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Wraith

Written by: Helen Harper
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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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 realize that sometimes the deepest secrets are the ones locked within your own heart.

©2018 Helen Harper (P)2018 Tantor

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Predictable love story, weak fantasy world

Saiya is a wrath living in the modern day city of Stirling Scotland. It is ruled by goblins and under siege from another faction of goblins. Gabriel is a dark elf who has some magic, is an envoy of the government and hates wraths. What follows is a very predictable love story with a very weak story setting. The world doesn't hold together, all this is happening in a world with cellphones and the internet yet somehow this city is isolated while still being in present day U.K.. The dark elf has this seemingly unlimited magic ability but for some reason can't get simple things done. The abilities of the wrath seem to be whatever is needed at the time. Everything else is predictable and you could guess the story from the first three sentences of this review.

The narrator is very good and the only reason I saw this through to the end. I will look for more books narrated by her but I will definitely be skipping further offerings from this author.

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Did not like the narration.

I love Helen Harper books, however I could hardly listen to this one as I did not like the narration at all.

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Couldn’t stop listening

From the very first chapter I was hooked on this book! I finished it over a weekend! Wonderful narration.

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I was entertained, but that's about it

it was an entertaining story, for the most part, and was well performed. there were some parts that fell back onto the woman submitting to the male lead, even while trying to push a strong female lead character. Just felt a bit dated in those sections. if you aren't deeply offended by that, and I'm not, you can allow yourself to be entertained with a pedestrian stroll through a surface-deep fantasy world. I was entertained, but not deeply impressed - and sometimes that's ok.

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  • AshleyH
  • 2018-04-21

Great book and superb narration!

This is a great stand alone book. The story was well written and the characters were extremely relatable. I really enjoyed it and finished it in a day! The narrator did SUCH a great job with each character. I was never confused at who was speaking since everyone had their own distinct voices. I would like be for her to narrate more book in the UF genre!

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  • Mary Sobhani
  • 2018-04-04

Loved the novel and the narrator

I couldn't stop listening to this novel. I had to finish it as fast as possible. The narrator was superb, and the storyline kept me engaged from start to finish. The characters were well developed and likeable. More, please!

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon-klant
  • 2018-09-05

good book, but not without flaws

I liked the book a lot, and it was paced just right, making you want to continue reading.

but the "hero" wasn't really my cup of tea. A bit to high and mighty and free with his hands for my taste. I hate the "I'll have you begging for my touch" line very much, so that wasn't in his favor.

the heroine was nice and independent one minute and gagging for it the other, it gave me whiplash. She wasn't wholely unlikable though. She was brave and really tried to hold her own most of the time.

The story kept me interested enough that it was hard to put down and I liked the narration a lot.

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  • Lou
  • 2018-09-11

promising but disappointed

Picked this up as an audible deal that sounded interesting. I wish I would have been warned about the f-bombs and porn scene. The rest of the story and the performance was good.

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  • Mike Winkler
  • 2018-03-31

I love the avoidance of tropes

A fun Scottish story. the characters aren't who you expect them to be in a good way. there is the core of a neat mythology here.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 2018-08-08

Should have been a Trilogy 😒

I'm so happy I finally listened to this book. It was sitting in my library for a couple of months. I think i put it away because it started a bit slow, but this second time around that wasnt the case. I just fell into the story. So I misjudged this one a bit. My bad 😕

Set in a present day fantasy world, the city of Stirling has not only been taken over by the Goblins, it's also under siege. The citizens haven't left the walls of the city in over three years. Food and supplies are low. Our lead character, Saiya, has been able to feed herself by selling small secrets. She is able to get those secrets because she is a wraith. I won't explain, so read the book. When the Dark Elves come to investigaste how things are in Stirling, thats when things are set in motion.

I found WRAITH interesting but I don't think this was not a stand alone book. The lead character is the only known female Wraith... so how are Wraiths made? If its the old fashioned boy+girl way... or is it just something you're born as??? If she doesn't have babies with another wraith, then will their kind continue? The story isn't fast past or filled with action scenes, but instead has a suttle flow.

The writer is able to throw some funny scenes into the mix and the humor is cute.

Example:
"You mean by big f**** carrier pigeons?"

For some reason that line made me burst out laughing😄

The tension between the two characters feels a bit forced in the beginning but seems to adjust in its "pressure" throughout the book to be more believable. The instant love thing isnt my cup of tea. I prefer drama filled build ups.

Oh yea, did I miss the memo? Since when are Dark Elves "good"??? If an author is going to go against the normal assumptions then the author has to give a bit of explanation.

Also, in any book where magic is in the present day world AND out in the open, then it is assumed that humans are the majority. If that is true, then would the human world really allow a city of humans to be held captive, enslaved, tortured, and murdered without doing anything about it??? Nope. There would be coalitions and magic haters pounding at the gates. So if this is the case in this book, then why didn't anyone try to save the city? That's why I say that this bookk needed to at least be a urology but probably a trilogy. We could have gotten a back story on the world, the characters, a good rolled out love story, etc.

Another thing that bothered me is the point when Gabriel finds out that Saiya is a Wraith, he never acknowledges the things that he did to the Wraith he captured in the beginning of the book... wouldn't you think it would make him sick to his stomach or at least remorseful?

Hey Helen! You need a second book!

The narrator was Ruth Urquhart. I loved her Scottish accent. Her tone was soothing. She didn't rush the story nor did she overplay the action.

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  • Sue Micheal Kenny
  • 2018-03-29

A fun experience!

I truly enjoyed this Audible, the Novel itself was highly entertaining, well written and the story line was truly unique. The narrator, Ruth Urquhart did an amazing job!

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  • Kaste Random
  • 2018-09-24

The first half was great!

Interesting world, interesting characters, intriguing premise--this book had everything!

[Don't read any farther if you hope to enjoy this book]

As soon as the 'romantic connection' happened, it all became a rote checklist of plot points from every 1980s Harlequin romance: Man has all the information and power; token sex scene (she's a virgin, of course); man says things that are genuinely unforgivable; she endures all the crap he feels like dishing out; and in spite of everything that she achieves it's eventually only his say-so that gets other people to take her seriously.

My advice is to listen to the first half twice and then make up your own ending.

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  • Lindsay
  • 2018-05-28

Fantastic stand alone paranormal romance

I really enjoyed this! It kept me guessing but moved along fast... I listened to it in 2 sittings and was never bored...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna
  • 2018-08-13

Another great one!!

Another great book by Helen Harper. She does such a good job making the characters feel relatable. Can’t wait for the next book to come out

6 of 8 people found this review helpful