Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book Review: Spectyr

Though one of the most powerful Deacons, Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome, which is why she jumps at the chance to investigate a string of murders in the exotic city of Orithal. But it is there that her lover, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, is targeted by a cruel and vengeful goddess, unwittingly unleashed by the Emperor's sister.

Spectyr ( Book of the Order #2 ) by Philippa Ballantine
Paperback, 320 pages
Published at 2011

For some reason i was pretty sure i had reviewed Spectyr and i still am but i can't find it anywhere so here i am (again or not again)...

I'm gonna skip how awesome the cover is, since you see by yourself its awesomeness!

I picked Spectyr immediatelly after Geist since as i have already told you it was one of the best fantasy books i've read. In Spectyr, the author gets the chance to open her world more to us. Geist was an introduction but Spectyr is the real deal. You get to learn more about the world, their gods, their history, explore new places and some back story of the characters as well. 
So even though at points, i was a little tired of all the new info, still the adventure,action and twists kept me reading and i finished it even faster than Geist.

You might see Sorcha once again at the cover but Merrick is a far important character than her. Merrick is also my favorite character so i was really happy when i learned more about him, see him saving people's asses, have dealings with powerful creatures and becomes stronger as well. Sorcha still had the most action scenes but i believe Merrick steal the light in this one. But no matter who was more important story, it was nice to see that all characters changed through the story and what happened in the previous book too.

Favorite part of the book was when you get to know a lot more about the Deacons' connection and how important it is to them. You get to see how vulnerable are alone but how the characters act in difficult situations like that and understand them better. 

A great installment of a series that i recommend to any fantasy lover. Be fast and read the books since next one will be out later in 2012! I know i can't for it!

Thanks Philippa Ballantine for providing a copy of the book.



  1. The cover looks so good and it makes you want to read the book....Thnx for the review....

  2. Yep the cover tottaly rocks.
    I hope they make it into a good movie soon :D
    yeah it sounds a bit not sophisticated but I am more of a movie fun XD

  3. Merrick was awesome in the first one too. And if you ask me he is the most realistic character in the first book. I mean, he has everything, he even had the inevitable loss (i didnt really like Nynnia but I felt sorry for Merrick). But come to think of it, it was reasonable. I wish Raed or someone else died instead. (Obvious team Merrick guy here)


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