In the setting of the splintered world of Ephemera; a place where between one footstep and the next a traveller may find himself in a different landscape which reflects what is in his heart, we again meet all the significant characters found in book one "Sebastian". Yet it is the powerful Glorianna Belladonna who now takes centre stage, keeping Ephemera from manifesting and drowning in the day to day petty desires that are expressed by everyone. Glorianna is isolated, feared by many, deeply loved by just a few and lonely enough to secretly wish for love in a world which can and will answer.
New characters are introduced, some unaware of the powers they wield over Ephemera; including one man who longs for the dark haired woman he dreams about, unaware it is none other than Glorianna he already loves but has yet to meet. His journey, along with his sister and aunt's is soon intertwined with that of Glorianna's and her family and although they unite to battle the Eater of Worlds, it is only Glorianna that can defeat It.
The fractured nature of Ephemera is reflected in the story line, which doesn't make for a straightforward read. If you let your mind wander whilst reading a few pages, you may find yourself backtracking and concentrating a little more to understand what is going on. I did however like the fact central character Glorianna is very like Jaenelle from AB's "Black Jewels Trilogy". Whilst she is isolated, feared and misunderstood by many, she has the support of a few loving (and powerful) family members, plus the reader is made all too aware only Glorianna has the power to face the Eater of Worlds and cage it.
I initially felt that this was a 3 star average read from an author that normally produces 5 star novels. Again "Glorianna" is a complex, original read but lacks the wow factor found in this author's "Realms of the Blood" novels. Yet the ending of "Glorianna" is everything I expect from AB. Drama, heart breaking choices and an interesting insight into the Eater of Worlds character adds up to an absolutely phenomenal ending which definitely warrants an extra star.