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Review: City of Light – Keri Arthur (2016, science fiction, urban fantasy, Outcast 1)

Review: City of Light – Keri Arthur (2016, science fiction, urban fantasy, Outcast 1)Author: Keri Arthur
Title: City of Light
Series: Outcast #1
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 343
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy

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...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Beneath a Rising Moon, Memory Zero, Generation 18, Penumbra, Fireborn, Winter Halo
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to sexual content.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

CITY OF LIGHT is the first book in the Outcast series by Keri Arthur.

Although most Goodreads users have categorized this book as urban fantasy, I would argue it belongs more in the science fiction category because of the nature of the Dechets (bioengineered supersoldiers), the dystopian, post-war world, and experimentation on children.

However, CITY OF LIGHT does contain many traditional elements of urban fantasy. The world includes beings such as ghosts, vampires, witches, wraiths, and shifters.

I think that is one of the things I loved most about this book. Keri Arthur blended elements from different genres, creating a completely unique and compelling story.

My Likes

Keri Arthur wrote vivid descriptions of the settings that really brought this world to life. She also seamlessly worked in the history of the world and the characters, allowing her to maintain a brisk pace from beginning to end.

The author also created good suspense by reminding the reader when danger was nearby. She also raised questions that kept me turning the pages. She mixed in some mystery to keep me wondering and wanting to figure out who was responsible for taking the children (and why).

I also liked how the story included a little hint at a romance that may come to be. It’s a romance that is very unlikely, but the physical attraction is there. So, who knows? Keri Arthur made me want to read the next book in the series to find out if the romance could happen.

My Dislikes

I have to admit that I was thrown a little by the very descriptive sex scene. It didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book, but I understand why it was necessary for the plot to advance. Perhaps it could have been a little less detailed to fit better with the genre and plot. However, I should have expected it, because it’s Keri Arthur 🙂

Other than that, which is being really picky, I have no dislikes. I loved CITY OF LIGHT!

My Overall Opinion

CITY OF LIGHT is a fast-paced, action-packed, heart-pumping, wonderfully exciting story. The main character Tiger is extremely likable. She’s brave, dedicated, and misunderstood.

I definitely recommend people read this book, especially if they like stories that mix science fiction and fantasy.

CITY OF LIGHT is probably the best book I have read this year. I’ve already started reading the next book in the series, WINTER HALO.


Note: I received an ARC through Netgalley, but ended up reading a print copy I purchased.

About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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