The Harbinger (Book #1)
Genre: Reverse Harem/ Fantasy
Publication Date: November 5th, 2018
“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.
Back in the sixties, the last Harbinger permanently opened the gateways between Earth and the Second. Humanity grew accordingly. Faith is in her fifth year at the Academy, with her sight set on joining the Division, the branch of government that enforces what most law enforcement can’t, like smuggling goods between worlds. Following her mother’s footsteps has always been the plan.
Of course, she doesn’t want to follow them to a T. Her mother had awful luck with men, as did her grandma. Faith wouldn’t mind finding out what’s so special about a man that it has her quirky grandma swearing at them constantly. A field trip to the Second is just what she needs.
Being the first female Harbinger in the Second’s history and having to face down the realm’s most dangerous Dracon, also known as the ridiculously-named Dread King? Not what she needs.
Faith isn’t a hero. That sort of responsibility is not what she wants. The perks that come with it—like a sexy but infuriating Elf, a flirty Malus, and a quiet and pensive Ulen—well, maybe for them she’ll make an exception to her grandma’s no-man rule.
Maybe she’ll have them all.
The Harbinger is the first in a slow-burn, reverse harem fantasy series. Expect eventual hot and steamy scenes, coupled with the Chosen One trope, and a heroine who will reluctantly try to save a world that isn’t hers.”
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DISCLAIMER: Some spoilers (I couldn’t resist)—- so if you care about that, please skip past this section!
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 becomes a full agent and is allowed in the field. Faith Blackwell is the daughter of the Director of the Infantry Division and because of lack of attention from her mother and her eighteen year old immaturity, often acts out. She is portrayed as a rebellious, arrogant, snarky girl and although some might find those traits obnoxious in a main character, I really enjoyed them. She seemed to act appropriately for an eighteen year old girl and I liked that.
The story line picks up quickly when Faith and her classmates take a field trip to the Second; an alternate dimension where other races, such as Elves and Dracon, are from. The story goes from urban setting to high fantasy in an instance when the students pass through the Gateway into the beautiful and whimsical Second. It also is when Faith finds out that she is the Harbinger and destined to fight a battle against a large malevolent demon-like villain. This battle between Harbinger and Dracyrus has occurred many times over eons. Each time with the Harbinger being a new destined human but always a MALE. This is the first time the hero has been a female… So Faith begins her adventure.
This being a reverse harem story, I expected the romantic partners to be coming in droves and practically be jumping the main character’s bones from act one. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of build up with the first emotional attachment between Faith and Weylon Lightfoot, an elf that despises humans usually. I did find it a little off-putting how vehemently he hates humans and thought they were ugly and stinky in the beginning to how relatively quickly (a couple days) changes his mind about Faith and ends up wanting her. I do enjoy the snarky banter and awkwardness from them however. It seemed like it was just going to be a regular romance until towards the end of the novel, when a few male characters are added into the narrative as her potential lovers for book two. So just to be clear for those who care, there is NO hanky-panky in this book BUT its building you up for hopefully some VERY sexy play time in the next book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book WAY more than I originally thought I would. It was a quick, easy read that flowed pretty well. It does change POV a couple times, which I liked mostly except once or so when I was confused with whom was speaking. I liked the storyline and felt like the main character was pretty believable and likeable from my perspective. The love interests are intriguing and I really liked the SLOW-BURN and build up. SEXUAL TENSION ANYONE? Yes, please. I am anxious to get the next book now to see what kind of sexy situations she gets into with her lithe elf, rugged “panther man”, and cautious “vampire”. ❤
About the Author
Hey guys! I’m a writer, an office worker, a wife, a mother to two dogs and two cats, and half of a strange pair of young adults who flip the houses they’re living in with the goal of having no mortgage (so that I can eventually focus on my writing career!). Needless to say, I’m busy.
Still, I somehow find time to write, to read, and to enjoy life. Wish there were more hours in the day, really!
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