Spectyr

Spectyr

by Philippa Ballantine

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Overview

She might be most powerful Deacon, but Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome.
Frustratingly, her superiors have her and her partner, Merrick Chambers, chasing down rumors of geists rather than the real thing. So they jump at the chance to escort a delegation going south for negotiations.
Their destination, the distant city of Orinthal, is plagued by a string of murders, but when Sorcha and Merrick investigate the mystery they find a hungry and cunning geist at the end of it. Disguised as a vengeful goddess wrapped in magic, she is bent on destroying her enemies, including the Rossin hidden inside Sorcha's lover.
Trying not to cause a dangerous political incident, while struggling against the sorcery of the geist, the Deacons delve into the past to find the answers.
What will they give up to save a city of strangers?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161596128
Publisher: Imagine That! Studios
Publication date: 09/23/2018
Series: A Book of the Order , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 161,979
File size: 782 KB

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Spectyr 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Deacons Sorcha Faris and Merrick Chambers have been doing jobs that no other Active and Sensitve would want to do for the last three months since the events in the Ossury in Vermillion. Deacon Faris is waiting for her divorce to be finalized from Deacon Kolya Petav who is trying to still be her Sensitive partner. Sorcha wishes Kolya had fought for their marriage as hard as he's fighting to be her partner. Sorcha would rather have Deacon Merrick Chambers as her Sensitive partner and tells the Presbyterial Council so. The Presbyterial Council headed by Arch Abbot Rictun is no friend to Deacons Sorcha Faris or Merrick Chambers yet sees reason in sending the Deacons to Orintal or Hive City as escort for the Ambassador. The Deacons jump at the chance to go especially after Sorcha''s vision of Raed's death. Captain Raed Snydar Rossin receives news that his sister Fraine has been kidnapped by slavers and taken to the Hive City. Raed wants to rescue his sister yet is wary of the Rossin being so close to land again. The Rossin's ancient enemy Hatipai is once more looking for a new body to inhabit. Grand Duchess Zofiya has been a follower of Hatipai for a long time and this has caused problems between her and her brother the Emperor Kaleva she knows the Emperor does not understand her devotion to Hatipai. Meanwhile in Orintal, murder is striking the heart of the Prince's people. No one can explain why these murders are happening yet there are plenty of spectyrs around the murder victims. What are the Prince and Grand Duchess Zofiya hiding? Why can't Deacon Petav accept Deacon Faris's decision? Can Raed find his sister? What about Hatipai and the Rossin? What will Deacons Faris and Chambers discover? Your answers await you in Spectyr.
terilhack More than 1 year ago
SPECTYR was amazing to read. It picked up right after GEIST had left off and Sorcha and Merrick soon find themselves coming into a horrible vision as well as an ancient battle. SPECTYR will test the limits of all of their bonds, and our three characters: Sorcha, Merrick, and Raed will struggle within theirs pasts and their futures. Philippa Ballantine has created another masterpiece in this Second Book of the Order. We find out more about our characters while at the same time read of their inner battles of their relationships towards the future. Sorcha is haunted by a visions she cannot deny while trying to refrain from her passions for Raed. Raed struggles within himself, his feelings, his duty and his Rossin. Merrick soon finds himself open to the Otherside and transported far away, separated from Sorcha and sent into his own new quest. SPECTYR is about choices and the future. It is of protection at what cost and suffering, inner and worldy. The world building in SPECTYR as well as the history lessons of it in the book were perfectly woven together. There was no feeling of too much backstory or lengthy explainations, only a sense of wonder as Ballantine created this fantastical world full of complications and many many oppositions. I loved the book, and cannot wait to see what else is in store for these characters. The ending left me wanting oh so much more, with a promise of an amazing book to come.
Anonymous 10 months ago
On to the next one.
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zofiya, the Grand Duchess and sister to Emperor of Delmaire, has a strong belief in a goddess and a religion of almost 1000 years in a world where most have lost their faith with the coming of geists. She believes her goddess, Hatipai, has guided her to find the Dark Angle who is to kill the Pretender, as he is to bring geists to the land. The very Pretender, Raed Rossin, who saved her life in the end of Geist.Scorcha and Merrick are happy find they are on a "real" case after all the imaginary geist hunts they've been sent on, and ends up more than they bargained for. With the Spectyrs they fight, a person of their past gives Scorcha a glimpse into the Void to see the future. Scorcha sees the man she can't get off her mind, Raed, is in grave danger. Scorcha and Merrick offer to take a case, or an escort mission, to the place they think will be the center of this trouble.Raed is enjoying life on land once again. Until her receives a letter from his father stating his sister was taken. Raed feeling guilty of the attention he has brought to his family and the love for his family heads off to find her.We are brought right back into the thick of things with each of our main characters with a quick start that leaves you flipping the pages to learn more on the happenings. We start by catching up with each character in their own part of the