I cannot imagine the pressure a successful author feels when they release the first book in a new series. Kim Harrison has many die-hard fans from her Hollows series and they have been both anxiously awaiting the Peri Reed book and lamenting the loss of Rachel Morgan’s adventures. When the first reviews started coming in, I was confused. Goodreads friends rated either 5-stars (It was awesome!) or 1-star (Ugh!) Where would I fall in the spectrum? Truth is, somewhere in the middle.
The Drafter is set in an alternate, future world where drafters are able to reset time – basically go back a very short period – and redo an action to change the past. Anchors are able to see these drafts and remember both timelines. They are also needed to bring the drafter back mentally by giving them an accurate memory of the new version of events while erasing the old one. Make sense?
Anyway, Peri is a talented drafter who is employed by a government agency and sent on covert missions. Think Sidney Bristow (Alias – one of my favorite TV shows) with some paranormal ability. She and her anchor are also lovers. Apparently this is encouraged to support their bond. Peri finds out that she has been lied to and doesn’t know who to trust. When others can change your memories, how do you know what is real and what has been created to manipulate you?
Harrison did a good job of starting to build the world but she does have some work to do. I felt there were holes in my memory a few times while reading as things didn’t always add up. I decided to just go with it and enjoy the story but hopefully she will tighten this up in future installments.
Also, I can see why some readers didn’t like Peri. For most of the pages, she isn’t likable. And we are supposed to believe certain things towards the end of the story that haven’t been supported with the facts we’ve been given. Harrison did some “telling” about character history rather than “showing” them together in action. I’m able to forgive this in book one. But, I want to feel the feels to be sold on relationships.
Overall, a good start with great potential. 3.5/5 stars.