The Spirit Room (The Planets, #1) by Michael Cairns


Story Cartel sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  3.6  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

‘The Avengers meets Magician, The Planets is superhero conflict on a global scale…

An ancient cadre of magicians
A select team of extra-ordinary warriors
An unseen foe

As two ancient forces battle for control, reality as we know it is being torn apart. Caught somewhere in the middle, and tasked with ridding the world of the insidious alien intelligence are The Planets. Neptune hails from Rio, the gay daughter of strict catholic parents. Mars, from Ireland, still missing the sister he lost years ago. Uri grew up on the streets of New York, and Venus… well, no one knows and she isn’t telling. Imbued with extra-ordinary powers, these highly trained individuals take the fight across the globe. With startling and unnerving revelations at every turn, the depth of deception is only now becoming clear…’


Genre:  Science fiction, fantasy

Series:  The Planets, #1

Pages:  370



She slipped through the crowds, barely touching the sweaty skin that assailed her on all sides. Venus enjoyed these occasions, the big gatherings when people let their love out to fill the air. She tasted the emotion and swelled with the power, fed by the adoration of the crowd. It wasn’t aimed at her, though plenty of men stared when they did catch sight, but she lapped it up anyway. She soaked up the exaltation and the lust and the feelings of passion until she could hardly breathe.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to the The Planets. They are working for The Assembly; their order: enter The Spirit Room. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Spirit Room, Michael Cairns has created an interesting combination of the real world with fictional persons and events, an ancient organisation and humans with superpowers. The Planets’ main task is obviously to save the world. I had to get used to feeling rather detached from the story while reading. The author tells the story soberly (which many of you will love) – giving the reader room to get acquainted with the protagonists. As the story proceeds you learn more about The Planets and their vulnerabilities. It is a different writing style than I expected; good – even if I couldn’t warm to it all the way at first. The last third convinced me to read the following instalments as well. I can’t really say what it was exactly – just that I got closer to the story, perhaps as there were some revelations. I’m convinced that some answers to tiny questions which were nagging me will be solved then… This is a book for you if you like superheroes, science fiction, individuals with all their virtues and flaws.


About the author

Michael Cairns is a science fiction, horror and fantasy author, teacher and musician. He was born at a young age and could write even before he could play the drums, but that was long ago, in the glory days – when he actually had hair.
2015 is a big year for Michael. He’s set himself a challenge that may well lead to madness. Watch the video below to find out why 2015 is going to be the most amazing year for story yet!
Michael loves pineapple, chocolate, playing gigs and outwitting his young daughter (the scores are about level but she’s getting smarter every day).
Michael is currently working hard on writing, getting enough sleep and keeping his hair. The first is going well, the other two…not so much.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Spirit Room?  Or – if you did not yet read The Spirit Room – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Spirit Room was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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