by Jeffrey Ford
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
350 pages; ISBN: 0380978970
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Former Physiognomist Cley continues his quest to conquer his evil past with one last encounter left. Cley must travel to the center of the BEYOND to seek Arla Beaton, a woman he loved but who couldn't feel the same about him because of his malevolence. He scarred her face in an attempt to destroy her goodness. Still she taught him the horrors of his crime and now his quest to repair the damage he caused is nearing an end.
Accompanied by his dog Wood, Cley finds a new set of adventures as he nears his final destiny. Demons, wraiths, and other creatures like flesh hungry trees and invisible malevolent beings want Cley stopped. Misrix the demon observes the trek from a distance and tells the tale, even while waiting human condemnation for allegedly killing Cley.
Award winning Jeffrey Ford completes the Cley trilogy (see THE PHYSIOGNOMY and MEMORANDA) with the exciting adventure THE BEYOND. The story line continues the blending of fantasy and science fiction with Cley and a strong support cast making the trek itself fun to observe as the reader watches events through Misrix's distant observation. Although the lack of focus to Cley's final quest hurts the novel, THE BEYOND remains an exciting imaginative novel that will please readers who enjoy the intersection of science fiction and fantasy.
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