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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing addition to series, March 26, 2012
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This review is from: Bridge of Dreams (Ephemera) (Kindle Edition)
It was kind of inevitable that the third book in this series would be about Lee. The two prior entries singled out specific main characters in this world. While a great way to develop a series and keep adding more and richer layers, not all characters, main or supporting, deserve to have their own book.

Lee feels disconnected from his sister Glorianna Belladonna after her return from the cage she built for the Eater of the World. He resents that he wasn't the one to save her, and also wonders what her time in that cage has done to her. Sebastian, being of both Light and Dark himself, has a much easier time connecting to her. This further upsets Lee, and the discord he feels in his mind and heart begins to affect his bridges and connections. He chooses to leave to get away from Belladonna (her Dark side - Glorianna is her Light side). This latest novel from Ms. Bishop is a rather bland account of Lee's travels and trials to find himself again.

I was really disappointed that so little about Ephemera was revealed in this book. With the first two in the series, the worlds created were much richer, as were the characters. Bridge of Dreams read like an assignment for English class, as if much of it was forced because Ms. Bishop knew she had to write Lee's story and was totally uninspired. I have to admit that Lee was a rather boring character for me in the first two books, so I hoped that his story could be made more interesting by adding in more about Ephemera, why its cognizant, how to heal the fractured worlds back into one again, etc. Other than introducing new characters with the Shamans, it was as if the author really struggled to find something - anything - interesting to write about Lee. It was a major struggle to keep my attention on the page, especially since the character's path is so cliched. After just a few chapters, it's quite obvious the arc the story will take and what will happen by the last couple of chapters.

If there are more entries into the Ephemera series, I hope that the author delves into the past so readers can learn more about why things are they way they are, more about Glorianna's family history, is it possible to reunify all the pieces of Ephemera without bridges, etc. It would be sad to see such a promising series ended with this book.
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