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Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur (@kezarthur, @SignetEclipse)

Keri Arthur’s imagination and energy infuse everything infuse everything she writes with zest.
— Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Keri Arthur has blown me away again. Her worlds are so complex and ‘real.’….I highly recommend Arthur’s books.
— USA Today
Keri Arthur skillfully mixes her suspenseful plot with heady romance…Sexy vampires, randy werewolves, and unabashed, unapologetic, joyful sex—you’ve gotta love it. Smart, sexy, and well-conceived.
— Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Keri Arthur knows how to thrill.”
— Shana Abé, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Deepest Night

My Review

Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur (@kezarthur, @SignetEclipse)
City of Light by Keri Arthur
Series: Outcast #1
Published by Signet
Published on: January 5, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Dystopian
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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...

2016 Fav Military Dystopian

Keri Arthur has made a career of writing about half-breeds, and has hatched some rather interesting combinations over the years, but my favourite will forever be her werewolf/vampire hybrid, RILEY JENSON. In CITY OF LIGHT she tweaked her prized formula by changing up the shifter type, then proceeded to give her heroine all of the upgrades that come with being a genetically engineered super-soldier, and finally thrust Tiger into a Dystopian Science Fiction universe that beat everything that I’ve read in this genre to date.

For the most part, the author avoided of all of her usual patterns which has been my biggest critique of her past two series (DARK ANGELS and SOULS OF FIRE); the primary culprit being the romantic thread. The protagonist knows from the onset that both of the men in her life are bad news and acts accordingly instead of succumbing to hormones. Can I get a HELL YEAH!? Tig resists her attraction to one while using the other to her advantage which admittedly, led to a few too many sex scenes for a first installment, but it also put an end to any potential love triangle which was an acceptable trade-off.

The female lead was equipped with so many advantages that it almost seemed unfair to the rest of the characters; she can modify her appearance, blend with the night/day, is resistant to poison, can converse with ghosts, gleam peeps’ thoughts/emotions, and seduce anything with a pulse. However, Tiger is also a champion of children, her entire race was eradicated, she’s confronted with extreme prejudice on a daily basis, and has lived in complete isolation as a result for 103 years. She was just such a level-headed heroine, that when coupled with awesome fire power, made her an easy protagonist to get behind.

Most of the secondaries SUCKED, not because they were poorly developed, but by reason of their superiority complexes. The shifters won the war, and have re-written history so that it paints them in a favorable light when in reality everyone’s guilty of being a monster. Nuri threatened Tig’s loved ones in order to save others, and Jonas couldn’t come to terms with having a déchet as an ally even though she’s pulled his tail out of the fire twice. Still, they all have a chance to absolve themselves in future novels which is in part what makes OUTCAST so thought-provoking. Well, except Branna. He should die.

It may be a little premature to label CITY OF LIGHT a top pick of 2016, but it was DAMN GOOD!

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About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire, Dark Angels, and Riley Jenson Guardian series, has written more than thirty books. She’s been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy.


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  1. I really need to give this author a try. I have the first book in that other series . This year I am going to try and read more of my own books as I keep adding but I don’t seem to be reading. My Kindle is overloaded. 🙂

  2. Woohoo! I’ve still not read anything from Arthur other than Riley Jenson but I adore Riley. And it really sounds like I’m going to love Tig. Can’t wait to meet her! Great review, Carmel. 😀

  3. This is a new to me author, but I really like the looks of this novel. I’m going to have to look to give this one a try. I really wish someone would make this into an audiobook. (*hint, hint Audible or Tantor) LOL
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  4. I’ve always liked this author but usually do not know about new series until well after they come out. This sounds like it could be an interesting one.

  5. I haven’t read anything by this author, but this one sounds like the perfect book to start with.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  6. Ohh I could enjoy this one

  7. Dystopian is really not my genre, but I am glad you liked it. But as you also say: too much sex for a first installment, it will be way too much for me to like.

  8. I don’t mind the secondaries suckage if it was intended as such. It does sound like it here so it gives room for redemption. I’m going to have to give this series a go. If nothing else, I usually love her worldbuilding!
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  9. I’ve read a couple of her books and this sounds like it would be a good one too.

  10. I’m usually quite difficult with science-fiction but I love Keri Arthur so I had to read this one and like you I was carried away by the story and I just loved this first book!

  11. Dammit, now I’m so going to be adding this one to the GR TBR list! An awesome main character that knows what she’s doing and avoids the pitfalls of a love triangle!!
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  12. i live outside the US but just want to say that I love her Riley Jenson series! I miss Quinn! Adding this in my tbr list
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  13. Wow, that’s a high praise! I’m adding it to my wishlist 🙂