Light Beyond (LN)

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“–Just what kind of pretence is that. Is this some new form of torment?”

Yuna, a plain village girl, suddenly lost her plain day to day life. After being requested to by a mysterious light in a bright white world, Yuna finds herself in the body of a beautiful saint. However, what awaited her there was; the contemptuous gaze of the saint’s fiance, First Holy Knight Asyut; the cold detachment from her attendants; and the tense atmosphere of the entire palace. Yuna, alone in her crippling confusion, still tries to fulfill her duty as the saint’s substitute, until one night when she discovers the saint’s sins beyond the spiral staircase…!?

Associated Names
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Light Beyond Road's End
michi hate no mukou no hikari
道果ての向こうの光
Related Series
Light Beyond (WN) (Web Novel)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
07/29/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c14
06/19/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c13
06/04/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c12
05/23/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c11
05/21/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c10
03/04/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c9
02/23/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c8
01/21/18 Yumemiru Sekai v3c7
10/23/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c6
10/11/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c5
09/14/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c4
09/09/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c3
08/12/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c2
07/17/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3c1
07/10/17 Yumemiru Sekai v3 prologue
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JetonS
JetonS rated it
March 11, 2017
Status: v2c3
I'd have probably given this a 5 stars if the MC wasn't so annoying. She's your typical gentle, caring and lovable main character. In fact she's so stereotypical that it feels like she has no personality. Every time something occurs, she gets away with it and force her way through by simply stating "Because I want to." Even when her surrounding tells her that it will cause huge trouble if she keeps insisting on the matter, giving her reasonable and fair arguments, she just doesn't seem to understand. She doesn't... more>> want anyone to die, she tried to take the blame on herself for the "old" Saint's mistakes, she is dense and doesn't notice others' feelings. She is so "pure" that it becomes really annoying, I like to read a MC that uses her head, that uses reasoning and that is smart. I don't want to read about a typical Shojo Manga character. The side characters are way too indulging, almost as if they were waiting for her to make the move.

If we have to talk about the world building, it's still a common "Transported to another world and interacting with nobles" setting. It has nothing new so to speak of. The story is not bad but the setting kind of throws it off. <<less
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Elizabrush
Elizabrush rated it
December 14, 2016
Status: c4
This is a story about a young girl who dies and wakes up in someone else's body. The twist is, she only has one year to occupy that body before she dies again for real, and the original body was someone truly detestable and cruel. MC struggles to fit into her new role and not cause too much suspicion, but also does her best to live her one year without regrets and leave behind a better legacy for the original girl.

The author really focuses on character development and it really... more>> shines in this novel. The MC's emotions feel genuine and she acts pretty much like you'd expect a bewildered young girl in a difficult situation to. That said, she still has that strong, kind, and stand-out MC quality so you want to root for her. The romance feels like it's gonna be sort of a reverse harem with a strong male lead; I'm really pumped to see how MC and Male lead's relationship develops further.

The religious/political/social undertones also look promising, and the translator did a great job with this. I'm looking forward to reading the next chapters! <<less
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08phamann
08phamann rated it
August 3, 2017
Status: v3c1
Honestly, until halfway through volume 2, I found the MC to be so naive, annoying, and stupid. Is she a good person? Undoubtedly. But does that make for an enjoyable read? Absolutely not. The MC has been reincarnated into the body of a saint, who form the looks of it was a very horrible person. What annoys me is her soft personality i.e. Stuttering every time she starts a sentence, repeatedly saying sorry to everyone, and asking permission for everything.... more>>
Spoiler

There is this one incident that really had me bashing my head against the wall. So the previous owner of the body was horrible, as stated before. Throwing people in jail and having them tortured for very petty reasons. But the new MC has taken it onto herself to rectify this and make it better, which I admit is a very admirable attitude. HOWEVER, what I do not agree with is her helping them personally. Mainly because the cause of their suffering and torment (aka her) appearing before them will not only freak the f*ck out of them, it will might even tempt them to take revenge. But NO, she, in her stupid stubbornness, decides that she must help them. And when someone tries to kill her (she had his wife killed because he annoyed her), she stubbornly refuses to have him executed even though it would set a dangerous precedent and put her in more danger, and her naive reason is that "there is a life st stake." !?!?!?!?!? Her naive and stupidly simple optimistic outlook is displayed in her thought that "she needed to get him to be positive somehow." Really? REALLY!? YOU KILL HIS WIFE AND YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE HAPPY DANDY ONCE HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL!? WHAT KIND OF WEIRD MUSHROOM JUICE HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING?!?!

