Peri Reed is a drafter, which means she has the rare ability to travel back in time in order to change events. The only catch is that, when she drafts, she can’t remember events as they previously occurred. That’s why she travels with a partner who can fill in the gaps in her memory and reorient her. But when Peri’s name shows up on a list of corrupt agents, those who have betrayed the organization they work for, Peri begins to question everything she’s been working toward and everyone in her life. The catch: Will Peri be able to remember the truth?
I enjoyed the first book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series and have always meant to go back and read more, and now that she’s brought the series to a close, I may just do that soon. But first, I couldn’t resist picking up the first book in Harrison’s new series, The Peri Reed Chronicles, which features a young woman named Peri Reed who has been lied to and manipulated by those she is supposed to trust most—and she can’t even remember it.
Peri is a frustrating character at times in The Drafter, and it’s not even her fault. The reader has so much more information than Peri, so they know exactly who is using her (even if we aren’t fully clear on why). But Peri doesn’t know this; as she drafts, she forgets things, and the people working against her are very very good at what they’re doing. But Peri is a strong, resilient woman, and the reader knows that she has the strength to somehow overcome what’s being done to her. The great thing about The Drafter is that though Peri can be viewed as a victim, she never is one.
Harrison has built a strong series with a very intriguing premise and a kickass main character in The Drafter. This novel will appeal to fantasy fans, of course, but if you haven’t quite made the genre leap, you should still check out this novel. It takes awhile for all the pieces to fall into place, but once they do, the speed and pace of this novel is breathtaking. It’s definitely one for the shelves.