Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2)

Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2)

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by Anne Bishop
     
 

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The thrilling follow-up to Sebastian. The Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the realm of Ephemera, corrupting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, and must stand alone against the encroaching entity. But she is not alone. In

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The thrilling follow-up to Sebastian. The Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the realm of Ephemera, corrupting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, and must stand alone against the encroaching entity. But she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled throughout Ephemera-"Heart's hope lies within Belladonna"-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 dreamt of-a beautiful woman named Belladonna. Together, they may be Ephemera's only hope.

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Anne Bishop, author of the wickedly erotic Black Jewels trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, et al.), explored new ground with 2006's Sebastian, a fantasy with a decidedly more romantic and upbeat slant that focused on the ongoing spiritual battle between light and darkness in Ephemera, a sprawling realm of thousands of different ever-changing landscapes interconnected by ethereal bridges that may or may not take travelers to their intended destinations. In Belladonna, the second and concluding installment of the Ephemera duology, the realm's landscapes are increasingly falling into shadow. Evil incarnate, known as the Eater of the World, is continuing its dark mission by tainting entire landscapes and planting seeds of dementia and despair in people's minds. The only person strong enough to stand up against the Eater is Glorianna Belladonna, a sorceress with unparalleled magical ability. But if she ever hopes to defeat her all-powerful nemesis, she must join forces with a mysterious musician with magical abilities of his own…

Powered by a variety of compelling spiritual themes -- faith, transformation, mortality, etc. -- Bishop's Ephemera stories are comparable in many ways to recent acclaimed genre releases like The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams, The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks, and, particularly, Victoria Strauss' Way of Ârata duology (The Burning Land and The Awakened City). Fantasy fans who enjoy profound and compelling story lines should definitely check out this highly entertaining and subtly philosophic duology ("Love isn't just something you feel. It's something you do.") that showcases Bishop's softer side. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101219560
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Series:
Ephemera Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
84,354
File size:
970 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Bishop made her first short fiction sale in 1988. Her most recent work has appeared in White Swan, Black Raven and 365 Scary Stories. She lives in upstate New York.

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Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, i'm reviewing less to say how good a book it is than to help those who may not have figured out why this book restarts at chaper 18, this boggled me for a short while and forced me to check my e-book against a physical copy...nothing is missing. I finally figured out that if you pull up the menu at chapter 17 you will be told there are over 150 pages left in the chapter. Somehow the chapters were not separeted from that point on and so within the nook the entire second half of the book is in "chapter 17" though the chapter labels are still there. So the nook also does not know the book is over at that point so because it thinks that was all chapter 17 it then gives you chapter 18 and on...i hope this lessens confusion rather than making it worse!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Glorianna Belladonna is happy for her Incubus cousin Sebastian who has found eternal love with his Lynnea. She feared for him when he challenged the Dark Guides, allies of the Eater of the World, but prayed that Lynnea¿s love would keep him safe, which it did (see SEBASTIAN). However, while he basks in the glow of love, she feels a deep boned loneliness that is almost as horrific as her doubts and fear of failure. Still she must overcome her concerns and qualms because she knows in spite of almost everyone considering her a troublesome rogue she must still face The Eater of the World before the darkness spreads fear across all of Ephemera.------------------- However, Glorianna will soon learn that she is not alone. Somehow in her dreams, her needs have traversed Ephemera reaching the heart and soul of Michael the Musician. He knows he must find the sorceress who has haunted his fantasies as she needs his help while he needs her heart. At the same time his all alone sister Caitlin Marie has become the target of those who support the Eater of the World.---------------- This is an extremely complex fantasy. Newcomers need to first read SEBASTIAN to understand all that is going on in this stupendous serpentine story line. Michael is an interesting hero as he finds himself increasingly caught in a Hobson¿s choice between caging the Eater of the World but by doing so killing his beloved. Anne Bishop writes an incredible epic romantic fantasy in which her heroes are humanoid even with magical skills and other inhuman traits as they fight against overwhelming odds in which any offense they take could mean death for their beloved.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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deviant_obscenity More than 1 year ago
the ephemera series by anne bishop is simply amazing, Belladonna is one of my favorites simply because it is told from her perspective. The battle and wars she fights within herself... I couldn't put this one down until I was finished.
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
This the second book in The Epherma trilogy. Not sure if I spelt that right. The first book is Sebastian.      I was surprised with Sebastian and really enjoyed the book. But Belladonna, felt a tad bit too long, and I wanted to hear the tale of The Warrior of Light. It is after all, an important piece of the puzzle. But over all, the story moved well, and I liked seeing the enemies point of view, from time to time. The way it worked and thinks. I would have enjoyed a bit more romantic interaction between Belladonna and her beau.       Still, this installment was a good read for the most part. Just felt that a few twinks could have made it more of an enjoyable read. It didn't quite have the balance I usually find in Bishop's tales. But worth reading, none the less. Another beautiful emergence into a fantasy landscape.
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helenredhawk More than 1 year ago
This book continues where the book Sebastian ends. As I wrote in my review of Sebastian, the storyline is about good and evil but looks at those people who are not completely one or the other. Ms. Bishop as created a fascinating world of magic and ordinary people living together but not always getting along.This is another book that I had a hard time putting down. I kept wanting to know how it ended and hoping the characters I was "rooting for" succeeded.
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