Beyond the Rim of Lightby Alex Stone
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
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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Beyond the Rim of Light grabbed me from the first scene and kept me interested. At first I kept reading not so much to find out what happened to Marissa, but what would become of her 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 quest to save a lovely world and a race of sentient beings who she alone fights for. She struggles against friends, lovers, and family, risking all relationships and the life she knows for these beings and this world, only to find she is not struggling alone. She also discovers that this race is even more amazing than she thought, living together without conflict on a world with a mysterious source of energy. Though I was not sure how Arden's mysterious energy is connected to the main character, Marissa's, newly triggered ability to travel throughout the worlds of the novel, it is a satisfying journey. Marissa is a well-developed character, irksome at times to me for her stubbornness, but by design I believe. My connection to her is cemented when she is faced with what she sees as her lover, Tad's, betrayal in her mission to save the Rheos. After this I am on her side and with her to the end. My favorite character was a small man, Galen, from a planet whose goal is to seek the truth. He drops flowery gems of wisdom, like this one on a trip to a theater performance on Satina IV - "How very clever. You delude yourselves into acceptance by pretending the reality presented doesn't matter. What clever ways you find to the truth." He can often be found pirouetting as he shares his truths. Iimages of how he feels and what he thinks appear in his overly long 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 up for trial for her treacherous attempts to stop the Usian Confederation from reforming Arden to be used as a trade planet for a race of foreigners, the Delphians. After I had journeyed with Marissa through many pages to find out what would happen to Marissa when she is tried by her Aunt Uma, Ennunciator of the Will, and head honcho of the Usian Confederation, Stone ratchets up the stakes 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 savannah, sage and cinnamon scented air, and star-filled night skies, Satina IVs pleasure-seeking culture, Delphia's secrets, Galen's quirks, the Rheos majesty and Marissa's determination to save what has become her home and her family made this novel one worth reading. And as it ends, maybe one whose characters will return for another journey.