Welcome to Kim Harrison week here at the Blog Formerly Known as Preternatura. Today, we’re looking at The Drafter, the first novel in her Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy. It was released last fall and is now out in mass-market paperback. Kim will be here on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to drop by! Next Wednesday, I’ll have a review of the new novella Waylaid (Peri Reed and Rachel Morgan together!). Novel #2 in the series, The Operator, will be out in November.
Oh, and a quick big of blatant self promotion. My entire Penton Legacy series to date (Redemption, Absolution, Omega, and Allegiance, written as Susannah Sandlin) will be on sale tomorrow for $1.99 each as a Kindle Daily Deal. It’s a great time to pick up the series….or send it to a friend! I’ll run the buy links tomorrow once the price drops.
Now, let’s talk about the book at hand. And, should you be so inclined, you can click on the STUFF tab at the top of the page and read an excerpt!
THE DRAFTER: Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best-selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelor’s in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.
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MY THOUGHTS ON THE DRAFTER:
In short, I loved it. I love a thriller, and this is one that kept me up way too late. Time-shifting is all well and good, but not if you can’t remember the time you’ve lost until someone replaces those memories. And what if the person replaces the real memories with some that aren’t so real?
Reading the prequel novella SIDESWIPED (reviewed yesterday) first provided a huge advantage to reading THE DRAFTER because the worldbuilding and terminology is complex. By the time SIDESWIPED was done, I couldn’t (and didn’t have to) wait to plow right into THE DRAFTER, which picks up five years later, with Peri—a young student in the novella—now a full-fledged and very talented drafter.
Because drafters in essence change events just past, they come out of a draft—a sideways shift in time—with two conflicting memories. That’s where their partners, or anchors, come in. The anchor’s job is to pull the drafter back and help piece together a single memory. It literally keeps the drafter sane, so the relationship has to be one of total trust. Peri’s anchor is Jack, and they are lovers as well as partners. They work for a shady power called Opti, supposedly doing things like ending pandemics before they get out of hand. But is that their real agenda? And who is the group making up the mysterious resistance?
Let’s just say the world is not what Peri Reed thought it was, and she finds herself in big trouble. Then bigger trouble. A whole novel full of trouble. Like any good thriller, this moves at a breakneck pace, filled with tension.
I mentioned this caveat before, and it bears repeating. This is NOT the Hollows series, reset in Detroit instead of Cincinnati. It’s a futuristic techno-thriller. Does it depend a little much on the techy terms and toys? Maybe, but they also lend it an air of believability that such gadgets and weapons and tech toys do exist (and they probably do…right, Google?).
I miss the humor of the Hollows series, but it would not fit in this world and, besides, Peri is a great character who is easy to pull for. Anyone who’s ever been betrayed can get behind her and cheer her on, even as we aren’t sure how the heck she’s going to get out of trouble.
I’d rate THE DRAFTER a solid four gators.
THE GIVEAWAY: If you’ve read the series so far, what did you think of THE DRAFTER? Leave a comment to win a copy in your choice of digital or print! International entries welcome.