Winter HaloSeries: Outcast #2
by Keri Arthur
Published by Penguin, Signet on December 6th 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.
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...
Winter Halo is the second book in Keri Arthur’s dystopian (?), science fiction (?), futuristic Outcast series. I have a hard time classifying what genre this book falls into because it could be dystopian, science fiction, or urban fantasy. Aaannnnd there’s a touch of magic, a whole lot of killing, and a mess of bloody gore sprinkled over everything. Honestly, I think this series is amazing. I never know if the story is going turn a corner and tug on my heart strings or if we’re going to run full tilt into a near death battle.
It really could go either way.
If you’re going to pick up this series, I recommend starting with book one, City of Light. There is a story arc to this series that drives the sub plots. But Ms. Arthur is really good about giving a satisfying ending to both books so you’re not left hanging in between.
Winter Halo picks up right where City of Light left off. All our heroine, Tiger (“Tig”), ever wanted was to be left alone to live out her life with her ghosts in her bunker. Now that she’s been drawn into the “battle” to save kidnapped children, her life continues to be turned upside down. She works on her own to gather clues but sometimes that leads her into situations where she is literally running for her life. It’s when old frenemies show up to help, that’s when things start to get really interesting.
If there’s one thing that this story is not, it’s definitely NOT boring!! Right in the first chapter, Tig is already running for her life from wraiths. I love to read Ms. Arthur’s action scenes because she’s extremely good at illustrating with words what is going on. She brilliantly portrays Tig’s determination and strength hanging by a string while enduring injury after injury. Because this is, at it’s heart, science fiction, you should know better than to assume you know what’s going to happen next or who is going to survive.
On the flip side, Winter Halo isn’t quite as dark as the first book (still dark, though) and I attribute it to some character growth both by Tig and her frenemy, Jonas. Besides the progression of the main story arc about the kidnapped children, quite a bit of page time is spent on these two characters interacting…. and I loved it!!! Add to that some blow-my-mind revelations (oh, I really wish I could spill because they are good) and this is easily a favorite of the year for me!!!
I have a feeling the next book is going to be a tough one for me because of the way some of the characters are playing out for me. Note to anyone else reading the series: Is it wrong that I feel bad for Charles and I want to hook him up with Nuri? I can be so obvious sometimes 😉
If you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series and you don’t mind the dystopian or science fiction genres, I highly recommend this series!