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- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 6, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HI3DVG
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I did enjoy this book. I love the wild child, the manifestations of the hearts' desires of the people of Ephemera and what that means and how it takes a turn for the very dark.
Finally, we get Lee's story. Sorta. I'll discuss why later, but it's nice to see Lee get his own story where he's not just living on the edge of the action.
We see more of Belladonna and Gloriana and it's great to see how the story continues from her book, where we see how her actions have deeply influenced her and changed her and how it's not something that can just be glossed over. Brilliant.
There is no real resolution of the burning questions of the book. The book essentially ends at a really odd point that just begs for a sequel, which I find extremely irritating because I never saw it coming, and it just might be that there won't be a sequel because Anne has been traipsing around the vital questions for the entire. effing. book without really indicating that it was going to take more than one book to resolve the problem. I feel more than a bit grumpy at how things went down and I'm still reeling from all the questions that came up near the **end** of the book on top of all the ones that everyone has been asking the entire book.
Great premise, great ideas, pretty excellent execution -- but the ending sorta makes me want to throw the book across the room. I was pretty peeved at how she handled the whole Daemon/Janelle thing, but I was willing to give her another chance. If there is more of this weird ending stuff going on, it's going to be bloody frustrating. It seems like Anne knows the answers and is operating from a standpoint where it makes perfect sense to her, but isn't sharing.
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.
At the end of the book Ms. Bishop includes a short story called “The Voice.” It takes place before the events of the novel, giving some background on one of the side characters (Kobrah). It’s a tale of what one village does in order to keep its people happy: they force all of their sorrows onto one mute woman whose life is horrific. The main character, a young woman named Nalah, becomes determined to save her. She also plans on saving herself and a couple of her friends from the village, but Kobrah’s abusive husband gets in the way. I shed more than a few tears over this one; if I had to separate the ratings for the novel and the short story I’d give the novel a 4 and the short story a full 5!
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Magic and deamons, but even if you don't like them, it is about the characters themselves. I highly suggest this series!