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City of Light

(Outcast #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,274 ratings  ·  315 reviews
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 l
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Berkley
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Buddy read w/some beautiful peeps over at BB&B ♥


Wow, I have never read a book like this one before! I thought it was pretty awesome!

There are worse things in this world than the vampires and Others, and many of them hide under the veil of civility and lights.

I loved Tiger's character. She's bad to the bone. She's a dechet. She has little kid ghosts as friends. Bear and Cat are the main ghosts that are her friends and it was sad to read about why they are ghosts. But Tiger also has many ghosts t
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I Might Have Been Two Weeks Late but Hey I Finally Managed to Read it There are Miracles Sometimes Buddy Read (IMHBTWLbHIFMtRiTaMSBR™) with Jo, Mel and Ange (aka my hand-holding, vodka-providing companion) ●

Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Hell yeah.

Bloody hell. There is still non-crappy UF out there. Non-crappy UF NOT written by either Ilona Andrews, Pippa DaCosta or Craig Schaefer. Well I'll be damned.

Yes, I know, I faint in the most graceful, delightful way. Because my being slightly nefarious doe
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I loved this book! I decided to read this book because the premise sounded really interesting. Plus it is the first book in a new series so I jumped right in and never looked back. This book was one that sucked me right in and I found it very hard to put down. The world building was amazing and the world that is in this book is different than anything else that I have ever read. The story grabbed me right away and it really never stopped. It
What an unexpected read!

It's hard to find an original dystopian subject (I mean, cm'on, after-apocalypse world, bad stuff, good chick/guy who saves the (new) world in the end). But this one I haven't seen before.

Even more than the good plot, it was well written. I loved the characters and, like in all stories, I like it when the MC isn't that all-powerful and when he/she needs help.

Yeah, there were some small problems here and there, but it was a pretty good read, can't wait to see what happens
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Well This Is Different Stars


I don’t mean it is a good or bad thing…it just was. In a world full of UF and PRNs with tons of shifters and vampires I think this is the first that has a human/shifter/vampire cross breed. How you might ask does this happen??? Well when a human (Kate Daniels) and a cat shifter (Curran) and a vampire (Gastek okay he isn’t a vampire but a navigator of the dead so it is quite the same but….) really love each other and have a threesome nine months later you get….. Ti
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long while since I've read the blurb for this book, or bought it, so I essentially went into this blind. I had no idea what it was really about, or what was going to be happening. And so, I was taken on this wild ride, learning the world, pulled along by the plot, and enamoured with our main character, Tiger.

I've seen some people say that this is a bit of a wordy book, and I suppose that's true in some places, but I never felt the lack of action, I was always on the edge of my seat,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This was my first book by Keri Arthur, and I was completely unprepared for how good it was. I don’t even know why I was caught so flat-footed! After all, I know friends who have been fans of the author’s for years and they all absolutely adore her work, which is what convinced me to give City of Light a try in the first place. I’ve been curious about her books for a long time, and this being the first book of a new series
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing by: Rabid Reads.

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
Marta Cox
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
The words dystopian or post apocalyptic are often used in reviews when discussing books that are set in a dark futuristic world and it seems that Keri Arthur has well and truly dipped her toe in the water. No I will go further and suggest that she has dived head long in with this the first in her new urban fantasy series. Most definitely not paranormal romance although there is sex here but if you are expecting romance then you might be a tad disappointed . Whilst the heroine Tiger ( who takes m ...more
It's all about the details in the building of a great series. The first half of this book is packed with world building, a complex world with so many levels to explore in the future. There is barely a moment to catch your breath between paragraphs. I admit I had to go back and slow down several times to absorb all the information but I loved it. There are so many levels, so much hidden yet to discover. My imagination went wild with the possibilities. The characters where so cautious and intel
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, own, arc
Arthur has woven a riveting urban fantasy that held me spell bound till the end.

City of Lights had everything that draws me time and time again to the urban fantasy genre. The action is intense, the characters are wonderfully engaging and the plot is absolutely original. Of course, it also holds certain familiar aspects that we all love, like shifters, but the overall twist on the shifter story was highly imaginative; giving the plot the a special kick.

I really loved delving into the world of C
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I saw the review of this one by Sarah (of Crustaceans fame) because it was so damn different from anything in the UF genre i'd read before. It has all of the same species types but with some interesting twists and a created world that has the same detailed feel as Ilona Andrews', while being very unlike it. Loved the characters, the backstories, the quirky and cute ghosts. Really just loved everything about it, might even be 4.5 stars now that i'm thinking about it...

The intensely e

In the first of a brand new futuristic series, Keri Arthur takes readers into a whole new world filled with vampires, ghosts and underground bunkers.

Our heroine, Tiger, is the last of the déchet, a breed of soliders that have long been eradicated. She lives in an underground bunker with ghosts, hiding her existence from those who hold prejudices against her kind. Her friends and family consist of two young ghosts, Bear and Cat, who died in her arms and now devote their time in trying to hel
I almost dnf'd this book but since I'm a fan of her Riley Jenson series I decided to push through. There are a lot of interesting ideas in this story, but I don't think the scifi blend of uf comes naturally to this author. I almost wish she'd chosen to write about Tig during the original war rather than 100 years later when she's all alone except for the ghosts of her kind - this would have been heart wrenching.

I'm not giving up on the author. I'll likely try her Dark Angels and Myth & Magic ser
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I can't remember the last time I wanted to read the next book in a series the moment I finished a book. I hate cliffhangers but Keri Arthur's ones are always well written. Most of her books end similarly - they don't exactly leave you hanging (the protagonist does find out part of the truth in this book), but promise much more later. For those who haven't read any of her books this might be a surprise. City of Light ends the way I expected it would.

