Geist Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons protectors of the Empire guardians against possession sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geistsAmong the most

  • Title: Geist
  • Author: Philippa Ballantine
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  • Page: 407
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  • Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geistsAmong the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide tBetween the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geistsAmong the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far predatory and horrifying than any mere haunting And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to

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    About “Philippa Ballantine

    • Philippa Ballantine

      Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa is a writer and podcaster of fantasy fiction Immersed in books from an early age, she moved onto to become a librarian She d been dreaming of being a writer since a teenager, but in the last ten years she s devoted herself to it.She s the author of the Books of the Order series from Ace Books Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth 2012 and Harbinger 2013.Also, with Pyr books the Shifted World series, Hunter and Fox 2012 and Born and Made 2013 Philippa is also the co author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair 2012 Philippa currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband and co writer Tee Morris, their daughter and a clowder of five cats who keep them all in line.Awards2011 Short Listed for Best Science Fiction2011 Airship Award winner for best written work with Tee Morris 2011 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel Adult2010 Parsec Award finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist for Best fan production2009 Parsec Award finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award winner for Best fan production2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel Adult2007 Parsec Award finalist for Best Writing Podcast2006 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel

    756 thoughts on “Geist

    • Actual rating: 3.21 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today.✉ A message from Sarah from the Future (SftF™): I thought I'd write a really short thing review for that one. Hahahahaha. I'm so funny sometimes, I crack my little self up. So this book should have been slightly awesome, in an Oh My Bloody Shrimping Fish Kind of Way (OMBSFKoW™) (view spoiler)[which would have been somewhat amazing, since this is a much-dreaded MacHalo BotM, and it is a well-known fact that the MacHalos have despic [...]

    • I love when a book makes me ponder before marking which shelf to place it on. This is definitely a fantasy novel, but with a strong urban fantasy attitude, some steampunk/paranormal thrown in and just enough romance to keep me rooting for the characters.We're in a great time of innovation in world-building, seems like people are getting away from strict Tolkien worlds and adding twists, which I find quite enjoyable. The society and magic system in Geist is REALLY interesting and believable. The [...]

    • Don’t let the first thirty-eight pages of Geist fool you–it really is a good book.My decision to rely on the library for first reads was stymied by the fact that my 50-library system had no copies of Geist: Book of the Order. Eventually purchased (by me), it languished on my shelf while other books took precedence. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, which reduced my enthusiasm further. But my co-moderator ran into Ballantine at a book-signing and [...]

    • *Orginally Read 11/4/10 - 11/6/10*Wow, this book turned out to be quite the dark horse for me! It had a pretty rough start. It took me days to get past the first three chapters. I just kept setting it down for something more interesting…like cleaning. I know, right? Buuuut somewhere before page one hundred things seemed to click for me. Even though I wasn’t rooting for every character whose pov I read (yet), I finally understood their motivations and cared about their storyline.The first cha [...]

    • Buddy read with the MacHalos .I was really tempted to give this one a 5 star rating but there were several issues that made me reconsider it. First and foremost (view spoiler)[ I don't tolerate cheating. And while I can understand that Sorcha's marriage is dead and has been dead for a long time, it's not technically over. At no point has she spoken with her husband about it and about ending it all.(hide spoiler)] This tainted Sorcha's developing relationship with Raed, something I would have oth [...]

    • I didn't put near the time into this book I'd like to have. I'm (again) badly over committed when it comes to books. Too many library books in at once, too many reading group commitments, just the problems that arise when you have no will power.I'm going to try again to cut back on actual "commitments" and read what I want for a while. I just got the next 2 Verus books by Jacka and the 4 Ash books, not to mention hundreds of other volumes I already own that I've been "meaning to read" some of th [...]

    • I don't know quite what I was expecting from this book, but I was surprised by how very enjoyable I found it. (All admissions forward: Pip is a friend of mine.) To me it felt like some pleasant amalgamation of the first Green Rider book Kristen Britain meets the Abhorsen series Garth Nix meets Cadfael. I would call Geist traditional fantasy, hearkening back to what I read in high school (which is no bad thing, as that was my reading heyday). It had a very enjoyable and well constructed magical s [...]

