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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Roc; Auflage: Reprint (4. März 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0451461541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461544
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 3 x 17 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 119.691 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Those who enjoy sophisticated, mature and original epic fantasy will be well rewarded by spending time in Ephemera. Strongly recommended."

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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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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von hwm am 13. März 2007
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Im ersten Band der Dilogie, SEBASTIAN, stand der Halbdämon und Zauberer Sebastian im Mittelpunkt der Geschehnisse. Seine Liebe zu Lynnea ließ den lichten Teil seines Wesens obsiegen, während die anderen Zauberer und Hüter der Finsternis von Glorianna Belladonna verbannt wurden.

Doch der Verzehrer der Welt weitet seinen Einfluss auf immer mehr Teile Ephemera aus und lässt sie in Verzweiflung und Dunkelheit versinken. Allein Glorianna Belladonna kann ihn aufhalten, doch sie hat keine Ahnung wie sie es bewerkstelligen soll. Diese Verantwortung ruht schwer auf den Schultern der jungen Frau, die Stärke beweisen muss, auch wenn Zweifel, Frustration und Einsamkeit an ihr nagen.

Michael, ein fahrender Musikant in einem weit entfernten Teil Ephemeras, kann in die Herzen der Menschen blicken. Als die Welt um ihn herum immer unwirtlicher und bösartiger wird, vernimmt er die Prophezeiung "Heart's hope lies within Belladonna!", die ihm neue Zuversicht schenkt. Michael macht sich auf die Suche nach des Rätsels Lösung und in seinen Träumen begegnet er immer wieder einer mysteriösen, grünäugigen Fremden.

BELLADONNA ist ein würdiger Abschluss der Ephemera-Dilogie. Vor allem das düstere und emotional packende Ende hat mich daran erinnert, warum ich von der Autorin so begeistert bin. Es ist keine typische Gut-gegen-Böse-Konfrontation, bei der sich die jeweiligen Vertreter gegenüberstehen und mit Schwertern aufeinander einschlagen, sondern ist viel dramatischer und origineller. Einfach genial!
Bis dorthin ist es jedoch ein weiter Weg, der nicht jedermanns Geschmack sein wird, denn dieses Buch geht noch mehr als sein Vorgänger in Richtung "romantische Fantasy".
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Von MO am 25. März 2008
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This story had it all, love and hate, sadness and strength. I liked Belladonna as a protagonist, although some of the plot might feed clichees that actually doesn't bother me at all. Does not every love story feed some kind of clichee?! I like the way Belladonna fights with so much integrity for her worlds, her family and her love and don't mind at all shedding a few tears over some sad turns in the story. In Ms Bishop's stories it is never just black or white - and I truly appreciate that. I hope she will soon give us more stories.
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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Lazy Literature am 6. März 2007
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I just finished the novel and I was so swept up in it, I couldn't lay it down. *sigh*

Belladonna concludes the novel "Sebastian" and with it the duology about the world Ephemera. Here we can witness the final battle that Glorianna wields with the Eater of the World. And we meet Michael, a Magician who dreamt of Glorianna since some time and wants to meet the woman who holds his heart, although he never saw her.

The battle includes Michael's sister Caitlin Marie, his aunt Brighid and several old friends we already met in the first volume: Yoshani, Lee, Sebastian, Lynnea and Nadia, Jeb and others.

The book is filled with magic, with fun, with tears and laughter. I cried and laughed with them and I really, really recommend it to anyone who loves rich fantasy with music, magic and hope.
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Belladonna is a Wicked-Cool Dark Heroine 3. April 2007
Von Terri Rowan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As the Eater of the World sets out to destroy the already-shattered world of Ephemera, the last-known Landscaper is also the most feared. Glorianna Belladonna is a woman who embraces both the Light and Dark currents through her landscapes [for a broader explanation of landscapes and Ephemera, please see my review for SEBASTIAN]. Shunned by those she must help, she is determined to save the world, for she understands that she is the only hope.

In another place, far away, the people know of nations and countries. They are unaware of the shattered landscapes that surround the area where the Eater of the World was imprisoned long ago. This is where Michael the Magician plays his tin whistle to bring the land into balance, and his younger sister tends a garden that holds more meaning than either of them can imagine.

Belladonna and Michael are thrown together by chance when the Eater appears in Michael's part of the world. Together, and with help from powerful family members and friends, they must piece together the puzzle that will allow them to defeat an evil darker than their worst nightmares. If they fail, it will be the end of all good things. Forever.

In the sequel to the stunning novel SEBASTIAN, BELLADONNA brings readers back into a world that has learned to cope with its shattered nature. Ephemera itself is semi-sentient, relying on heart wishes and desires to know how to shape its many landscapes. For readers who take the time to read and understand the nature of this world, there is a great deal they will find to like. There are more characters in this novel, but they seem to blend in to the preexisting cast quite well.

A few minor hitches and childish family banter might be a bit of a turnoff, but this truly is fascinating. This will appeal more to those who enjoy romance, but other fantasy fans are likely to enjoy this novel, as well.

Bishop's imaginary world of Ephemera is full of beauty and horror. With a few touches of needed humor, she presents an adventure unlike any you have ever experienced.

I highly recommend reading SEBASTIAN first. Sebastian (Ephemera)

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

04/02/2007

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4 stars 15. März 2007
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The Eater of Worlds is on the verge of being unleashed and drowning Ephemera in a soul killing darkness. The only ones who can stop him and reclaim their world for the Light are a trio of beings united in love; Glorianna Belladonna, the most powerful of all Landscapers who has cut herself off from her own kind, Michael the Magician who loves her, and his sister, Caitlin Marie, who has her own gifts. Meeting Glorianna and her incubus brother, Sebastian, opens a new perspective on the world to Michael. He discovers that he did not know half as much as he believed about even the most basic things. One of them must face the darkness head on if they are to achieve victory.

