City of Light by Keri Arthur is the first in a new sci-fi/urban fantasy mash-up series starring a genetically-modified heroine name Tiger in a future devastated by war between humans and shape-shifters with some Otherworld alien-ghost things thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for a story with the feel of urban fantasy, but in a sci-fi setting, this is a great place to look. Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
Note: I received an advanced copy of City of Light from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
City of Light by Keri Arthur (Outcast #1)
Published by Signet on Jan. 5th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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...
- I really love genre mash-ups since they always bring something new and unique to the table. Therefore, City of Light was delightful since it combines two of my favorite subgenres: urban fantasy and sci-fi post-apocalypse! There is cool sci-fi tech, but with the various paranormal critters we love from urban fantasy.
- The main secondary characters are a pair of young ghosts and they really steal the show. For tragic reasons, a number of kids died near Tiger and got rather attached to her. So they are now her sidekicks and best buds and gah, so cute!
- I love a villain that isn’t really human and therefore quite creepy, and City of Light fits that bill. It takes a while to figure out who the villain even is, which is fun, but even once we have an inkling of that, the creepiness kept me hooked.
- We don’t often see older women in speculative fiction, so it was nice to have a strong matriarch in a secondary role to guide and prod Tiger along her journey.
- As is typical of urban fantasy, the pacing is breakneck as Tiger has a really bad week all at once ;-).
- I reeeeeeeaaaaally hate when sex is performed for manipulative and generally unhealthy reasons. I recognize that that is a thing that happens, but reading about it makes me uncomfortable and disappointed. There is a fair amount of that in City of Light.
- There is a lot of heavily described sex in general, past the point that I like to see in urban fantasy. It definitely started leaning more towards paranormal romance in that respect.
- I also have a problem with the love interest being a jerk to the heroine at first. I don’t really care how sexy he is, if he’s mean, I’m done.
- Despite the cool premise, City of Light was a bit lacking in world-building. Given this crazy future, I really needed to know more about what things now look like and how details like food and sanitation get figured out. I can’t tell you anything about the world outside the little explored area at this point.
City of Light is a fast-paced and fun start to a series that promises to bring together the best parts of sci-fi and urban fantasy/paranormal romance. If you like your stories steamy and action-packed, and enjoy both these genres, definitely check this one out.
Thanks to Penguin I have a copy of City of Light to giveaway! As per Penguin’s policies, this giveaway will need to be US only. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and I’ll be checking entries so be sure to include the requested information.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
City of Light by Keri Arthur
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