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Harbinger

(Book of the Order #4)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed mor
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Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Ace
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Colin Forbes
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
A somewhat disappointing end to a series that I had previously been enjoying.

It's hard to put my finger on exactly what my problems with this book were. I just became more and more aware that I was puting off reading it and picking up other books instead - which is not a good sign. Still, you can't leave the final book in a series unfinished after having read the first three, so I finally made a concerted effort to read to the end.

Some other reviewers were dissatisfied with the ending and how it
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Alicia Aringdale
A disappointing end to a series that began with so much potential

This book was sadly exactly what I was expecting. I understand pyrric victory but taking a character who was once powerful and in control and brave and turning her into a sniveling victim for most of the book except the one scene in the village. Then at the end she is stripped of everything by the person who had once been closest to her. It just left a bad taste in my mouth.
On top of that this book was boggy, filled with continuit
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Ashley Kvasnicka
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I was debating on giving this a 3.5/5 but honestly, this book was partly to blame for a slump and I found it hard to finish.

This series started out strong and descended from there. Pity pity shame shame.
Rusty
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun climax to an exciting series kept this reader quickly turning page after page. Fast moving and adventure filled. Deacon Sorcha Faris, her partner Deacon Merrick Chambers, and Raed are fighting renegade deacons, an evil geist lord, and a mad emperor. This Book of the Order finale picks up after Wrayth, (#3) where the deacons credibility is shattered when Order of the Eye and Fist is literally destroyed.

Sorcha is leader of whatever is left and she must find a way to build a new order or
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Melissa Hayden
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
We see the world as it's falling apart around our characters. Things are not looking good, and they may not all live to see what happens to the world when the Otherside crosses over. Maybe they don't want to see it. But they all will do everything in their power to stop it from happening. There are even a few geistlords that live upon the human realm and don't want the Otherside to cross, as they have to many enemies there. You know one of these geistlords as the Rossin. The Rossin has his own s ...more
Wombat
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Strangely, this was the most dissatisfying of the Order books.
Ms Ballantine gave us more of the same in this, the 4th in the main Order books, and a semi-satisfying conclusion. I think that the biggest problem of this installment is that it is the last installment - and endings are always hard to do right.
Our ever favorite characters: Sorcha, Merrick, Raed and the Rossin are back and in top form. I really loved the challenge raised by the ending of the last book - the Rossin trying to escape - m
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Rosu Aquabutts
"It was okay."

I can sum up all the problems with this series in one sentance: it's just not long enough. Building a world this huge, this deep, this layered, with this much history, not to mention a story with twists and turns and reveals and a massive mythos... it just CANNOT BE DONE in 1200 total pages.

These books could have been some of the best I've read, but they're just too packed. There's barely any time for characters to bond, information and concepts are introduced AS they're happening,
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nat.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved marathoning this series! it felt kind of rushed at times, but it's so action-packed that you don't even care! ;) ...more
Phyllis
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, exciting finish to an excellent series. Sorcha, her partner, Merrick, and Raed are united in fighting against renegade deacons, an evil geist lord, and a mad emperor. It is imperative that they remain together, but other forces tear them apart. One must sacrifice everything to save the world.
The Speculative Post
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dan-s-reviews
I’m never sure how to review late books in a series. You’ve presumably already read the other three if you clicked past the spoiler warning, so I don’t need to go back and do any background. But maybe you haven’t, and jumping right in is just going to confuse you.

In any event, I really can’t review a book like this without spending at least a little time talking about the magic system. The primary conceit of this world and the series is that there is a spirit world called The Otherside. Various
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Patrick
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, book-series
Well, here we finally are. Harbinger is unfortunately the final installment in the awesome steampunk urban fantasy Books of the Order series. While I'll be sad that this awesome and unique series is coming to an end, it did leave on a spectacular high note. While I generally shy away from urban fantasy, I loved this series for a number of reasons:

• Awesome cover artwork by Magic: the Gathering artist Jason Chan

• Doesn't take place in a modern day setting

• Great use of steampunk

• Unique magi
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
Review originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher.

Harbinger is the fourth and final installment of the marvelous Books of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine. Although one could probably get away reading it solo, I do not recommend it. Ms. Ballantine has created an immensely rich fantasy world with stories that build from book to book, and it is best read from beginning to end. Harbinger truly is the
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Francesco Petraccone
Vote: 4,00
Class: L-B1 (FP) (*)

(Fourth and last book of the Book of the Order Series)

And finally in this last book the story becomes breathtaking, the characters grow to epic proportions, and all this series becomes great.
I've liking the previous books but let's say they need, in my opinion, some editing; on the contrary, this book is just perfect.

