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.