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Long ago, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of magical lands-connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved-a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her.And an even more devastating destiny awaits him, for an ancient evil is stirring-and Sebastian's ...

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Overview

Long ago, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of magical lands-connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved-a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her.And an even more devastating destiny awaits him, for an ancient evil is stirring-and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sweeping onto the scene with flair and grace, this latest page-turner from bestseller Bishop (Dreams Made Flesh) flutters its eyelashes at you like a shy country maid and then sinks its teeth in like a hungry succubus. The maid is Lynnea and the succubus is Sebastian, and their unlikely romance is at the heart of the impressively uncliched battle between light and dark raging through the world called Ephemera, where the land changes in response to the deepest desires and fears of the inhabitants. When the Eater of the World came into being, the Guides of the Heart shattered Ephemera into myriad pieces, each shaped by the will of a Landscaper and linked to other pieces by Bridges; they also cornered the Eater in a Landscape unconnected to the rest of the world. Now a foolish student has set it free, and Sebastian must help his cousins, Glorianna and Lee, a Landscaper and a Bridge of unusual power and talents respectively, to trap or destroy it. Bishop's pure originality and lyrical prose bolster the occasionally uneven characterization, and the tender romances and friendships will delight fantasy readers tired of gore and lust. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The world of Ephemera exists in the form of many magical landscapes, guarded over by Landscapers, women who shape these worlds into their myriad forms, and Bridges, men who act as transition points. When an ancient evil known only as the Eater of the World finds a way to escape its long imprisonment and begins its destructive onslaught within the many landscapes, only a few of Ephemera's residents still remember this creature's existence or know how to fight it. At the center of the battle is an incubus, a half human-half demon named Sebastian, whose powers over the land-and over himself-have yet to be unlocked. The author of the "Black Jewels" paperback series (Daughter of the Blood; Heir to the Shadows) makes her hardcover debut with a dark romantic fantasy series in which reality is shaped by desire and each person finds the world they deserve. Bishop's talents lie both in her ability to craft a story filled with intriguing characters and in her flair for smoldering sensuality that recommends her to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Anne Rice. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460967
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Ephemera Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 231,199
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Love this world

    I read this book in 2006, excited that Anne Bishop was coming out with a new series. I reread it when Belladonna's book came out, and read it again when Bridge of Dreams came out. I only have a few series that I start over at book 1 every time a new book comes out, this is one of them. I love the world Anne Bishop creates and Sebastian is one of my favorite characters. You have a lot of familiar themes from her Ring series: dark doesn't mean evil, light doesn't mean good, and the actions you take make the world around you for better or worse. Her books always blow me away with the depth of the world and I always find something new I didn't notice the first time I read through it. Her characters are complex and their relationships to the other characters are so well done. My only complaint about this book is that Lynnea is just too sweet and innocent and she gets really annoying after a while, but Sebastian is so richly done I still enjoy the tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    A great fantasy!

    Anne Bishop has a remarkable ability to create worlds that no one ever thought could exist. Sebastian is one of those worlds. The book is about the battle between evil and good, an old story premise I know but Ms Bishop gives it a new twist. Instead of just dealing with bad versus good, the book also looks at the in-between of the two concepts. This book is "fast" read and is one that isn't easy to put down once started.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Greaat!

    At first, I was sort of confused because nothing was directly explained.. after i understood everything that was going on i fell down a steep hill of complete immersion. I loved this book and cannot wait to get the next one on my nook!

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    I love love love this book. I want to move to the Din of Iniquit

    I love love love this book. I want to move to the Din of Iniquity and eat phallic delights. The whole series is above and beyond fantastic. I cannot say enough what a fabulous author Ms Bishop is. Her worlds are detail rich lacking the overly boring 10 pages of the descriptions. You can really capture her worlds in your mind's eye. These books just make you feel so much and they serve as the perfect escape from reality. Unfortunately sometimes you will not want to come back. :) Thanks Ms. Bishop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Addicted!

    Originally terrified I'd never find another good book like the whole Black Jewels series, and afraid Bishop's other characters wouldn't hold a candle to Janelle Angelline...Sebastian, Glorianna, and Lynnea do not dissapoint and draw you into their captivating and ever changing world. You won't be able to put it down!

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    An Imaginative World

    I'm a fan of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series, which I highly recommend. I'm not as taken with her Ephemera books coming from that series; I found Sebastian in personality far too reminiscent of Daemon, her hero in that series and her heroine, Lynnea, irritated me more than anything (or more precisely, she's the novel's love interest--Belladona who has the next book is the true heroine. For what it's worth, I did like that second Ephemera book better). However, some of the same qualities that led me to love the Jewels books can be found here as well. Bishop has a gift for spinning richly imaginative worlds and Ephemara is a fine example of that with its Landscapers and Bridges shaping the shattered lands that can be reached if they match your heart and true desires. If three stars is "okay" and four "recommended" this novel really hovers between, with a three the appropriate rating when I measure this against Bishop's output--not as good as the best of Black Jewels, about as good as the weakest in that series, better than the Tir Alainn Series, which I didn't stay with. On the whole I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    Loved this one!

