The follow-up to the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller BELLADONNA, this darkly romantic fantasy continues Anne Bishop's stunning Landscapes of Ephemera series, set in a world where the only constant is change. In Ephemera, the bridges may transport you where you truly belong, rather than where you wish to go. When wizards threaten Glorianna Belladonna and Ephemera, her brother Lee sacrifices himself in order to save her - and ends up an Asylum inmate in the city of Vision, far away from all he knows. Danyal, the Shaman who oversees the Asylum, is intrigued by Lee's ravings about Bridges and Landscapers and wizards. As Lee's body and mind improve, his words begin to make a terrible kind of sense - giving Danyal and Zhahar a glimpse of a world unlike anything they have seen. then Vision comes under threat from an unknown enemy ... Praise for Anne Bishop'sophisticated, mature, and original' SFRevu on BELLADONNA'compulsively readable' ROMANtIC tIMES on BELLADONNA'Exotic, original, sensual' FRESHFICtION on SEBAStIAN
Bishop adds a third chapter (after Sebastian and Belladonna) to the story of the living world Ephemera. Protagonist Lee is a Bridge, able to join disparate chunks of the fractured world. Still dealing with his disquiet over the deep changes in his sister, Glorianna Belladonna, whose act of self-sacrifice saved Ephemera but split her personality, Lee is taken prisoner by evil wizards who want to use him to get to his family. Blinded and imprisoned in an asylum in the distant city of Vision, Lee finds an unlikely ally in the asylum's Keeper, a shaman named Danyal, and an even less likely romance with his caretaker, Zhahar. Together, they must face the threat that ambushed Lee and now looms over Vision, even as Zhahar's magical secrets add a new complication. Strong on world-building but light on action, Bishop's romantic fantasy focuses more on character interaction than on exploring the possibilities set up by its premise.