||Writer's Exchange E-Publishing
||Mar 1 2002
Brush and Quill
Writer's Exchange E-Publishing
For thousands of years man has traveled the galaxy using the corridors generated by the L'arobi Frame. Now, the Ami-Den Alliance seeks to gain control of the mechanism to satisfy their lust for conquest. There's only one problem... no one knows where it is.
Two thousand years in the future, the Lord Mallick, leader of the Ami-Den Alliance, devises a brutal and brilliant plan to conquer the galaxy. Using corridors that tie one planet to another, Mallick's magnificent gunships have arrived at Cembel, home world of Wallace, the Cembelese Regent, and a man bitterly opposed to Mallick's triumphant advance. Faced with the certain destruction of his world and the worlds of his Alliance, Wallace is captured, held prisoner and compelled to bend to Mallick's will.
Wallace attempts to comply with the Ami-Den warlord, while clandestinely forming a partnership with rebels who fight against Mallick and the usurper king he has placed in power on Cembel. Receiving veiled instructions, Wallace follows the vague plans laid out by his predecessor and sets upon a dangerous course to free his world, and, perhaps, protect the gem of the galaxy, the key to the Alliances, the jewel prized above all others... the L'arobi Frame.
Machado's long white hair flowed about his face and over his shoulders. His skin was lineless, though retained its aged look. His eyes shone silver, a step beyond the clouded eyes of the pilots. A faint aura surrounded him.
His robe rippled and changed colors: purples, reds, blues.
"Counselor," Wallace breathed, his voice flat and without the vibrancy of Machado's.
Machado laughed, a sound heard in the mind as well as the ear. "I am no counselor, and you may address me as Machado."
Wallace's skin prickled.
Machado lifted his hand. "I mean you no harm." Light changed and rippled with his movement, a cascading brilliance at once attractive and fearful, a beautiful distortion that disturbed while it beckoned.
Wallace again placed his hand against the wall for balance. A sense of weightlessness rushed through him, followed by a wave of nausea. "Who are you?" A small question, but not so small in the face of a being he hadn't known existed.
The L'arobi Frame
THE L'AROBI FRAME
E. L. Noel
E. L. Noel’s foray into the world of science fiction follows on the heels of her EPPIE winning historical novel, The Threshing Floor. Like The Threshing Floor, the L’arobi Frame opens with a hero in the throes of a mysterious plot he does not understand. Wallace of the planet Cembel is smart, strong, loyal, and willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good. As the story begins, Wallace asks his regent why their Queen commanded her people not to resist an impending invasion by the evil Mallick, and then took her own life. Instead of answering, the regent exchanges daggers with Wallace and tells him to “accept no link but comply.” He then charges Wallace to protect the heir apparent-- a “usurper of low character and tall ambition.” The regent then takes his own life, his dying words to Wallace, “Be of good courage...” The invasion begins . . ..
The opening scene explodes like a thoroughbred from a starting gate. The plot unfolds with all the suspense and drama of a close race, the reader on the edge of his seat, turning pages as fast as possible to keep abreast of the action. The breakneck pace continues until the plot is resolved, but does not let down even there--it races on an extra length as questions are resolved and final explanations given. Only then, was this reader able to draw a long breath and let it out in a satisfying ahhhhh.
Noel’s lyrical language richly illustrates the action. Two examples are: “Wallace dragged his sleeve over his soaking forehead, the heat of unrequited animosity, and obeyed.” and “The carefree days of sunshine poured out upon the free are replaced with the long dark night of the conquered.” If you want to know what it feels like to be on a space ship, Noel’s language will put you there.
As for the L’arobi Frame—you will have to read the book to find out what it is and why it is the “glory of the galaxy...a prize beyond all others.”
A must-read for all sci fi fans and a wonderful intro to sci fi for the uninitiated.
J. B. Jones, award winning author of COUSIN FEELY
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