world, then bringing them together quickly. No stalling in getting to the story line here, which I enjoy. We pick up new secondary characters with these characters as well. Through the secondary characters we see the reactions and more history of our main group, along with another view of the world as well. Scorcha has now accepted completely her bond with Merrick, and finds she actually likes it and him. The bond is strong and... special. I have to say my favorite of this book was with Merrick! Oh boy do we learn a great GREAT deal through him. Both of him, of the past, and the present! Wonderful character and great growth in the world!There is no time wasted at the beginning of this book to refresh our memories, which I enjoy. I get bored with the refresher starts that feel like wasted pages to me. Here we get pieces of the refresher throughout the book, when we are needed to remember them to fit the pieces of the story together. Oh, we had it all before and know it now, but Philippa does a nice job of reminding us briefly what we might have forgotten to piece it together as a series.Once again I loved jumping back into this series. I do feel Philippa has a wonderful writing style in the way she tells a story and weaves a detailed world through the characters. This world and history of it is very detailed, and told wonderfully with the characters. I love the setting with the geists, spectyrs and all along with the Deacons and systems to deal with them. And the characters are quick and fun.Definitely a wonderful addition to the series. Much more to learn here and looking forward to what we have in future books as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some good moments. Overall ok.
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I enjoy Ms Ballantine’s style of writing
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Melhay More than 1 year ago
Zofiya, the Grand Duchess and sister to Emperor of Delmaire, has a strong belief in a goddess and a religion of almost 1000 years in a world where most have lost their faith with the coming of geists. She believes her goddess, Hatipai, has guided her to find the Dark Angle who is to kill the Pretender, as he is to bring geists to the land. The very Pretender, Raed Rossin, who saved her life in the end of Geist. Scorcha and Merrick are happy find they are on a "real" case after all the imaginary geist hunts they've been sent on, and ends up more than they bargained for. With the Spectyrs they fight, a person of their past gives Scorcha a glimpse into the Void to see the future. Scorcha sees the man she can't get off her mind, Raed, is in grave danger. Scorcha and Merrick offer to take a case, or an escort mission, to the place they think will be the center of this trouble. Raed is enjoying life on land once again. Until her receives a letter from his father stating his sister was taken. Raed feeling guilty of the attention he has brought to his family and the love for his family heads off to find her. We are brought right back into the thick of things with each of our main characters with a quick start that leaves you flipping the pages to learn more on the happenings. We start by catching up with each character in their own part of the world, then bringing them together quickly. No stalling in getting to the story line here, which I enjoy. We pick up new secondary characters with these characters as well. Through the secondary characters we see the reactions and more history of our main group, along with another view of the world as well. Scorcha has now accepted completely her bond with Merrick, and finds she actually likes it and him. The bond is strong and... special. I have to say my favorite of this book was with Merrick! Oh boy do we learn a great GREAT deal through him. Both of him, of the past, and the present! Wonderful character and great growth in the world! There is no time wasted at the beginning of this book to refresh our memories, which I enjoy. I get bored with the refresher starts that feel like wasted pages to me. Here we get pieces of the refresher throughout the book, when we are needed to remember them to fit the pieces of the story together. Oh, we had it all before and know it now, but Philippa does a nice job of reminding us briefly what we might have forgotten to piece it together as a series. Once again I loved jumping back into this series. I do feel Philippa has a wonderful writing style in the way she tells a story and weaves a detailed world through the characters. This world and history of it is very detailed, and told wonderfully with the characters. I love the setting with the geists, spectyrs and all along with the Deacons and systems to deal with them. And the characters are quick and fun. Definitely a wonderful addition to the series. Much more to learn here and looking forward to what we have in future books as well!
OBS More than 1 year ago
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi I struggled with reading this book and it's not because it wasn't a good book, but more that I had not had the pleasure of reading the first installment of the book. I felt that I was at a great disadvantage as so much had apparently happened in Geist and I was just trying to catch up and make sense of everything. And the fact that I was so lost just goes to show how imaginative and detailed Ballantine has made this world and story she has created. I think the whole premise to this series is enchanting and a great read for anybody that enjoys reading of magic and fighting evil, but I HIGHLY recommend reading this series in order! There is not much repeating of what happened in the previous books like other authors are known to do.so save your confusion and read the series in order as it was intended! As I personally know that I probably would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had taken that advice.
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