• Sebastian

  • Ephemera, Book 1
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (408 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Long ago, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of magical lands - connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go.

In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But 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. And an even more devastating destiny awaits him, for an ancient evil is stirring - and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall.

©2007 Anne Bishop (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

“Bishop’s talents lie both in her ability to craft a story filled with intriguing characters and in her flair for smoldering sensuality that recommends her to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Anne Rice. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal, starred review)
 

“[Anne Bishop’s] worlds are so fully realized and three-dimensional, they jump right off the pages...Exotic, original, sensual, there’s nothing here I didn’t love. I can’t recommend this author and her newest novel highly enough.” (Fresh Fiction)

"[A] page-turner...[An] impressively unclichéd battle between light and dark...Pure originality and lyrical prose...will delight fantasy readers.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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beautiful world

If you like alternative world-style fantasy, then this is a decent book.

There were some pretty silly and humorous moments in the beginning part of the books, because the writer mainly couldn't decide if she was going for romance or fantasy. In the end, she tipped over to fantasy and focused on the world rather than the characters.

You would think that it would be a rather risque book having an incubus as the main character, but the romance were barely PG, so if you are looking for something a little more racey, this book won't deliver that for you.

I was torn between a 3 and a 4 rating. I would give it a 3.5 if I could. I would give it a 4 for the world she created but a 3 on character development. In the end, I really wanted to like Sebastian but wound up not caring what happened to him in the end. His lover was not likeable at all. Belladonna outshown the main characters which leads me to believe the second book might be better.

Holter Graham does a great job narrating the book - as always.

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More than an Ephemera

I usually listen to audiobooks at work. There are very few that I want to continue listening to until I finish once I clock out. I knew very early that Ephemera would be one of the books that kept me up all night.

I really enjoyed this story. I absolutely love the world/world building, and Sebastian's analogy of it to puzzle pieces. Sebastian was an interesting character with internal and external struggles, but even at his bleakest moments he remained true to his heart. Which is a big part of the story. The girl, whose name I can't spell (bad part about listening to a story), started very meek and I would have liked for her to remain that way a bit longer while Sebastian got to know her better, I like that she grew strength and courage while still maintaining that innocence she started with. The best part of this story had to be Belladonna. How Bishop builds her story and slowly reviews her character was what kept me listening to this story. I wanted more Belladonna scenes. Looking forward to her story.

Overall, Ephemera is a story I will also buy in paperback to read over and over.

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amazing as expected

Anne Bishop explores what's in the heart and asks the questions of what your heart truly desires and deserves. Loved the characters and a truly unique world creation.

The narrator has amazing conversation skills and a great range for each character, but gets really staccato and over emphasizes in high action or moderately tense scenes.

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amazing!! i want more!

i loved this book. it was hard to follow at first but i wrote down all the characters names and the locations they mentioned so i could get a sense of ephemera and it's inhabitants.

the message was so incredibly poignant for the times we love in. don't let the doubt, darkness and fear creep into your heart!
love Holter Graham and wish he was reading book 2.

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Great story and fantastic Narrator

It's been a long time since I've heard such an excellent story read so perfectly.

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One of my favorite authors

No matter how many times I've listened/read her books, they are still fresh and entertaining

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I wasn't sure at first.

I ❤️ it. I just finished Written in Red series, and wanted more saw this and said why not, at first I was like no not my cup of tea, then the creatures started to appear and I was hooded. fell in 💜, with Sébastien and I hope he is in the rest of the series, I can't wait to start book 2.

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Such a good book

This was one of my favorite books when it first came out and Holter Graham does a really good performance in the audio book.

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love Bishop

Great world building... very complex especially ( for me) while listening to Audible. Enjoyed the characters and the story line. I know a book is good when I think about it and the characters when I am not reading it.

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Again, She did it!

I have become a hugs fan of Ann Bishop's books. I'm always left wanting more. Which I believe there are more and I will partake. The build up is so good. The character are well thought out. The ending is exactly what I wanted for all the characters. Overall, AMAZING!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-28-19

Beautifully written darker epic fantasy romance

There are already some great reviews for this fantastic book, this is just to let other U.K. fans know that the whole series has at last come to Audible U.K. Many other books by this author are now available too, so fans might want to grab them.

If you don't know this author I would emphasis that despite what you might expect from the premise, Anne Bishop writes romantic epic fantasy with hints of horror and lots of folk law/mythology and imagination. I would personally have put this series in the fantasy category because it is not typical of the stories Audible usually puts in chick lit and romance and the fantasy plot is equally as strong as the romantic one.

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  • Christina Schneider
  • 03-12-20

just utterly dreadful

badly written, no recognisable story, lazy in terms of creating the world it's set in - just absolutely awful.

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