Monday, January 4, 2016

#Monday Review - City of Light by Keri Arthur (Science Fiction)

Series: Outcast # 1
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher
Genre: Science Fiction

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...

City of Light is the first installment in the Outcast series by author Keri Arthur. This series takes place 103 years after the war between humans and shifters. A war that tore apart the veil between worlds and allowed OTHERS (hellish creatures, demons, and wraiths) to enter this world. The main protagonist is Tiger. She's the last of her kind. A déchet who was bio-engineered as a super-solider. She has an immunity to all sorts of poisons and toxins, she has both shifter and vampire DNA in her blood, she has the ability to use both light and darkness, and she was created to both infiltrate and seduce the enemies.  

Tiger has lived for 103 years believing that she was the only one of her kind left in existence. She has a sweet connection to the last two déchet children to have died in her arms, Cat and Bear. I adore both of these characters. I adore the connection they have. I love how protective she is of all the children that she meets, and/or rescues over the course of this story. I love how Cat and Bear, although ghosts, clearly adore Tiger and want to protect her from everyone including Tig's new "allies" Jonas, and Nuri.

I hated the way Tiger is treated like a social outcast that needs to be put down by the shifters she meets in this book and those who want her help. I have problems with a character that is too supersized, you know what I mean? I felt as though Tiger had little or no weaknesses which made no sense. All characters have some sort of weaknesses. There are no perfect characters nor should there be. 

One of the things that remain constant with Arthur is that she tosses a heroine into the arms of anyone that they come across. She did it with Risa and blamed it on her shifter blood, and in a way, the same can be said for Riley Jenson. Her characters all most all have instant attraction to someone because of their "lure." Although there are sex scenes in the story, they don't take up entire chapters or large portions of the book. Plus in my book. 

One can say that there isn't a formal cliffhanger ending to City of Light, but it is an obvious set up to the next book called Winter Halo which is supposedly releasing December 2016. There are still more than a few questions that remain unanswered, and there is also a major storyline that hasn't been fully wrapped up. City of Light is a book that has plenty of blood shed, plenty of surprises, and enough suspense and action to keep readers happy.

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