**** I'm sure that those who have read Book I in the series will find the action a bit easier to follow. Yet, despite the lack of information, the poetry built into the prose reaches out and grabs you. Ms. Bishop has a gift of language and creating beauty with her words that is easy to appreciate. The world is peopled with interesting characters who make the plot flow rapidly. ****
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Belladonna, not the typical Anne Bishop writing 6. April 2008
Von A. M. McGaughey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From other reviews you can easily get the basic concept of the plot so I'm not going to repeat the plot summary here. Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors and, in my opinion, one of her greatest strengths is making her characters 'real'. The heroes have flaws that only make the characters more believable.

Unfortunately the Ephemera duology does not live up to Ms. Bishop's usual standard. The banter between family members was often too immature for their ages. I have to admit to similar banter, but we grew out of it well before we reached the ages of the main characters in Belladonna. It was initially somewhat amusing, but quickly became a bit annoying. This seemed to sum up many aspects of 'Belladonna'. A good concepts were either never fully developed or fell flat.

So how do I rate a book like 'Belladonna'? I had to think - if this was not an 'Anne Bishop' book would I have liked it? Yes, I think I would have. The universe was interesting and although it seems to have confused some, I didn't have this particular problem. If this book had been from another author, I would have suggested improvement and felt that reading other books by the same author would be well worth my time. I would have wanted to see a book of short stories to tie up some of the loose ends that weren't covered in the main plot. As a book by Anne Bishop, I was disappointed because she is not a new author and I expected better. I would have rated this book as a 3.5 given more freedom. It was better than average - but not much.
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Very cool world-building. Story is a bit talky and starts slow 12. Juni 2007
Von booksforabuck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Generations before, the true world was torn into pieces in an attempt to isolate and weaken The Eater of the World, a mysterious entity who creeps into people's minds, whispers their darkest nightmares, and gradually blots out their existance--sometimes not so gradually. The landscapers who split the world are mostly gone now and those who remain fear Glorianna Belladonna and others with the power to confront the Eater. Belladonna has largely reconciled herself to never knowing love--largely but not completely.

Michael is a magician, a luck-giver for good or for ill. He makes his rounds, traveling through the world, singing his songs and playing his flute, trying to bring balance wherever he goes. But the Eater is whispering and a man who travels, who seems to have no connection, who has odd powers, is the perfect victim of the secret fears the Eater can plant. When Michael has a chance to find Belladonna, to connect with someone who won't find his magic frightening but rather empowering and even sexy, he can't resist. What he doesn't know is that this may just be what the Eater is waiting for.

Author Anne Bishop creates a wonderful universe in her Ephemera series. The concept of thousands of miniworlds, connected by the magic of bridges which sometimes take the person who walks them to a completely different place works well, as does Bishop's extended metaphor of gardening, with the landscapers literally controlling their sections of the broken world through a linkage to their gardens.

Bishop delivers a pretty good book but it doesn't quite live up to the promise of the universe she's created. The opening of the book, with Glorianna unhappy and wanting to be accepted by the landscapers, with Michael unhappy and not knowing what to do, with Michael's sister unhappy and bitter, with Merrill unhappy and trying to create a perfect world--yes, these are interesting characters but for the most part sitting around being unhappy isn't the most compelling story-telling. BELLADONNA could have done with a few more twists and turns in plot and a few less conversations abou the (admittedly fascinating) way the world of Ephemera works.

More so than in SEBASTIAN, the earlier novel in this series (see our review), Bishop does integrate the romance with the plot. Still, it would have been nice to see more about what makes these two people right for one another. It seemed to me that Bishop relies a bit too much on magic.

So, BELLADONNA has some flaws. Still, Bishop can string together a story. Some of her sketches--of the Eater entering people's minds, for example--are powerful stuff. Glorianna's plan to defeat the Eater is highly emotional and definitely gripping. And the world of Ephemera--or rather the countless miniworlds of Ephemera--is endlessly fascinating.
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Not perfect, but was a great read to earn the 5 stars 3. Mai 2007
Von Andrea Maniaci Hart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I couldn't put this book down. I'm not going to say it's perfect but it certainly is a worthwhile read. I'm not going to get into the plot since many others already have and really, it's worth reading.

One of the things I've found interesting with Anne Bishop (as was very clearly seen in the Black Jewels Trilogy) is that she's good at giving you the information you need and not filling page after page with extra history the reader may or may not care about. She spends more time on the story and characters itself and giving you the history you need to know to make sense of what's happening. Sure, I would have liked more information on certain parts of this series and the Black Jewels Trilogy, but it's not needed exactly.

Pros:

- Kept my interest the whole way through and I could barely put it down and wouldn't have if it weren't for work.

- Character interaction is always a pleasure, though sometimes it can be a bit repetitive or silly but not often.

- Beautiful imagery throughout the entire story. Anne Bishop paints lovely pictures with her words and has always given me enough information to form my own pictures but stay within her vision. That's one of the things I love so much about her writing... how vivid it is.

Cons:

- Some parts I feel could have really been fleshed out more to bring the reader in more and give the reader more understanding. Some events seemed to loose their significance because of how they were mostly glossed over.

- In the first book, we really got to know Sebastian and in this one we got to know Belladonna and Michael more closely. Since Glorianna wasn't as focused of a character in the first book, we didn't really get to know her until this book and I didn't feel like I connected with her as much.

And no, come the end of the book, Lynnea wasn't pregnant though it was mentioned that they were working on it. I think it was mentioned before as more a way to scare the daylights out of Sebastian and keep him on his toes.
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