Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2)

Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2)

by Anne Bishop

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ISBN-13: 9780451461544
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: Ephemera Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 228,446
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in BoneMarked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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Belladonna (Ephemera Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 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
TheOneTree on LibraryThing 7 months ago
With Belladonna being one of my favourite characters of Anne Bishop, it was lovely to have a book which solely revolved around her.Loved it and it's now on my 'top shelf' listing, to read again when the mood strikes me.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The eater of the world has killed most of the landscapers and bridges, leaving the world unstable and subject to the whims of human desire. Belladonna, a rogue landscaper may be the only one who can save Ephemera and prevent the darker side of the human heart from taking over.This is the second time I've read this book and it was much better than I remembered. Anne Bishop is a wonderful story teller. Her characters are fascinating and lovable. Overall, this book was a home run.
Eilantha_Le_Fay on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sometimes this book was amazing, sometimes it was too long. Maybe because I read it right after Sebastian and had payed so much attention to the «rules» of Ephemera that I didn¿t need to read about them all over again. Maybe that stuff was written to appease some skeptical readers, but to me was quite unnecessary. I don¿t ask many questions about fantastic worlds, I don¿t try to make them more «real». What would be the fun in that?That said, this book is about love. While the others always had a strong sexual component, I find this one sweet and romantic in a way that almost drove me to tears. Still tracing a parallel with certain characteristics from the Black Jewels trilogy, these new characters have become new friends of mine in a glimpse. That¿s Anne Bishop just for you.«Travel lightly.»
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Belladona is the sequel and conclusion to Sebastian, which should be read first. I do love Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series--I could find fault with them, sure, but they featured characters and a world I love to return to, and I've read those books more than once with pleasure. The two Ephemera books just don't rise to that level--I can't see ever rereading them. The world-building is wonderful, and in that regard matches or surpasses in imagination the Black Jewels novels with its shifting landscapes that resonate with your soul. As with Black Jewels I like the ways that Bishop plays with concepts of good and evil, light and dark in unexpected and creative ways.I think part of the problem for me is that Sebastian is too reminiscent of Black Jewels' Daemon and Belladona of that series' Jaenelle, but neither feel as fresh or as engaging or as well-developed. That said, I enjoyed both books, and I think this is the stronger of the two.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A rich, beautiful fantasy novel. In a bid to save their world, a family may have to give up what is most precious to them. However, I will say that I enjoyed the first in this series more than the second.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although she's strongly backed by her family in her fight against the Evil One, Glorianna Belladonna is alone. Only she can stop It, and she knows and fears the sacrifice necessary to do so. When a stranger offers her a chance for happiness, will she be strong enough to walk away? And will he be strong enough to let her?The conclusion to the Ephemera series is... a bit ephemeral. I didn't find either book as engrossing as Bishop's Black Jewel series. It's not quite as sharply drawn and the characters aren't as developed. Still, it makes for an enjoyable few hours escape from reality.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I truly enjoyed Sebastian (Ephemera, Book 1), but forgot about this sequel since it came out a year after I finished book one. I finally picked it up and found it to be just as good, and I'm sorry I waited so long to read it. Though another book is expected, Bridge of Dreams in March 2012, this book provides enough closure that the series could end here (but I am glad it doesn't!).A few reviewers felt that Sebastian was more paranormal romance than fantasy. I disagreed. However, I do feel that this sequel does fall more firmly into that genre. And it is extremely well done, with a richly detailed plot and world-building that the genre sometimes lacks. Paranormal romance can be more than vampires and werewolves, as exemplified here. Belladonna knows that she alone must fight the Eater of the World. Yet, her heart longs for love and companionship. What happens when Ephemera manifests her heart's desire right before she may die to save her world? The aspect I enjoyed most about this series is the strong family Bishop has created with Belladonna, her cousin Sebastian, her brother Lee and her strong-willed mother Nadia. They are so alive and real that I was caught up in their lives, and the fantasy and magic was just a bonus. Each character is well defined, and the extended supporting characters add to the fullness. The world-building is expanded upon, as Belladonna discovers parts of Ephemera that are not as broken and where Landscapers are reviled as "magicians." The story is fast paced, and the final battle is cleverly managed.Overall, a strong sequel that has me looking forward to the next book.
La-Plume on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Well, there was almost no romance in that one. Anne Bishop focused much more on the Ephemera universe, which I greatly appreciated because once I had finished reading Sebastian, I felt there were too many things about the way Ephemera worked I hadn't fully understood. In fact, it occurred to me the concept was far more fascinating than I originally thought it was. The end was surprising... or rather I'd say the feelings I felt for don't-wanna-say-who-or-what came as a surprise. That's Anne Bishop's magic touch for you! All in all, that was a wonderful conclusion she brought to the duology. On one side I know the story is good enough left as it is now, but on the other I can't help but wish she's planning to write something else about that universe, or at least its main characters. Would be nice if she did like the Black Jewels Trilogy and wrote an anthology of short stories like she did with Dreams made Flesh. I'm especially curious about Lee and Teaser, bit more on Teaser. He's one of the most funny character I've read about in ages, it's a pity he had so little space in Belladonna.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was as good as the rest of the series! I loved it!
amf0001 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I understand the theme, purity wants to be pure without any evil in it, but reality is the tao, with both good and evil having energy and balancing each other out. However the writing is so heavy handed and predictable, and there is no tension in the book (you know Belladonna will win out, there is no doubt in my mind, and thus no fear or even interest) I read 80 or so pages but haven't finished, and my return it to the library unfinished, because I've picked up 2 other books in the interim, which is always a bad sign.So, intense world building, but not great writing, weak plot and not very exciting characters. I give it 2.5 stars.
surreality on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Plot: Two main plotlines that stay separate for most of the book and are brought together in a bit of a hurry at the end. The story never really moves, and the climax is quite predictable. The second plotline would be interesting in a later book in a series, but not in the second half of a duology. Some earlier plots from Sebastian are wrapped up in a hurry and not developed anymore.Characters: A new set is introduced, and none of them truly add anything that wasn't there before. The old characters get some development, but it is shoved into your face in most cases. There's a distinct lack of a truly likable character. Style: The writing doesn't draw you in and generally feels very perfunctory. It's easy to skip a page here and there and to skim across others, since there's too much description at times and dialogue can be drawn-out. Again, phrases get repeated to a point where they become tedious. Plus: A reasonably good ending to the story. Occasional good scenes. Minus: The worldbuilding isn't well done at all. Stereotypical romance, flat characters. Summary: It doesn't truly add much to Sebastian and doesn't have to be read, even though it is the second part of this duology. I'm reluctant to call books boring, but this one would qualify.
rocalisa on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Belladonna - Anne Bishop (10/10)Fantasy; book 2 of Ephemera.This book follows Sebastian's cousin, Glorianna Belladonna, as she faces up to the face it is her job/destiny to defeat The Eater of the World. Along the way she learns more about the nature of the world, meets up with a very nice man and makes a huge sacrifice to save the world. This is a great book that pulls ahead of Sebastian just a little and beautifully finishes the story. Glorianna is a good character, and Michael is just lovely. There were two ways it could have ended, and while I would have been sad but happy with what seemed to be happening at first, I was also happily content with the way Bishop did finish it. I still liked the Black Jewels series best, but these were also excellent.
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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.