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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,906 ratings  ·  197 reviews
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 hi
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published February 25th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
A bold and unique urban fantasy of a view of dystopian United Kingdom plagued by elves and goblins.

I'm so here for it. Did I mention that it is free on Kindle Unlimited? Because it totally is.

When I think of urban fantasy books set in the UK, my mind first goes to Karen Marie Moning and her Fever series. It is intense and dark and very sexy and really my introduction into a big chunk of the genre. I was honestly a bit worried about this book being too close to that series as far as plot structur
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
2ish stars

Hm, that was disappointing. I like this author and was very much looking forward to this. This was very nearly a DNF. I skimmed aggressively starting around the 50% mark.

Methinks maybe this should not have been a standalone? IDK, there was A LOT happening here plot wise. On top of that, you're trying to do world building, setting a tone, bringing in the paranormal species, introducing characters, AND have fated mates? Something is going to get sacrificed here and it was definitely that
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The city of Stirling in Scotland has been under occupation by Filit goblins for three years and under siege by Gneiss goblins for nearly as long. It's all by an agreement with the Scottish government, but even so the people of Stirling have been suffering under the brutal hands of the Filits for the entire time. Saiya Buchanan lives in Stirling, making her meager living by using her secret wraith abilities to gather information that she then on-sells. A visit from Gabriel de Florinville, a dark ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. The concept and the plot were excellent but it just seemed to drag too often. Also, the main character’s relationship was not fully explored and the story was crying out for an epilogue.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This was an Audible Daily Deal -- love those! -- and I was in the mood for fantasy so I forked over the $4. This was actually more like urban fantasy, though for the most part, it didn't feel too urban. Only when the old bowling alley or Rihanna was mentioned. ;0) It wasn't the best fantasy novel I've read, nor was it the best one I've read featuring goblins and elves; however, the wraith concept of separating yourself from your shadow self was unique enough. At any rate, it was $4 well spent to ...more
Lady Jane
This started off so well! I honestly picked it up in the beginning and got so excited because I thought this was going to become a 2018 favourite.

Alas... T'was not meant to be. =(

I really enjoyed the main characters in the beginning, and the potential for this book was massive. I liked the fact that Saiya was quiet, street-smart, and she was interesting. One thing I did notice from the beginning was that there was a big whole in terms of the world building, and I had an idea of what the author w
The story was good, but this should have been a series instead of a standalone. There was a lot going on, and everything felt too rushed. Often this was to the detriment of the characters. They made rash decisions to resolve their issues quickly. There were a few times where it felt like they got away with ridiculous things too easily. The romance developed very quickly. They had big obstacles to overcome, and they didn't work as hard as they should have to resolve them.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm currently really stressed out (moving by the end of the week and starting a job next week) so what do I do instead of the things I have to do? Correct, I read. And correct again, I don't read the books on my currently reading list.
Yesterday I browsed amazon and stumbled over this little beauty. First the cover spoke to me (it's awesome) then I wanted it because it's a standalone (while I really want to procrastinate I really don't have to tempt myself by starting a series) and then I read th
Mich Must Read
I loved the idea of this. The heroine is a Wraith and has the ability to remove her shadow to lurk about. The love interest was a Dark Elf. I loved both of these characters, but I felt that this should not have been a stand alone book. I am a big fan of Helen Harper. Particularly her Blood Destiny series and Highland Magic series, both of which are very snarky and light with some romantic suspense. This book was a little darker, which I liked. It felt a little closer to her Bo Blackman series.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ammp-challange
This book was interesting, it felt fairytaleish, which i love, but was a slow start for me took a while to get into things.

The story is about Scotland being overtaken by two Clans of Goblins, while humans live there being savagely mistreated.... Saiya who's a Wraith gathers secrets..... She meets the dark elf Envoy as they unravel secrets to discover an impending doom.

So for me i would have loved a brief recap on the history of Scotland, I feel like the Author has just dropped us into her imagin
Saiya does her best to help out her friends, but when someone is kidnapped, she will do everything she can to help save them. However, when a spying mission goes wrong and a Dark Elf discovers her things go from bad to worse, and she must figure it out before it is too late.

This book was really interesting. I enjoyed the heroine a whole lot. She was brave, fierce, and extremely awesome. Add in a pretty awesome hero to the mix, and you've got a great Urban Fantasy. I really thought this book was
Although I received this ARC from the author, I absolutely loved it. This book and its characters are completely different to anything else that I have read by Helen Harper, but loved the link to Scotland, which does appear in a few of her other books.

