Beyond the Rim of Light
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Beyond the Rim of Light, Alex Stone -- Captivated by the beauty of the planet Arden , xenobiologist and survey team leader Marissa Latham wants to preserve it and its dominant species, the rheodactyls (rheos). However, a treaty between the Usian Confederation and the Delphian Empire requires the clearing of Arden despite Marissa’s insistence the rheos are sentient. Unsupported by others, she is determined to reverse that decision when a rheo attack on the survey team closes the planet to all. Angered by events, Marissa takes action that has unexpected results. Exiled beyond the edge of the universe, she is transformed. From the unsuspected warp and weft of the universe to the pleasure world of Satina IV, Marissa fights to save Arden, the Rheos, and the friends who were condemned along with her.
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Jul 11, 2012Beyond the Rim of Light grabbed me from the first scene. I needed to know what would become of Marissa's Rheos. Stone's writing is artful, particularly her descriptions of the worlds of the novel, from the lovely Arden, to the hedonistic Satina IV. One particular minor character description stood out for me, he was a "plump period beneath an exclamation point of unassailable authority." Loved it. The plot and the worlds of this novel held me more strongly than the characters. Marissa starts as a head-strong xenobiologist on a solitary quest to save a lovely world and a race of sentient beings. She struggles against friends, lovers, and family, risking all for these beings and this world, only to find she is not struggling alone. Though I was confused how Arden's mysterious energy is connected to Marissa's eventual ability to travel throughout the worlds of the novel, it is a satisfying journey. My connection to the main character is cemented when she is faced with what she... More > sees as her lover, Tad's, betrayal in her mission to save the Rheos, and I am on her side and with her to the end after that. My favorite character was a small man, Galen, from a planet whose goal is to seek the truth. He drops flowery gems of wisdom: "The proof of the pudding is definitely in the delight of the palate. Let the palate decide." He can often be found pirouetting as he shares his truths, while images of how he feels and what he thinks appear in his lengthy beard, which he can manipulate and morph at will. He's quirky and fun, and a loyal friend to Marissa and her gang. The first part of the novel has Marissa on trial for her trying stop the Usian Confederation from reforming Arden for use as a trade planet for the Delphian Empire. After Marissa’s anxious journey towards trial by her Aunt Uma, Ennunciator of the Will, and head honcho of the Usian Confederation, Stone increases the tension by introducing the anomaly, and throwing Marissa into its mouth. Her initial description of the anomaly is another gem, "The cascade of colors from the anomaly battered and enveloped Marissa. Each separate band, each individual wavelength, palpable, like a swell in the water, passed her, and in its passing moved her deeper into the anomaly." Arden's purple and gold savannah and sage and cinnamon scented air, Delphia's secrets, Galen's quirks, the Rheos’ majesty and Marissa's determination to save what becomes her home and her family made this novel one worth reading.< Less
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- Alex Stone (Standard Copyright License)
- July 10, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.29 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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