Peak

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2021

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First, she was an acolyte. Then, a rogue. Finally, a catalyst.

Now she’s declaring war on Hell itself.

Jack Harper can raise the dead, and those she resurrects she also controls. She belongs to an ancient race of magical beings called “ferrics,” though she is the first of her kind with this power.

Having just escaped Jonathon Roth and his kill-for-hire organization, her new target is the demonic Builder, architect of damnation.

She must act fast, too, because the ferrics’ last countermeasure—a plasmatic weapon—is dwindling away. Meanwhile, her closest confidante, the ferric Lutin, has come under attack, all while her brother Alex joins forces with the Builder to unleash a malevolent new power.

Dying of poison and scrambling for help, Jack turns to an unlikely ally, her charismatic and drug-addled friend, Patrick. She must ask him to help with the impossible: kill the Builder. Whether or not they succeed may not matter because a new threat has joined the battle, an evil ferric bathed in blood, brimstone, and mystery.

Jack will never quit, no matter the odds, but deep down she worries: what if the cure is worse than the disease?

First, she was an acolyte. Then, a rogue. Finally, a catalyst.

Now she’s declaring war on Hell itself.

Jack Harper can raise the dead, and those she resurrects she also controls. She belongs to an...


Advance Praise

Praise for PIVOT, Book One of the Jack Harper Trilogy

“Beyond good and evil, Pivot juggles archetypes until you’re not sure which ball is airborne and which is still in the author’s hand. A story about cracking free of your intended role in life, as plot and depth travel at the same exceptional speed.”
—Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

“Impressive and arresting prose drives this vivid debut. (...) Barlow’s gorgeous writing will easily propel readers through the rest of the series.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Suspenseful and delightfully disturbing (...) This is a promising beginning to the Jack Harper trilogy.”
—Booklist

Praise for PERISH, Book Two of the Jack Harper Trilogy

“In Perish, Barlow sings the siren song of anger and revenge, expanding the universe of the terrible, and introducing us to even greater threats as she builds a world of the awful.”
—Weston Ochse,
Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of Bone Chase and Burning Sky


Praise for PIVOT, Book One of the Jack Harper Trilogy

“Beyond good and evil, Pivot juggles archetypes until you’re not sure which ball is airborne and which is still in the author’s hand. A story...


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This felt like a good and natural conclusion to the Jack books as ever there was. She has come full circle in my my opinion, and while her fate gets even more fanciful, it was a good book and an enjoyable read. I look forward to see what comes from L. C. Barlow in the future.

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This was a spooky, SPOOKY conclusion to a good trilogy. Peak is full of cold chills and death-defying thrills, Peak is a great wrap-up to the Jack Harper trilogy. Fans of the series will feel a good sense of ease (well, "ease"). Pick this trilogy up if you want a good thrill!

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Nothing about this series went the way I expected it to, and that is not a criticism. After facing off with cult leaders and mercenaries, balanced on a knife's edge of cooperation with the race of immortal beings she is now a part of--Jack sets her sights on a final kill, the ancient being that has wrought so much pain and suffering around the world. As Jack mobilizes for one final fight, allies and enemies will rise and fall around her. With everything she knows and trusts being threatened, Jack faces one final, desperate struggle to achieve the peace she has sought for so long. But as the cost of victory begins to come due, she will have to face the consequences of her own actions and confront the unexpected damage that follows in her wake and threatens the future of all she has tried to protect. With Peak Barlow takes the scope of Jack Harper's story to new heights while also bringing us full circle--concluding the story in much the same place it began. As the stakes get ever higher and everything Jack once trusted becomes threatened, Barlow weaves together the ties and threads that she has woven so effectively though the larger story. Peak does take on a more philosophical bend as Jack reckons with her place in the world and the larger forces that have always sought to shape her life, but through it all she has been so much--a weapon, an operative, and now an agent of dramatic change. Everything rises or falls on Jack Harper, and as Peak reaches its dramatic climax, the conflict that has been building since the beginning will finally be decided. Horror and dark fantasy, coming-of-age story and an examination of good, evil, and self-determination--the Jack Harper trilogy is a bold and gripping story that reaches new heights with each installment. It began with a pivot, and now with Peak Barlow brings it all to a satisfying end.

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