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Geist (Book of the Order #1)

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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 geists...

Among 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 t
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Ace (first published September 29th 2010)
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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
May 11, 2014 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: action fantasy fans who like a little romance
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 she
*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 chapter
Mike (the Paladin)
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
Gail Carriger
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 ...more
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
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 suffic
Anzu The Great Destroyer
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 their me

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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

GEIST 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 essentiall
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 favourite th
(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 geists
Pamela / SpazP
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 coa ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
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 ...more
Paulette Jaxton
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 ...more
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'
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
I have two reviews to give for Philippa Ballantine’s book Geist.

The first is the short review. The cave man version, as given by my slightly hairier Cro-Magnon alter ego Thag: “Geist good! Thag like! You buy!”

Thag is a man of few words.

The second was a lot harder to write, simply because writing a really good review that sounds honest is a lot harder than writing a man one. That’s my excuse for taking this long to write a review anyway.

Make no mistake, Geist is good, really good. Ballantine has
Solid 4.5 stars, great read!

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 geists...

Among 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 th
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Read the entire review here:

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

Original review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Geist was a book which I wasn’t aware of when it got released. I got hold of a copy of it this year when the second book was released. Geist seemed like a rural fantasy however when I read more about it, I knew it was set in an alternate world with a great catch.

In Geist we meet two Deacons; Sorcha Faris, a seasoned veteran of fighting geists, and Merrick Chambers, who is absolutely new to this whole protection gig. They are thrown together
Cherry Mischievous
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 g
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Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “Keep sailing Young know where to find me, have you a need.”

When Deacon Sorcha Faris’s husband and partner Koyla is critically injured during an violent geist attack, she gains a new and untried partner; Deacon Merrick Chambers. Rumors have been whispered that the geist are attacking throughout the land so Sorcha and Merrick are sent to the remote island of Ulrich to aid the Priory there. Along the way t
As bias as this may sound, I loved it. I watched the evolution of this adventure from an idea, and the end result is nothing short of wonderful. I give it four stars because I have a feeling Pip's writing is only going to get better. I'm looking forward to Spectyr...and no, that one, I'll be coming in cold to.

Yes, do yourself a favor — read this.
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.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
So i had a sort of love hate relationship with this book, Hate might be too strong a word, lets say dislike.
It took me a while to get into it, Philippa seem to think it was hilarious dumping us readers into a new world with almost no explanation, must say not my favorite thing ever to do. So while to world and abilities is rather original i struggled for a while. Also the main character was at times a bit of a retard and somewhat self-centered. (though almost everyone thought well of them selves
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-nic ...more
“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 over Ark
Wow, I just noticed this book was published on my birthday. +10 points for that.

This book was interesting to say the least. At first, the beginning chapters were very difficult and confusing to get through because they suffer from the fantasy syndrome, which is where we are thrown a lot of names, places, and general world building/back story all at once. I was lost for quite a bit but after a while things settle down and you start to ingest all this stuff and understand it.

It’s actually a very
Beth Dawkins
Sorcha is a Deacon with the Order, charged with protecting the people from the unliving. After a disaster that leaves her husband/partner injured, she is asked to bond with a new partner and travel to see what is up with a disturbance. Along the way Sorcha and her new partner, Merrick, run across Raed, who happens to join them. All is not what it seems, and the unliving have started to break all the usual rules. It is up to the three of them to get to the bottom of things before it is too late. ...more
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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)
More about Philippa Ballantine...
Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1) Spectyr (Book of the Order, #2) Wrayth (Book of the Order, #3) Chasing the Bard (Fey #1) Harbinger (Book of the Order, #4)

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