The sequel to "Ecstasia," written in Block's customary style, resembling the work of the late, great Angela Carter in the second half. Primavera is a girl on the brink of womanhood who can make flowers grow when she sings. She feels torn by an excess of love from her mother, a lack of understanding from her father, and the impossibility of winning the man she desires. She sets out on a journey to Elysia, the cruel, magical city of her parents' youth, but her path does not end there, leading through some unexpectedly dark and exhilirating places. A book not afraid to see the beauty in the grotesque.
I didn't really care for this book. I found the author's style somewhat ethereal, the poetry more annoying than helpful to the flow of the book, and the story somewhat hard to follow at times. If it was any longer than it was, I probably wouldn't have bothered finishing it, but at under 200 pages, I was willing to stick it out.
From the very moment she was born, Primavera's songs made water flow and flowers blossom. She brought new life to the desert where her family lives. But even in Paradise there are dreams that cannot be fulfilled. Primavera is in love with a man who can never be hers--so when a handsome stranger offers her the gift of a horse-headed motorcycle, Primavera leaves home in search of the magical city of Elysia, the city once ruled by her parents' band, Ecstasia. But in Elysia, Primavera discovers that she has left behind everything she truly needs, everyone she truly cares about--and, if the city has its way, she will never find her way back home.