Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur

Posted December 30, 2015 in Review / 6 Comments

Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur

City of Light

Series: Outcast #1
by Keri Arthur
Published by Penguin, Signet on January 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 343
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe...

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If I was having any problems getting back into the swing of loving urban fantasy novels again, I’m definitely NOT anymore.  Holy female kick-butt warriors, Batman!  Do I ever love Keri Arthur’s new Outcast series or what?

The first book in the series, City of Light, is a little post-apocalyptic, a whole lot ghostly, vampiric, shifter, and anything else you can think of that isn’t nailed down to the floor.  You would think that would make for messy and confusing world building, especially in a first book of a series.  But it actually doesn’t.  Ms. Arthur does a fantastic job with slow and steady world building without getting too wordy.  There wasn’t much I didn’t understand or follow in this complex world of multiple species and the after affects of their civil war.

The story is told in first person POV by Tiger, or Tig as she goes by now.  She is a déchet, a superwarrior bred by humans in test tubes to help them fight in the war.  By sheer luck, she managed to survive when most déchet and humans died at the end of the war.  And she’s been hiding in a bunker ever since… for the last one hundred years.

When Tig gets tangled up with a group of “mercenaries” after she saves one of them from certain death, she gains nothing but trouble for her efforts.  That frustrated me to no end during the story BUT it was Tig’s determination and utter brilliance that kept me reading on.  This was one hard book to put down.  I kept waiting for the next amazing thing Tig’s character would do!

This was my first book by Keri Arthur and I was impressed with her writing, organization, and story flow.  The way she wrote some of the scenes had even me holding my breath and on edge, like I was right there with Tig trying to rush the person Tig was interrogating into answering her questions quickly!  I had to stop and catch my breath, seriously!

Best part… no cliffhanger!  The ending was perfection!  But at the same time, I’m eagerly waiting for the next installment, Winter Halo, to come out next December 2016.


About Keri Arthur

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.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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6 responses to “Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur

  1. Kaela

    I love reading your book reviews. All your posts really. I’ll be adding this to my tbr list. 🙂