    • I'll rate Geist resorting to the all-purpose three stars, but the review is going to be hard to write. Because I liked the story Philippa Ballantine narrates in Geist very much, but I also think she kinda wrecked her own ship.Hey, Geist is, by no means, a bad book - on the contrary, it's full of great ideas, imaginative situations, an intriguing, elaborate worldbuilding and a solid cast of characters. It doesn't really live up to its potential, thought, largely because Ballantine's writing style [...]

    • First off, I don't think I write good enough reviews to do this book justice, so I highly recommend you just read it. Sometimes you just connect with a book. Maybe it's the timing, the setting, the author, your life cycles, etc but I connected with this book. After giving Phoenix Rising a hands down 5 star rating, I had to check out more of Ballantine's work, and Geist suited my preferred genre for unique high fantasy novels. So I was expecting something good - which usually is a surefire way to [...]

    • 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 su [...]

    • Let me tell you the reasons why Geist wasn’t as epic as expected.First off, the introduction to the world and its characters was bad. You got thrown in a riot without knowing where you are, who you are, who the hell if fighting you, or who the hell you’re fighting against. There was also a lack of an index. It’s so funny how some authors that write Paranormal books (especially Paranormal Romances) tend to hit us with these fancy indexes of silly edited words, which are pretty obvious in th [...]

    • Absolutely LOVED this book! I can not wait to read the rest of the series! From beginning to end, this story is filled with nonstop battles and excitement! No overwhelming character development but only slight and I can't wait to see where these 3 head from here out!Spells, geists, flying ships, romance and great beasts, GAH! Looove it!Definitely would've finished this book in a short amount of time if the holidays weren't around the corner :]I recommend!

    • Buddy read with the MacHalo group! I was torn between DNF and On-Hold for this one. I may come back to it. The writing style is just a bit dry for me when I've been trying to fight off the slumpiest reading slump.

    • I am happy I finished it. About half way through it got better. The world building wasn't the best. In the beginning it was confusing. It was clearly a complex world and wasn't explained well enough. Some things became clearer as the story went on, but it didn't satisfy my curiosity about how the magic worked although some of it was intentionally left out presumably to be explained in future books. The order was a group of magical workers who protected the living from the otherside where the unl [...]

    • (4.5) Sometimes you read a book and enjoy it while reading, only to find it falls apart when you think about it later. The inverse happened to me with Philippa Ballantine’s Geist. I enjoyed it, and then the more I thought about it, the more I found to appreciate.Geist is a secondary-world fantasy, set on the continent of Arkaym. The residents of Arkaym fear the geists, powerful otherworldly spirits that can enter the physical realm and possess people. Standing between the populace and the geis [...]

    • i guess this is what you call a genre blender: it's fantasy, with influences of urban fantasy and steampunk (they have some sort of zeppelins!) and even romance and some horror-esque elements. sadly i wasn't too impressed. the beginning was really promising, but near the last 50 pages or so i actually lost interest (how often does that happen?!). i forced myself to finish, but it wasn't with the attention a book normally gets from me. i just wanted to have it over with so i could move on to the [...]

    • Sorcha Farris is arguably the strongest Active within The Order, acting as the magical tank of a bonded duo in a fight against the geists from the Otherworld. After Sorcha’s husband of 8 years gets critically injured and cannot work as her complimenting magical seeing Sensitive, the other half of her bonded duo. Discarding protocol, the head of the Order assigns her with a new Sensitive partner, Merrick Chambers, and they are immediately sent on a new mission that takes them to the northeast c [...]

    • I do not tend to judge a book by its cover, which is a good thing considering the state of the cover world lately (*cough* UF *cough*). But this is one of those rare cases where I sit looking at the cover wishing that the story held within even began to meet the cover in terms of excellence. The cover is gorgeous and well done by the artist. I cannot say the same for the story inside.I did enjoy some aspects of the story, namely the characters. Despite some characters being poorly characterized [...]

