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.
"In the tradition of greats like Margaret Weis and Robin Hobb, Philippa Balantine has woven an excellent tale of fantasy, paranormal, black powder, steampunk goodness."> -"Geek Life"
"Part of the entertainment of this novel is putting the pieces together to get a picture of the complicated political situation, the period (they have magical airships!) and the nature of the geists...Plenty of magic- blasting action keeps things lively for a rousing start to this new series." -"Locus"
"With its richly detailed world and wonderfully realized characters, Geist is one of the most vividly original books I've read this year." -Nalini Singh, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Kiss of Snow"