-winning film reviewer. A contributing editor for Seattle Pacific Universitys Response, his work has also appeared in Risen, Paste, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion. His reviews are published at LookingCloser.org and regularly featured at ChristianityTodayMovies.com. A frequent lecturer at universities, arts conferences, and film festivals around the country, Jeffrey lives in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne. Cynderes Midnight is the second novel in The Auralia Thread series.
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