New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur brings her Outcast series to a breathtaking conclusion as Déchet supersoldier Tiger races against time to save humanity from darkness and total annihilation….
Though Winter Halo–the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults–has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do seven children remain unaccounted for, but some of the vampires are now able to walk in light.
The key to stopping the unthinkable lies in finding Ciara Dream, the last member of the trio behind the plot to give full light immunity to both the vampires and the Others. But Ciara, like Tiger herself, is a shapeshifter, able to take on any human form she desires.
To find her, Tiger will need to use every skill in her formidable arsenal, and even that might not be enough to save the city and the people she has started to care about.
Because the vampires are coming, and this time, the lights won’t stop them.
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About The Book
The Outcast Series
This is the third, and final book, in this dystopian series that Keri Arthur has created. I have read and been thoroughly entertained by all of them. It’s science fiction/dystopian/urban fantasy and has elements from all three. Since this is the final book, there may be spoilers ahead.
Tiger is the last surviving duchet, otherwise knows as a humanoid that was bred as a spy during the war between humans and shifters, a hundred years before. Shifters won. In book one, she rescues a child that had been kidnapped and “changed,” and not in a good way. Since then, she has been working with leopard shifter, Jonas, and a witch named, Nori-all of whom work undercover to help find the rest of the children that they know have been kidnapped, so they too can be “changed.” There’s been an attraction between Tiger and Jonas almost from the beginning-after he got over the fact that she had been a dechet spy working against the shifters during the war. This book continues the hunt for not only the rest of the children that were kidnapped, but also for the mastermind behind the whole sinister plot known as, Dream. The good guys know that Dream is trying to find a way for vampires and wraiths to be able to be out and about in the ultraviolet light that the city uses to keep them safe from the deadly night creatures. This would result in a massacre.
I liked the characters, especially Tiger and her child ghost companions, Cat, age seven, and Bear, aged 14. Of course, those are the ages that they were when they died during the war, so they have been hanging around for a hundred years. They have never lost their childlike qualities, but are still smart and mature beyond their years. As in the previous two books, these two have quickly became my favorite part of the read. I don’t know what Tiger would do without them. Any levity in the book involves them. Tiger is stubborn as they come and very kick ass. I say stubborn, but only because of her ability when faced with every obstacle that can be thrown at her, to just settle in and go for it regardless. No matter how much she gets injured, and that’s a lot! I liked Jonas as well, but I feel like we got less time with him this time, than we do the other characters-although there is communication with him via their mindspeak when he’s not actually present.
What I didn’t like? The romance that was slow burning from the beginning never really takes off. I mean, it kind of does, but not what I was expecting at all. And even though there’s a lack of physical intimacy between the main characters, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t an adult read. And I am not going to explain that. I was just left a bit wanting in the romance department. And if that’s a spoiler, then I can’t help it. It’s what I didn’t like about the book.
Almost non-stop action from the get go kept me turning pages. The cloak and dagger feel of the book from this and the previous books, continued to keep me guessing what was going to happen next. I found the book to be well written and paced. All of the threads from the previous books were addressed and I was kept interested and entertained throughout the book. I do recommend this to urban fantasy/science fiction fans, 16 plus.
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.