Light Beyond 4 ~ Afterword ~

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Okay, now we’ve really reached the end of this long 2 year project. Thank you to everyone who supported this series or dropped by to read it. I’m going to take a long break after this and maybe play some otome games LOL but honestly this is still one of my favorite books and I’m glad I got to share it with everyone. Once again, please consider supporting the artist if you enjoyed this book and I only shared about 1/4 of the illustrations in total so!!

At any rate, please enjoy the author’s comments down below.

Here we go!

Thank you very much for accompanying me to the final volume of “The Light Beyond the Road’s End”.

It’s been a very long time since the publication of the third volume and to those who picked up this work, despite that, I truly cannot raise my head.

First, please let me give my feelings of gratitude.

Once again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

This work, as you know, was originally a web novel which was made into a book.

Naturally, because it is a commercial work, if it does not sell then it won’t be continued and so, to start with, the first volume was released. At the time, I remember just praying that I could deliver the final volume in the form of a book to everyone.

After that, it was due to everyone’s support that the next volume was decided on but, being a coward, I had negative thoughts on how the series might be discontinued by the next volume and so I should compact everything so that it fits in that one volume (lol).

However, my editor, Mr. Y, pushed me strongly to go together until the fourth volume and, instead, I ended up writing beyond the story that was imagined at the beginning.

And that is this final volume.

This work is a story where Yuna confronts many things, works hard, and matures. And so I thought I’d be able to bring the story to a conclusion by the third volume. Actually, the web novel (although the contents differ in various ways) reaches the ending in the third volume of the book version.

When I thought about what to write in the brand new fourth volume, I thought about how I wanted to give shape to Asyut, who has been facing Yuna all this time, and what he feels, what he thinks, and what actions he would take. I wanted not just Yuna to do her best but for Asyut to also do his best.

As a result, I think Asyut has worked very hard. I also don’t have regrets any longer after this. Besides, right now I strongly feel that coming this far is “The Light Beyond the Road’s End” that I really wanted to write.

 

However, even though I say that, in the end I’ve been constantly anxious about all the time it’s taken until the publication of the final volume. I also became timid, thinking that all the readers would have already forgotten this work.

However, until this day where I am writing the afterword, I was greatly encouraged by the continuous messages and impressions I received from everyone towards this work. Even when the publication of the final volume was announced, I received many thankful and celebratory words.

I am worried whether or not this final volume will meet the expectations of everyone who has said “I’ve been waiting”, but I think I am satisfied in my own way with this one volume I’ve completed with my utmost effort.

 

Lastly.

Thank you to Ms. Shirosaki Saya, who was in charge of the final volume’s illustration.

Thank you so much for cheerfully accepting the sudden appointment and outrageous request for the final volume only. The moment I saw the lovely front cover where Asyut and Yuna were facing each other, holding hands, I felt like that one picture summarized this entire story and was very moved. Yuna, who appeared as an illustration for the first time in this volume, was exactly as I imagined and I was really surprised and delighted again.

Unfortunately, Mr. Kishida Mel was not available this time but thank you very much for everything up to now. In the end, I believe that it was because these characters were designed by Mr. Kishida that this work exists like this.

Also, to my editor Mr. Y, thank you so much for accompanying me from the first volume to the final volume. Of course, not only did you work very hard to publish the final volume, but you also dug into the character’s emotions and actions together with me, were involved with the revisions, and corrected my strange Japanese accurately. I can’t thank you enough. I’m glad I followed Mr. Y!

Also, I’m grateful to East Press who gave me the go-ahead for the publication of this work. Thank you so much for your continued publication over the past several years and it was an honor. What a generous company.

 

Even while saying lastly it ended up being long.

I apologize sincerely for how it became another formal afterword. I tried reading the past afterwords, but I felt like that excitement is grueling on me… (lol) and I realized there too that it’s really been a long time since then.

Well then, once again, I am so grateful to everyone who was involved in this work.

It would be an honor if I could see everyone again somewhere.

Thank you very much.

 

2015 October.

15 thoughts on “Light Beyond 4 ~ Afterword ~

    Maha said:
    May 2, 2020 at 07:03

    I can say I understand why it felt like you could have just had the 1st and last volume after reading this afterword. Author never intended it. Glad to binge this fluff in the troubling times we live in.

