From the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels comes the second in the futuristic fantasy series that will make you want to keep the lights on…
When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….
The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.
The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.
Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself…
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About The Book
The Outcast Series
Keri Arthur and urban fantasy/paranormal romance go hand in hand, in my mind. But when she wrote a new science fiction/dystopian series, I still immediately requested, City of Light. I loved every minute I spent reading it. This is coming from someone that only sparingly reads science fiction, so that’s very telling. When I learned that this book was due for release, of course I requested it from Net Galley, and I very happily immersed myself back into Ms. Arthur’s fascinating view of a dystopian world.
It’s been 100 years since the war between and human’s and shifters, leaving the shifters as the winners. Tiger is the last remaining dechet. Dechets were bred by humans during the war. They are humanoids, and on Tiger’s part some of her DNA is from a white tiger. She’s what’s known as a lurer or seductress, and is able to change her body at will, as long as she stays a female. After helping to save a child that had been kidnapped and experimented on, she becomes involved with Jonas, a wolf shifter and a witch named, Nori. They are working to get back a group of children that have been taken. Some of the children have been found, but now they need to get the rest of them rescued. Not an easy thing in a world of blood thirsty vampires, wraiths, and a corporation that is hiding a horrible secret. Keep in mind that there’s only been a few weeks that passed since the beginning of book one-so lots of action and problems have happened over the course of these two books.
As before, I enjoyed Tiger’s character immensely.She may be humanoid, but she has deep feelings, is very intelligent, and she’s been able to survive by herself while living in an abandoned dechet base-the base that everyone was killed in 100 years before. She survived because as a lurer, she’s been constructed to withstand all poisons. Jonas? He is a shifter and as such, dechets are his biggest enemy. By now, the two have an attraction to each other, but because of what each of them are, they have not acted on it. Nori, the witch, is older, wily and is smack in the middle of everything that happens both in the poor area she lives in and in the richer city that is surrounded by a wall (and light)to keep the vampires out. Two other characters that I absolutely loved, were Cat and Bear. Cat and Bear are child ghosts that were born as dechets, but died when the shifters killed everyone in the base back during the war. They are Tiger’s companions and helpers, and are in the middle of everything that happens as well.
As always, I found this author’s work this time to be well written and plotted. I did have a problem with how slow it started out. It took me awhile to really get into the story, but once I did, I found it to be a good read. There’s plenty of cloak and dagger type exploits this time around and suspense as well. It was lacking in romance other than some interactions and conversation between Jonas and Tiger and that really needs to change soon, i think anyway. Tiger is still using sex to get what she wants, just not with Jonas. I think some people may have had a problem with that at first, but I think since she was bred for it, that it’s just part of who she is and is a weapon that as the last of the dechets, only she has.
I would recommend these books to adult science fiction and urban fantasy fans. Dystopian readers as well may really enjoy this, because at it’s heart, that’s what is ultimately is.
The review copy of this title was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Keri Arthur
Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than thirty-three novels. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.