Geist

Geist

by Philippa Ballantine
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Geist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Odin1eye More than 1 year ago
I am extremely character driven. World building seems to have turned into the rage these days. Many authors spend so much time creating the universe the characters live in, the forget to make those same characters breath. For me, this is obvious in stories like (prepare for blasphemy) Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. After reading all but the last book of the series, I realized I had no desire to complete them because while the world lived and breathed, the characters hadn't developed sufficiently to keep me interested beyond the second or third book. Ms. Ballantine does create a firm mythos that encapsulates the motivations driving her characters towards their objectives. However, she does this whilst keeping the focus on the characters and letting the mythos build along the way. This is a lesson I think many writers need to learn. Ms. Ballantine's characters are worth knowing. Her strong female lead is unique. Sorcha Faris is a strong, powerful, mature, attractive woman. She is direct, almost brutally blunt at times. She enjoys a good cigar and is truthful with herself. She is easily the driving character in the story and she exudes potential development in subsequent stories. She might not be the easiest person to know, but she would be someone that would be worth that effort. Raed Rossin enters the story relatively early on (the second chapter) but remains outside of the main storyline, moving parallel, for the first part. Raed is a member of the once ruling family, now a sea nomad doing his best to stay alive. He hides his inner qualities behind a course (though not unrefined) exterior. He effortlessly claims loyalty from those that follow him. He is a prince among men and a pirate at heart. Merrick Chambers completes the starring cast. He is a young but powerful idealist partnered, against their wishes, with Sorcha. Along the way they learn to trust and rely on one another. It is neither an easy or enjoyable path for them at times, but it does make for a very good story. Geist is much more than another quest fantasy. Geist has elements of fantasy, horror and romance all rolled into one action packed adventure spanning continents where loyalties are called into question, rogues can be heros and heros can be idealists. At a purchase price of under $8 US, this is a story you shouldn't hesitate in buying. This book begs you to lock the doors, get comfortable in your favorite chair, turn down the lights and read. I encourage you to do the same. You won't be disappointed.
The-Shadow More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my nook, and saved most for it a long flight. It certainly passed the time, but I doubt I'll read it again. Ballantine avoids the dreaded "info dump," which plagues the genre, but at some point you have to explain to your readers what's going on, which she never adequately does. As a result, she seems to pull things out of nowhere. The pacing is off, with the climax coming somewhere in the middle of the book and with the final battle not being properly built up and feeling rushed. The middle battle, to me, felt more urgent and exciting than the final one. The two lovers have zero chemistry, so that sub-plot feels shoehorned in and serves no purpose. I realize that I'm the minority here, so by all means, take my review with a grain of salt, but I can't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of fantasy and after awhile it all begins to blur together. But Geist is different. It rocks from the first scene and continues on to the final words. It's got a lot of supernatural power, great battle scenes, tortured characters and even some romance. Which leaves me wanting more. Please tell me there's a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but I do not feel the need to rush and get the next book in this series
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jsrock37 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book at first, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it. About halfway through the book I was dearly hoping it was part of a series. And it is, yay! Fun, instantly likeable characters and a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Love it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An engaging storyline with interesting characters. I look forward to further books in the series.
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Doesntreviewoften More than 1 year ago
Wow. I am thoroughly impressed! Though it felt like I was reading for a month, it was such a good book that I did not mind in the least. I recommend this book for any avid fantasy reader.
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Aeranthae More than 1 year ago
Lack of Background: The story itself was great, however I wish there had been a bit more information on the Order and its history, along with the main characters Sorcha and Merrick. Ballantine created such an interesting concept with the Deacons and I would've liked to learn a bit more about where they came from and how they got to where they were when Geist took place. Mix of Genres: As I was reading Geist, it came across as the perfect blend of fantasy and steampunk, with the edginess of an urban fantasy. I love all of those genres on their own and the combination made Geist a dark, humorous, and intriguing story. It put a new twist on fantasy and the supernatural. Memorable Characters: From the tough, cigar-smoking Sorcha Faris to the level-headed Merrick Chambers, Ballantine created characters that really stay with you after reading. The growth of friendship between Sorcha and Merrick provides a bit of humor into the mix. When Raed steps on the scene, the pot gains a little romance for just the right amount of tension to keep the reader wondering what's going to happen next--or a better question, what is Sorcha going to do next? It was a slow start, and the lead-in to the world of the Empire where Sorcha lives was rough, but once I got past the first few chapters, I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the sequel, Spectyr!