Sunday 10 July 2011

Review: GEIST

Geist by Philippa Ballantine
Book 1 of the Order of the Deacons

Genre: fantasy, for 18s or older only

About Geist:
Geists don’t always play by the rules.

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 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?
Source: Info in the About Geist was taken from the author's website at on 11/06/2011.

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 get surprised by the unexpected turn the plot went instead! Ahhh... this author is good at inventing stories indeed!! The other thing I really liked about this book is that it has a well-structured story. I like stories with cohesive structure because it is easier to wrap my mind around it if it does, therefore, really ranks right high up with me as a reader. I like it when I can wrap my head around a story as oppose to one where I struggle to do so. Authors of books without a well-structured story, I tend not to buy again.

Look at that cover! The art department deserves a bloody raise!! If I was on one of my retail therapy sessions and browsing the shelves of a bookstore, this cover would trigger my book buying radar with an irristible pull!

I didn't like the inconsistent rules of magic in this world of the geists though. In the scene where we first witnessed Raed's change, he lost his clothes. But in The Melding scene, they did not loose their clothes. They came off it presumed to be fully clothed. Now, that is not consistent. But because of the wonderful "story building skills" that this author displayed and the enjoyment I got out of this book, I would still give it a high rating.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4
World Building = 5
Character Development = 5
Pace = 4
Plot = 5
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Order Of The Deacons Series:

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Geist by Philippa Ballantine received.


  1. I do want to read it :D I actually thought it was fantasy first when I looked at the cover ;)

  2. Oh, this one looks really good! I'm adding it to my wishlist. Love the cover as well. Thanks for the review, Cherry!

  3. LiLi - It is a good read, Lil, though you just have to persevere through the first few chapters.

  4. I didn't even notice the inconsistencies! I think like you said the story was good enough for me not to notice them. ;) I really liked this book.
    I'm planning on reading the next book soon.

    Ans yes the covers are just SO pretty

  5. pattepoilue - The story sure was worth it! :)

  6. Sounds good. Thanks for the warning on the lack of magical consistency.

  7. Juju at Tales of - Don't let it discourage you from this book because at the end of it, it's a good read! :)

  8. Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.

    Sounds like an interesting book...THANKS.

    Stop by my blog if you like for a giveaway of NIGHT TRAIN that ends on July 25.



  9. Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth! :)


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