by Philippa Ballantine

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The undead are here and only the Deacons stand in their way.

The Order of the Deacons, stand as protectors of the Empire, guardians against ghost possession, sentinels warding off the malevolent haunting of the geists.

Sorcha Faris, the most powerful deacon of the Order, finds herself thrust into an unwanted partnership with a total novice, Merrick Chambers. That's bad enough, but when they are dispatched to an isolated village to counter a surge of violent geist activity, they find their fate bound with Raed Rossin. Shapeshifter and Pretender to the Imperial throne he bears a terrible curse which endangers them all.

As they investigate, the strange settlement is reveled to be haunted by a undead creature more predatory and horrifying than any encountered before. Together they quest to uncover the mystery of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history intent on striking at the heart of the Empire.

Can three powerful and troubled people discover a way to work together to save the citizens and themselves?

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BN ID: 2940161879207
Publisher: Imagine That! Studios
Publication date: 07/29/2018
Series: A Book of the Order , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 214,402
File size: 832 KB

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Geist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Odin1eye More than 1 year ago
I am extremely character driven. World building seems to have turned into the rage these days. Many authors spend so much time creating the universe the characters live in, the forget to make those same characters breath. For me, this is obvious in stories like (prepare for blasphemy) Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. After reading all but the last book of the series, I realized I had no desire to complete them because while the world lived and breathed, the characters hadn't developed sufficiently to keep me interested beyond the second or third book. Ms. Ballantine does create a firm mythos that encapsulates the motivations driving her characters towards their objectives. However, she does this whilst keeping the focus on the characters and letting the mythos build along the way. This is a lesson I think many writers need to learn. Ms. Ballantine's characters are worth knowing. Her strong female lead is unique. Sorcha Faris is a strong, powerful, mature, attractive woman. She is direct, almost brutally blunt at times. She enjoys a good cigar and is truthful with herself. She is easily the driving character in the story and she exudes potential development in subsequent stories. She might not be the easiest person to know, but she would be someone that would be worth that effort. Raed Rossin enters the story relatively early on (the second chapter) but remains outside of the main storyline, moving parallel, for the first part. Raed is a member of the once ruling family, now a sea nomad doing his best to stay alive. He hides his inner qualities behind a course (though not unrefined) exterior. He effortlessly claims loyalty from those that follow him. He is a prince among men and a pirate at heart. Merrick Chambers completes the starring cast. He is a young but powerful idealist partnered, against their wishes, with Sorcha. Along the way they learn to trust and rely on one another. It is neither an easy or enjoyable path for them at times, but it does make for a very good story. Geist is much more than another quest fantasy. Geist has elements of fantasy, horror and romance all rolled into one action packed adventure spanning continents where loyalties are called into question, rogues can be heros and heros can be idealists. At a purchase price of under $8 US, this is a story you shouldn't hesitate in buying. This book begs you to lock the doors, get comfortable in your favorite chair, turn down the lights and read. I encourage you to do the same. You won't be disappointed.
The-Shadow More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my nook, and saved most for it a long flight. It certainly passed the time, but I doubt I'll read it again. Ballantine avoids the dreaded "info dump," which plagues the genre, but at some point you have to explain to your readers what's going on, which she never adequately does. As a result, she seems to pull things out of nowhere. The pacing is off, with the climax coming somewhere in the middle of the book and with the final battle not being properly built up and feeling rushed. The middle battle, to me, felt more urgent and exciting than the final one. The two lovers have zero chemistry, so that sub-plot feels shoehorned in and serves no purpose. I realize that I'm the minority here, so by all means, take my review with a grain of salt, but I can't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of fantasy and after awhile it all begins to blur together. But Geist is different. It rocks from the first scene and continues on to the final words. It's got a lot of supernatural power, great battle scenes, tortured characters and even some romance. Which leaves me wanting more. Please tell me there's a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but I do not feel the need to rush and get the next book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong characters, moving right on to the next book.
amanderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The action starts rolling right from the beginning. Good action, good characterization, pretty good world building in this fantasy. It's set in another world where our main character, Sorcha, is a magic wielder in an Order that fights demonic otherwordly infestations or "geists". She's an "Active", in a system where Actives and Sensitives partner magically; the Actives are the fighters. She's a tough, mature, powerful woman who tell it like it is, not so great at the whole diplomacy and make-nice thing, estranged fom her Sensitive husband and partner. An interesting character, flawed but very human. She's sent on a special and mysterious mission and partnered with a brand new young Sensitive. They find a whole lot of trouble and highly unusual and hazardous geist action along the way, as well as a handsome rogue prince with a geist curse. This book is number one in a series, clearly, and it's primarily a fantasy, with a little bit of steampunk and a bit of sex thrown in, though not enough to turn off the guy reader I don't think. It crosses genres quite well, I can see the high fantasy sort of reader enjoying it as well as the urban fantasy reader.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nalini Singh is a really promiscuous blurber, isn't she?I have to admit, the first part was a bit of a slog, but overall, I enjoyed it. There were some things that made me go huh? -- like the dirigible; not everything needs to be steampunk -- but most of those bits of weirdness were in the first part. Once you get to the middle, it's a rollicking good time the rest of the way. The mythology and characters are engaging enough that I look forward to reading the next in the series
