Belladonna (Ephemera, #2)by Published 06 Mar 2007
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In Sebastian, national bestselling and award-winning author Anne Bishop introduced a stunning new realm, a world of strange and magical landscapes connected only by bridges - bridges that may transport you where you truly belong, rather than where you wished to go. But only the magic of the Landscapers can protect this world from the entity determined to enshroud it in darkness....
One by one, the landscapes of Ephemera are falling into shadow. The Eater of the World is spreading its influence, tainting people's souls with doubts and fears, and feasting on their emotions. With each victory, the Eater comes closer to extinguishing Ephemera's Light.
Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, her talents and vast power feared and misunderstood. Determined to protect the lands under her care, Glorianna will stand alone against the Eater if she must - regardless of the cost to her body and soul.
But she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled throughout Ephemera: "Heart's hope lies within Belldonna." That call has traveled far from the landscapes Glorianna claims and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own. It awakens a fierce hunger within him to find the dark-haired sorceress he's dreamed of over and over again - a beautiful woman named Belladonna.
As Michael's and Glorianna's hearts call out to each other across the landscaped, together they may offer Ephemera the very hope it needs....
"Belladonna (Ephemera, #2)" Reviews
The beginning moved slowly but the ending was wonderful!
I liked this less than the first book. My main complaint is that the Eater of the World hardly seems a worthy world menace. It may also be that Gloriana/Belladonna and Michael are less empathetic main characters than Sebastian. The whole book felt a bit too cozy and family-type (wholesome?) than one would expect from the premise. The one part where it turns dark is over fairly quickly.
What can I say? I guess I'm a sucker for escapist cheese. It kept moving, I found many of the characters interesting, and I enjoyed it all. I was disappointed at how a couple of character threads were dropped, but in general, this lacked the usual Bishop flaw of the evil characters being eeeeeevil just because they don't have a nice bone in their bodies.
I actually enjoyed the first book more. The story was a little flat for me, mainly because the story didn't seem to go anywhere. And I really like Ann Bishop, too so it makes me all the more sad.
Althogh the story started slow (in the beginning of Sebastian book), it continued into a great story. Anne Bishop has this gift of wordplay, some phrases get stuck with you for a long time in a good way. It is true that all characters have a hard childhood, but that only helps in bilding a strong personality.