    • 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 essent [...]

    • Sorcha battles geists and more and sends them packing. Which brings me to the world at once, I did not learn that much, so the world building lacked. And therefore I call it light fantasy, and for me light fantasy is well light, but also with a lacking world building. I would have liked more of a world, I confess to that.Sorcha was 35-40, which I liked. She was rather serious, she had a meh marriage. And she is known for being tough.Merrick is young and sort of just of out school. Her new partne [...]

    • The Good, The Bad, The not so much for bunny.Let's begin The Good I liked this novel, I didn't love it and I am probably not going to run to the bookstores to grab the next copy. I will say that I don't have a whole lot bad to say about it. You have Scorcha a Deacon, She helps get rid of 'geists' Now she is powerful and a badass. But this world relies on help from a Sensitive. So we meet Merrick, her bond partner. Let me tell you how much I love this concept. I am not a fan of the "I am a bad as [...]

    • I really enjoyed this book. The characters were strong and the surrounding world and situation interesting. Sorcha was a bit more "hot young thing" than "experienced matron" in both demeanor and outside reaction than was justified by her stated age and experience, but that's easily overlooked in the quality of the the rest of the book.The only thing keeping this from four stars is the irritating naming in the book. It followed no real rhymn or reason that I could discern. It's as if the author s [...]

    • Geist is attention grabbing right from the start. This story is full of action, intrigue, and is never boring. The world created in Geist is exceptional. It is a very fantasy world, full of magical fighting and otherworldly creatures. The otherworldly creatures are unique though, no vampires or traditional witches grace the pages of geist. The otherworldly creatures are called geists, and are undead monsters, almost demon or ghost-like that can possess people and incite violence. The concept of [...]

    • Geist by Philippa Ballantine is one of those genre breaking books that raises the bar and sets new standards for others to follow. She breaks the mold by making her beautiful, powerful main protagonist a woman pushing middle-age with a crotchety disposition. Her partner is a young man with great power, little experience, and again playing against type, doesn't fall instantly in love with his new partner. He never does, they have a close relationship that never strays over the line into seduction [...]

    • I picked up a copy of Geist while browsing in a local bookstore. I was thoroughly hooked by the amazing cover art by Jason Chan and the intriguing premise.I wasn’t really sure what to expect with Geist since I’d never heard of Philippa Ballantine. I was thrilled with the book, though. Absolutely thrilled! The book mythology was really interesting — Deacons and geists and undead possession — and I loved the idea of Actives and Sensitives, and the occasional pinch of steampunk. But my favo [...]

    • Read the entire review here: mybookishways/2011/02/After Deacon Sorcha Faris' husband and partner, Kolya, is gravely injured after a devastating geist battle, she is paired with young Deacon Merrick Chambers. They are sent by the Arch Abbott to the village of Ulrich, where a geist infestation is devastating the villagers. Along for the journey is pretender to the throne, Raed Rossin, who carries a dark secret that has the power to kill, or possibly save, them all.Geist was more pure fantasy than [...]

    • GEIST is like SABRIEL for adults. I loved the world building and the spine-chilling ghosts. Also, Sorcha is such an awesome female lead. I highly recommend GEIST to fans of epic fantasy or kickbutt heroines.

    • “It was good weather for a riot.”Oh, you know this is going to be good, like when the cops walk into the restaurant where you’re holding your graduation lunch, and you tell everyone to sit back down for the show.This book is set on the continent of Arkaym. Previously there has been some political unrest, and the people of outlying towns are miserable, desperate, resigned and starving. You can just imagine the turmoil already in place. The princes of the land requested an Emperor to rule ov [...]

    • Sigh. I have incredibly mixed feelings about this books. While reading it my emotions meandered from incredible awe and 'great story!!' delirium, to snorting, grinding my teeth and being so frustrated I almost wanted to give up. I'm all about characters normally, but this was a book where the greatness of the characters could not overcome the writing style. In fact, I've never read a book where the style and POV did such a disservice to the story.And yet, there's so much to love in this book. I' [...]

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