City of Light

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City of Light

An Outcast Novel, #1

This was a great start to a new urban fiction series. The setting is a dystopian world that is the aftermath of a war between species. Bombs were dropped destroying much of the planet. Before that time super soldiers were built in labs and their sole purpose was to fight. At the end of the war the shifters destroyed them all. All except Tiger who lives underground in old military bunkers. She has been alone for years with no one except the ghosts of her people. One day she rescues a little girl from a wraith like creature. The creature shouldn't be able to cross over but a string of missing children suggests it's happen frequently. This incident brings Tiger in to contact with others as she tries to figure out what is going on.

I thought the world building was really well done in this. UF's typically start slowing while the author builds up the world. Sometimes this can make the book drag. Not in this one though. I was engaged right from the beginning and I was fascinated with the world the author created. Even with the world building the plot was fast paced and interesting. It was detailed but not too complex to easily understand.

I liked Tiger as a heroine and I found her really interesting. The other characters were also well done and I'm curious as to where the plot will go with them. There are some pnr elements in this book so it includes a budding love story and some steamy scenes but they are not the main focus. The story of the abducted children is.

Again, I really enjoyed this. It has a bit everything. Some pnr elements, some sci-fi type elements, great characters, a bit of steam and a fast paced, interesting plot. I thought it was a super good start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next one.


Book Blurb for City of Light

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...


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.50