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

Philippa Ballantine
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Book Description

Though one of the most powerful Deacons, Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome, which is why she jumps at the chance to investigate a string of murders in the exotic city of Orithal. But it is there that her lover, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, is targeted by a cruel and vengeful goddess, unwittingly unleashed by the Emperor's sister.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0441020518
  • Publisher: Ace (28 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RKXNK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed... 2 Feb. 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as soon as I had finished reading Geist because it was such an interesting premise. An order of deacons who protect the world from the invasion of malevolent spirits, Geists, from elsewhere.
And the first book did not disappoint, the main characters including cigar smoking and experienced Sorcha, trapped in a loveless marriage, and her new young partner Merrick are a wonderful creation.
Add a new love interest for Sorcha, a noble and exiled sea captain with a curse laid upon him that involves metamorphosis into a people killing beast. Throw in airships and and a believable fantasy world and you have the start of potentially exciting series.
The first book introduced these characters and I could hardly wait to move on to the next.
Please don't misunderstand me, I enjoyed the second book and will certainly buy the next one as soon as it arrives but.....
The book does not really move the characters forward very much, they seem to be parachuted in to deal with a threat, complete the task and that's about it. We learn a little more about Merrick and Raed Rossin, but Sorcha seems to have lost her spark, she seems very much on the periphery of the story and it's a shame because I do love reading about strong and snarky women protagonists.
It also seemed rushed at the end. I was almost wondering if the book was going to end on a cliff hanger because I had very few pages left to read when the main issue had not yet been solved. It was all wrapped up satisfactorily , but it did seem as if it was a little hurried.
In conclusion, it is still a good read , but in my opinion not quite as good as the first book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was better 10 May 2013
By jinx
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are a couple of odd reviews on this one which should have been a red flag to stop after the first book.

I really wanted to like this book better. I gave it a chance because I liked the characters and the use of magic in the first book, despite the fact that I really did not like the writing and debated over whether I should continue with the series.

I liked the story itself. It was well-paced, and had lots of action, good character developments, and a good plot twist. But there was too much I didn't like:

- Again with excessive repetitions of pet turns of phrase, which become tired very quickly
- Again with poor writing; there were a couple of places that I read, read again, and then continued on in annoyance after a third read-through failed to make sense, and several places where prepositions were dropped for no discernible reason
- Punctuation not used well in quite a few instances (especially with dashes), which bothers me
- Several occasions where I simply put the book down, sighed, rolled my eyes, and continued on

Like I said, I want to like this book. I want to continue on and see what happens to Sorcha. But I'm going to leave the series here because I just can't get on with the writing itself. Very disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid sequel 16 April 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With Spectyr, the second book in her Books of the Order series, Philippa Ballantine returns us to the world of Arkaym. While I had some issues with the first book, Geist, I was looking forward to catching up with the main characters Sorcha, Merrick and Raed. And it was a joyful reunion indeed. As I was more aware of what to expect from the setting of the book this time round, a factor that gave me some trouble last time, it was far easier to settle into the book and just flow along with the story. We encounter Sorcha and Merrick at work three months after the ending of the last book. Three months in which they've been virtually benched by the Arch Deacon, who has only been sending them out on routine cases and mostly false alarms at that. It's a great re-introduction to the both of them, as we quickly see their characters and abilities summed up in their tackling of their latest, real, case. From this action-filled start, the story doesn't stop moving at a fair clip; we follow Sorcha and Merrick as they travel to city of Orinthal, while at the same time trying to figure out how to rescue Raed.

The city of Orinthal was fascinating; I loved the culture - seemingly a mix of Middle Eastern and Chinese elements - Ballantine created there. In Orinthal we don't just discover more about the different cultures or Arkyam, we also learn more about Arkyam's history and the reasons for the geist activity on the continent. Ballantine achieves this through having Merrick be whisked back into the past. The time he spent in the past and the things he discovers there are quite interesting, though I found the way he got there rather strange at first; it's only once we get to the end of the book it actually makes sense.
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By Sands
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It was great to find a new series which used supernatural powers to deal with the other world of demons, ghosts, spectyrs and other nasties, in a fresh new way. In the second book the characters are taken further and the reader is taken to a different part of this world.
We learn more about the past and a bit more hints about how this world ended up the way it is.
The only issue is that it does end with a bit of cliffhanger but luckily the next book is out now, I just hope that one doesn't also end unresolved.
I do like the style of writing - mature and intelligent. Even though there is an element of romance it is not, for me, the main draw of these books, I really like that magical powers are used throughout.
A very enjoyable read and hope there are many more to come which are keep up this standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Great fantasy adventure book, easy to read and keeps u interested all the way through! Would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.
Published 14 months ago by P. M. Dominy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Phillips Ballantine
Can't wait to read the next in the series! Highly recommend this, very enjoyable and a must read for fantasy fiction lovers!
Published 15 months ago by Verity Davidson
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After reading the first book I am in the swing of whats what and really enjoyed this second book. Lots of adventure and keeps you guessing.
Published 18 months ago by Claire Brettle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good second book of the series
I enjoyed this book. It made easy reading and I thought the story enteraining whilst providing an escape from reality. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Soloman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!!!
It was a great read, really fell into the book and would recommend it to all who love fantasy books
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Published 23 months ago by Mr. Mg Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could write a book
So much imagination and thought for this story how do people come up with so many different worlds you can lose yourself in, I loved reading this story.
Published on 9 Feb. 2013 by Miss S V Corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I downloaded this after reading the 1st book and just couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I love how her characters develop and following the twists in the novel. Read more
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by San
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I can across this book as a recommendation for some other books I'd read, after seeing other good reviews I decided to purchase books one and two and was not disappointed! Read more
Published on 26 Nov. 2012 by Louise Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectracular
The characters continue to engage, with the reader as well as each other!! I found Spectyr more disjointed than the first book as we follow separate threads. Read more
Published on 9 Nov. 2012 by Seer
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