Review: Perceptions by Mary Eicher

A fourteen year-old boy is struck by a car and left to die in a derelict section of town. He is the latest victim in a rash of deadly accidents spoiling a hot California summer.

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Artemis Andronikos, a beautiful attorney with a teenager of her own, knows the deaths are not the unrelated mishaps the authorities assume. The victims are Harbinger children gifted with extraordinary perceptive abilities. It has been seven years since the Harbinger suddenly appeared, enabling people to foresee traumatic events. The new sense has proved most dramatic in young children. Now the prescient children are becoming adolescents. And the world’s power centers are becoming alarmed.

Artemis and her partner Lucy Breem, put aside their comfortable Maui lifestyle to investigate who or what is luring the children to their deaths. What they discover shocks the conscience. The ancients left a warning for future generations. The future of mankind has been wrested in the hands of the Harbinger children. And someone unexpected wants the power back.

Warning: Gun violence, the deaths of secondary characters, the deaths of children and homophobic slurs

Read an excerpt here.

My thoughts

Perceptions is not what I thought it was going to be (laugh), you know what they say about assuming things.

Mary Eicher moves Artemis’ story about seven years after we left The Harbinger. It kind of picks up where the mystery left off, but if you have not read the first book, it is okay as Perceptions can be read as a standalone. I do not recommend it as the first book is perfection and Perceptions is missing some of what made me love Harbinger so much.

This is not to say that Perceptions is not a satisfying book – it is a good read. It has a solid mystery with an interesting twist which I think will come back to bite the characters in the butt later. This book focuses on the mystery and an origin story. 

It also spotlights Angie’s role and her growth since becoming aware of her precog ability. Eicher’s use of Greek mythology is fascinating here as I once mixed this genre and astronomy myself in college and I love it.

I cannot wait for the third book in this trilogy as Eicher ends this book with a shocking bang for those who did not guess it. Perceptions is a twist on what you might assume.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Further Details:
Publisher: NineStar Press, 978-1-64890-110-2, 12 October 2020
Series: Artemis #2
Pages: 246
Settings: Maui, 

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