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

Anne Bishop
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

Product Details

  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (February 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071GEUXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Always Good to Go Back February 20, 2012
By Jenna
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Anne Bishop April 3, 2012
By Loren
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My brain is humming from being blindsided by this story 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Short Story February 9, 2012
By L
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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

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Special 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I had to buy this story all over again, I would. March 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving to the point that it broke my brain alittle February 22, 2012
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Wow. This novella reads with all of the delicate emotion that Anne Bishop places in her works but without the subtle humor and gentle playfulness that often softens the blows of the hard truths she tells. This story is all emotion and it's told in a relentless and savagely simple way that comes in gradually, bursting you into tears at the perfect moment to allow you to ride the story to it's end. It's one of the best pieces of writing I've read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Amazing story. I would recommend this short book to anyone. I would even go so far as to say it is a must read. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kyung Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars wish it was in print
I like books in print better than on computers, but i love the ephemera books and wanted to read it. i was not at all disappointed in the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Habina
5.0 out of 5 stars Story was a great tie-in with Ephemera
This story was a great little nugget.

I loved how it showed you what else was going on in the other landscapes and how it tied this story in with the Belladona.
Published 2 months ago by EJSmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Bishop
Brilliant Australian Sci fantasy writer brings us another great read, just a short bridging one this time but still great
Published 3 months ago by June Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story and a wonderful compliment to the series.
I read this all in one night just before bed. I refused to go to bed till I had finished it. The story made me laugh, it made me cry, and it left me smiling at the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SHARALYN DRAKE
5.0 out of 5 stars another fantastic Anne Bishop story.
I owe this novella a review. It made me cry: only great writing can move someone like that. Anne Bishop has become one of my favourite authors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tigger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this world
This world and these characters are intense. Reading the short story has me wanting to grab every story from this world and read them all again!
Published 5 months ago by E. Acosta
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice...Anne Bishop
This short novella addresses the theme of conformity and how it is not always the best course of action. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathryn M. Hart
2.0 out of 5 stars The Voice: An Ephemera Novella
I did not enjoy reading this novella from Anne Bishop. It didn't lend any deeper understanding of the characters or the setting. The main subject was depressing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zen
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass
This story isn't complete. Even though it's a novella, it stops the moment things become good. It's more like the first 5 chapters of a proper novel and then it suddenly ends at... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Good2Go
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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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