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(Book of the Order #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,050 ratings  ·  97 reviews
In the Empire of Arkaym, the Order of Deacons protects and shelters the citizens from the attacks of the unliving. All are sworn to fight the evil forces of the geists—and to keep the world safe from the power of the Otherside…

Although she is one of the most powerful Deacons in the Order, Sorcha Faris is still unable to move or speak after her last battle. Even her partn
Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Ace
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This book is so abysmally crappy that it killed Little One's Kindle as we were buddy reading it. I kid you not. Now that is some very hazardous reading material right there. That being said, it seems losing her beloved Kindle wasn't too traumatizing for the dear girl since she still managed to write the bestest review ever for this PoC™. You might want to go and check it out, by the way. It's much more informative and to-the-point and articulate than any of my crappy non reviews will ever be. Bu ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: br-machalos, fantasy


How to Irremediably Wreck Your Series.
Shock your readers out of complacency!

Consistent characterization: irrelevant. Recent studies indicate that the attention span of the average person is close to that of a 5 weeks-old Chihuahua. Who's who? What made a certain character thick so far? What motivated this other? Trust me, nobody cares. You don't remember, your readers most certainly don't remember and, since literature is a form of mimesis, even the characters themselves shouldn't gi
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's hard to put a category on this, it's kind of steampunk/high fantasy? At any rate, it was a PLEASURE to go into this hybrid-world again. I love the characters, and the author puts them through their paces for sure, but there are enough ups and downs to really be engrossed, I literally had to read this book in one night. Very interesting upheaval happens to set up for a next book, and a VERY interesting character twist leaves you really wondering how the main characters are gonna get through ...more
Melissa Hayden
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
All the pieces we've stumbled across with Sorcha and Merrick (and Raed) are coming together in this gripping adventure with broken bonds of old and new.

After the battle ending Spectyr two months ago Sorcha's old partner, Garil, lets her be taken by Aachon to find the Pretender, and the Rossin, to see if another can help heal her from her immortality that he believes is paralyzing her, stuck in her immobile body. The bond that's blocked as well, Sorcha is easily taken without ala
Raymond Just
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a tough review for me to write. I've met Philippa, and she is one of the coolest, most engaging, and most interesting authors with whom I've had the pleasure of conversing. She has an amazingly rich imagination, a cool, cheeky style, and, usually, some well-crafted prose. But, sad to say, this is not the case with Wrayth, the third Book of the Order, following the much better Geist and Spectyr. The tale feels hurried, cobbled together and written far too quickly and carelessly, most like ...more
Patricia Eddy
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the "Book of the Order" series and I loved it. It is primarily the story of Sorcha, Merrick, Raed, and the Rossin, who gets a lot more "page time" in this book than in any of the others. We're introduced to the thoughts and plans of the Rossin much more in this book and it ends with even more mystery than it begins with.

I find the three (or four depending on how you see Raed/Rossin) way relationship between these characters incredibly complex and interesting. While it
Dr susan
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-again
Just as I was wondering how three people could get into so much trouble, I was clobbered by a plot twist I never expected! Philippa Ballantine is a wonderful author.

After dealing with a sick patient last night, I employed multiple delaying tactics to avoid reading the last 40 pages of Wrayth. All good things must come to an end; I finished Wrayth, and the plot twists kept clobbering. I knew this was not the final book of the Order, but I did not see any of this coming. A good series should be ab
John Cleland
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
A must read for fans of Philippa Ballantine and her heroine Sorcha Ferris. The third book in the Book of the Order series is truly surprises. It seems everything is thrown into a cocked hat. This is not your typical fantasy-adventure series. The characters are getting more complex with each volume.

Can't wait for what happens next. Well done Ms. Ballantine.
Confusing, and not much progress in the storyline. As a matter of fact, things are worse. Annnnd, another nothing-can-be-resolved-until-the-next-book ending.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book with Geist and Spectyr being the first and second books respectively. In this book it is a continuation from the second where we were left thirsting for more and wanting to know what will happen next. Yes, if you haven't figured out this series you must read in order.

You are not disappointed in learning what happens to our trio of Raed, Sorcha and Merrick. We also surprisingly get some background information on our main deacon and sensitive. I really enjoyed that and can s
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire saga hits the floor runing and it makes sense, because it feels like Phillipa Ballantine had too much world build and too much action happening to stop and explain it to us. And these books are better for it.
I still don't have answers to many of the questions I had about what was going on, and I feel I finished with more questions, but there is a lot of development in the story and status quo change. I like it when there's status quo change. That was my problem with the second book,
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-series
Wrayth is the third book in Philippa Ballantine’s Book of the Order series. While I enjoyed the first two immensely, I did not feel as enthralled with this installment. This is perhaps because I took a lot more time to complete this novel compared to the other two.

