Saturday, January 30, 2016
REVIEW: The Drafter by Kim Harrison
Time alteration is always dicey. The Drafter weaves a complicated web for not only Peri but its readers. We discover that Peri is a sleeper agent, working for the Alliance to bring down Opti and that the plan was hatched some five years before. Unfortunately, she's been scrubbed so many times it is unclear where the truth lies. Enter key players from Peri's past, Silas and Allen, who each claim to have her best interest in mind but equally different ways of achieving these goals.
I cannot recommend enough that readers should start with "Sideswiped", the prequel story that provides an introduction to these characters and a profound insight into why Silas in the way he is. I enjoyed the book but do not think I would have as much if I hadn't read this story first. Knowing what I know about Silas now better informed me as to his actions, his relationship with others and the revelations at the end of this novel.
One criticism is the somewhat fragmented feel to the storytelling. However, given that this is the same feeling for Peri, the writing style and pacing makes sense. I'm intrigued by the characters and want to explore how the series develops over time. At this point, I don't love it as much as the Hollows and I certainly miss Rachel, Ivy and Jenks but there is potential here and I like that it is a departure from what Harrison has previously written.
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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