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The Drafter

(The Peri Reed Chronicles #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  6,468 ratings  ·  1,005 reviews
The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in number-one New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison's sexy new romantic suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Gallery Books
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Gerry Sheldon It is different to the Rachel Morgan series -- Peri lives in a world that is technically different to ours in that it is supposedly about 15 years on…moreIt is different to the Rachel Morgan series -- Peri lives in a world that is technically different to ours in that it is supposedly about 15 years on from now with certain technological advances that could possibly occur and she has an ability to shift about 30 seconds worth of reality and rewrite or "draft" it at the expense of needing to have a partner able to sort out her conflicting memories for her. This makes her vulnerable to any agenda that partner (and the organisation they work for) may have and this is just the problem Peri has to cope with when she realises she has been used and lied to for years.

I would say that the story (I've now read the entire book) is highly compulsive reading as she tries to make sense of everything and untangle the truth from the lies, seeking to save herself and put things to rights. I find the story intriguing and necessarily complex with Peri as well crafted in her own way as Rachel is in the Hollows series -- Kim is a genius at writing thoroughly believable, almost tangible characters into the fantasies she creates.

This book earns maximum stars from me and all that annoys me about it is the amount of time I'm going to have to wait before I can read the next book in the trilogy! (less)

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Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Re-Read 10/1/16 in prep for book 2.

I usually don't do re-reads for new releases, but this one rather screams the need. A lot goes on, and there are so many twists and turns in the plot that it really is a nightmare of interpersonal horrors. :) It doesn't help that this level of mindfuckery is sanctioned at the highest levels, or that Peri becomes quite this victimized.

The end kinda justifies the means, but it's really quite a shame that she had to go through so much just to do what is right and
Jen Davis
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of the Hollows and you're debating whether to pick up this very different kind of book from Kim Harrison, let me make it easy for you: do it. Of course, this recommendation isn't only for fans of Rachel Morgan, but I have to admit that after loving those books so much, for so long, I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy Harrison making such a big departure from Urban Fantasy. Instead of disappointment, this book left me feeling excited about the next installment and finally broke me ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

DNF at: who the fish knows? It's been so bloody shrimping long since I read tried reading this thing that my grand grandchildren now have grand grandchildren. So you can't seriously expect me to remember how far I didn't make it into this most fascinating tale, my Little Barnacles. You are quite welcome.

Okay book, you've been sitting on the bookshelf of Total Doom and Utter Oblivion (TDaUO™) long enough. Time to offer you in sacrifice to the Ever Pissed Off Calmly Cheerful Gods of the DNF Grav
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
New Kim Harrison book is up for PREORDER!!
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I’d actually like to start out with an ultra-mini review of Sideswiped: It was a perfect introduction of the characters, magic system, and slightly futuristic/alternate society. I thought it was absolutely delightful, yet heart wrenching at the same time. I loved every moment and afterward was totally AMPED to pick up The Drafter. [4.5/5 stars]

Then I picked up The Drafter.

I read a few posts on Kim Harrison’s blog a few months ago where she conveyed how disappointed she was that The Drafter wasn’
When I heard this was about time travel I was expecting:

But in reality it was more like this:

Peri was a drafter, which meant she can go back in time. Sounds wicked awesome, right? Well not so much. Drafters can only go back and alter the last minute or less of time. It has serious consequences like major memory loss, which makes the drafter vulnerable to manipulation since they don’t remember anything. If she didn’t put herself in situations where her life were in danger and had to draft to save
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kim Harrison
The best thing I can say about this book is: it would've made a good short story.
Jen (Book Den)
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The beginning of The Drafter was great. I love the concept of "drafting" which is basically the main character's ability to alter time and rewrite history. I was excited and sucked in at first. I didn't know who the characters were. I didn't know who was corrupt or who to trust. This was a good thing... at first.

Here's the thing. The plot and those questions never advanced. It was one big repetitive is she/isn't she, is he/isn't he for 432 pages.

