In the time of lockdown, Kindle Unlimited books are such a boon! I’ve been devouring books by Julia Golding for a while now, and when I discovered the Peril trilogy by Joss Stirling (same writer, different name), I was thrilled. Three books to read!
Except that they’re so fast paced that I didn’t spend very long over them.
Meri Marlowe is the last of her kind, except that she doesn’t know that. She knows that she can see a colour called Peril that no one else seems to be able to see. Her parents died protecting her, and left her in the care of Theo, who can’t see peril, but knows that Meri’s secret must be kept safe because … He has no idea. Someone wants to kill her, simply because she can see peril.
Kel Douglas is the enemy, or at least, he ought to be. When Kel and Meri meet, though, everything seems to change. Meri is a Tean and Kel is Perilous. Historical enemies. What happens when they fall in love?
In a dystopian world where climate change is a reality (that some people are still denying), Meri and Kel need to see whether peace between two ancient races is even possible.
Kel and Meri believe they have escaped, but Meri is heir to the Atlantean throne and no Tean is going to allow a Perilous to be her partner. Meri has a duty to perform. She is a full-blooded Tean and must make sure her line does not die out.
Kel and Meri are forced apart, but they’re determined not to let the world dictate how they will lead their lives. Meri digs deeper into Atlantean history and she makes discoveries that are exciting and dangerous …
In the last book of the trilogy, it’s time for the final showdown. Centuries of war between Teans and Perilous must end. Kel and Meri must take risks and demonstrate how, perhaps, the two races weren’t meant to be enemies at all.
All three books are pacy and action-packed. As always, the characters and the tension in the plot plot kept me reading. Meri and Kel are wonderful characters that I rooted for from the very beginning. In a complex world that comes alive to us slowly, I could not help marvelling at the ways in which real threats to the world around us mingle with fantastic elements of racial feuds. I loved that there were layers of race – in the fantastic world and in the real world – for the heir to the Perilous throne is black, making his racial identity complex and intriguing.
I want to read more, and I can’t help being glad that so many of these books are accessible to us in this digital world!
|Title||Peril, Glow, Flare (The Peril Trilogy)|
|Rating (out of 5)||4|