Book of the Order, Book 3
Synopsis: In the Empire of Arkaym, the Order of Deacons protects and shelters the citizens from the attacks of the unliving. All are sworn to fight the evil forces of the geists—and to keep the world safe from the power of the Otherside…
Although she is one of the most powerful Deacons in the Order, Sorcha Faris is still unable to move or speak after her last battle. Even her partner, Merrick Chambers, cannot reach her through their shared Bond. Yet there are those who still fear Sorcha and the mystery of her hidden past.
Meanwhile, Merrick has been asked to investigate a new member of the Emperor’s Court. But when Sorcha is abducted by men seeking Raed Rossin, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, Merrick must choose where his loyalties lie.
Review: Before starting my review I would like to thank Melissa who was kind enough to give me a summary of the two first volumes. Because I think it is always a bit tricky to get into a fantasy series without knowing the premises. So a big thank you Melissa! With it, all became much clearer and it wasn’t difficult to identify the characters.
From the beginning we discover Sorcha, trapped in a body that does not work and she can see what happens without being able to do or say something. She dreams of one thing, that someone releases and kills her for no longer living this way but nobody seems to understand this need either her husband or Merrick. But then she is kidnapped by some men who want her gift and her link with Raed and ; Merrick is called to the court to investigate for the Empress, something he can’t refuse. Especially since this woman is very charming. But everything is complicated when under his protection, the Empress is taken, and he is falsely accused of being the author. What about Sorcha? After a strange pact, she finds the ability to move and completely recovers her injuries, all to find Raed. In this quest, she learns a little more about her past and the reasons of her uniqueness, something that is also quite intriguing. But there is more, and a war is coming, which can disrupt the lives of everyone. I won’t, however, say more about the story because everything comes together very quickly.
Sorcha and Merrick are two really interesting characters to discover and to understand. They complement each other perfectly in many ways and it is always difficult for them to be away from each other, especially unable to communicate. But fate seems to gather wherever they are. The Philippa Ballantine world is very original and even if I’m still missing a few things to really see everything, I am curious to find out a bit more. It was a good third book and I think I will, on occasion, read the other novels in the series.