Geist (A Book of the Order) by Philippa Ballantine
Exciting and exhilarating, Philippa Ballantine presents a powerful and vivid story, both dark and beautiful in her novel Geist (A Book of the Order). Deacon Sorcha Faris, with the fiery and powerful power of Active, is teamed up into a new Bond with the tranquility and sight of the Sensitive, Deacon Merrick Chambers; part of the Order, protector of the Emperor and guardian against the spiritual beings called Geist of the Otherside. Together they are sent to the a village under violent and dark attacks of geists, along with the Pretender to the throne Raed Rossin, who carries a mighty curse within in; a beast of the Otherside. But, at this isolated village the trio soon discover that there is more dark dealings going on; something big is about to happen which could change everything they knew of their powers and destroy their world.
Thrilling is its story, which bears all the excitement of adventure and passion. Magical and captivating are its character, who bear a lot of power and emotions that are intricately brought before the readers. And the plot is coiled and woven with mastery, that you won’t be able to tear your eyes from its pages. Geist is predatory. Once it has its claws upon you you become fixated.
I can’t wait to see what its sequel has in story. Beautifully written, as well as being vivid in its imagery, Geist is a must read.
It’s been a while since I read an adult fantasy, so I’m sinking into Geist. Look at this amazing cover!
Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geists…
Among the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers. They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity. With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.
But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.
And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?
I started this book a couple of months ago and initially found myself a bit overwhelmed and not connecting with the characters and I wandered away from the book entirely. I don’t know why I peeked at it again this week (bored and really wanting some fiction to read most likely), but when I did, I pushed myself through the chapter I had been on and suddenly found myself VERY engaged. The is a very rich fantasy world with a complex background and complex characters, and the end left me really wanting to know what comes next. The romance is a bit contrived and doesn’t make my heart race, but the rich fantasy aspects of the story more than make up for it. I love the heroine, LOVE her young but determined partner, and the love interest / Pretender isn’t your typical “me Tarzan, I save Jane” hunk, which I really like.
Good book. Planning on reading the next in the series.