March 2006/2007
2006 RT Fantasy Novel Nominee

Art by Larry Rostant
Design by Ray Lundgren

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A man's journey to find his humanity.
A woman's journey to find her courage.
An ever-changing world that can be
saved or destroyed by the human heart.


Australia, artist Darren Holt Germany Portugal, artist Larry RostantSebastian, Poland


Her worlds have been described as “vividly painted” (Lynn Flewelling) and “lavishly sensual” (Library Journal). Now, award–winning, bestselling author Anne Bishop invites you into a new realm, one that is ever–changing, caught between the Light and Dark forces of the heart...

“Let your heart travel lightly. Because what you bring with you becomes part of the landscape.”

Long ago, to stop the onslaught of the Eater of the World, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of strange and magical lands connected only by bridges—which may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go.

Now, with the Eater contained and virtually forgotten, the shifting worlds of Ephemera have been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half–incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But then 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.

But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers' school, evil is stirring. The prison of the Eater of the World has weakened—and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall...

Intoxicating, erotic, and intensely romantic, Sebastian is for those who know on which side of the heart—Light or Dark—their passions lie.


"Erotic, fervently romantic, superbly entertaining, Sebastian satisfies."
-- Booklist

"Bishop's talents lie botth 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 Journaal
(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."
-- FreshFiction

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

"I enjoyed every page of the book from beginning to end and absolutely love the characters that inhabit it."
--Romance Reviews Today

"Highly recommended...Glorianna is a fantastic presence, a nascent goddess."

"A wonderful book to get lost in."
--Romance Junkies


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