Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Book Shelf: The Black Tide (Outcast #3) by Keri Arthur

New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur brings her Outcast series to a breathtaking conclusion as Déchet supersoldier Tiger races against time to save humanity from darkness and total annihilation….

Though Winter Halo–the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults–has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do seven children remain unaccounted for, but some of the vampires are now able to walk in light.

The key to stopping the unthinkable lies in finding Ciara Dream, the last member of the trio behind the plot to give full light immunity to both the vampires and the Others. But Ciara, like Tiger herself, is a shapeshifter, able to take on any human form she desires.

To find her, Tiger will need to use every skill in her formidable arsenal, and even that might not be enough to save the city and the people she has started to care about.

Because the vampires are coming, and this time, the lights won’t stop them.

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Review: (Warning: Contains spoilers)

The Black Tide is the third and final novel in Keri Arthur’s Outcast trilogy and is a deftly told and action packed conclusion to the series with our heroine Tiger making a last ditch effort to stop those responsible for not only kidnapping kids but whose plans will destroy life on Earth as we know it.  

Déchet and former seductress Tiger is racing against time to prevent Ciara Dream from giving full light immunity to the vampires and the Others, which if not stopped will spell the total annihilation of humanity. Though the pharmaceutical company behind the kidnapping and experimentation on children, Winter Halo, has been destroyed, the research they achieved has allowed Dream to put in motion the first steps of plan to allow vampires and Others the ability to walk in the sun. In order to stop her, Tiger will need to locate Dream but with Dream’s ability to be anyone, finding her has become somewhat of a difficulty. Tiger will need to use all her skills, abilities and tenacity if she hopes to find her, but getting close to Ciara Dream comes with its own threats and these threats may just get Tiger killed.

As my first foray into Keri Arthur’s writing, I feel like the Outcast trilogy has been a good, solid reading experience. Weaving all the elements of sci-fi I enjoy—action, romance, friendship, family, humour and more—this series has been enjoyable and engrossing. The Black Tide marks the end of the series, but Arthur makes sure to include plenty of excitement and danger as she ties up loose ends and finally answers certain questions.

Heroine and protagonist Tiger continues to be a strong and formable female lead all the way until the final page. Though she was created for seduction and to be a weapon, Tiger is innately likable and very genuine. Maternal towards children and the young, Tiger has proven a person can be than what they were made to be—they can be their own person and forge their own path. Kick-ass and capable but also down to earth and effortless, Tiger is someone I have truly liked reading about.

I was a little bit disappointed by the resolution of Tiger and Jonas’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked by the fact Arthur has them ending up together, but feel a bit cheated because I wanted to see them together. Tiger has now had physical relationships with two men (Sal and Charles) over the course of the trilogy but I wanted to see her and Jonas get intimate; witness them explore the attraction between them. Knowing they’ll be together is great, but I still would have liked if Keri Arthur had of managed to include this in The Black Tide. It would have just been the icing on the cake.

Overall, Outcast has been an enjoyable series to read and I do recommend it. Tiger’s ghostly friends Bear and Cat brought innocence and sweetness to the trilogy while Tiger and Jonas’s growing comradery remained intriguing throughout each instalment. The Black Tide is not without its losses but the characters are left with a hopeful future and I as the reader as guaranteed to pick up more of Keri Arthur’s novels in the future!

Source: Purchased by me
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 7th 2017
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Final Thoughts: A solid ending to the trilogy, I was satisfied with The Black Tide and will definitely read more of Keri Arthur's books.

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