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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: Veiled Threat (Highland Magic #3) by Helen Harper

Veiled Threat (Highland Magic #3)
by Helen Harper
238 pages
May 29th 2016
Integrity Taylor has regained possession of her ancestral lands - and inherited a whole host of new problems. The spectre of what really happened to her parents is casting a shadow over everything while Fomori demons are being sighted up and down the Highlands. It doesn't help that Aifric Moncrieffe still seems determined to see her dead and emerald eyed Byron remains stubbornly blind to his father's true nature.

Integrity is determined to stay in control of her own destiny, however, even if it means confronting the darkness across the Veil yet again. And at least she's still got a sense of humour.

I continue to adore this series, Highland Magic, and its writer Helen Harper. In this third installment, Integrity Adair is working to reclaim her ancestral clan lands after they were desecrated a generation previous. She assembles a rag-tag bunch of loyal followers and attempts to devise a plan to restore the Adair lands to their former glory. Part of that plan includes crossing the veil into Fomori demon territory. Feared by all of Scotland, the Fomori pose a serious security threat to clan and clan-less alike. Not one to shrink from a challenge, Integrity puts all her skills to the test as Chieftain Adair for the good of her family name as well as the ever-amassing clan she’s accumulating.

As always, this installment of Highland Magic was a pleasure to read. Book three has all the trademark humour, action, and romantic tension I’ve come to love in this series. I continue to like Integrity as a hero, genie Bob as comic relief, and Byron as a romantic interest. I really appreciate the strength Harper grants Integrity; while she might not be the most physically kickass heroine, she’s certainly among the most clever and resourceful. Tipsania’s development in this book was interesting surprise. Also, the additions of new characters like Sorley the troll and Fergus the bauchan helped further establish the fantastic theme as well as generate a newness within the series.

There are some fairly catastrophic loose ends at the end of book three, so be warned. With a book four release date set for December 2016, it’s going to be a long wait. 

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Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.

Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere!


  1. Wonderful review. You have peaked my interest in this series. I'll be adding it to my TBR. Thank you.

    1. No Problem! I love directing readers to great series. Enjoy!