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Shadow Touched

(The Veil Keeper #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,642 ratings  ·  117 reviews
My name is Lorn, and I’m a witch. Or at least, I thought I was.

Turns out, things aren’t always what they seem.

My magic has always been different from others of my kind—untamed. Something to hide, even in my own world, along with my monster-filled dreams and odd ‘episodes.’

When my entire life is turned upside down with a single drop of blood, the mysterious magick I’v
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published June 6th 2019
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Lyndi W.
Jul 05, 2019 marked it as want-to-read-but-not-that-badly
Does everything that looks good have to be a reverse harem these days? Is this trend just a plot on behalf of the vaginal rejuvenation plastic surgery industry?
Rhiannon Chillingworth
You know its generally not a good sign when you consider DNFing at about 20%,bit keep going because it's not bad, it's just not engaging you. That was my trouble with this book.

It didn't help that it had two things I don't like, and didn't pick up from the blurb: a youngish heroine with that naieve and sheltered narrative voice, and fated mates.

I generally, unless done very well, find fated mates to be a somewhat lazy story telling device and that it cheapens the relationship. While this is inst
Laura Witte
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

This book has been different from any other RH that I’ve read. It starts you off thinking this witch is going to learn her specialty and hence a fiancé, hopefully the warlock she met in the woods earlier in the day. What happens couldn’t be farther from the truth! Once you recover from that plot twist- BAM! Here comes another one. They are unexpected and perfect. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it
The first 20% was honestly a slog, and I was pretty close to bailing. The FMC felt tedious and stupid, and ... I don't know, everything felt tentative in a really non-engaging way.

But then it got into the meat of the story and I liked it a lot - I felt like the author maybe had a hard time getting through the setup, but once she landed in the "situation" she found her footing and things firmed up. The characters got smarter and more 3-dimensional, and I was really engaged. So I'm going to give i
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Good concept but would have liked the relationships to have been built up more.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
What is it About:
Lorn believed that she was a witch until a witch right of passage shows that she's mistaken. Her adopted coven turns on her and her only means of escape is a man that she was an intense connection to. It turns out that Axel is just like her and her mate. But he doesn't come alone. His pack of Dason, Kote and Chayton will protect Lorn with their lives as she discovers her heritage and what makes her so special, more special than any other woman of her kind.

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Danielle (Danniegurl)
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Heather Gilbert
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good start

This one slams into the action and sets a break neck speed through a paranormal world on the edge of disaster. When Lorn learns she isn’t what she always thought she was, it sets up a series of events that thrust her into an entirely new culture - one where she is far more than she always thought, along with a handful of fated mates that really have no idea of what to do with her.

- Good set up, can see this being a great series.
- Lorn. Can’t help but love her.
- Crew has real lif
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
Kindle Unlimited.

This was fun. I liked Lorn, and I think the world building was interesting. The RH plot line definitely has some potential (nothing steamy in this book, but mates are discovered). I like the mystery of what's going on with the demons (who's summoning them? why?). I even liked the side plots of mystery cape wizard who helped in LA, and the whole Fae community. Good stuff all around.

Lorn throwing herself into action seemed a bit ridiculous. A girl who doesn't exercise, and can't
Karin Dirksen
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love how being fated mates isn't translated to immediate sexual tension. Relationships need time to develop, for all to get to know each other, and that is wonderfully portrayed in this book. Add it in a journey of self discovery and demons threatening to rip out your intestines at every turn, and you have quite an enjoyable read! ...more
Dorothy Larmore
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

I loved this book. A good thought out storyline, Navajo lore, shifters, and sexy men all in one book! Worth your time to read.
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad, just boring. ...more
Sep 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wasting-my-time
nope, I like RH but don't like that book at all. ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the book!
Looking forward to the next one.
Jun 12, 2022 rated it liked it
Review for the entire series. Overall I give it a 2.5 as a series. Some minor spoilers, but kept as vague as possible while still describing things. Bigger spoilers will have a warning before them.

Generally while I like the premise, the FMC is really weak, way too submissive. There were a number of times I was bored, especially when the characters where having the same argument over and over. It felt like the series was stretched to get a money grab book 4, that was shorter than the rest without
Sarah Anne
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Nov 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF 70%. Look, I tried okay but at this point I might stab myself through the eye if I have to continue. Honestly, this story is not overly ridiculous or badly written, I’ve read far worse RH. It’s that the story is super bland and contains all the RH tropes that make me cringe. Such as:
- fated mates: gives me full body shudders.
- young heroine with unknown powers vs older more experienced men.
- calling each other mate, male or female (gag)
- having uncontrollable physical attraction with absol
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind blown! Skin walkers are soo cool!

For a first solo debut Harper you have out done yourself!
I flove this book so much, seriously!

I have never read much about skin walkers so when I heard that's what Harper's new book was based on I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and boy am I pleased that I did.