    I read Sebastian and fell in love with it! The characters were amazing and Anne Bishop writes in a way that makes you want to read and not stop for a break until you've finished the book. The plot was well written and I found my jaw dropping at some of the unexpected twists and turns. Most of the main characters I wanted to hug and say "awww...you poor baby". It was a fun read with well paced action that had my heart jumping in suspense at times. There were some pretty funny parts that will have you laughing in a light hearted way while not letting you forget the dark nature of the story being told. Very entertaining. Definately a re-read for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

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    Sebastion - The Perfect Man

    This is the best book that I have ever read. Once i finished reading it I could not wait to get BellaDonna so then I could find out what happened to everyone after Belladonna gave everyone their hearts desire. And I could not help but feel bad when Sebastion's father put him in jail, the way that Ms Bishop wrote the story, I felt like I was right there amidst the happenings. It was an extrememly well written book that I WILL read again........Off to the store for more hardcovers written by Anne Bishop - she is my new best friend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Wonderful Read

    First Anne Bishop book I've read. Will definitely continue to read her books as I found this to be quite original and an extremely satisfying read! Would definitely reread this book in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Some interesting ideals...

    I find the idea of 'landscapes' very interesting, although a bit confusing at times. I'm a big fan the black jewels series and this is another good example of Bishop's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Captivating!

    Very intricate and intriguing plot! One of my favorite books of all time! Can't wait to read the second one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    Hmmm...

    I battled to finish this book. Yet again the parralels to her other books are too big. I am sure there is a paragraph from one of the house of Gain repeated in this book .. wells drying up livestock dying and so on. This was mildly different from her other series but i am not that convinced that this is something i will be bothered to follow as it feels like i have read it all before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Ephemer-wow

    I loved the idea of the landscape of the book. It is such a creative and new way to look at the world in a book. The characters had depth, the plot was emotional and complex, and the evil in the book makes you shiver. My only problem with the book is that Lynea is too weak and clueless, and the romance develops a little too quickly for my taste. Otherwise, it is one of the best books I have read this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    When is the next one coming out...

    Great read, I read this book in less 32 hours, will school and work during then. Sebastian is the perfect good bad boy, and the romance is heartwrenching. The theme that even the least human characters can have the most humanity adds to the depth of the piece. The idea for the mutability of Ephemera is genius, and the upcoming books will be great, just count on it. Now all you have to do is be impatient for them to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    Book Addiction

    Let me begin with agreeing with the previous reviewer regarding the synopsis of the book was sorely lacking in accruacy. I love Anne Bishop but was reluctant to pick up this book due to the synopsis. After having read the coment below I bought the book and am very glad that I did. I thought this book was amazing and unique. I can't wait for the sequal 'Belladona'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    Enchanting

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in a day! It was a clever spin on the elusive and truly hidden desires deep in the hearts of people and their relationships with their homes. Also, there was a nice twist when their homes are threatened by an evil thought locked away. Anne Bishop is amazing at creating a modern version of old myths (incubus, demons, etc.) However, the 'people' responsible for writing the synopsis of this book need to actually read it first. I was hesitant to read 'Sebastian' as the synopsis made it read like a Harlaquin romance novel. It had the romance, but not the inane save the girl story line normally associated with light romance novels. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Wait for the paperback

    I loved all of Anne Bishop's previous books and looked forward to Sebastian. It didn't measure up to her previous books at all. I did like the originality but the characters were pretty boring and I had to force myself to finish the book. If you read this go in with low expectations and you'll be fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    A Bored Succubus?

    Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of Anne Bishop. Sebastian is a novel with a few flaws but an interesting read. A bored succubus? Say what? The sex scenes where tastfully done (unlike other female writers I could mention) and the supporting character are interesting and the land she created is different. If you have read her other books you will notice the same themes. The build up is nice for the next installment which I eagerly await.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    A Celibate Incubus?

    Okay, before I launch into this book's shortcomings, I will say I appreciated the lack of swordplay, violence and warfare. But, I found the characters a bit shallow, and even a little tiresome. The lead character, an incubus, is fairly uninteresting and tragically undersexed. I am glad he was monogamous for most of the novel. That's always nice. But why make him an incubus, of all things? I enjoyed Bishop's earlier books, and was a little disappointed in this one.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific romantic fantasy

    In a distant past beyond the handed-down memories of humanity, the Eater of the World was devastating Ephemera. To stop this global assault, a desperate plan was developed by the most powerful magic practitioners, the Guides of the Heart. The planet was split into numerous lands connected by strange magical bridges while the Eater of the World was ¿imprisoned¿ without a land base. Over time the pandemic attack by the Eater of the World became part of mythology though the Landscapers knows of his presence and continue to insure his isolation. At the Landscaper¿s School, angry at the world student Nigelle enters a forbidden zone that everyone fears. Her action is the prelude of what the Landscapers hoped would never happen under their watch, the first opening of the prison that restrains the Eater of the World. --- At the same time, Sebastian the Succubus is bored of sexual fantasies, a bad condition for a sexually charged being. His only pleasure comes from his nocturnal visits to Lynnea the maid, who dreams of love. However though he wants to pursue her even in daylight he fears his kind only destroys her kind. Meanwhile a Landscaper and a Bridge enlist his help on a quest to prevent the Eater of the World from returning. --- This terrific romantic fantasy rolls out on two delightfully interrelated subplots: save the world segue and a star-crossed love story. The story line is fast-paced once the quest begins, but takes a wonderfully original twist involving Lynnea. The title character is an intriguing protagonist who at almost thirty is bored with sex games, which is the essence of a succubus. Fans will treasure Sebastian¿s duel sagas. --- Harriet Klausner

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