Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers

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Ghost Talkers: a new novel from beloved fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I.

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765378255
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm


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This is for those who like their fantasy with just a pinch of the supernatural. Ginger is an American heiress, and a medium for the Spirit Corps, a spiritualist force in WWI, and must navigate a male-dominated field to uncover a traitor.

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Mar 11, 2019

I normally hate war-period stories.

This book was amazing. Mary Robinette Kowal is an amazing author and she caught me within the first page, and this book was full on character, story, movement and ghosts ghosts ghosts! It was great, and I really recommend this for anyone who loves paranormal, war stories, ghosts (clearly), strong female leads, mystery and romance!

Sep 26, 2017

Hmmm... for a historical fiction/fantasy, this WAS quite unique and interesting! It never would have occurred to me that occultism and war could fit into one book, but Mary Kowal Robbinette hit it right on! A tad sad, romantic, bittersweet, but quite technical too.

A shameful sidenote: I can't say I actually read the entire thing, I think I read the first half, then skimmed the rest to find out how the plot played out. Unfortunately that's just what I did... I'm not proud of it. Nevertheless, through that skimming, I felt a deflated dissatisfaction by the last page. I was hoping for a happy ending, ok? Can a reader ask that? Ok, ok, I don't want a cliche one, and let's not make it a "waking from a dream"... anyway. Nothing's perfect.

Nov 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this. It was a different take on the period books that are so popular right now. Her sense of setting and atmosphere are terrific, and the mixture of real history and imagined events is refreshing. It is nice to read a "fantasy" novel (this is really historical fiction to me) that is not populated by sexy vampires and buff werewolves... :)

Oct 24, 2016

Although I found it a bit plodding at first, I eventually came to appreciate the characters and setting.


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