As for her usual female protagonists, I can o
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love when I see a new urban fantasy series - but unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading book two of this series. Here is the blurb:

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 br
Douglas Meeks
UPDATE DECEMBER 2017: Just FYI , I just gave 5 Stars to the finale of this trilogy, it ends really well

Yet another author who decides that the best way to sell books is to leave a story unfinished.

I enjoyed the story, it was needlessly verbose and I have never been a fan of stories where freakin EVERYBODY is an enemy or a suspect at best. Our heroine is a déchet and possibly the last of her kind. She is basically a good person and for reasons that are best described in the book seem to be hated
I've heard of readers who think less of an author when they're prolific. Putting out too much work equals less quality offerings, something along those lines. Myself? Huge fan of authors who crank out the books, especially when it's an author who excels in a specific genre. Keri Arthur is one such example -- every time I turn around, it seems she's got a new series going, a new release from an already established series, or a rerelease of a previously published and completed series. Prolific, to ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I love everything written by Keri Arthur and it’s true that I was immediately intrigued by this new novel. Admittedly, the author puts forward some ideas and genres that she had not really exploited yet. That said, we find a post-apocalyptic theme, science fiction, a war with terrible consequences and clashes between shapeshifters, vampires, and other mutants. In short you’ll understand that we have a lot of elements that make this story something really inte
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
Wendy and I reviewed this book and many more like it at Badass Book Reviews!

Group Review - 4 Skulls - B

Christal: Having read some of Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series, I wasn't sure what to expect from this more science fiction driven series. I have to say that City of Light felt very different, in a good way, and I can't wait to read more about this world!

Wendy: This was my first Keri Arthur read, so I had no basis for comparison. I was a little nervous when I started City of Light, though. It
Jen Davis
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Keri Arthur knows how to create an interesting world. Every series I have read from her has had a unique feel and this first installment of her Outcast books does not disappoint. It’s a fascinating blend of vampires, shifters, ghosts and magic in a world ravaged by war and temporal rifts. The elements may not sound all that unusual, but this isn’t so much Urban Fantasy as a paranormal/sci-fi/ futuristic journey, led by an unlikely heroine, starved for contact with the living.

Tiger is a duchet, a
It felt SO good to be back in a fictional world written by Keri Arthur. I'm a huge fan of her Riley Jensen series. While I've dabbled in most of her other series none of them really pulled me in like Riley's did. I'm happy to say the Outcast series was a big hit for me. It was similar but different. Some differences are: in this world vampires are smelly, blood thirsty monsters (I miss me some Quinn), and this book is most definitely post apocalyptic. This new world did have the same genetically ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

3.5 Stars. A good story overall, looks to be a good series. When I first started it, it felt a little like reading 'Kate Daniels'; but the book soon got its footing and went in a new direction. There was great wordbuilding, and an interesting storyline. Tig is the last of a breed of warriors created during the human/vampire/shifter war. All the others (she thinks) have been killed off in the war that ended 100 years previously. She is pretty much making it on her own as the book starts, along wi
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Signet

Publishing Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9780451473509

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: 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….
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Great world-building and a fresh take on vamps/shifters. If you have read her other series, the heroine's half-breed status isn't that new, even if the way it's framed certainly is. :)

I fully enjoyed it, but the 'compulsion' to save children wasn't something I could buy fully, even with her history. Plus, I'm not that fond of unfinished stories. Overarching plot are common in series, but this was more like part one of two. Acceptable, still...
Ergo, no five stars *grin*
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, kickass, dystopia, arc-16
first reaction:
no no no!
When is the next one coming out?!

love the world building.
Like Tiger and am intrigued by Nuri and her crew... though they are kinda asshats at times... and love Cat and Bear and crew
Interesting character building
Steady paced storyline with loads of action thrown in. But I was left with loads of questions.
All in all a well written dystopia.


I really enjoyed City of Lights. There were many good surprises and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

Let's get
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap, signed-to-me, arc
It's been a long time since I last read a Keri Arthur book, the final in the Riley Jenson series. (I own all the Dark Angel and Souls of Fire novels, but haven't read them yet.) What I love about those are the serial killer cases to investigate.

City of Light, however, is an entirely different kettle of fish, though this Outcast world also has shifters and vampires, and the lead character is a hybrid. Tiger is a shifter-vampire humanoid, genetically engineered by the military to act as a "lure" -
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Keri Arthur has been a staple in my urban fantasy/paranormal romance arsenal for many years now, and I'm convinced she gets better and better with each new series. City of Light was the fantastic combination of unique setting, great characters, and good storytelling that I've come to expect from her, and I think it a strong start to what promises to be a great series.

The basic plotlines surrounding the paranormal creatures and their proclivity for mischief was very similar to that in Arthur's Ri
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from netgalley. This has in no way influenced my review.

City of Light is a fresh infusion into the scifi genre. While the idea of warring shapeshifter (-like) factions is not a new one, Keri Arthur blends a number of tropes to create something quite new.

Take a dash of animalistic behaviour, mix with a bit of gene manipulation, a huge amount of prejudice and mistrust, a post-war world, a bit of ghostly interaction and a lone-wolf protagonist and you've g
Creative concept but unemotional characters and plot - it made for a pretty "blah" read - Plus its way over priced at $7.99

I was in the mood for a good urban fantasy and the blurb for this one sounded fascinating so I decided to give it a shot. Here's my breakdown:

The pros:
* An independent badass heroine
* The world created was unique
* Mythical beings galore - almost every paranormal being I have ever read about made an appearance in this read

* Overpriced at its current listing of $7.99
* The
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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 ...more

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