Literature: The Books Of The Order
The Books of the Order are a series of Fantasy novels written by New Zealand author and podcaster Philippa Ballantine. They are, in order:
- Geist (2010)
- Spectyr (2011)
- Wrayth (2012)
- Harbinger (2013)
Geist provides examples of the following tropes:
- Bad Ass: Sorcha.
- Blood Magic: It can be used to summon geists.
- Royal Blood: Necessary for the spell that the villains are trying to cast.
- Broken Bridge: A sudden glacier movement prevents Raed's ship from leaving Ulrich once its arrived, leaving him, his crew, Sorcha and Merrick stranded.
- Buddy Cop Show: Sorcha is a cigar-smoking, Famed In-Story 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.
- The Captain: Raed. This gets him exactly no credit from Sorcha and Merrick at first.
- Cool Airship
- Eldritch Abomination: Murashev.
- Government in Exile: 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. Raed knows better.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Raed has very little interest in becoming the ruler of Arkaym as he was supposed to and longs to be free of the Rossin's curse.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Raed's curse causes him to transform into a Rossin when disturbed by traces of the Otherside.
- Hulking Out: You wouldn't like the Rossin.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Our Ghosts Are Different: 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 Eldritch Abominations if they ever escaped to the real world. They can also create "unliving".
- Psychic Link: 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. When Sorcha Bonds with Raed, the link becomes three-way.
- Mind Link Mates: Sorcha and Raed.
- Really 700 Years Old: Nynnia
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince Raed Rossin.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Sorcha and Raed, by the end.
- Who You Gonna Call?: The Order of the Deacons, for all your geist-busting needs.
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