Series & Genre: Fantasy, Book of the order #1
Published on October 26, 2010 by Penguin groupMass market paperback, 304 pages
Where did I get this book: Bought
Blurb: 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?
Review: The book kinda started out slow, with Deacon Sorcha and her husband battling a unknown Geist. In the world that Ms. Ballantine has created there are a group of guardians that defends the people from geists (spirits) each guardian is bonded/paired with one an active and a sensitive. (This set up reminds me of Moria J. Moore's Heroes series). There were a couple of slow and unnecessary scene here and there throughout the book, but it was still able to hold my attention till the end. Sorcha's character is different from any heroine that I have ever read. To some her attitude and demeanor might be a turn off. Raed's character was much more likeable, even though he's a wanted pirate...and an honest one at that!
Overall the book was good, with some flaws but still interesting enough for me to continue on with the next book, Spectyr. There were two small problems I had with the book which was the pacing and Sorcha's infidelity. I know she's in a loveless marriage but really there's still no excuse. I hope this problem is solved in the next book with a divorce at least.
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