Normally I would have DNF'ed before forcing myself
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I have some mixed feelings regarding this book. I did like it but I found it to be a bit tedious at times. I love the idea behind the book. I can't tell you how many times being able to rewind time a few seconds for quick "do over" would have come in handy during my life so the idea is very compelling. The part where you need partner to help you only remember one of the timelines so that you remain sane doesn't sound quite as appealing in rea

New Kim Harrison book!!!

The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report!!!

Time Travel!

Romantic Suspense Trilogy! YES, trilogy!

Expected publication: September 1st 2015!


Wow. That was awesome! I was a big fan of The Hollows series and was so sad that it ended. The Drafter showcases Ms. Harrison's wonderful writing style. From the first page I was hooked, and I could not put the book down. It was new, original, and action packed.

The Drafter is set in the future, a future where people with certain talents are able to draft - skip around time. Drafters work in conjunction with an anchor, a person who helps the drafter rebuild memories lost in a draft or time shift
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Quick and dirty-Twisted Betrayals, Stolen Time and Forgotten Love all wrapped up in a tornado.
Did I love it ? No. Was I glued to the pages, yes. Will I re-read it, yes. This was a book with a lot going on in a very small world. Perhaps too small, so centered on Peri the main character. I didn't get a chance to know any of the other characters, it was very centered on the one girl. She was the eye of the storm. Dang she had more than enough messed up issues going on to carry three books but I
Catherine Ford
One star for the book itself, and one star because it is Kim Harrison.
I don't have the heart to write the rant review that this book deserves.
So, just a few key points:
At no stage did I feel like I was reading a Kim Harrison novel.
All the characters were cliché with very little personality; they were flat and acted unrealistically.
More detail was put on describing every piece of fancy clothing than actual surroundings or people.
There is no reason for this being set in 2030, it doesn't add to the
Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕
DNF @ 135 pages

I love Kim Harrison, let's get that out of the way. Except for the last two books, The Hollows series is one of my favorite series, that being said, when I picked up the ARC of The Drafter, I did not go into it expecting another Rachel Morgan, or even Madison Avery.

What I did expect, however, coming from Harrison, was a well though-out story with kick ass characters and a bitchen plot. I did not expect this...trash. And that's what it is, sadly to say. The story bounces through t
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Science Fiction, Action, Time Travel
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

The Drafter is the first installment in The Peri Reed Chronicles, and takes place FIVE years after the novella Sideswipped ends (See review above!) So, yes I do recommend reading the novella before picking up this story. The Drafter is an action packed, stre
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread Thoughts:

Loved it just as much the 2nd time around and doing it on audio was fantastic. I'm now ready to listen to book 2, The Operator


Five Reasons to Read The Drafter by Kim Harrison

I cannot say this enough, read Sideswiped BEFORE you read The Drafter! Sideswiped is not a side story, it introduces the world and characters. I would have been a little lost in the character development and connections if I skipped it.


There’s not a Taris (sorry D
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This is the first novel I have read from this best selling author and that is probably because I do not normally read in this genre. But since it had secret government agents involved, I had to get this one! And I am so glad I did.

Intense situations and an action packed story that starts out with a bang and ends the same way is what you can expect in this book. There is a touch of romance thrown in but most of the story follows the line of betrayal, trust, distrust, twists and turns at high anxi
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Drafter from Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

ARC received on June 25

The Drafter is a fast-paced story, in a world I would never want to live in! Peri is a very strong character, but so many people are trying to take advantage of her, leaving her with less memories of who she is, and what she's been doing.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I was suspecting that revelation would be the case for a while actually.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this on audible. Excellent performance!
Wow that was an exhausting story omg what an ordeal. This book was fast paced & filled with twists. It's told by The Doctor & Reed's POV. It truly an entertaining read. I would recommend it. I will be continuing the Drafter series. Five stars I would award more if I could.

FYI for my real time reactions read my comments. Possible spoilers

Well, Kim Harrison is back with a brand new series and boy does she comes out kicking with a futuristic, time traveling tale that is sure to delight those of us missing the genius behind the Hollows.

