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Wraith

– tekijä: Helen Harper

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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näyttää 4/4
Wraith
By: Helen Harper
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
This is a stand alone book but boy do I wish it was a series! I love this book so much! This is an alternative world were there is goblins, trolls, elves, humans, and wraiths. (Probably more too.) Our main gal is a wraith. She can leave her physical body and her shadow body can travel. She is not a killer. She spies to gather info and exchanges that info for food and medicine. One day she is caught spying by a dark elf. He thinks she is an assassin. Things get very complicated, especially when he finds out she is his soulmate! Lots of action, suspense, and great fantasy topped with a touch of romance!
Great narration too! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Oct 14, 2020 |

Original and entertaining standalone novel about a unique supernatural's struggle to survive in an alternative future goblin-owned Stirling.



In "Wraith", Helen Harper has once again come up with an original magical world, this time set in an alternative Stirling, occupied by one set of goblins and besieged by another.



The main character, Saiya Buchanan, is a Wraith, a type of supernatural I haven't seen before, who can send their shadow away to spy on or assassinate people but who hates to be touched. The goblins are a cruel, greedy, occupying force who see themselves as superior to the humans in the city and the people in Holyrood are doing nothing to help (where has Scotland seen that pattern before? It made me wonder if the Goblins would all have English accents)



There's also a Dark Elf as a an Envoy of the Crown and a secret the Goblins are hiding from everyone and fighting over between themselves.



Saiya Buchanan, the Wraith at the centre of the story is well-drawn and won my sympathy early and kept it. She is a survivor in Goblin-occupied Stirling that's been under siege for three years. The people are starving, the goblins are brutal and the government in Holyrood are doing nothing to help, so our Saiya makes her living by selling secrets to the people who run the black market.



One of the strengths of the book is how vividly the plight of the humans in the occupied city is drawn: how little hope they have, how much determination they show, how being oppressed, starved and treated as property brings out the worst and the best in people.



There were also some exciting action set pieces, including a spectacular takedown of an enormous Death Worm.



The relationship between our Saiya and the Dark Elf envoy, Gabriel de Florinville, is cleverly done. He's a Darcy archetype who never quite unclenches enough to become likeable. She's a street-fighter version of Elizabeth Bennet with superpowers. Helen Harper avoids the ritual dance of cute-meet, unresolved sexual tension, upset and happy ever after. Her characters are natural enemies. Their attraction for one another smells of compulsion rather than choice. He remains a prig and she remains fierce and absolutely refuses to play the rescued princess role.



The big secret was intriguing and the denouement was clever and original and kept the tension cranked up but I didn't believe the scenes at Holyrood.



The only thing I didn't like about "Wraith" was the way it opened. Most of the book is told from Saiya's point of view and her personality power the story. The opening isn't from Saiya's point of view. It describes a conversation between the Dark Elf and his human colleague in Stirling Castle that provides a not very engaging scene-setter and then continues up to the point where Gabriel de Florinville captures a Wraith's shadow that is spying on him. Then Helen Harper used one of those "24 hours earlier" things that seldom work for me and the story becomes a first-person account from Saiya's point of view. The effect was like moving from black and white to colour in a movie. I was immediately more engaged both by Saiya's personality and by the world around her.



I didn't get back to Gabriel de Florinville until twenty per cent of the way through the book and I found some of the repetition irritating. For me, the book would have worked better if it had started from the first chapter told from Saiya's point of view.
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  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
5 stars

Frankly I wasn't sure what I was really getting into apart from the fact it was urban fantasy and I've liked it since I discovered it last summer. The prologue was frankly unsettling and I had to read several sentences again to make sure I understood the meaning (which I didn't always manage to). However, I kept on reading and wasn't disappointed at all.

The fantasy part I think is brilliant and the concept of "wraiths" is amazing, it is unlike anything I'd ever read or heard about, which made it even more brilliant. My regret is that it was a stand-alone and some aspects of the world Helen Harper imagined are not mentioned, which I think is a shame because there are so many things we don't get to know. It totally deserves an entire series, if you want my opinion.

The characters are interesting and with multiple facets, which is something I always enjoy and look for. In addition to her beautiful name, Sayia proves to be both strong and weak, able to be a much needed truth-teller (and sarcastic, just what I love) while lying through her teeth if needed (which is often). The other characters, while not necessarily human, show many different traits of character and that's particularly good because you never know what to expect.

The plot was also really well handled, although I think the author might have wanted to throw too much into the mix for a stand-alone. In particular, the story is lacking an epilogue (and at least another book, to be honest). I love romances (trust me, I do, the amount of romance books I've read even really bad ones is ridiculous) but in that case I believe we might have been better off without that aspect. Or at least not as much as was incorporated [spoiler] because the whole soul mates and destiny thing deserved much more attention, but that's what happens when you also have to, you know, save the world from goblins wanting to turn it into a dictatorship.[/spoiler]

Anyway, I definitely recommend it, especially if you're a fan of urban fantasy and don't want to get into a series (as it is a stand-alone)! ( )
  AnaelleG | Jul 28, 2019 |
definitely not my kind of book ( )
  stormy50 | Dec 5, 2018 |
näyttää 4/4
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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.

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