    Great job on TLing, btw.

      Ilinox responded:
      May 5, 2020 at 00:10

      Hmm, well, according to this afterword she did say she no longer has any regrets now that she finished giving Asyut his POV so I think it was intended still. But there definitely is the web version floating out there that ends around Book 3, with a lot of differences starting around 1/3 of Book 1, haha. I personally like the light novel version, including the culmination of all the themes and Asyut’s side so that we can see how he fell in love with Yuna!

      Thank you for reading and enjoying this series though <3!

    Maria said:
    March 9, 2020 at 20:35

    READING IN 2020 and from another country !!! I don’t know if you will even read this comment but I just wanted to thank you for your hard work on this project. The good thing is that everything is ready and available so I read the whole story once in 2 days and I loved it so much. Again THANK YOU SO MUCH.

      Ilinox responded:
      March 10, 2020 at 22:20

      Aw, thanks for reading, enjoying, and commenting! I’m active on this blog so I always make it a point to read every comment, eheh. One of the best things is being able to binge-read a story from start to finish, so I’m glad you managed to find this book after I was complete because it took quite a while to translate LOL I’m sure those who were following along at the time found the wait agonizing.

    Nazifa said:
    December 29, 2018 at 08:55

    I’m satisfied-
    Is what I want to say.
    But honestly, I regret binge reading everything and reaching the end.
    This story was so beautiful. So well thought out and wonderfully written.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 29, 2018 at 14:38

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it and thank you for leaving a comment :’D. You know it’s a good book when you feel a bit empty inside after finishing it jhsjgfhj.

        NAZIFA said:
        December 30, 2018 at 13:32

        Indeed! This book was a hidden gem for me. I love rebirth/ transmigration/ reincarnation novels but honestly got sick of reading similar plots over and over again. This book was just so unique! After I finished reading it, I kinda just sat there in silence, disappointed that it just had to end.

        Thank you for translating it! When I have the time, ill make sure to re-read it again!

    vcalkin said:
    December 25, 2018 at 11:07

    I feel both empty and satisfied all at once. I started reading this on kiri’s earlier this week then came to binge read it here. Got to say thank you so much for the hard work you are awesome.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 25, 2018 at 13:14

      You’re welcome and I’m so happy you enjoyed the story! Even after all these years, it’s still one of my favorites so I’m glad I got to share it with you all :).

    iriefi said:
    December 6, 2018 at 08:16

    *crawls out from lurking* I feel satisfied, yet empty reaching the end of this novel :(
    Thank you very much for your hard work!

      Ilinox responded:
      December 6, 2018 at 14:55

      You’re welcome and thank you for reading! It ends on such a great note but it’s always sad to come to the end of a journey, huh :’)).

        Sharon Velda said:
        August 6, 2020 at 08:51

        This was so beautiful and brought varying emotions…I was never inspired by a book this much in my life….Usually reincarnation stories involve revenge and seeing Yuna’s selfless and kind attitude is certainly an eye opener…thank you so much for translating this beautiful book….its not easy translating but you delivered the emotions of each character beautifully….the author is so talented for coming up with an amazing book where each character has their importance….unlike usual romance stories, Yuna and Asyut didnt have much of a physical connection but their love was beyond any other…you could literally feel the love they had for each other irrespective of their situations and the appearance….I could probably write an essay describing this book….haha…..but I better not

        Ilinox responded:
        August 6, 2020 at 18:53

        Oh gosh, thank you for leaving such a nice compliment. I know this book seems to get divisive reviews on novelupdates, because you either like or hate Yuna’s selflessness, so it’s nice to see other people appreciate her. Even though it’s been years, this book still has a soft spot in my heart because of the story it tells about second chances and forgiveness.

        Haha, I’d love to hear your essay on this! But, yes, I love what the author did with all the characters and especially the emotional bond between Yuna and Asyut. They both taught each other so much in the time they had with each other, to the point where it also led to their future together.

    shironeko225 said:
    November 20, 2018 at 23:35

    After a deep and fricking wide cliff we finally reach the afterworld now my heart can beat normally as it should be have a nice rest translator san hope to see your next work soon

      Ilinox responded:
      November 21, 2018 at 19:54

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the story :) and congratulations on surviving all the cliffs LOL.

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