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The Harbinger

(The Harbinger #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The rules of the Second, a list by Faith Blackwell.

One: technology doesn’t work. The Second doesn’t need electricity when it has magic. Two: don’t trust anyone. The Second’s races—the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon—are way too pretty to trust. Three: when someone tells you you’re the new Harbinger, believe them. Bad things happen if you don’t.

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Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published November 5th 2018 (first published November 1st 2018)
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Maria Dimitrova
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult
You know what's the worst thing about ARC? That if you happen to really like the book you have to wait forever for the next book and you can't really whine about when the next one is coming when this one isn't even published yet. And here I am in precisely that situation.

On another hand... Guess what? I read a fantastic book! I loved the worldbuilding and the... how should I put it... let's say role reversion. Or maybe gender switch. I don't know. Still I loved the idea that the usually male he
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing new Fantasy. I'm the first to admit that I'm not a fan of books that get tied down with more sex than story but that is 100% not the case with The Harbinger. Fun, sassy and simply riveting, this was one of the best new author's and series I checked out this year! I did not want this novel to end! I wanted more of Wondrak's Second World, I wanted more of the quirky characters and the what ifs that I know will be coming and I just can't wait to have them all answered. This boo ...more
Meet Faith Blackwell, a teen who thinks rules are something to dodge, bend or break. Daring, feisty and all teen, unaware that even she has limitations, providing she doesn’t get caught, of course. But as a student with her heart set on joining the Division, the ultimate in law enforcement between the realms, Faith’s one true goal is to follow in her emotionally absent mother’s footsteps, sort of.

An academy trip to the Second will bring more than lessons on other races and just maybe Faith shoul
Candace Wondrak
Sep 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, since reviews are starting to trickle in, I thought I'd write up a little something explaining the book for those who are wondering.

As it says at the end of the blurb, this is a SLOW burn reverse harem. Also, this is very much an introduction into the world of the Second. There are more characters present in book 2 (which I plan on releasing shortly after book 1 goes live), and book 2 is when the heating level goes up a few notches.

There are multiple love interests; however, given how th
Marguerite (M)
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Color me surprised.

The book didn't start so well; Faith was a spoiled little prick that I wanted to slap endlessly. But she actually turned to be a not so annoying character, even a tiny bit endearing. I hope she will keep growing in the following books.

real review to come with the next books
★Me Myshelf and I★
After reading some rave reviews Candace was kind enough to send me an ARC :D

This was my first book by Candace so I had no idea what to expect but I pretty much devoured this is one sitting

Some Harems I enjoy for the Heroine and some I enjoy for the Harem. This is the later. Unfortunately Faith was tres annoying, a teenage MC who thinks she is all that and a bag of spuds but actually when shit hits the fan she realises how inept she really is.
Her snark and high opinion of herself did grate but
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I feel bad for DNFing this but I couldn't really take it any more.

The writing is oddly stilted, with some grammatical mistakes - notably, the omission of the pluperfect tense, which is sadly common with indie authors and sometimes even traditionally published ones. 3rd person really didn't help the writing flow at all.

Faith was sometimes funny but mostly annoying, and there was no sexual tension to speak of. I've given it 2 stars bec
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans-of-slow-burn-romance
I received this book as an Arc from the author in exchange for a review. However, this in no way affects my opinion of it.

So, in this book, we have two worlds; Earth as we know it and The Second where the supernatural beings reside. The story evolves around a curious girl, Faith, who has a problem following the rules. She's goes to an Academy where they train humans to protect earth from supernaturals who dare to cross or smuggle goods form and to earth. The academy is having a field trip for fi
Tonja Drecker
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in a high fantasy world, this is a fast-paced story with much more than just romance.

Faith is a bit of a trouble-maker. As a pretty successful student at the Academy, she's on the right track to achieving her dreams of joining the Division one day and helping to keep smugglers at bay. But she's not exactly patient and oversteps the rules more often than she should, especially since her mother holds a very high position at the Academy. A field trip to another world, the Second, is supposed to
My last few books left me wanting more, so I was pleasantly surprised when I immediately enjoyed this book. At first, the MC/narration reminded me of Willa from the Curse of the Gods series (book 1: Trickery), mainly because of the incident with the robot cat exploding in her crush’s face. That was the only real Willa moment, but I continued to enjoy Faith, the MC, for the most part. At the beginning of the book, she’s childish and irresponsible; she’s totally unprepared for her chosen career, ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Faith Blackwell is a great character! I enjoyed her very much and she made me smile. The world building for me was very good. I enjoyed the story line and it kept me wanting more. I thought the idea for this book was exciting and new. I also think the other races this author created were just genius. I enjoyed so much in this book! *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an alright read. I thought the story was good, but not as interesting as I thought. The story did make me feel bored. The characters were okay. I didn’t dislike them or love them. They were just alright. I will try to continue the series, but I probably won’t anytime soon. Overall, an okay read.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-arc
*I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

I am a BIG fan of playful banter between characters, and Faith is full of spunk. Keep up the word play, embarrassing comments, bickering. All is good.

I did feel like this was more of an introduction book, with a few of her future love interests? not even being introduced until the last few chapters of the book - not what I was expecting. That being said, it makes sense the beginning of the book was kind of slow, so much exp
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rh-read
My review in three words: I want more!

