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As a blogger who happens to write about books (though not exclusively) I naturally follow a lot of other blogs, many of which are “book blogs.” I often see the same books day after day. It can be torturous. One such book was Mockingjay. It felt as if everyone single blogger on the planet was writing about that one book over the course of two weeks. By the end of the flood I was begging for something else, anything else. The experience is akin to the radio stations playing one song to death. Flooding the market–I just don’t like it. So when I see something new it catches my eye, like a sparkly gem in the rough. I saw such a gem today at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ News and Reviews.

Geist by Phillipa Ballantine

Oh, I want this book!

Geist – Book of the Order #1

by Phillipa Ballantine

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? (from Goodreads)

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