Spectyr (Book of the Order #2)
Last year I was seeing a lot of positive reaction to the book Geist first of Books of Order series by Philippa Ballantine. I usually do a lot of research before deciding to buy a book, but I saw the cover and said "Oh, lions!" and thought it looked like it could be a very cool Urban Fantasy. I'm sure I'm not the only one that made that assumption (I hope I'm not).
When the book arrived I realized that I was not reading an Urban Fantasy, but a secondary worl ...more
Argh! Where’s the next book? I need to read it now! So many things changed in this installment. The book isn’t left on a cliffhanger, but, oh, I am dying to find out where the author is going with this. I am still gaping after turning the last page. Where do we go from here??
As with the first book, Geist, we are treated to dense story development and layered character building. This time around Ballantine’s not bogged down by introducing the reader to various characters and the world as ...more
Philippa Ballantine has created another masterpiece in this Second Book of the Order. We find out more about our characters while at the same time read of their inner ...more
I will say, right off the bat, that I liked this book a lot better than the first volume in the series (Geist). I suspect this was because I knew the characters a bit better, or because I knew what to expect. There is romance in these books, but it's light and of the variety that makes me nervous about the likelihood of a happy ending.
My enjoyment of this book was also due to the fact that I enjoyed the conflict. I'm fascinated by stories ...more
I think this is probably because the story revolves around a very contrived seeming set of circumstances that were basically held together by the ignorance and stupidity of various characters, all things that I absolutely hate.
The plot also lost points with me because it was so absolutely focused on an entire country of religious fanatics with such an insular culture that they wouldn't hear any sense at all. Nearly every single person ...more
This book made it so easy to slip back into this world. Not just because I read the first book, but the way it was written was just brilly. In this book, not only is the world expanded and more interesting to our imagination, but the characters were more rounded out as well. We see even more softness ...more
I'm gonna skip how awesome the cover is, since you see by yourself its awesomeness!
I picked Spectyr immediatelly after Geist since as i have already told you it was one of the best fantasy books i've read. In Spectyr, the author gets the chance to open her world more to us. Geist was an introduction but Spectyr is the real deal. You get to learn more about the ...more
Ms. Ballantine delivers. Again. Her writing grabs you in a way that is visceral. It hits early. It hits repetitively. It hits hard. No cheap ...more
This is the second installment of the Book of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine. We are re-introduced to Deacons, Sorcha Faris and Merrick Chambers, who are sworn to protect everyone from the geists or spirits of the world.
Sorcha and Merrick have been pretty disappointed with the jobs they have been assigned as of late and they have given them no real challenge as their superior has made sure that these cases have no true geist activity. So wh ...more
I was fortunate enough to move from the First Book of the Order novel Geist right on to Spectyr so everything that had been created in the first book was fresh in my mind. Even so, I had to sit here and blink for a while to figure out how to even summarize my impressions. This book was so good that I really had no idea how to start a review for it. I hemmed and I hawed over it, but here I go.
Sorcha Farris and Merrick Chambers leave their Mother Abbey he ...more
Sadly, I couldn't remember many of the details from the first book, and this one does you n ...more
But a string of murders has Orinthal on edge, and Sorcha and Merrick are asked ...more
I liked Merrick too and though he gets to see Nynnia again, it's rather sad. I hope he finds someon ...more
Genre(s): Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy
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.
Philippa Ballantine is back and ...more
Dies ist also Bd. 2 der "A Book of the Order" Reihe von Philippa Ballantine und ich kann euch sagen, dass ich geradezu begeistert war.
Der leichte und flüssige Schreibstil der Autorin war einfach super zu lesen. Mit wenigen Worten ließ die AUtorin die Stadt Orinthal und Hatipais Grausamkeiten in meinem Kopf zum Leben erwachen.
Bd. 2 fand ich noch spannender und fesselnder, als Bd. 1 dieser vierteiligen Reihe. Von Seite 1 an war ich gebannt und musste einfach erfahren welche Abe ...more
The characters are complex and each have their own back stories, which are slowly being unravelled with each book in the series - these ...more
"Göttliche Rache" ist der zweite Band der "Die Runen der Macht"-Reihe von Philippa Ballantine.
Die Handlung setzt k ...more
I liked the Rossin in the first book and I have to say that he is really developed in this second book and I love the ongoing struggle between he and Raed. I can’t wait to see where that relationship goe ...more
Spectyr completely lives up to the promise the author made in the first book, and I am completely hooked by the story of the magic weilding Deacons, Sorcha and Merrick, and their bonded companion Raen, cursed by (being) a terrible beast.
This still has the strange steampunk/pulp vibe from the first one, but while the last book was based in a pseudo-northern europe, this book takes us to a pseudo-northern africa. The eye of the storm is loc ...more
This book wasprovided by the publisherfor free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Once again, Ballantine delivers with an exciting sequel to her Book of the Order series. First off, this swashbuckling sequel dives right into the story instead of introducing everything (as was the case with Geist). I was really glad since that was the main flaw of the first book, in my opinion. Instead, all of the background information I want
Sorcha and Merrick are sent to the exotic city of Orithal where there are have been reports of strange geist activity, murders and kidnappings. Soon after their departure, Zofiya (Grand Duchess) has been shown a vision to follow her goddess Hatipai. Zofiya soon sets out on her own to join in Orithal to follow her goddess' requests.
In Orithal Sorcha and Merrick find Raed in the court of the Prince of Chioma. Merrick finds someone that he never thought he would ...more
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) ...more