Geist by Phillipa Ballantine
Publication date: September 29th, 2010
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...Goodreads Amazon Book Depository
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 throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.
But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.
And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?
I was confused.
Right from the absolute start, we are thrust right into action.
And there are Deacons, Actives, Sensitives, Geists....
I actually had to go back several times thinking I miraculously missed all the explanation.
Yeah... no, the explanation came, 30 pages too late.
The main character is Sorcha Faris, an experienced Deacon with 20 years under her belt.
I REALLY liked parts of her character, she is portrayed as a cool beauty with brains and unbelievable power.
She is also married to her long time partner Kolya. But after a freak accident, he is left to recover and she is paired with a promising newbie Merrick Chambers, a boy with a secretive past and a fear of Sorcha that makes him determined to stand his ground.
Together they made a surprisingly good team. And are able to form a strong Bond right from the beginning.
Surprisingly the thing that irritated me the most was
Sorcha's inability to behave like a mature adult when speaking to the majority of the other characters.
She was behaving childishly immature on one side, then proud and full of herself on the other.
And Merrick was the level headed one, calmly discussing and interacting with others.
That kinda threw me off, who again is the older one?
In the first half of the book we meet Raed Rossin the Pretender to the Throne and his crewmen on his ship.
( A pirate AND a prince)
I really liked him. Not only did he have a genuine voice he was thoroughly developed as a character.
Cursed he set to sea in hopes of avoiding the things that curse him.
He is a tragically flawed character, thus irresistible in my mind, I really enjoyed being in his head.
The only time I liked Sorcha was when she was interacting with Rossin, she seemed fun and witty.
I'm not sure how I feel about her infidelity, simply because I really love a slow building romance. And everything seemed rushed when it came to the two of them.
Let's Talk about the world
When reading fantasy the thing I most love is the world itself.
The history, the creatures, the weapon's, the mystery, the bad guys all his makes for a great fantasy setting
And that is the case in Geist.
The universe itself is an unbelievable oasis of future possibilities.
Geist was a perfect overture to what is still to occur. The shape shifting creatures and the usage of weapons as mediums for magic, the touch of piracy, and the sprinkle of steam punk. All this made for an epic world setting.
I really hope the second part will loose the awkwardness Geist had, because it has so much potential for a truly unbelievable series.