At first, I was a little confused with the plot but since it was a Reverse harem fantasy, I thought I would enjoy reading it. As I hoped, I ended up really liking The Harbinger especially once we met Jag (the flirty Malus).

In this book, we follow Faith, a human girl who wishes to join the Division. She lives with her grandmother since her mother is the Director of the Academy and is more focused on her job than raising her daughter. I loved her grandmother,
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
DISCLAIMER: Some spoilers (I couldn't resist)---- so if you care about that, please skip!

This was a fun, engaging first installment to The Harbinger reverse harem series. It drew me in during the first paragraph and held me from there. It begins with the main character, Faith on an unsanctioned "hunt" for criminals. She is enrolled in the Academy of the Infantry Division to become an field Agent. However, she is only on the end of her fifth year and have two whole more years to go before she bec
Interesting new series from Ms. Wondrak. She creates a whole new world called The Second where you can meet other races (the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon) and where different rules apply. I can see some similarities with common mythology but nevertheless they are different species with supernatural powers and most of them are way too beautiful to be trusted. At least that is what Faith claims.

Faith is a young student at the Academy on the Earth, where she is learning to become a hun
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unique world-building and complex characters reel you right into The Harbinger.

YA is not a genre I read often but stepping out of my comfort zone lead me to a good story.

Faith Blackwell, an eighteen-year-old ‘cadet’ is a reckless rule-breaker, anxious to graduate and began her own career as an agent for the Division, the agency who polices the “otherworldly” issues involving earth and other realms from the Second—a world on the other side of a magical portal.

The regular field trip fifth-year cad
Kim Lo
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Harbinger has its own set of story with its own heroine and back story. Being the first book, there is a lot of setup for both bringing in the characters and setting the stage for everything we need to know. As slow-burn as it claims to be, there is still a decent amount of fantasy to create a good bit of intrigue especially with all the different fantasy races to discover and a good contrast of characters that were introduced. It sets up a lot
Michelle Shemon
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Harbinger
Candace Wondrak

This was amazing. I absolutely loved the worldbuilding and characters. Faith was amazing. I loved her snark. Granted to some to some she may come across as annoying but you have to read more into her. This is a slow burn reverse harem so we will get to know Faith's love little by little which is nice. It means we get more in depth with the characters, and the worlds at which she is saving. Looking forward to the next book in the series!!!
Ashleigh Sage
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting plot and characters. Loving the ideology and the beginnings of such a great story. I’m intrigued by the world and all it’s characters. I’m enjoying the MC and the start of her finding the men to be in her life. Really enjoyed and looking forward to the next book...
Oct 05, 2020 added it
DNF. The heroine is very immature and she pisses me off.
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 Books 1-3 in the The Harbinger Series (4 book series) are FREE on Amazon today (12/26/2020)! 🎁
Stephanie Collier
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story

I enjoyed this book, particularly the banter between Faith and Light. I look forward to book 2 in the series.
Brenna Becker
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this book to read for an honest review by the author and I must say that I very much enjoyed the read. It took me a little bit to get into the book and to understand the world that it was set in which is the reason for the 4 star review, but I found the story fascinating and am excited to see how the Faith will grow as a person and character in the next book. The relationship between Faith and "Sunnytoes" made me laugh and was perfect for those comical moments that tend to make a boo ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is a good teen and young adult romance read. The characters are good. The story is fun, sassy, and simply riveting read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love the world. I am looking forward to watching the characters grow.
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I've followed Candace on Twitter for some time, but this is the first time I've actually read any of her books. Because of this I decided to go in blind and not look at what others have thought of the book before reading it myself. And while some might think this foolish, I'm rather glad I did because while numerous other reviewers enjoyed The Harbinger, sadly I did not.

The world that Candace has created is an interesting one. It is one where the mythical creatures of fairy tales are real to
Jessica Bronder
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many years ago, the last Harbinger opened a gateway between Earth and the Second. The Second is an alternate world populated by all things paranormal/fantasy. Since then Earth has had to adjust to the comings and goings of these creatures/races and had to create a police force to handle smuggling and illegal portals.

Enter Faith Blackwell. All she wants to do is graduate from the Academy and follow in her mother’s footsteps but cracking down on smugglers. But on a field trip to the Second she ge
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-young-adult
2.75/5 stars

To start off, I'd like to say that I really loved A Mark Unwilling by this same author. I was actually told by the author that The Harbinger "is a totally different monster" compared to A Mark Unwilling. I was actually very interested in the premise of this book, but am sad to say that I was a bit disappointed. While the book went through very quickly and easy to follow, I felt that it just lacked the charm that I was expecting to see. It just fell flat to me in both the world settin
Erika Robles
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me a real long time to read this, like 3 tries. For some reason I just didn't gel with Faith and the whole world building and her clearly being a halfling from an affair her mom had in the Second, if that's not in the other books, well it's pretty obvious her connections with the Second run deeper than just being the Harbinger. Her grandma's fun, but the whole secrecy between the women in the family got on my nerves, maybe if she were in the know she'd be better prepared for things that ...more
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