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Beyond Corista

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    A fascinating space world of way stations and different races

    Oriannon and her friends barely managed to escape the danger on Corista and are now headed to a way station. Oriannon's mentor, Jesmet, has given her a mission: warn the different way stations that the Troikans are coming. Her friends aren't as supportive as she'd like, and soon Oriannon wonders if the threat is real.

    This story stands alone fine apart from the trilogy. In fact, it might be better if you haven't read the first two. Elmer creates a fascinating space world of way stations and different races. This book didn't take place on Corista at all, though. The story seemed to end too soon. As the third book in a trilogy, I wanted a bit more closure, especially as to what was happening on Corista. Margus is my favorite character and I wanted to see more of him. Oriannon struggles to do the right thing and learns some good lessons about forgiveness and obedience in the face of opposition. This was a fun trilogy that I recommend to teens who love science fiction.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Great Closure to the Trilogy

    Robert Elmer is a most unique author. He is equally at home writing a tender love story as a young adult fiction series about another universe, another world. Beyond Corista is the third book in The Shadowside Trilogy. Some sequels disappoint readers by not taking them on as grand a journey as the first book, The Shadowside books do not. Each book begins where the last one left off and the action and adventure grows with each successive book.
    Beyond Corista begins with Oriannon and her friends Margus and Wist traveling through space on some unknown mission guided only by the glowing red stone that sings to Oriannon's heart. They have an unwelcome guest with them, Sola, who is now blind and bitter. Oriannon would like nothing better than to drop Sola off in some obscure planet, but her mentor, Jesmet, always taught forgiveness. As they travel from planet to planet they are to give the inhabitants the message that the Troikans are coming to destroy Corista. When warnings go unheeded, doubt sets in, and even Oriannon begins to wonder if her visions are nothing more than hallucinations.
    This book completes the Shadowside Trilogy and will grab the reader from page one. There are new planets and new creatures and challenges for the three friends. The book can be read as a standalone. However, if you would like the full story I would recommend the entire trilogy which includes, Trion Rising and The Owling.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    A La C.S. Lewis

    A la C.S. Lewis, Robert Elmer weaves a fascinating tale containing intrigue, unlikely alliances, struggles, and friendship. Throughout the story, he weaves in spiritual analogies that demonstrate God's mercy and love.

    Following a harrowing ordeal on her home planet Corista, Oriannon, the daughter of a Coristan elder, together with her friends, Wist and Margus steal a shuttle and inadvertently save the life of Sola Minnick, the planet's dictator who perceives herself as the true savior of Corista.

    They find shelter on Asylum 1, an outpost of scribes. Oriannon receives a vision from her mentor, Jesmet, whom only she can see, that the Troikans are on their way to destroy Corista and the outposts.

    Sola continues to create problems for Oriannon, and she wonders if her mercy was misplaced. Facing disbelief and ridicule, Oriannon's task is made even more difficult by the death of her father, injured in the escape. Determines to be faithful to Jesmet's instructions, Oriannon is warns the people. Along the way, some listen. Some want to learn more about Jesmet. Some believe Oriannon should be the true leader of Corista. Some are drawn to the Pilot Stone she carries and its beautiful music.

    I had a difficult time following the book, but that may have been because this is the third in the series. Even so, the read was enjoyable. Robert Elmer is a gifted writer. Old and young alike can relate to Oriannon's struggles. Second-guessing an act of kindness which proves to be a thorn in the flesh and the sacrifice of following the call of Christ, in this case Jesmet.

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    Posted April 27, 2009

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