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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review: Wraith by Helen Harper

by Helen Harper
February 25, 2018
276 pages
Magic. Shadows. Adventure. Romance.

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth. She's also going to realise that sometimes the deepest secrets are the ones locked within your own heart.

This is a stand-alone urban fantasy novel.

Wraith is a new standalone novel by urban fantasy author Helen Harper. It’s the story of Saiya Buchanan, a wraith living in besieged Stirling, Scotland. The inhabitants of Stirling have been caught in the crossfire of a goblin battle for regional supremacy and have been struggling to merely survive. For her part, Saiya’s status as a wraith allows her to surreptitiously collect and trade secrets as currency. Universally maligned, wraiths must protect their identities at all costs or risk swift persecution. Dark Elf diplomat and representative of the Scottish Prime Minister, Gabriel de Florinville, arrives in Stirling and soon finds that nothing is as it seems. When Saiya and Gabriel find the goblins are harbouring a catastrophic secret, they must work together to save Stirling and Scotland. This is one secret Saiya must trade with the utmost care.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wraith, devouring it in short order. It’s excellent urban fantasy with the exemplary storytelling I’ve come to expect from Harper. The book is non-stop action with a strong female character. The romance between Saiya and Gabriel is well-developed and deliciously executed. Harper deftly combines magical qualities with the grit of the real world. Enhancing the story’s depth are touches of historical fiction and undertones of social commentary. Additionally, the cover art is absolutely entrancing.

Wraith is a superb urban fantasy standalone and would serve as an excellent starting point for readers new to Helen Harper.

Five Sheep

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!

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