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by Anne Bishop

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As the Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the land of Ephemera, Glorianna Belladonna stands alone against the evil entity, until enigmatic visions lead her to Michael, a man who possesses his own mysterious powers.

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This is the second book in the Ephemera trilogy and focuses on Glorianna Belladonna this time. She is still battling the Eater of the World and feeling very much alone and over-matched. She wants someone of her own to love and share the burden with.

Michael is a Magician in his country. Magicians are feared because they can bring ill-luck. Of course, they can also bring good luck. Michael has traveled his circuit of places trying to keep the world in balance but has been dreaming on someone to love.

Michael and Glorianna do meet and find that they have the same sort of job in their worlds. But there are differences too. Michael's world wasn't sundered nearly as badly in the first war with the Eater of the World. He knows things from old stories that have been passed down in his family that were lost in the landscapes the Glorianna Belladonna knows.

He knows a way that she can defeat the Eater of the World but the cost to her and to their relationship might be more than he is willing to pay.

The story was exciting and entertaining. It builds an interesting world peopled with all sorts of characters. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jan 31, 2020 |
I couldn't put this book down. I really like Bishop to begin with, but in contrast to what else I've been reading lately, this was a truly enjoyable and entertaining read. I am wondering what might come next for this series. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Popsugar Challenge 2015 | Task 42: A book you own but haven't read

Not my favorite series by Bishop. All four of her series resonate with the same themes, but this one is a pale imitation of the Black Jewels world. The pacing was also a little off, sometimes plodding along and other racing to the finish. ( )
  Bodagirl | Aug 23, 2015 |
All of Anne Bishop's writing (that I've read) have the same themes: men vs. women, power, connection to the natural world. Someone said her writing is "Id-fueled." I'm not sure I agree, but I can't disagree either. Belladonna is engaging but a little slow. The Ephemera series doesn't read any differently from the Black Jewels or Tir Alainn series. Men work to destroy women (and their male allies). One woman hides a powerful secret AND holds the fate of the world in her hands. ( )
1 vote lesmel | Jul 6, 2014 |
A gripping sequel to Sebastian, Anne Bishop continues the story of the characters who inhabit Ephemera, a fantasy land where the land reflects the hearts of those who influence it. The powerful Landscaper Glorianna Belladonna, cast out during her training from her fellow Landscapers, struggles with her mission to cast out the Eater of the World and to protect the places of Light. She finds help from her family and from two siblings who find their way into Glorianna's landscapes. With her signature style, Anne Bishop creates a fun read full of emotion. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Nov 17, 2012 |
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For Mia Quian Lee Debany. Welcome to our landscapes. And for the Magicians, who understand that love is the real magic.
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In the pale gray light, that herald of the dawn, Glorianna followed the path through the woods until she reached the two-story cottage.
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As the Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the land of Ephemera, Glorianna Belladonna stands alone against the evil entity, until enigmatic visions lead her to Michael, a man who possesses his own mysterious powers.

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