Series: Ephemera #3
Published by Penguin on March 6th 2012
Number of Pages: 480
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Siblings
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A world of strange and magical landscapes connected only by bridges -- bridges that may transport you where you truly belong, rather than where you wish to go.
When wizards threaten Glorianna Belladonna and her work to keep Ephemera balanced, 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.
But a darkness is spreading through Vision, perplexing the Shamans who protect it -- and Lee is the only one who can shed any light on its mysteries...
“The world has been given a new toy, and you and I are in charge of supervising playtime.”
I love the idea of a sentient world, and having it act like a “wild child”. Trying to beg for treats and playtime from it’s ‘mother’ and ‘uncle’. There was a lot more of the world as a character in this book than there was in the prior 2. I kept wanting to call it ‘her’, even though the world has no actual gender. Just because of how it was described in the book. It reminded me of a slightly willful, mischievous 3-4 year old girl, trying to get her way and wrap the adults around her little finger.
This book was supposed to center around Lee, and it did. There were a number of other characters who also ended up center stage however. I quite liked Danyal, who is a Shaman in Vision. I liked the way he thought about, and cared for the people in the asylum. It didn’t surprise me at all, what he did after the attack there, and I thought it fit with his personality well.
As for the Tryad, while I liked Zhahar, she was not my favorite of the three. I’m guessing that as the love interest, she was meant to be the more liked/sympathetic/whatever personality of the three sisters. But I really liked Sholeh the best. She was sweet and innocent, and so curious about everything around her.
Glorianna Belladonna and Sebastian have always been my favorite characters in this series. So I was happy they were in this book as much as they were. Even changed as she was from the events in the prior books, I still love her. And the way she was described as having two aspects now, worked well. As did the switching between. Sebastian has changed since his book, but that’s to be expected as he is married and expecting a baby now. He was still recognizably himself, just a slightly older less wild version.
I would highly recommend this series to pretty much everyone. It has interesting twists and turns, as well as a world that is different from most I have read about. In this world, what you feel in your heart shapes things. You can break off your town from the one next to it, or even split your town in two that can never reach each other again, just by willing it so with all your heart.
My only complaint was the fact that there was no real resolution between Lee and Zhahar. You are left hanging and wondering on the last page of the book. Which isn’t normal at all for this author, so I’m hoping there will soon be a book 4 that helps wrap things up. Or at least lets us glimpse their lives again and find out the answers to our questions.