The world building is incredible. Harper has created such an intricate world with different casts of supes with powers I wouldn't normally associate with that paranormal and yet it mashes so well.
Feb 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start...

HOLY ALPHA!!❤😩🤌🤌 This is the one yall!! The possessive alpha(s) we all adore! Even tho I know there's one alpha...😁 theres strong alpha vibes from each of the guys in the harem. (Swoon)
If you're into the trope of protective mates and we'll hurt you if you harm her type of deal then this is the book for you!!
Safe to say, I got bored, moved on to other books and never came back to this one. It started off interesting, but quickly became tropey and annoying for me. Did not finish.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Nightmare come to life

You know that reoccurring dream? The horrible one where you are standing naked and you don't know how you came to be that way? Yeah, that's how we greet Lorn. Poor girl is naked in the woods on her family's land. No clue why this keeps happening to her. Worse, this time there's a witness to her indignity. A handsome man is standing there, as curious about her as she is to why he's on her property. And that's just the beginning of the questions she will have because Lorn jus
Jul 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Needs some work

I love the potential in this story. Shadow touched (basically shifters combined with angels sans wings) are the guardians of earth. They protect it against anything and everything that strays beyond the veil, namely demons. Despite their guardian status they are seen as pure evil by the rest of the supernatural community. Our heroine is a shadow touched raised by witches. She doesn't know it and her adoptive parents don't know it, and all is revealed at the Cohen's Solstice ceremo
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 it's a good setup for the futures books

This is the first book in a paranormal reverse harem series. It includes all manner of beings including witches, shifters, demons, etc. We are introduced to a creative new being that is a mix between a witch and a shifter known as skinwalkers- they're more powerful and don't need wands to cast their magic but are hated by the witches/warlocks. This is unfortunate for our main character Lorn who happens to be the adopted daughter of a coven leader. Nee
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it

I have to admit right off the bat that I haven’t really read much in the reverse harem sphere outside of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, and I honestly didn’t know how I would feel about that aspect in this new series debut by Harper Wylde. However, the hesitation that I felt diving into this story was soon met with a little surprise. Good and bad. The story itself was engaging. The storyline wasn’t something that I had found in all my years of reading PNR so th
Jun 12, 2019 added it
Strong start, but faded like all the rest

Started out strong, fizzled in the inbetween. So this story finally got a little interesting and picked up at the end. I loved how this book captured me in the beginning, I felt like this was going to be a good one, but as we read on about 30% till 75% it was just boring, it's mostly them idk trying to come to terms as mates I suppose, but it's weird, it felt weird as she's like whoa " I got mates I do not know, " and is really tripping about the whole re
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shadow Touched had potential but after the scene that propels the story it simmers down into a lukewarm thing that just gets mildly interesting only towards the end for the cliffhanger, duh.

The world building was the most intriguing part of the book, I was left wanting more exploration after the Summer Solstice scene but it's like the book lost steam after that going into isolation mode that doesn't leave much room for adding depth to this world or having a much more active story telling when i
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good one. The main heroine wasn't all powerful, which can sometimes annoy me when they are "super special" but don't really have any powers, but it worked here. Lorn has been raised to be a powerful pawn on a political chessboard, so her strength is more about backbone than how big a fireball she can conger.

I also SUPER APPRECIATED the fact that all the guys didn't want to jump her bones the minute they realized she was their mate. And vice versa! It is EXTREMELY ANNOYING when
Cherie Lockley
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great book

Can not wait for book two!!! In fact was super frustrated to find I’d read this book before number two was realised.. yes it’s that good, yes I’m addicted please send help.

In all seriousness; points to take onboard if you’re considering reading this book: heroine is kickass but doesn’t know everything- she’s not perfect and has whole load of stuff to learn and develop on. Heroes aren’t really assholes; which is great- some of them are genuinely nice guys which is such a nice ch
Country Goose
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A good read

It has a good plot foundation, and each character has notable personalities. Axel the jokester, Chayten the caring, Dason the alpha, and Adam's twin (that I can't remember his name right off the bat) the standoffish loner. Being shadow touched is not something that ever crossed Lorn's mind, and when she is classified as such, her entire world changes. This book is mostly her and her guys trying to figure her out. We get a few answers, but we are left on a cliffhanger and more characte
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just.. wow. I excepted great things from Harper because of all the cowrites I had read in which she had been a part of. But she managed to surpass expectations with this one. I flove this story. I loved the pace of it, there were twists and turns that just kept me hooked right from the start. And there is so much yet to be unraveled! The plot is thickening and I so need the next book right now. The character development was simply amazing. I loved to watch Lorn find herself, find wh ...more
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Harper Wylde is a bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy author who lives in the countryside of Pennsylvania. As a wife and mother of three young children, she spends her days chasing after little ones and making notes all around her house about magical worlds, strong heroines, and the men who would do anything to protect them. When she’s not writing, she can often be found curled up wit ...more

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