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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Shadowside Trilogy
Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids along with a growing number of little grandkids.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 18, 2010Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleOriannon and her friends barely managed to escape the danger on Corista and are now headed to a way station. Oriannons mentor, Jesmet, has given her a mission: warn the different way stations that the Troikans are coming. Her friends arent as supportive as shed 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 havent read the first two. Elmer creates a fascinating space world of way stations and different races. This book didnt 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.
Chandra Lynn5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2009Chandra LynnRobert 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.
Terri Haynes5 Stars Out Of 5June 17, 2009Terri HaynesThis book surprised me. I was a little afraid when I first started this book, I stopped and handed it off my thirteen year old son, thinking it would be better for him than for me. Boy am I glad I got it back from him.This novel broke all my rules. First, its the third book in a series and I didnt read the first two, which I thought would be a set back. But I had no problems jumping right into the story and connecting with the characters.The second rule it broke for me is that I normally dont read YA. Ive read a Margaret Haddix Peterson book once but thought it was a fluke that I liked it. This book is not written as basic as Petersons books so it didnt feel like YA.The third rule it broke is the face that its Sci-Fi. Now dont get me wrong, I love watching sci-fi and everything from Mork and Mindy to Star Trek to Star Wars. I just dont read sci-fi too often. Ok, none that I remember.I think the best thing is that Elmer laid the Christian symbolism on thick, but it wasnt annoying. I know it was done so that younger readers could catch the symbolism but it was tastefully done. I loved the Pilot Stone and Jesmet. And I particularly love the way Elmer showed that biblical truths can transcend time and space. Oriannons encounter Alymas was quite beautiful.I would recommend this book to any tweener, especially boys. Now I can give the book back to my son.