Ghost Talkers / Mary Robinette Kowal

Title / Ghost Talkers
Author / Mary Robinette Kowal
Publication Date / 2016
Page no. / 304
Overall Rating / 


This is a historical fantasy set during WW1 and follows Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress and medium for the Spirit Corps. In this alternate version of WW1, soldiers are conditioned to report back to mediums in the Spirit Corp after they are killed. The soldiers pass on all information about how, where and when they died. While working Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor and must work to find the culprit, while also working on protecting the Spirit Corp after to starts being targeted by the German forces.
I’m not normally one for paranormal stuff in books, but I actually found the Spirit Corps a really intriguing idea and it was one of the main reasons I wanted to check this book out. While I enjoyed this book overall, I definitely had a few issues with it. It starts out quite well and I found it interesting to learn about the Spirit Corps. The setting is well done and it was easy to get into the flow of the story. While I thought Ginger was a good protagonist overall, I didn’t care about her as much as I wanted to. There are some interesting secondary characters but they remain on the sidelines for the entire book. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of the love interest. He was quite possessive and got jealous when Ginger even spoke to another man, which isn’t OK. In terms of the plot, I enjoyed the story overall, but it did drag for me in certain places.


Overall I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I think the idea of the Spirit Corp is a really interesting one, however the characters lacked depth and the plot just didn’t keep me engaged throughout. I would still recommend checking it out, if it sounds interesting to you. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.







5 thoughts on “Ghost Talkers / Mary Robinette Kowal

  1. Nice review! I’ve always been intrigued by this novel but I ended up DNFing The Calculating Stars, so I don’t know if Mary Robinette Kowal’s alternate history novels are for me. Having read your review I might see if my library has a copy, though. 🙂


  2. This does sound like a cool idea. I remember seeing the book making the blogging rounds when it was released, but it never really caught my attention. I think you’ve framed it better than the original blurb. 🙂


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