Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Book Shelf: City of Light (Outcast #1) by Keri Arthur

The first in an all-new futuristic fantasy series from Keri Arthur—the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels.

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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City of Light is the first novel in Keri Arthur’s Outcast trilogy and is a forward paced sci-fi novel that will draw readers into its futuristic world of danger and darkness where one woman finds herself on a mission to protect those who can't protect themselves.

Tiger is a déchet, a humanoid super solider who was designed for seduction and stealth and whose race was almost completely eradicated during the war between humans and shifters more than a hundred years ago. After the bombs that ended the species war tore a hole in the veil between this world, the Others came in droves-- demons, wraiths and death spirits—forcing the humans and shifters to retreat into artificially lit cities meant to keep these creates of the night out. Now one of the last of her kind, Tiger lives alone in a deserted military base with only the ghosts of long departed déchet children to keep her company. Until she risks her life to save a human child on the outskirts of Central City that is and is soon drawn into a mystery involving children being snatched by wraith-like beings in broad daylight. Determined to help find the missing children, the secrets she’ll discover will change Tiger’s view of the world forever….

Having finally taken the plunge and begun a Keri Arthur novel—something I have been meaning to do for a long time now--I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as I very much enjoyed this sci-fi/futuristic tale. Well written, City of Light introduces a darkly vivid, post-apocalyptic world where darkness reigns and brings with it dangerous supernatural creatures. I found the world within this novel to be raw and gritty with plenty of layers and nuances. The story comes alive as author Keri Arthur draws her readers into this post war world of danger and the paranormal; where creatures such as wraiths and vampires pose a threat to the humans and shifters that call it home.

Our protagonist is Tiger, a humanoid creature known as a déchet whose use as a soldier and weapon of seduction was utilised during a war that ended a century before. I quite liked Tiger. Though she is in fact far from human, there is a very natural and maternal nature to her that shines through the story. Very capable as a fighter and a warrior, Tiger is also quite caring, especially to the children in her care and I really liked this kindness and tender side to her. It complimented the kick-ass aspect of her and made her a very well rounded and likable character.

There are numerous sex scenes throughout the story that I felt were written well and of high quality. They certainly got my blood pumping, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I have hope that Keri Arthur will explore the obvious connection and attraction between Tiger and Jonas. Given the history of their two races, I’m not expecting an easy romance, but am still hopeful as the romantic in me thinks they could have something really adorable.

Two other characters I highly enjoyed in City of Light are Cat and Bear. Tiger’s connection to the ghosts that inhabit the base where she lives is so very sweet and I enjoyed the childlike innocence, happiness and excitement of these two especially. I think they’re adorable additions to the story and am hoping to continue to see them as the series progresses.

As City of Light ends with an action packed and eventful final chapter, I’ll personally be diving straight into the next novel to see what else Keri Arthur has in store for Tiger and the world she lives in!

Source: Purchased by me via The Book Depository
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 5th 2016
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Final Thoughts: A promising first novel; I'm keen to read more.

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