I am appalled at myself for not having written about this series. Now, I know I have written about Roland Smith before but somehow I have missed talking about this series. In Peak, the adventure starts with Peak, yes that’s his name. A 14 year old who is a little bored, a little mischievous and a lot in trouble. Peak likes to climb, but, he lives in NYC. There are no mountains to climb in Manhattan so what does Peak do? He climbs a skyscraper and gets caught. He has a choice now. Spend time in juvie, or go live with the father he really doesn’t know, Joshua Wood. Joshua owns a climbing company and he himself loves to climb. Part of his job is to help other summit mountains all over the world. But could Joshua have something else in mind for his son? Will their relationship grow through this adventure?
I forever thought this would be a stand alone but much to my surprise, The Edge shows up about 8 years later. Peak has returned home and has become a non-skyscraper climbing 15 year old, who loves spending time with his younger twin sisters. He hasn’t climbed since Everest (ooops, could be a small spoiler:-) but when he is approached by some old climbing friends with a chance to become part of documentary he contemplates his choice of climbing again or staying with all feet on the ground.
Just when I couldn’t be any happier about a sequel, there’s a threequel (yes it’s a word, look it up:-) In Ascent, Peak visits a girl he has met. A girl he kind of likes. A girl who just happens to be the daughter of a French Ambassador. She also loves to climb. Sounds like a recipe for happiness. Peak has been invited to climb Hkakabo Razi, one of the most isolated mountains in the world, to determine the true elevation of this illusive mountain. Once again, filled with action, friendship and climbing this was the perfect ending to this series.
Ahhh, just kidding. Descent will be the final book of the series. But it doesn’t come out until the beginning of 2020!!! Well, it isn’t an 8 year wait!