The world (3,50) is a mixture of steampunk and fantasy, with an interesting magical system. I liked the Deacons Order idea and the way their powers w
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Lisa King
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Sorcha Faris, Merrick Chambers and Raed Rossin are regrouping with what is left after the destruction of the Abby of the Order of the Fist and ..... Events continue to move forward as the riva Order attacks. Sorcha, Merrick, Raed, the Rossin, the Fensena, the emperor Kaleva, the Grand Duchess and the villainous Derodak are all on a collision course that will either usher in their doom or their salvation.

This is the fifth and final book in this series. I admit that it took me a few chapters to g
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Natalie Tyler
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is categorized as “steampunk” and I read it from start to finish but I have no idea what makes it “steampunk”. Also the author is from New Zealand so it’s a perfect match for the category. Maybe because I don’t know steampunk. I guess I was expecting Queen Victoria on a train!

The good is that the book is quick reading and action-packed. Also it is number four in a series (I read this one because it was the one I could find in my library). but there is sufficient back-story to make it
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jannaphia
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 ☆☆☆

Urgh I’m having the hardest time rating this...I definitely liked it a lot more than Wrayth but like..there was so much wasted potential. It would have needed to be a lot longer to make the ending as impactful as it should have been. Tbh the ending was the best part of the book, but how we got there was just..meh. Most of the characters were just moved around by circumstance without agency of their own. And it’s just kinda sad when you feel like one of the secondary characters has more me
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Lejon Johnson
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As the final book of the Order, Harbinger had a lot to live up to. Ballantine successfully held tension through the story, while giving us tragic figures to morn, heroic figures to cheer, and incredible depth to the characters we've come to cherish through this series. She also left enough wiggle-room at the end for a fifth book to the series, as there are a couple of questions raised at the end of the book as well as some left-over unanswered questions from the series. I am thoroughly satisfied ...more
Liz
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great ending, tying up loose ends without straining credibility (too much!) I liked the small message of hope at the ending since (view spoiler). I would love to read a novella set in the future updating us on the characters and the fallout from Harbinger's events.

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Dr susan
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
And the Burrito of Sadness continues with Harbinger, the final Book of the Order.

I wish series did not have to come to an end, but I am always glad when authors are able to gracefully end a series. Harbinger is not a graceful end, but a violent, twisty, satisfying conclusion. I need to find time to read this fascinating series again.
Dawn
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading and cried. I truly hope there is one more story with Sorcha and Merrick in it. The action was good and kept you wondering if Sorcha would be the Harbinger of Good or the downfall of all humans. The last page made me hope for more and now I can't wait for next book by this author to come out. ...more
Wielli
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Satisfying end to a great series.
Jolie
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely wanted more after reading all of the books of the Order!
Stokely Het weten
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read.. But disappointed at the ending.. I won't find out what happens between zofiya and merrick ...more
Leo
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well at least for now this seems to be the final book in the series, which is sad. I have really come to love the characters in this series.
David
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5. Good enough conclusion to the series.
Tracy
A decent end to the series, but a little difficult to read with all the errors. Was there no editor? Practically every page had grammar errors (especially comma splices), misspellings, and/or typos. There were continuity errors and places where it was evident that edits had been made but surrounding text was not adjusted. Some scenes were also afflicted with a lack of clarity, where the author’s vision was not adequately transcribed to the page. This is where beta readers can alert the author th ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Order of the Eye and Fist is broken almost beyond repair. The Native Order lead by First Arch Abbott is trying to control all of the geistlords. Can our heroes stop this madman? Will it break what's left of The Order of the Eye and Fist? Your answers await you in Harbinger.

I'm sad to see this series end. Yet is answered all the questions I had through out the whole series. The characters were top notch and believable. I'm excited to see if there is a future for this series until then Happy R
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Marianne Boutet
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Shae
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed the entire series very much I felt like this was the weakest book of the series. It takes almost half of the book for the story to really take off and I felt like the book concluded a little too conveniently. Also there are some loose ends in the plot that are never addressed and are just left open. But I thought that the last couple paragraphs saved the book from being three and a half to a four star book.
Geri Winney
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I devoured the first 3 books while on vacation, but took my time with the last one when I got home. Turns out, these are the type of books that require devouring. Something was lost with my slower pace. I can't put my finger on it, but I was less invested, even as the action finally came to a head, and all literal Hell broke loose. I didn't reduce my rating, because it was definitely me, not the book. ...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)
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