Thursday, December 8, 2016

#Thursday Review - Winter Halo by Keri Arthur #Fantasy #Science Fiction

Series: Outcast # 2
Format: Paperback, 339 pages
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

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, by author Keri Arthur, is the second installment in the authors Outcast series. The series protagonist is called Tiger C5, a Dechet, or super soldier who was made to be a lure who uses sex to get important information from the enemy, but she can also transform into a vampire when needed. She is a rare breed in that she survived a war between humans and shifters which took place 103 years ago. Others of her kind weren't so lucky, including Tiger's adorable companions Cat and Bear. 

Winter Halo picks up where City of Light left off. Tiger's mission is solely focused on the remaining 8 children who were taken and experimented on. Now that her former friend is presumed dead, there are still others involved that need to be tracked down and eliminated, while saving the children from a fate that may allow others like demons, wraiths, vampires, and death spirits to freely exist in this realm. That means that Tiger has to enter the den of the beast, Pharmaceutical company Winter Halo, and find a way to survive. That means using her body and her mind, and her ability to take on the persona of almost anyone, to get information that will lead to the children.

Tiger's relationship with Jonas has also changed a bit as well. Jonas, a shifter who fought against Tiger's kind during the war, but is now considered an Outcast, finds himself relying on her more and more, and that reliance has led to some undeniable feelings between the two characters. Those feelings, however, must be put aside for the greater good since those who took Penny, are still not finished with her, or Tiger who they now know who and what she is.

Winter Halo, like City of Light, ends on a cliffhanger, and thus we will have to wait for the third book to find out what happens next. 

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