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City of Light (An Outcast Novel) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2016
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“A fast-paced blend of fantasy and science fiction that will knock your socks off! Plan to stay up all night.”—Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author, on City of Light
Praise for Keri Arthur
“Keri Arthur’s imagination and energy infuse everything she writes with zest.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Keri Arthur knows how to thrill.”—Shana Abé
“Keri Arthur has blown me away again. Her worlds are so complex and ‘real.’….I highly recommend Arthur’s books.”—USA Today
About the Author
Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Outcast, Souls of Fire, Dark Angels, and Riley Jenson Guardian series, has written more than thirty books. She’s been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy.
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Ms. Arthur has created a what she call Dechet, test tube humans mixed with Vampire and Shifter blood. Most of them were created as soldiers but our Heroine Tiger was created as a lure for male shifters. But that is all behind Tiger as the war has been over for 100 years and she has lived alone and hidden with her little ones, who are actually ghosts, for all that time. On one of her forays she hears a child crying and loving children as she does goes to investigate. She discovers an unconscious shifter and a child in an area filled with some really bad vampires and of course she rescues them and takes them back to her bunker. From that point she is unwillingly dragged into their drama and for them the war is not really over as they have a real hatred of Dechet.
I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series to see what further trouble Tiger gets into.
Well no not really. That honestly was for all my fellow Ilona Andrews fans and I hope you guys cringed when you thought of that dynamic happening…*giggles* No of course that isn’t how our heroine Tig came to be. She was genetically engineered to have all the benefits of being a vampire and shifter without the drawbacks.
Why you might ask? She was a super elite soldier of a sort bred to use sex or attraction to root out secrets and fight a race fueled war. A war that tore the world apart and opened portals for interdimensional creatures to come through. Since then the Humans and Shifters have learned to play nice mostly. But what do you do with the race of super soldiers you bred to fight your war when they aren’t needed anymore. I bet you can guess and that means that Tig is pretty much on her own now.
I like Tig, she has some pretty cool powers happening and they are different than most of the other heroines out there. She also is not at all ashamed of who or what she is. She hasn’t been part of any war effort for over 100 years but in that time she has been mostly alone. She does have the company of some ghosts but other than that she has kept off the grid and out of the way of any human or shifter until now.
Now kids are disappearing and it is thought that maybe the Wraiths or demons from another dimension are taking them Tig not prone to trust anyone will have to put that aside for a little while if she is going to help the children.
Drawbacks: I got a little confused in a few places in the beginning just because this is more SciFi/UF than UF/PNR actually just forget I even mention PNR because this is not that. It was just the intro of the war and the different factions of shifter/vampire/wraith hit you hard and fast and it took a second to sort them in my head.
The Benefits: This is a pretty cool world once you get into it and our girl isn’t of the TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) variety. She uses her smarts and she plays her games and while she isn’t perfect I never questioned her motives they made sense to who her character is. There is a bit of a hint of a forbidden romance that could happen in the future and I’m rooting for it a bit but it was so back seat that it could happen in the next book or four books down the road (I have no idea how long this series is supposed to be). Most of this is refreshingly different than the ton of UF I’ve read lately and I like that the change up to most lore and ideas about vampires and shifters. Plus the introduction of soft spots that other worldly creatures can come through has a lot of potential as well.
All and All I was pretty entertained and appreciate the different direction the author went in this series so far.
Keri Arthur's skill and talent are on full display in this book. I have always enjoyed her writing style, but this book showcases her evolving grasp of storytelling and book writing. She spins a world fleshed out with nuances and believable rules that do not go fuzzy at the edges or reveal holes when you poke at the logic. Her characters have depth and breath (word intended), rich with backstories and history that makes them complete in the "moment" of the story. Passion is believable as is pain, determination, morals and principals. No omniscient gods here, but characters you would swear could live and breathe off the page.
A fantastic beginning to a series. I will admit I am frustrated I have to wait until November for the next story! Thank you, Ms. Arthur, for putting in the work and sweat to create this book. I can not wait for the next one!
BTW -- I purchased this book on my own and am not a paid spokesman. ;)
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