Ephemera is a world divided into countless dimensional
landscapes that are connected by bridges a man might
cross...or not...depending on his heart. Wandering through
Ephemera, therefore, can be somewhat of a risk. Where you
intend to go might not be exactly where you end up. It's
said that no one goes anywhere in Ephemera by accident. By
mistake, certainly, but never by accident. One such
landscape is the Den of Iniquity, the most famous of the
dark landscapes, home to those not quite human. Sebastian
lives in the Den; as a incubus it's the only landscape he's
allowed to inhabit. But Sebastian is ready to make a
change, longing to make a change, although he isn't yet
sure what his new direction should be. "Travel lightly.
Because what you bring with you becomes part of the
landscape." Every child knows the Heart's Blessing of
Ephemera. Travel lightly.
"I want to be safe. I want to be loved. I want to be
someplace where I'm not afraid all the time." Lynnea speaks
her heart wish and blindly crosses a bridge to what she
hopes will be a better world for her. To her dismay, she
ends up in the Den. Knowing that something inside her must
have resonated with something in the Den, Lynnea is all too
ready to believe the worst about herself. She has no way of
knowing that it's a connection with Sebastian that pulled
her into the night world of the Den. To her surprise, she
feels at home in the dark place. And the Den's populace
learns she's a catalyst who will herald a change for the
better. Travel lightly.
One desolate landscape was created as a prison for the
Eater of the World. Locked away and forgotten It bides Its
time and waits for a dark heart to free It. When the time
comes, the Eater makes the leap and escapes. As It travels
from landscape to landscape, poisoning or devouring all It
comes in contact with, It learns the name Sebastian, as
well as that of his cousin Glorianna Belladonna, a powerful
rogue landscaper. It fears Belladonna and knows It must
destroy her and all her kin if It is ever to attain Its
heart's desire. With the fate of the world at stake, the
time for Sebastian to choose his direction has come. Travel
Talk about your powerful landscapers! Anne Bishop is
one of the most talented rogue landscapers writing today.
Her worlds are so fully realized and three-dimensional,
they jump right off the pages. Or pull you into them, I'm
never really sure which. I've loved her books since I first
read the Black Jewels trilogy and started recommending them
to friends and customers. Exotic, original, sensual, here's
nothing here I didn't love. I can't recommend this author
and her newest novel highly enough.
A world of shifting lands connected only by bridges,
Ephemera has been kept stable by the magic of the
Landscapers. In one land where night reigns and demons
dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights.
But then 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.
But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the
quiet gardens of the Landscapers' school, evil is stirring.
The nearly forgotten Eater of the World has escaped its
prison-and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall.