February 2006


Cover art by Larry Rostant
Cover design by Ray Lundgren

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.

From the Front Flap:

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.

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Praise for award–winning author Anne Bishop:

“Rich and fascinatingly different dark fantasy.” –Locus

“A terrific writer...the more I read, the more excited I became because of the freshness of [her] take on the usual high fantasy setting, the assurance of [her] language, all the lovely touches of characterization that [she slips] in so effortlessly.” –Charles de Lint

“Lavishly sensual...a richly detailed world.” –Library Journal

“Vividly painted...dramatic, erotic, hope–filled.” –Lynn Flewelling

“A darkly fascinating world...Vivid and sympathetic characters...lavish and sensuous descriptions, and interesting world building...Many compelling and beautifully realized elements. A terrific read.” –SF Site

“Intense...erotic, violent, and imaginative. This one is white–hot.” –Nancy Kress

“Mystical, sensual, glittering with dark magic.” –Terri Windling, co–editor of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

“[Anne Bishop's] poignant storytelling skills are surpassed only by her flair for the dramatic and her deft characterization...a talented author.” –Affaire de Coeur


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