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'''''The Books of the Order''''' are a series of {{Fantasy}} novels written by UsefulNotes/NewZealand author and podcaster PhilippaBallantine. They are, in order:

* ''Geist'' (2010)
* ''Spectyr'' (2011)
* ''Wrayth'' (2012)
* ''Harbinger'' (2013)

The Books are set in the land of Arkaym, where the Order of the Deacons are the only line of defence between citizens of the Empire and the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent "geists", dangerous spirits that draw power from the Otherside]]. The first book introduces Deacon Sorcha Faris, one of the many Actives capable of using their Gauntlets to combat geists. In BuddyCopShow fashion, Sorcha is partnered up with the newly-minted Sensitive Deacon Merrick Chambers, and later they run across "Pretender" Raed Rossin, a pirate captain and heir of the family who ruled Arkaym before the current Emperor took over. The three find themselves having to face off against a dangerous geist incursion and save Arkaym from destruction -- and that's just the first book.
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!!''Geist'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* BadAss: Sorcha.
** BadassBookworm: Merrick.
** BadassNormal: Raed [[spoiler:until the end]].
* BloodMagic: It can be used to summon geists.
** [[spoiler:RoyalBlood]]: Necessary for the spell that the villains are trying to cast.
* BrokenBridge: A sudden glacier movement prevents Raed's ship from leaving Ulrich once its arrived, leaving him, his crew, Sorcha and Merrick stranded.
* BuddyCopShow: Sorcha is a cigar-smoking, FamedInStory Active and legend among the Deacons. Merrick is a fresh-faced by-the-book Sensitive. They're partnered up. You can guess where this goes.
* TheCaptain: Raed. This gets him exactly no credit from Sorcha and Merrick [[spoiler:at first]].
* CoolAirship
* EldritchAbomination: Murashev.
* GovernmentInExile: After Raed's father and much of his court fled the capital following the Emperor's coup, they believed that they -- and subsequently Raed -- were this trope. [[IJustWantToBeNormal Raed knows better]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Inverted.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Raed has very little interest in becoming the ruler of Arkaym as he was supposed to [[spoiler:and longs to be free of the Rossin's curse]].
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Raed's curse causes him to transform into a Rossin when disturbed by traces of the Otherside.
** HulkingOut: You wouldn't like the Rossin.
* [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The geists are spirits created by people when they die. They can become creatures or possess people. They draw power from the Otherside. Geistlords are absurdly-powerful geists that ''live'' in the Otherside and would become [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] if they ever escaped to the real world. They can also create [[OurZombiesAreDifferent "unliving"]].
* PsychicLink: The Bond between parters of the Order is this, allowing a limited sharing of abilities and consciousness. The strength of Sorcha and Merrick's powers causes a much stronger Bond in a shorter space of time than usual. [[spoiler:When Sorcha Bonds with Raed, the link becomes three-way.]]
** [[spoiler:MindLinkMates]]: [[spoiler:Sorcha and Raed]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Nynnia]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Raed Rossin.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sorcha and Raed, by the end.
* [[WhoYouGonnaCall Who You Gonna Call?]]: The Order of the Deacons, for all your geist-busting needs.