There are two main dilemmas in this book. The first describes the Wrayth, a powerful geistlord who runs a breeding program using captured women. I found this subplot to be very creepy and entertaining, though I honestly don’t remember
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 ☆☆

Ehhhh. There was SO MUCH going on, and it felt somewhat made up on the spot? Especially the part with Sorcha’s mother? Idk I would have loved to see a bit more foreshadowing, at least at the beginning of the book. And I know the writing in this series is very basic, but the story and characters kind of balanced that out for me. But in this book it reaaaally shows how bad it is in places.

I will say this though, the amount of story, world building and character moments Ballantine can fit int
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
covered lots of ground, i didnt even realize there was this much to Sorcha's back story... there were a lot of names i didnt remember becuase of the time between last one and this one but all in all easy to pick back up. I want to know what the Rossin is up to!!! uhm... a bit fraught but decent all around
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great adventure. It took me a bit to get into the different characters, but once I did I couldn't put down the book. The different settings were described so well, I felt as if I could reach out and touch them. The story line flowed perfectly from the last book in the series to this one. I can't wait to read the next one.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I couldn't put this book down. I found myself completely immersed in the story, and my goodness I felt so bad for Merrick and Sorcha n this installment. The ending was AMAZING and I really cannot wait for the next installment.

Damn you, Philippa Ballantine. You've got your claws in me and now I can't stop!
Kathleen Dixon
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: n-z-author, fantasy
This is the third book in an excellent series, and I can't wait till the fourth is available for me to read. The development of the main characters is spot on, all within a storyline that is full of excitement and has fascinating magic.

Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book and finished it way too fast. More please.
Gloria Vodicka
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another hit for Ms. Ballantine. She grows with each successive addition to the Book of the Order novels. Now I must wait because the story isn't finished yet....
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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James Gonzalez
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an odd book for me. I really liked the character development with most of the cast, especially Sorcha and the Rossin. I love the fact that the geistlord is starting to behave more than just a hungry beast and is actually scheming on his own. I'm very interested in reading the last book to find out what develops on that front.

The part that I didn't like as much is the story itself. While it wasn't bad at all, it just didn't feel like a lot of ground was covered. It was basically finding
Beth Adams
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good I would read it again

As the world becomes larger and the characters revealed more fully I begin to dread the end of the series. This is one of those series you find that make you wish you could actually visit the world presented. I wish I could write better reviews as I cannot begin to do this book justice
Rachael Royal
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is going great! I love plot and what's happening to all the characters. I'm really excited to see how it all ends.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
3rd book

Lots of prep for the 4 book. I like the characters, but I feel this book wasn’t as good as the two previous. Having said that, I don’t want to know what happens in the 4th
Dania F
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Depressing. Too dark for my taste
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Original Post at FANGS, WANDS and Fairy Dust 10-15-2012
WRAYTH is Philippa Ballantine at Her Best

A Book of the Order (Book 3)
by Philippa Ballantine
August 28, 2012
e-book and Mass Market Paperback
320 Pages
Copy of Paperback provided by publisher in expectation that a review, if written, would be fair. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

In the Empire of Arkaym, the Order of Deacons protects and shelters the citizens from the atta
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it

I’m not sure why this series is labeled as steampunk on Goodreads because it isn’t really…I would consider this more of high fantasy as opposed to regular fantasy especially with all the geistlords and creatures running amok in this series. Also, I have mixed feelings about this book/series. This was my first high fantasy novel, I think, at least in a while, and it’s not a genre that I’m supremely familiar with or fond of so it was a little slow goin
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
Full Review:

Welcome back to Ms. Ballantine’s amazing world of Arykham. It’s been two months since the explosive ending to Spectyr, the second Book of the Order. We discover that our heroine Sorcha has been in a catatonic state since those events, only able to move her eyes and push emotions through the bond with her Sensitive partner, Merrick. The opening of the story is full of immediate and
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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)

Other books in the series

Book of the Order (4 books)
  • Geist (Book of the Order, #1)
  • Spectyr (Book of the Order, #2)
  • Harbinger (Book of the Order, #4)