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Spectyr (Book of the Order #2)

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Though one of the most powerful Deacons, Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome. She and her partner, Deacon Merrick Chambers, find themselves chasing down rumors of geists, but long for a return to real action. So they jump at the chance to escort a delegation sent to negotiate the terms of the Emperor’s engagement. Their destination: the exotic city of Orint ...more
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Published June 28th 2011 by Ace (first published May 21st 2011)
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Bastard
Aug 22, 2011 Bastard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Felicia
Jul 14, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this author's work! She's pretty much on my must-buy list for well-done, light fantasy with a bit of romance that's not too smutty (like Ilona Andrews) I think this series took a step up in world-building with this second episode, I was definitely interested in all the new stuff we learned through Merrick in particular. I loved seeing Sorcha and Raed's conflict, I just love them together! Only criticism is that it felt short, I feel like I wanted more plot to happen with the Grand ...more
Catherine
4.5 Stars

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
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Teril
Jun 23, 2011 Teril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPECTYR was amazing to read. It picked up right after GEIST had left off and Sorcha and Merrick soon find themselves coming into a horrible vision as well as an ancient battle. SPECTYR will test the limits of all of their bonds, and our three characters: Sorcha, Merrick, and Raed will struggle within theirs pasts and their futures.

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
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Ruby
Mar 31, 2012 Ruby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was first posted on http://www.rubysreads.com.

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
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Wyrdness
Feb 18, 2015 Wyrdness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this, but I didn't like it as much as the first one.

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
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Melissa
Jul 08, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
I was able to do one thing that I love to do... read books in a series back to back. Oh and don't worry, I won't spoil anything, but you may have to endure an *evil laugh* or two in the process... ;)

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
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
For some reason i was pretty sure i had reviewed Spectyr and i still am but i can't find it anywhere so here i am (again or not again)...


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
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Stephanie
Aug 23, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High fantasy without the completely unpronounceable names and with just enough technology, Spectyr continues the world Philippa Ballantine birthed in Geist and rachets up the complexity and suspense. You never know if, but hope for, the HEA. And, you aren't even sure which characters will survive or if they will survive intact. The characters always driven to survive, to rescue, to save don't and can't even trust the people they travel to rescue. It seems the trio can only trust themselves and a ...more
Rea
Jun 26, 2011 Rea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Spectyr is the second Book of the Order (that's the name of the series for anyone who can't figure it out for themselves.) There are four planned so this means we're half way through. This is both exciting (I really want to know how things will pan out between Sorcha and Raed, and what will happen to Merrick - Nynnia, Captain Revele, someone else?) and saddening (I've found myself very attached to the characters in just two short books and it's the sort of storyline where you wish it could just ...more
Odin
Aug 03, 2011 Odin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Deacons of the Order, Sorcha Farris and Merrick Chambers travel to a distant kingdom where Merrick comes face to face with his past and his future. Sorcha tries to save the world around her as she reconnects with Raed Rossin, the Young Pretender that has a geistlord living inside him. Together these heroes will not only take on the world, they take on a god.

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
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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
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Pamela / SpazP
Aug 04, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
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
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Jacqie
Sep 05, 2011 Jacqie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
I got halfway through this one- about 150 pages. I was extremely disappointed in this sequel, because I really enjoyed Geist. I was hoping for more of the same. I wasn't feeling well when I read it- maybe it should have made more sense than it did? Because the plot was all over the place, the new culture introduced in this book made little sense, and the writing seemed far choppier than in the first book.

Sadly, I couldn't remember many of the details from the first book, and this one does you n
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Cherry Mischievous
I was looking forward to this book after I finished Geist, but this book is even a slower starter than Geist was! It took me longer to get into this book than it did with Geist. Somehow the story telling quality felt like it wasn't as good as it did with Geist... Anyhow, one thing remains certain, the story and world building is beautiful and vivid, if not even more intricate! I could easily imagine myself in that world... It's a frontier world of magic on the brink of discoveries... A lot of un ...more
Shara
Dec 26, 2013 Shara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
The premise: ganked from author's website: Though one of the most powerful Deacons, Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome. She and her partner, Deacon Merrick Chambers, find themselves chasing down rumors of geists, but long for a return to real action. So they jump at the chance to escort a delegation sent to negotiate the terms of the Emperor’s engagement. Their destination: the exotic city of Orinthal.

