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Belladonna (Ephemera #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  6,247 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
In Sebastian, national bestselling and award-winning author Anne Bishop introduced a stunning new realm, a world of strange and magical landscapes connected only by bridges - bridges that may transport you where you truly belong, rather than where you wished to go. But only the magic of the Landscapers can protect this world from the entity determined to enshroud it in dar ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 436 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Roc (first published March 1st 2007)
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Angie
May 10, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
This book is all about discovering your strengths and who you are and who you are meant to be. Belladonna has always known she is the only one who can take on the Eater of the World. She is the only Guide of the Heart and Landscaper with the power and the connection to Ephemera to take It out of the world and stop it from destroying the Light. She thought when the Eater destroyed the Landscapers school (in book 1--Sebastian) that she was the only Landscaper left holding Ephemera together, but ...more
VMom
Dec 16, 2009 VMom rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this less than the first book. My main complaint is that the Eater of the World hardly seems a worthy world menace. It may also be that Gloriana/Belladonna and Michael are less empathetic main characters than Sebastian. The whole book felt a bit too cozy and family-type (wholesome?) than one would expect from the premise. The one part where it turns dark is over fairly quickly.
Rosana Maia
Mar 16, 2015 Rosana Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
Para quem não sabe, “Belladonna” é o segundo volume que compõe a trilogia Efémera. Depois de ler “Sebastian”, Anne Bishop não desilude. Dei por mim a dizer novamente “Adoro ler fantasia” e só por isso já valeu a pena! A capacidade de certos autores de transmitir a realidade através de um mundo diferente, irreal, é algo que admiro de uma maneira única.

Também há outro motivo que automaticamente me faz apreciar a leitura desta obra: o facto de se desenrolar em torno do que é o coração humano. Assim
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Célia
Belladonna é a continuação e conclusão da história iniciada em Sebastian. Voltamos a encontrar mais um dos mundos originais inventado por Anne Bishop, desta vez um composto por diferentes paisagens, ligadas entre elas por pontes, que são mantidas em equilíbrio por Paisagistas e que respondem aos seus desejos e emoções.

Estava com bastante expectativa em relação a este livro, em especial porque a sua protagonista tinha sido uma das minhas personagens preferidas do livro anterior e tinha muita curi
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Sense361
Sep 29, 2010 Sense361 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Althogh the story started slow (in the beginning of Sebastian book), it continued into a great story. Anne Bishop has this gift of wordplay, some phrases get stuck with you for a long time in a good way. It is true that all characters have a hard childhood, but that only helps in bilding a strong personality.
J'aime
Aug 08, 2011 J'aime rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
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 t
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Alice
Nov 27, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talvez esta não seja a opinião da maioria dos leitores mas devo confessar que, apesar de muito me ter agradado este segundo e último volume da duologia Efémera, Sebastian está muito melhor conseguido. Isto porque tive a perfeita sensação de que no primeiro volume a autora consegue criar e manter de forma mais eficaz o clima de mistério que nos mantém agarrados ao livro. Ainda assim, esta nova incursão a Efémera não desilude e o desenlace da narrativa deixa o leitor satisfeito.

Os personagens do v
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Solange Dias
May 13, 2009 Solange Dias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Mais um livro que se pudesse dar o 0,5, daria 3,5. Desta vez a decisão pendeu para cima...
O que mais gostei neste livro é o Mundo criado por Bishop. Gostei muito da ideia/conceito paisagens, como funcionam,....
Penso que este é o seu ponto forte (pelo menos para mim) .... os mundos que cria.
No entanto, as personagens já não me cativam tanto. O "mau" - o devorador do mundo - que tem uma concepção que poderia causar muitos estragos e ser uma personagem realmente temível (porque a ideia está lá toda
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Cherry Mischievous
Fast-paced page-turner. The storytelling quality is very compelling, a 5 out of 5. Anne Bishop is one of those rare story tellers who draws you away and run away with you that you forget the time. You forget to eat. She draws a reader in so deeply that you can feel and hear the vibration as the demon motorcycles go by... World building is incredible, a 4.5 out of 5. I imagined that it would be difficult to convince readers to believe in a world of shifting geography. I scoffed when I first ...more
Amethyst Shadow
Jul 12, 2010 Amethyst Shadow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Cross over into a different World. Visit the Den of Iniquity and ride a demon cycle. Meet new and interesting people... including your True Love. Learn about what you were born to be. This is Belladonna's World... where she must fight The Eater of the World to save the people of the World. Live this journey with and through Michael. Take Belladonna's hand... then you only need to take one step...
a_tiffyfit
Apr 03, 2012 a_tiffyfit rated it liked it
Shelves: re-readable
I don't know why this, along with Sebastian got such shoddy reviews from other Bishop readers. Okay, okay, okay...so it wasn't as in depth, rich, and vibrant as her Black Jewels Trilogy or the Tir Alainn trilogy! But...it was enjoyable and you have to admit she sucks you into the world of the characters quite quickly.