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Sigh. I don't know why I kept reading. She gets slightly better in the later part of volume 2, but I can;t say she's been cured of her stupidity. What I am curious to know is
Spoiler

if the real soul of the body will return, and if the story will end after the MC dies.

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KKristen
KKristen rated it
January 16, 2018
Status: v3c6
Warning: This novel is incomplete and has not been updated for several months. You may want to read it when the translation is finished. I will update this review later.

This is a very well-written novel with a strong tragic tone. If you start reading this with the expectation that it will be comedic or cheerful, you'll be sadly disappointed. However, if you're interested in a realistic reincarnation story with a hint of mystery, this is a great read.

Summary:

Yuna, a common village girl, dies suddenly in an accident. A mysterious entity... more>> informs that the saint, the holy maiden who holds the fate of her country in her hand, has committed suicide at the exact same moment Yuna died. In order to maintain the saint's body while her soul recuperates for a year, Yuna's spirit is forcibly placed inside. When Yuna awakes, she finds that she is now living a luxurious life as Lady Celiastina, the holy maiden. However, she quickly learns from the terrified and hateful stares around her that things aren't as they seem. Alone and with no memory of Celiastina's past, Yuna faces the saint's sins and comes to terms with her own mortality.

Review:

The most unique aspects of this novel are:

  • A reincarnation story that is set in the same timeline.
  • A reincarnator who knows that they only have a time limit of one year.
  • The mystery and investigation to find out her new body's secrets.
  • Political and religious undertones rather than exciting action scenes.
The writing is very good and bits of the mystery are revealed slowly in each book. The chapters are nice and long, and the translation quality is about 95% correct, too.

Some complaints people might have are the the main character is too "pure" or "naive, " but I thought that her actions made total sense when you consider her past life as a simple and well-loved village girl. Another complaint might be how quickly some characters develop feelings for each other, but I felt that it was reasonable even if it was a little quick.

Some people might find this novel boring or too depressing, but you have to admit that it is a compelling and unique story. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites (due to the slow pace and tragic atmosphere), but I would still rate it 5 stars for now. <<less
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SunsetChaos
SunsetChaos rated it
January 19, 2017
Status: c7
This is very similar to "And so the Girl Obtained a Wicked Girl's Body" except whereas that one is more of a cute heartwarming story, this one is more mature and kind of dark like "I Reincarnated as a Noble Girl Villainess But Why Did It Turn Out This Way?".

The plot is interesting, the characters are interesting. It makes you want to watch over the MC's struggles. The low chapter numbers might seem like a short read, but it's definitely not. The chapters are extremely long. And there's still 80+... more>> chapters to go.

Translation quality is excellent. It's pretty much perfect. <<less
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Gluttony
Gluttony rated it
January 9, 2017
Status: c6
I'm sure everyone's encountered this constantly rehashed premise of transmigration. However, one particular promising feature of this novel is actually the translation. The language is seriously far more mature and masterful than the average translation-- even more so than incredibly popular and well sponsored translations (such as some Chinese wuxia novels). The English is smooth as butter. But idk maybe I'm just too hyped up about the fact there's a translation that doesn't hurt to read.

Apart from the translation, this well-wrung trope is intriguely executed through solid character development.
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Sayotan
Sayotan rated it
September 8, 2018
Status: v4c3
Personally, one of my favorite LNs and part of the reason is the MC. I've seen many people hating on her, but honestly, her personality is quite refreshing for me. Seeing so many shoujo LN heroines being selfish and so smart it's unrealistic, I like her, yes. She is really kind and caring, I love Yuna so much! Also, just because a character is a bit shy, likes helping others and is determined to do the right thing, doesn't mean that they don't have a personality.

Anyway, the other characters are... more>> also great and developed, like Asyut and Aeneas. They are given so much depth, I can't believe I found a LN this good. Same thing goes for the story.

