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The Voice: An Ephemera Novella (A Penguin Special from Roc) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (February 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071GEUXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on February 20, 2012
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As much as I love the Black Jewels Saga there's something about the Ephemera novels that has always captivated me. I'm so glad Bishop went back to this world.

The story here seems to be a setting for Bishop's new novel which will be a continuation of the Ephemera duology Sebastien and Belladonna but you don't have to have read those to enjoy this story. It's self contained and hardly touches on Ephemera at all. (Though the preview for her next novel at the end does)

The story itself is touching and heart wrenching. True to form Bishop gives us something beautiful but painful. If you had a problem with one of the themes of the Black Jewels there is a couple instances of that sort of violence in this story (just throwing that trigger warning in there) But the main character has a strong moral compass and I adore it.

Bishop has grown as a writer and this novella is a good example of it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loren on April 3, 2012
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This is classic Anne Bishop.
Anne Bishop can touch me like no other author can. She never fails to make me cry (those good heartfelt decent cries) and this novella was no exception. That alone makes it a win in my book.
The Voice is thought provoking and really makes you wonder about people and yourself. It is also the perfect length for the story it tells. I think it was a good choice to be released as a novella in its own right.
I just wish it was also availible in hardcopy. I would love to have it on my shelf with the rest of my Anne Bishop collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Young on May 18, 2012
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Whenever someone is having a rough day, feels sorrow, or is upset, they bake a cake and bring it to the mute orphan girl called "the Voice." As a child, Nalah follows the villagers lead and bakes cakes for the Voice. As she grows older she begins to question this practice, wondering what affect it is having on the Voice.

I typically avoid novellas and short stories, but Anne Bishop is my favorite author, so I couldn't resist. I wasn't disappointed. I love her unique story telling flair and the emotion she puts into her characters. I think this novella works well as a stand-alone story. You do not have to read the Sebastian books to enjoy this novella. Overall, I highly recommend this (and anything else Anne Bishop has written.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2012
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I actually passed this story on to a few friends. It is powerful and worth reading no matter what your tastes are. Has the feel of a fairytale with teeth. I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa M Hess on February 26, 2012
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I have always loved Anne Bishop, especially Ephemera. I find it one of the most original world building ideas I have ever come across. With that said, I was still blown away by the beauty of the writing in The Voice. She manages to pack a lot of emotion and not so easy issues into a short story. It isn't often that I go from pure disgust, to hope, to happiness in one story.

The main character is born into a village with a horrible magic. One that is bred into the townsfolk out of self preservation. It is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a group of people make a pact to look the other way whether it be out of selfishness or out of love for their family.

I feel like my brain got kicked and I am a little stunned. I highly recommend this short story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L on February 9, 2012
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I just want to say that I have read everything this author has written and I love her work but this novella is especially touching.

It helps if you've read the other Ephemera books, but this a stand alone story.

I think its a case of you either 'get it' or you dont.

I get it.

Kudos, Ms Bishop

L
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat Moreau on October 16, 2014
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I'll say I liked the story, and you could probably read it without having read any of the other Ephemera novels. However, a reader should be aware that this is not a particularly happy world - and this is just a short story to explain some background behind some of the secondary characters in the 3rd book. It is a complete book by itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.W. McCabe on March 3, 2012
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There are very few times when I find a story so engrossing, so moving, that it urges me to emotion even after turning the last page. The Voice is one of those stories. I purchased The Voice on Amazon for $2.99 and, even though it was a short read- no longer than hour- it was worth every penny. I would purchase it again.

Anne Bishop's story is set in the world of Ephemera and tells the tale of Nalah and a mysterious figure in her town called The Voice. Nalah grows up in her small, isolated town not completely understanding why every time she has a "Moody Day," she must take a small cake to The Voice who eats it in front of her.

As she grows older, she discovers horrendous acts taken out on The Voice and her heart is moved to the point where she takes a journey to discover answers to the bitter secret her town holds. The answers she finds are the catalyst which pushes her to the brink of making the most important decision of her existence.

This tale is not a story for the weak of heart. Anne Bishop has a knack for tales which weave darkness and light; good and evil. This story brought me to the edge of my seat and beyond.

I highly recommend this story. If I had to buy this story all over again, I would.
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