This story takes place in an alternative Scotland, one where Goblins rule the city of Stirling, very badly I might add as well. The residents of Stirling are starved, beaten, tortured, arrested all for the slightest misdemeanor (and at times just
Sharon Mariampillai
Actual Rating: 4.25

This was an enjoyable read. I thought the story was really interesting. Also, I really liked how the story was narrated in the audiobook. I really liked the heroine. She was brave, sassy and badass. This is why I love Helen Harper books. All of her heroines are snarky and badass. The hero was just as impressive. He was also a badass. I wished the world building was more developed, but the story was still engaging. I really love Helen Harper books and I cannot wait to see what
Lyndi W.
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as d-n-f
I'm just bored.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-urban
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Silver James
Well...that was...rather interesting. And entertaining. Once I got into it. I listened to the audio version and perhaps, I might have been better off reading it first. There are odd words pertaining to worldbuilding and there was worldbuilding. This...I don't know whether to label it as a fantasy or an urban fantasy. To begin with, I thought it was set in a different time, but there were too many modern references. There are goblins--two varieties, dark elves (well one rather important one anywa ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5
This was a super cute light YA fantasy! I really liked Saiya I thought she was a super strong well developed main character and loved her relationship with Gabriel! I thought the plot was interesting and engaging. The only real big fault I had was because it's a stand alone the end felt very very rush so I would have liked to see it be a series.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)

Shadows, secrets and a thrilling adventure that will leave you wanting more. I enjoyed this unique adventure full of dark elves, goblins and wraith shadows. It was fun, it was different and it was well worth the read.
Eva Decker
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zum Glück hat sich meine Befürchtung, diese Geschichte würde haltlos zu einem der vielen, belanglosen Frauen - Mystery - Porno - Derivate abdriften nicht bestätigt. Es hatte zwar einige dieser typischen Momente, aber sie nahmen dankenswerterweise nicht überhand. Die Idee ist gut, die Charaktere glaubhaft und die Geschichte plausibel. Vor allem die Nebenfiguren sind liebevoll und plastisch ausgearbeitet. Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen werde ich diese Storyline weiter verfolgen, sollte sie fortges ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second of this book!
Julianna Massa
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly just okay. Read like an action movie. Whatever that means.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was expecting blood, death and assassins. I didn’t get much of that. The story is well written and smooth paced, though could do with another spell check. The main character whilst having power isn’t superwoman and struggles just like everyone else. I would have liked her to be a bit on the darker side, but I enjoyed the story itself, the characters and Saiya’s dark elf counterpart.
2.5 superficial stars. The story didn’t have much depth/background but it was an easy read with an interesting world.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I was excited about the prospect of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that was a standalone, and that for once didn't include vampires, but I didn't love this. Perhaps because this is a standalone, I felt like Helen Harper depended on the fact that most of her readers are familiar with "standard" fantasy setting, so she piggy-backed on this instead of developing the magic and setting to the point that I wasn't sure that this was supposed to be contemporary (not a random generic European mediev ...more
Virginia McKenzie
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Una lectura muy entretenida que creo que podría haberse explotado y aprovechado más.
No sé si debido a que es autoconclusiva, y no muy larga (276 páginas), tanto el mundo donde se desarrolla (uno actual donde conviven humanos, elfos oscuros, goblins, pájaros gigantes llamados Roc y seguro que más seres que no se nombran) como sus protagonistas, se quedan en un mero esbozo. De hecho, lo único que llegamos a saber de Gabriel, el prota, es que es un elfo oscuro enviado por el gobierno para comprobar
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This book has a lot going for it. It's easy to dive into. It captured and held my attention from the first chapter. The concept is intriguing. The protagonist, Saiya, is a wraith -- a person who can separate her body from her shadow, and transfer her consciousness to her shadow, giving her faster and stealthier mobility. While others of her kind are feared because they're usually assassins, she uses her abilities as a spy, trading information for necessities like food and medical supplies in a t ...more
Sara Oxton
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wraith by Helen Harper a five-star read that will slip into your life as easily as a Wraith. I will be honest that I am a huge fan of the author, but I will also admit I picked this up on release day started it and then put it down a couple of chapters in. But I think it was me in a funk rather than the book, I picked it up again yesterday and finished it in one sitting. Dark Lord Gabriel de Florinville may be a diplomatic envoy of the Realm of Scotland but he's also so much more. But he is also ...more
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It was ok. Not terrible, not amazing, just...ok. It started off pretty interesting, but somewhere along the way the story kind of fell flat for me. I really liked Saiya right up until she started falling in love(?) with Gabriel, which was when her character started getting less intelligent (in my opinion lol). I found Gabriel relatively lackluster and nothing really stood out about him, though I feel like the author was trying to go for more of a dark, mysterious, enigmatic el
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