I must say, kudos to Ilinox because her translations are superb and better than many others IMO. If she wasn't the one translating, I don't think this LN would be as good. Specially like how she doesn't include japanese honorifics, sorry for those who like it.

So, if I recommend this one? Definitely. <<less
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Chryseum
Chryseum rated it
August 19, 2018
Status: v1c5
I was really looking forward to this one as it starts out with a very nice premise and the first two and a half chapter are very good. After that though, it starts to go downhill. Why? Well that is because of our pure protagonist Yuna who doesn't understand the position she is in despite being told a million times. She is put in the saints body and has to pretend to be her yet goes out of her way to be as different as possible because she doesn't want... more>> to? Yes there are many cases where the previous saint did something wrong and she isn't wrong in trying to correct it, but to be so shameless as to openly act differently than the saint you are trying to be in front of everyone. Only because she felt that it was too cruel. She openly shows her emotions in front of maids, soldiers and even her fiance, First Holy Knight Asyut.

If she knew how to use her brain to not stand out, I would definitely continue this as she is my main problem with this novel (But she is the main character so everything revolves around her), but she continues to think everyone should suddenly be nice to her if she is no matter what the Saints previous soul did to everyone. <<less
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solyana116
solyana116 rated it
September 23, 2017
Status: v3c9
This story is honestly one of the best web novels I've read. This is weird, but it actually reminded me of Shakespeare's Henry IV (one of my favourite though I'm not an avid reader), the atmosphere and how the story is implicitly another person's story who is not the main character. I went into this, hoping for some fluffy romance and even though I did not quite get it, the plot development and the character development by far shook me, esp the plot twists. The side characters also develop which... more>> I always find important in a story. MC also isnt stupid lol. She's aware of the feelings of those around her, be it hatred or love and affection.

I loved how you discover the back stories of the characters along with them, it really allows you to empathise and imagine them clearly rather than a story where you already are told about a certain characters past and what made them that way. The story is kind of dark, in a good way as you really get to see elements that shape the world, rather than just the plain tragic backstory of most mcs.
Spoiler

The MC is actually connected to the host, and it is the hosts tragic past which she discovers, which is one element I love. Esp, hosts bg story.

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Not only that, even though MC can be 'weak' at times, I find she is really emotionally resilient and doesnt faint too much or get sick etc, which annoys me in alot of 'weak' mcs.

Also got to give props to the lovely translation 5/5!! The language is beautiful, idk if its due to the translator or the original novel. Really smooth read and long nice chapters :)

Overall really love this story, defs recommend and the pictures are a bonus :)) Listening to Your Name's OST is also a good idea whilst reading this haha. <<less
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BlancFrost
BlancFrost rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: v2c4
The translation for this novel was done wonderfully and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every chapter. With each chapter fairly long you can easily immerse yourself in reading it.

When reading the novel, I felt that the characters were really brought to life. Simple descriptions to let us picture them in our minds coupled with the interactions between the characters made for an enjoyable read.

The MC is caring and kind but she needs an injection of something more to give her more personality. Maybe I am just used to reading about feisty... more>> female leads... haha It will be interesting to read about what the future holds for her when she learns more about Celiastina. <<less
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Liya
Liya rated it
February 14, 2018
Status: --
The best shoujo LN I've read so far. There's a plot, conflict, internal struggle, character development, and of course... romance. The story makes me want to keep following of what happen and I got excited when seeing new chapters even after waiting for a few months. It tells a lot for me cause when reading light novels, I usually do a binge read and just stop when there is no more new chapters (when the series are incomplete). Eventually, I just too lazy to keep following the series because the... more>> stereotypical light novel illness #bad writing. E.g. No actual plot, plot holes, no character development, no story progression, lacking creativity, etc. I must admit this series also have some cliches; manga cliches not LN cliches, like stereotypical good girl MC, two bishies in love with the MC, falls in love with the cool somewhat difficult male lead, but those are the kind of cliches that don't matter when there is a good story you can dig in. <<less
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Ryuugi
Ryuugi rated it
September 9, 2017
Status: v3c3
Personally, I love this one. It's a refreshing break from the usual OP protagonists crushing everything, focusing instead on a cute, heartwarming, and personal story. Yuna's kind, but I don't agree with anyone who says she's bland, particularly with how rare characters like her are lately.
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