City of LightSeries: Outcast #1
by Keri Arthur
Published by Penguin, Signet on January 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
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...
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.