I found these two books quick to read, sucked me in, and wondering what it would be like to be a Landscaper or a Bridge...
Nicole
Dec 04, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I guess I'm a sucker for escapist cheese. It kept moving, I found many of the characters interesting, and I enjoyed it all. I was disappointed at how a couple of character threads were dropped, but in general, this lacked the usual Bishop flaw of the evil characters being eeeeeevil just because they don't have a nice bone in their bodies.
Philana Walker
I actually enjoyed the first book more. The story was a little flat for me, mainly because the story didn't seem to go anywhere. And I really like Ann Bishop, too so it makes me all the more sad.
Katie
Aug 22, 2016 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
bad. characters are flat and story didnt move well. gave up.
mlady_rebecca
Not my normal review format. Pulling the LJ entry I made for this, long before I joined Goodreads.

Combined review of both "Sebastian" and "Belladonna".

Interesting enough, I just finished a book, or rather series of two books that had water horses in it. Only they were demons who looked like horses. If you went for a ride on them, they would drag you into the closest body of water and hold you under till you drowned. Nice, huh? Can't say they were absolute "bad guys", cause these were books by A
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Lindsey
Jul 29, 2010 Lindsey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Barb Lie
Mar 10, 2012 Barb Lie rated it really liked it
I finished Belladonna, the second book of the Ephemera series today. I really enjoyed reading the book. There were a lot of great parts, fun parts, and the bad stuff was more distant then in the first book. Belladonna kept my interest throughout the book and the last half I had a hard time putting it down.

I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between the main characters (family & friends), such as Nadia, Sebastian, Lynnea, Yoshani, Teaser, Caitlan, Bridget. The main characters in this book
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Accio Reviews
Aug 25, 2011 Accio Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando acabei de ler o "Sebastian", o livro anterior a este, achei que tinha acabado de uma forma suficientemente boa para não necessitar de uma continuação (embora raramente alguém se queixe de ter Anne Bishop para ler), por isso acabei por adiar de certa forma a leitura deste, devido à minha falta de curiosidade. Mas passados alguns capítulos já estava envolvida na história novamente!

Aquilo de que mais gostei neste livro foi o facto de podermos conhecer outras partes de Efémera, o mundo formad
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Waldtochter
Feb 08, 2010 Waldtochter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bishop's other books looking for a nostalgic read.
Recommended to Waldtochter by: Sebastian by Anne Bishop
Shelves: fantasy
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Danellia
Oct 17, 2011 Danellia rated it liked it
The book was fun. I wasn't as thrilled with it as I was with Sebastian but as a disclaimer that may have been that I had less time to devote to reading it then I did with Sebastian but nor did I feel as drawn to clear my schedule just to read as I did with Sebastian.

It was a nice return to the character base that was established in the first book but I felt like the new characters were much more two dimensional then the ones that had been presented to us previously. I also found it personally g
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Mortalform
Ephemra is a fascinating and original land where one must be very careful what they wish for.

Highly recommend reading the first book in the series (Sebastian) for greater clarity. Many highly significant events are mentioned that occurred in that first book, plus it would offer more understanding into the character's relationships.

Mostly one liners here:

"It would snuff out the Light in each heart, and this place would change, would fester, and the people would curse and wail at a world turned h
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Heather
May 27, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Glorianna and Michael make a wonderful romantic team-up. They’re both strong and stubborn, but Michael’s relaxed nature makes a great complement to Belladonna’s more intense emotions.

