Ephemera, No 3
March 2012 / ISBN: 978-0451463814
by Jan Fields
a living world that responds to the heart wishes of everyone who
lives there -- both light and dark wishes. This has made Ephemera
a fragmented place where parts of the world exist only for those
whose personal light or darkness resonate with it. Those who are
most in tune with Ephemera struggle to keep the world in balance.
This struggle has required incredible sacrifice from the characters
by the opening of this third book.
Lee (who builds
bridges between pieces of Ephemera) is attacked by evil magicians
and ends up in the city of Vision -- a city his friends and family
don't even know exist. In Vision, Shamen are trying to help the
city find its own balance, but the landscape is darkening quickly
and the Shamen are not certain why. Lee is part of the answer for
the city of Vision, but they are part of the answer for Lee as well.
world of Ephemera is a fascinating place and unlike anything I've
seen before in fantasy. The sometimes playful responses of Ephemera
to the dreams and wishes of its people are easy to underestimate,
until darker sides emerge to terrifying effect. Although the books
ends with few of the conflicts truly resolved, we do come to know
a fascinating new race of people, we see huge changes in Lee and
in the Shaman who befriends him. And we have some fun along the
trip. If you've read none of the other books in this world (as I
hadn't), you do have a few confused moments but not many.
manages to slip new readers in almost seamlessly without excessive
recapping of what came before. It's not a fast-paced book, but the
ideas and the richly textured world are tremendously compelling.
It will leave you thinking about Ephemera long after you close the