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Geist by Philippa Ballantine
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really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk, vaginal-fantasy

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 paranormal-fighting Paladin order was really fun to learn about, and the world was well-layered in familiar ways. The steam punk stuff was very light, but added nice flavor.

I especially liked the characters, they were all distinct and Sorcha, the main female character, was tough but BELIEVABLE, she never tried to hard to be competent: she just WAS. Everyone's personality was well balanced against each other, and I definitely rooted for them to succeed!

I guess the plot was the weakest part, if there's anything to criticize, a few times there were things that the characters should have known, but overlooked, there were some secondary characters dropped (like Sorcha's husband, but probably plans for him in the sequel), but nothing so egregious that it made me irritated, because the pace was so quick, the action never lulls, which is a good thing!

Definitely look forward to a followup!!!!!!!!

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Started Reading
December 24, 2010 – Shelved
December 24, 2010 – Shelved as: steampunk
December 24, 2010 – Shelved as: vaginal-fantasy
December 24, 2010 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Craig (new)

Craig Williams Sorry, but the only Sorcha for me is the one from Willow;)

[Name Redacted] Craig wins the thread!

message 3: by Scarlett (new)

Scarlett great your review! You really helped me decide to read this book.

Prescott a female Hellboy in a steampunk world.

Patrick The cover was done by Jason Chan, same as my avatar. I feel like I picked up the book just for that art

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