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Harbinger (A Book of the Order)

Harbinger (A Book of the Order) [Kindle Edition]

Philippa Ballantine
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The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.

Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425256553
  • Publisher: Ace (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end 16 Jan 2014
By Watchya
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read this series from the start, I really can't understand why it's not higher in the charts. It's fantasy with a beating heart at its centre, and ultimately a celebration of life.

Th plot is more laboured than before, at least at the start. It took me a while to remember all the characters (a synopsis would have been handy!) But once I got going it moved at a great pace to its denouement.

The end was worth the beginning. I hope this is a world that Phillippa returns to ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wow that was dull 6 Jan 2014
By Dazzo
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Competently written just with nothing to say, I lost interest in the middle and skipped through to the end. It had none of the previous books edge and uniqueness, simply a good measure of bland. A by the numbers story that didn't require an entire book to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bunch! 23 Aug 2013
By Beth Case - Published on
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I've enjoyed all of the Book of the Order books, but this one is by far my favorite! All of the threads come together and wrap up so nicely, and the resolution is bittersweet but believable. I'm sad that this is the end of my journey with these characters -- I think I need to start over at the beginning. Seeing earlier adventures through the knowledge learned in the last book will give the books a whole new level of meaning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harbinger, the last of Book of the Order. 15 Aug 2013
By Manga-Blondie - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've followed this series since the beginning, the first book Geist, and it's just been an amazing ride. The story itself is vivid and refreshingly original, making it a great fantasy.
This last book followed suit along with the prior books of the series, it's a wonderful adventure. Overall it was a great novel and end to the series, there were some things I would have liked to be different but honestly I was expecting a rocks-fall everybody dies ending, so luckily that wasn't how it was lol. So I was happy with the ending with how things went down in the story.

Spoiler time:
I would have liked at least these two things to be different:

I would have loved for Sorcha to keep her Active powers
And when the Rossin got separated from Read -> too bad he couldn't contain his geist lord abilities.
Never-the-less though I'm happy with the ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Harbinger 4.5 stars, A 10 Aug 2013
By Jen Twimom - Published on
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My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
Review originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy of book provided by publisher.

Harbinger is the fourth and final installment of the marvelous Books of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine. Although one could probably get away reading it solo, I do not recommend it. Ms. Ballantine has created an immensely rich fantasy world with stories that build from book to book, and it is best read from beginning to end. Harbinger truly is the climatic culmination of every moment and event from the previous three books - and a fantastic one at that!

The story opens not long after the dramatic conclusion of Wrayth, with the Order of the Eye and the Fist is ruins, the broken Emperor of Arkaym, Kaleva, set on revenge, and our favorite heroes (Sorcha, Merrick and Raed - along with the Rossin) on the run, recovering from the destruction brought about by Derodak. With so much of the world in disarray, the barrier between Arkaym and the Otherside grows incredibly thin, bringing all sorts of terror down of the citizens of the Empire. The trio work to start a new order and defeat Derodak before he breaks the barrier completely, letting through every geist, spirit and other nasty into the world of the living.

Once again, Ms. Ballantine has developed a unique story that gels into the overall story arc from the Books of the Order. She shares all of the secrets, answers many of the questions, and gives finality to a story that has spanned four books. What makes this such a wonderful fantasy is the author's ability to spin a fantastical tale that is smart and enjoyable. The details are sublime, and the continuing mythology is engrossing.

The thing I love most about these books, which holds true in Harbinger, are the relationships and dynamics between the main characters. What started out as rigid and rough has transformed over time into a beautiful yet necessary symbiosis. Unfortunately for the characters, as the world draws to an end, their bonds are stretched and strained under the weight of individual growth as each comes into his/her own powers. Watching each deal with the changes and loss of the closeness of the bonds was heart-wrenching. Each must makes choices necessary for the good of the people, giving the story added suspense and drama.

Overall a wonderful story and fantastic ending to this complex and engrossing series. I have come to enjoy the trio along with the Rossin, and what occurs during Harbinger is a perfect ending for this series. Prophetic in nature and grandiose in scale, Harbinger takes the group we've come to care about and puts them through the ultimate tests in a battle for Arkaym. The story was completely riveting - much along the scale as the earlier three books. On its own merits, it is a worthy tale full of excitement and action. However, as the crowning jewel of an epic tale, it is extremely successful.

Each of the characters evolve into more - into what is needed to survive, yet it's organic and not contrived. The ending battle was epic, but not overdone. The goodbyes were sad, but I was left with hope for the future. The Books of the Order series is a must read for fans of fantasy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ending to an exciting series 15 Sep 2014
By heather - Published on
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Harbinger is an exciting conclusion to the Book of the Order series. The books are information dense and action packed. The rest of the series needs to be read in order to enjoy this final novel. Philippa Ballentine does an excellent job creating an imaginary world where deacons and geists battle for control over the land and the bridging of the world to the Otherside.

Where earlier books left cliff hangers, Harbinger provides answers. Sorcha Faris, Merrick Champers, The Pretender Read, The Rossin, Princess Zofia, and the others comes together in this exciting novel. With the order in chaos and the world closer to ruin as the summoning of the Maker of the Ways draws closer, friend and foe alike will need to team up into some powerful and unusual alliances against even greater threats to both humanity and their own existence.

This novel excels in developing the characters in even richer and more fulfilling ways. One of the beauties of this work is how the characters grow and develop over time. They are never stagnant and stay true to their nature across novels.

The plot is exciting. Ballantine is an excellent story teller and this novel was the perfect ending to a great adventure
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 14 July 2014
By Abe D. - Published on
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Good ending to a good series. Wish it was published in hardback as well, though.
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