But a string of murders has Orinthal on edge, and Sorcha and Merrick are asked
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Barbara ★
Many many twists and surprises. Then again you expect that with a political thriller which this undoubtedly is. I really like Sorcha and Raed. Though I wish they had gotten more time together. So far their relationship has been in fits and grabs which doesn't really allow for any escalation of the romance. Well of course they aren't suited so that's causing a real problem and conflict of interest.

I liked Merrick too and though he gets to see Nynnia again, it's rather sad. I hope he finds someon
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Cape Rust
Jan 29, 2015 Cape Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine
Genre(s): Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
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
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Mella
Mar 14, 2014 Mella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meine Einschätzung:
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
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Carmel Millington
I loved Geist, the first book in the series - and if it's possible I loved this one even more. I'm a huge fan of fantasy, and as a result have read many series, so for something to stand out to me in this genre it has to be special - and, as a result I spent a whole day unable to put this book down, immersed in the rich world that Philippa Ballantine has created!

The characters are complex and each have their own back stories, which are slowly being unravelled with each book in the series - these
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Marie-Claire
Mar 22, 2014 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Kriegerin Sorcha Faris und ihr Partner Merrick Chambers sollen eine Delegation des Kaisers begleiten. Ihr Ziel ist die exotische Stadt Orinthal. Doch in Orinthal treibt ein geheimnisvoller Mörder sein Unwesen. Zur selben Zeit erweckt die Schwester des Kaisers eine uralte, gefährliche Göttin zum Leben. Sorcha und Merrick müssen alles daransetzen, um eine Katastrophe zu verhindern.

"Göttliche Rache" ist der zweite Band der "Die Runen der Macht"-Reihe von Philippa Ballantine.

Die Handlung setzt k
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Ditchthebun
Jul 20, 2015 Ditchthebun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel we really explore the strengths and limits of the bond and how it works. Whilst an Active and a Sensitive have a symbiotic relationship and otherwise are a perfect professional match – kind of like salt and pepper, they are also individuals and as individuals they are not helpless.

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
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Lianne Burwell
Jul 14, 2014 Lianne Burwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Spectyr starts out not long after the end of the first book, Geist. Merrick and Sorcha are in trouble, and Sorcha's soon to be ex-husband/ex-partner is trying to shoulder Merrick out of the way for unknown reasons. Then they get a warning that the Pretender, the cursed Prince Raed is in trouble in a kingdom of the empire ruled by a mysterious Prince whose face has never been seen. Coincidentally, our heroes get the chance to travel to this kingdom, escorting home the ambassador who is negotiatin ...more
Mei-Lu
Jul 28, 2011 Mei-Lu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
After such a promising start with Geist, Ballantine seemed to lose her way a little bit in this second novel, which had MAJOR pacing issues. Yes, interesting things about the world were revealed but I felt like I kept waiting for the book to start... and then it was over. I may read the third and fourth books when they come out but I'm not exactly eager to do so.
Kenny
Nov 19, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am going to have to edit my shelves for books like this.
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
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Keith Hughes
Oct 08, 2013 Keith Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was an exciting book set in a rich vibrant world. While I'd like to smack Pip for a cliffhanger at the end I enjoyed it thoroughly and am looking forward to the next installment.
Jjlupa
Aug 25, 2014 Jjlupa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got to a little past 50%, and just couldn't finish. The main team finds themselves split up, and I find myself uninterested. I can't really put my finger on the problem, though I suspect it has to do with (view spoiler) ...more
Austine
Jul 23, 2016 Austine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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Mandy Magill
Aug 25, 2015 Mandy Magill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-owned-books
Book II in the Book of Order series.

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
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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)
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