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sorcha is a deacon, with the ability of an Active in the Order, who are to protect the people against attacks and riots of geists. Geists are a ghost type enemy from the Otherside which possess people to attack others. Vermillion is to be one of the safest cities against geists as it's surrounded by water and geists can't cross water. But geists still find a way here... Every Active is paired with a Sensitive to create a great working team with their own special powers to defeat the different geists. Sorcha is paired with Kolya, her husband. After a horrible attack on Kolya, Sorcha realizes she observed some new actions of the geist. The Arch Abbot calls on Sorcha after using the rune only to be used in extreme dire need, to talk with her. But Arch Abbot tells Sorcha she is going on an important mission in an area with escalated geist activity, with a new Sensitive - Deacon Merrich Chambers - who is fresh out of the academy. Sorcha is not thrilled about breaking in a fresh Sensitive on such a dangerous mission, but takes on the orders. What Sorcha doesn't realize is Merrick has his dark secrets too, both as a Sensitive and personal. But will they both be able to keep their secrets buried from each other through the bond they have as a team? Everything Sorcha believes just might get twisted and she might have to do what she doesn't want.I truly enjoyed the journey through this haunting fantasy read. I am one to love world creativity and it's one of many amazingly strong characteristic here. Philippa does a wonderful job of creating a religious style order with the Deacons. Although they may not be of the 'religious' beliefs you may think. They are the ones who fight the geists to protect the world. I enjoyed watching as this world revealed itself through this book; the ruins for Actives then the Sensitives, the history of the world, and the geists. And still wonder on the mysteries of it all yet to come.The characters are another wonderful strength here. The characters stick to their personalities, but grow in more ways than I had expected, to show other sides I wouldn't have thought to show, making them three dimensional to me. I enjoyed watching all the characters grow in wonderful leaps in this book. And the characters secrets start to unfold.The story Philippa has to tell here is captivating. There are a few stories with in this book; learning of the characters, the history of the world, and the mystery of what is happening with the changes the geist are showing. Then the mystery of where the corruption is or coming from.I would think many who loves Fantasy would enjoy this book along with Urban Fantasy lovers as well. This book touches on a few different genre, but has a depth to it to make you wonder where Philippa will go in the future and how deep does the venality go.
cherrymischievous on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS:This book started off slow but once past a couple of chapters it started to pick up... then it's action after action until the very end! So pace-wise, it wasn't too bad. The story telling quality was just a tiny, itsy-bitsy shade from being a masterpice. I find myself needing little short breaks while reading this book. But during my breaks, the story would pull me back as the characters prance around my head and I imagine alternative plots to the story. And then when I read on, I get surprised by the unexpected turn the plot went instead! Ahhh.... this author is good at inventing stories indeed!! The other thing I really liked about this book is that it has a well-structured story. I like stories with cohesive structure because it is easier to wrap my mind around it if it does, therefore, really ranks high up with me as a reader. I like it when I can wrap my head around a story as oppose to one where I struggle to do so. Authors of books without a well-structured story, I tend not to buy again.Look at that cover! The art department deserves a bloody raise!! If I was on one of my retail therapy sessions and browsing the shelves of a bookstore, this cover would trigger my book buying radar with an irristible pull!I didn't like the inconsistent rules of magic in this world of the geists though. In the scene where we first witnessed Raed's change, he lost his clothes. But in The Melding scene, they did not loose their clothes. They came off it presumed to be fully clothed. Now, that is not consistent. But because of the wonderful "story building skills" that this author displayed and the enjoyment I got out of this book, I would still give it a high rating.Empirical Evaluation:Story Telling Quality = 4World Building = 5Character Development = 5Pace = 4Plot = 5Story Itself = 4.5Ending = 4.5Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyGEIST is one of those books that straddles the line between a number of different genres. It reads like a mix between Robert Jordan¿s Wheel of Time series and Illona Andrews Kate Daniels series (and not just because of the werelion). A number of paranormal creatures thrown into a high fantasy setting and time period with a splash a steampunk. Let¿s call it paranormal fantasy. GEIST is set in a lush high fantasy world were a dedicated Order of essentially mages protect humanity from demons (aka geists) who attempt to possess and destroy the world. The Order is made up of two complimentary types of mages: Actives (who wield magic) and Sensitives (who can `see¿ the Otherside) who enter into a psychic Bond together.This type of magic system and the religious/political order who train and dogmatize the deacons from childhood is very reminiscent of Robert Jordan¿s Wheel of Time series. Unfortunately, at just over 300 pages, I felt like GEIST barely scratched the surface of this necessarily complex society. I¿m sure there will be more about The Order in future books, but as it was in the first book, we got the abridged version which remained too shallow for me to really connect with. The characters were an entirely different matter, specifically Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne. He is a wonderfully tormented man who brandishes his bitterness and pride like the weapons they are. Sorcha, meanwhile, is a walking legend as the most powerful Active The Order has. She is revered and feared by those around her, save for her indifferent husband and Sensitive partner, Kolya. After an injury, the young and idealistic Merrick is assigned to Sorcha in his stead.I did like GEIST, but it had the potential to make me love it, and that miss has me disappointed. The world building was fascinating but underutilized, the surprise romance was a nice addition, and the three main characters made for an interesting if dysfunctional group. I¿m on the fence about whether or not I¿ll be picking up SPECTYR when it¿s published in Summer 2011.
barlow304 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A blend of "other-worldly" and steam-punk, with more than a hint of romance. Quick read, and entertaining, but not worth re-reading.
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jsrock37 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book at first, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it. About halfway through the book I was dearly hoping it was part of a series. And it is, yay! Fun, instantly likeable characters and a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Love it!
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An engaging storyline with interesting characters. I look forward to further books in the series.
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Doesntreviewoften More than 1 year ago
Wow. I am thoroughly impressed! Though it felt like I was reading for a month, it was such a good book that I did not mind in the least. I recommend this book for any avid fantasy reader.