This story focuses on Peri, a drafter (time traveler), who is sent on the run by her own government and left hanging by her man. She must learn how to survive when all she took as truth falls away and she realizes it was all lies. With the unique ability to alter time, Peri can try and fix her futur
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review coming at Bookspan closer to release, but short answer: Way cool. I was more hooked by the clever time travel aspect and the heroine Peri than the romantic elements, which is saying something. That said: the sexy is there, folks.
La Mala ✌
She'd thought she was capable. She'd thought she was strong. But she was vulnerable. People were the sum of their memories, and apparently hers were whatever [he] had told her.


ACLARACIÓN: Aunque esta reseña tiene marcado 'spoilers' después de cada ítem, no suelo spoilear nada. Es decir, no escribo nada que arruine la trama principal. (En caso de hacerlo, lo advierto previamente con una nueva marca de spoiler!! O sea, te encajo un spoiler adentro del spoiler, porque estoy muy jugada, y soy re hea
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommendation: I am not typically a novella fan and honestly usually skip them.  However, I strongly recommend reading the novella Sideswiped before tackling the Drafter. It takes place five years earlier and personally believe it gives us essential insight into the world and characters.

Caffeinated Breakdown of The Drafter

World: In Harrison’s new world a small fraction of society has the ability to “draft” or move backwards in time changing history. Set in Detroit in the year 2030 Peri Reed i
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Fans of Kim Harrison have plenty to be excited about! With the end of the Hollows series, Harrison is spreading her wings and tackling a new genre with this futuristic journey with drafter, Peri Reed.

The year is 2030 and in this futuristic Detriot, Peri is betrayed by the man she loves and is disregarded by the very same government that taught her everything. Now she is on the run, trying to figure out how to survive. As a drafter, she has the immense ability to alter time but each time she does
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, urban-fantasy

I found the premise and the world original and fun. It had just enough grit. I found the pace pretty typical of Harrison in that it was non-stop and I closed the book feeling like I might need a mini vacation or a couple sessions with a therapist and unsure which would do the most good.

I wanted to love this book for several reasons, not the least of which is that I feel loyal to Kim Harrison and wanted to squee about it for her. I also wanted to because Peri is the first name of a characte
Deea (Andreea)
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4-5 stars

“You never forget, you just don’t remember.”

Who the hell am I?

And that pretty much sums up this entire book.

Kim Harisson really packed a punch with this one. It's so different from her other works, and yet, her writing style, her words, are there, and you can still feel that (to be honest, reading this book is bittersweet; it really hits you that The Hollows is done and gone for good, and we're in a totally different world with other characters, you know? *sniff*)

Anyway. I'm not even
Sheyla ✎
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Trust No One
Yes, this summons this new series to a tee.

Peri Reed is a drafter. She works for a government agency which stops terrorists and anyone who threatens freedom. She has her own anchor, Jack Twill. He's also her boyfriend. Besides being a drafter, Peri has two years of military experience and she knows how to defend herself. During the last five years, she has proven her worth bringing down her marks. But, lately something feels off. When she questions her latest assignment and she d
Stephanie (Bookfever)
It's been three years since I read a Kim Harrison book but now that I have read The Drafter, the first in a new series, I'm reminded again why I like her books so much. This book totally blew my mind. I loved it!

This story revolves around Peri. She is a drafter, she has the ability to alter time. The only drawback is that she forgets whatever it is she changed. When she gets betrayed by the organization she works with and the man she loves her, she is forced to go on the run, leaving her world f
Christy LoveOfBooks

What a freaking ride The Drafter was!

I’m not going to get into details, because there are twists and turns galore. With the time drafts and twists, this is the type of thing that can get messy real quick. That isn’t the case at all with The Drafter. Kim Harrison did a phenomenal job weaving it all together like the pro she is. It’s exciting and had me totally engrossed with what was happening.

There are so many times I wanted to yell in frustration because of what Peri was put through. I mean,
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