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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (28 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020515
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on 2 Feb 2012
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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 By jinx on 10 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on 16 April 2012
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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 P. M. Dominy on 5 Jan 2014
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Great fantasy adventure book, easy to read and keeps u interested all the way through! Would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.
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Can't wait to read the next in the series! Highly recommend this, very enjoyable and a must read for fantasy fiction lovers!
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By Claire Brettle on 5 Sep 2013
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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.
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