Gifted Thief (Highland Magic, #1) by Helen Harper

gifted thiefTJ Burns — February 24, 2016


I thought the book was a helluvaride! I had fun and was entertained from beginning to end. Gifted Thief had many of the elements that I look for in a good novel: interesting story line, intriguing characters, who experience character development throughout the course of the story, humor, romance, some unexpected twists… I think Gifted Thief would make a great movie!

The Characters
I love Integrity! She’s clever, funny, gutsy, athletic, loyal to her friends and can stand up to her enemies. Byron is interesting too, in his own right. He has a sincerity, which is not apparent at first glance. Byron is more than he seems, or at least more than he realizes. I like the dynamic between Integrity and Byron — each can hold his/her own, and I love Integrity’s “take-no-shit” attitude in relation to Byron (and everyone). Integrity keeps up her self-sufficient, joke-telling, snarky attitude even as the stakes get higher and the danger becomes more evident. Integrity’s friends are fun too. Each has his/her own unique personality, but together they make a great team!

Mythical creatures? Ya, this story’s got ’em. Let’s see there are: sidhe, pixies, mermen, genies, trolls, unicorns, etc. So, it seems to be a free-for-all on mythical creatures — but this doesn’t disturb the flow of the story. Except for the sidhe and the genie, the mythical character identities don’t seem to be essential to the storyline (yet), but they don’t harm it either (and I even find them amusing). Since we are introduced to a rather wide variety of mythical creatures right from the start and since they are presented in a matter-of-fact way, it seems quite natural to have these different creatures around. It feels more like different ethnic groups or different cultures.

Where do we go from here?
Many questions were left unanswered, however. Was Integrity’s father the bad guy everyone has made him out to be? I suspect not. What happened to Integrity’s mother? Was foul play involved in her death? Who really killed all those people, including all of Integrity’s family, and who is trying to wipe the Adair family from history? Is Aifric really behind all those crimes and their cover-up? Is Aifric really trying to kill Integrity? I will definitely be grabbing for the sequel when it comes out later this month.

Crapadoodledo! Gifted Thief was a shite-load of fun!

Published January 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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You can find this book at:

Amazon: Gifted Thief (Highland Magic, #1) by Helen Harper

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Teen and Young Adult Books at Amazon

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