Tuesday, November 13, 2007

AURALIA'S COLORS - Opening Chapters

I'm about fifty pages into Auralia's Colors and I must admit that I'm having a tough time. After a very strong opening where two thieves found a small baby girl inside a monster footprint, the opening chapters lose a lot of steam. The point of view is omnipresent, and at an extreme distance. We watch Auralia grow into a child over the course of about eight to ten very engaging pages. During this period, Auralia names herself in such a way that you believe that it is her given name. Since she was discovered as a baby, how could she know her given name? It's a mystery, and I like mysteries.

However, we then switch to the point-of-view of Captain Ark-robin, who has a fascinating encounter with Auralia out in the forest. This only whets our appetite to get behind Auralia's eyeballs, but instead, we are plunged back in time many years, to where Queen Jaralaine put her plan into action make the kingdom the most envied kingdom of all. Part of this plan requires everyone outside the palace walls to dress only in drab blacks, greys and browns, and for the palace to stand out in stunning, colorful contrast. It almost sounds like a fairy tale and I like novels that have this sort of magic.

I do wish so much time had not been devoted right away to Queen Jaralaine. I think we needed some more time with the title character in order to develop a deeper attachment to the story. Queen Jaralaine comes off as completely insane. She is motivated purely by a selfish desire for more and better things, and she will rob a kingdom of its beauty to get it. Her husband the king is completely ruled by her. It was very difficult to get through this chapter.

An impatience to get back to Auralia is keeping me reading. I'm no stranger to tough reads. This novel's hook sounded very engaging so I'm not ready to give up on it. Hopefully I'll have a more positive post in a few days!


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You put that nicely, Tia. I had similar feelings -- stay with it.

Tia Nevitt said...

Oh, I'm so glad you said that! I will do so.

Jeffrey Overstreet said...


I'll be interested in anything you have to say about the story, but I assure you that you'll spend a lot more time with Auralia later in the story. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Jeffrey Overstreet

Tia Nevitt said...

Thanks for stopping by! I plan on doing some reading tonight.