Michael is a great way to show how not all Landscapers are the same, and not all of them even necessarily know what it is they’re doing. It’s a nice contrast to the school for Landscapers in Sebastian. Belladonna also does I think the best job I’ve ever seen of explaining why it is that ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ need each
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Cayleigh
Jan 04, 2014 Cayleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
The second book in the series follows Glorianna Belladonna after the events of Sebastian, she is feeling some landscapes trying to come into her garden and she is trying to figure out if it is safe to put them there or if she does so will the Eater of the World find a way into her Garden and destroy Ephemera completely? Glorianna is a Landscaper, one of the most powerful ever. Landscapers cultivate the currents of light and dark in different landscapes. Basically they keep these pieces of the ...more
Rita
May 24, 2011 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Um aspecto muito positivo neste livro é que, Anne Bishop vai-nos lembrando ao longo da história de certos acontecimentos e personagens de Sebastian, que já estariam esquecidos, evitando assim uma certa confusão no leitor ao longo da sua leitura.

Somos presenteados uma vez mais com o humor de certas personagens como o Provocador, que faz jus ao seu nome, e com certas situações como as discussões entre irmãos e alguns mal entendidos. Também nos podemos deliciar com aquelas típicas expressões a que
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Jen
May 08, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
The landscapes of Ephemera are falling to the Eater of the World. It's causing discord and tainting everything with doubts and fears. The dark emotions of the people of Ephemera are slowly overtaking the light. Glorianna Belladonna is the only one who has the ability to stop the Eater from destroying everything. For years, Belladonna has dreamed of a fantasy lover, when she meets Michael, they discover that he holds the key to unlocking the secret of stopping the Eater and only by giving up ...more
Liliana Pinto
Neste livro encontramos Glorianna Belladonna um pouco mais humana e "tocável".Deixa de ser aquela pessoa que aparece fugazmente para uma pessoa a quem acompanhamos os pensamentos, as emoções e os medos. Quando Belladonna conhece Michael o seu coração inflama completamente. Só que Michael ainda tem de correr muito para conseguir o seu amor!

Gostei muito de rever o Sebastian (se bem que não bastou para matar saudades), que continua mordaz e protector. E foi uma das únicas coisas boas do livro.

Pens
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Mónica Silva
Feb 07, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neste volume regressamos ao tipicamente fantástico worldbuilding característico de Anne Bishop. Ainda mais aprofundado e complexo que no volume anterior, o Mundo Efémera estende-se aqui para além das paisagens demonstradas previamente. Assim, a autora dá-nos a conhecer novas partes deste mundo e novas personagens únicas e complementares ao enredo.

Aguardava com bastante expectativa esta obra, na medida em que a protagonista tinha sido a minh
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La-Plume
Aug 24, 2014 La-Plume rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
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 ...more
Victoria
Aug 17, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Well, I enjoyed this sequel to Sebastian - again, Bishop displays her consistently wonderful writing. Although the sensuality here has been toned down from her other novels.
My only real problem with this book is that it’s the same story as the Black Jewels trilogy. Well, with less interesting characters, unfortunately. The conflict is a little different from the other series, but the resolution is exactly the same. Which worked so well the first time I read it in the Black Jewels trilogy, but a
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Caroline
Dec 17, 2009 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2007
I feel really bad about this rating... I absolutely love Anne Bishop, but this one was just pretty sad all around. It seemed like she spent too much time having her characters chat sarcastically rather than furthering the plot, and what little did happen wasn't anywhere near as interesting as the Anne Bishop I'm used to.

The ending was interesting enough, but the vast majority of the book I found to be fairly boring and concentrated way too much on explaining the magic over and over again (I unde
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Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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“Life journeys. On the way, you are influenced by others, helped by others, harmed by others. Some things happen because you have earned them. And some things happen because cruelty flickers through the dark currents and rises up without warning; causing harm, causing pain, causing tragedies that can devastate one person or and entire village.” 0 likes
“Life journeys. On the way, you are influenced by others, helped by others, harmed by others. Some things happen because you have earned them. And some things happen because cruelty flickers through the dark currents and rises up without warning; causing harm, causing pain, causing tragedies that can devastate one person or an entire village.” 0 likes
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