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The Beyond (Well-Built City Trilogy #3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Shunned by the village he saved and seeing no future in the ruins of the Well-Built City, the reformed physiognomist, Cley, ventures into the wilderness to seek forgiveness from a woman that he once hideously harmed. Wandering through this eerie land known as “The Beyond," he encounters ghosts, monsters, omnivorous trees, and more on his quest. Meanwhile, Cley’s demon frie ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Golden Gryphon Press (first published 2001)
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Kat  Hooper
Jan 02, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Beyond is the last book in Jeffrey Ford’s WELL-BUILT CITY trilogy. This bizarre story began with The Physiognomy in which Cley, an arrogant and cruel physiognomist, is sent by the evil ruler Drachton Below on a mission to the mining town of Anamasobia. While there, Cley makes a bad decision which destroys the beautiful face of Arla, the woman he has fallen in love with. This humbles and devastates Cley (drastically changing
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Jason Lundberg
Jun 21, 2012 Jason Lundberg rated it it was amazing
I would give this 10 stars if I could. A masterful ending to an extraordinary trilogy. This novel, from Misrix's narration to Cley's survival in The Beyond with only a loyal dog and strong motivation to keep him company, is a triumph. I was a fan of Ford's writing before reading the Well-Built City trilogy, but now I will follow him wherever his writing takes him. Everybody needs to read these books.
Felix Zilich
Много лет назад физиономист Клей и демон Мисрикс ушли в дебри Запределья на поиски Земного Рая, но назад к людям вернулся из них только один. Опечаленный своей неудачей Мисрикс поселился на руинах Отличного Города и посвятил все свое время тому, чтобы жители близлежащего поселка признали в нем себе равного. Со временем именно так и cлучилось. Люди потянулись к руинам, желая увидеть то, что осталось от их прошлого, поэтому были необычайно рады своему новому гиду. Вот только одна проблема – из-за ...more
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The Beyond is the last book in Jeffrey Ford’s WELL-BUILT CITY trilogy. This bizarre story began with The Physiognomy in which Cley, an arrogant and cruel physiognomist, is sent by the evil ruler Drachton Below on a mission to the mining town of Anamasobia. While there, Cley makes a bad decision which destroys the beautiful face of Arla, the woman he has fallen in love with. This humbles and devastates Cley (drastically changing his personality for the better) and leads to the destruction of Drac ...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
The final book in the Well-Built city trilogy is a stunningly imaginative feast of a quest novel. Cley journeys into The Beyond, the surrealistic no man's land where people tend to disappear without a trace. But Cley needs to find out what happened to Arla, a woman he wronged in the first novel, and to seek her forgiveness. Will Cley finally find the forgiveness he has so ardently sought through these books? Will he find his purpose and solve the mysteries of the Beyond? Will he survive?

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John Kerr
Jan 15, 2016 John Kerr rated it liked it
The final part of the Well-Built City trilogy presents two interwoven stories on the search for what it means to be human, in a markedly darker tone than the first two books. We follow the primary story of Cley, once-Physiognomist and now hunter, cast into the wilds of The Beyond on a journey to follow Arla Beaton, the woman he so hideously disfigured, to a mythical paradise. Cley's story is conveyed, in episodic form, through the eyes of the demon Misrix who, fuelled by the drug Sheer Beauty, b ...more
Montgomery Webster
Terrible that the end of the trilogy has to be so poor. Luckily, all the books existed largely independent of one another, so the impact is minimal. The problem was that the prose seemed to have changed. Where before the book used the voice of Cley, now Misrix was writing. His character is well read enough to have been clear, but Ford was probably unable to use the different style.
In addition, there was a lot of wasted white space on each page. The whole thing was off, taking way too long to st
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Drommende_atom
Mar 06, 2012 Drommende_atom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a coincidence. Caused by my ignorance. When buying this book, absolutely by chance, back then in 2008, when getting the information was not that easy for me, I thought it's somehow connected with Tarsem's new movie - the thing is that here in Russia The Fall was released under the title "Запределье" (Zapredelye), which means in Russian exactly The Beyond. Of course just as I started reading the book I realized there was nothing of the kind. And of course I fell in love with Ford's magnifice ...more
Nayeli
Jul 23, 2015 Nayeli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it !!! This book is one of my top five unforgettable favorite books. It spoke to me...
I picked it up off the bookshelf years ago and started to read it had no idea it was the third book until after i finished it. Thank you
Zach
May 26, 2010 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I forgot to copy down the passage I wanted to use to illustrate this one. it was about dogs and stories.
Ellele
Jul 01, 2016 Ellele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really like this trilogy.
I was so moved, impressed, and surprised.
I respect Jeffrey Ford and his creativity.
Andrew Johnson
The final chapter in the Well-Built City trilogy is unfortunately the weakest, but it's still worth checking out if you enjoyed the previous books.
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Jeffrey Ford is an American writer in the Fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. His work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humor, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied with the novelist John Gar ...more
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