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Winter Halo

(Outcast #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,311 ratings  ·  144 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels comes the second in the futuristic fantasy series that will make you want to keep the lights on...

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities de
Paperback, 339 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Signet
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K Hawvermale According to Keri Arthur's website, the next (final?) book will be published in Dec 17. It's call The Black Tide.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Damn it. I didn't like this one as much as the first book. I keep telling myself it was just my mood but at times I felt like I was slogging through the book.

I still loved the characters and the ghosts, so what happened? I don't know........sigh...........

The book started off with Tiger going into some crazy rift thing following a person to see who they were and then getting attacked by wraiths. Sounds awesome right? Well, I don't know. She's trying to find out who is hurting children and that
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

How the shrimping mighty have bloody fallen.

Sigh. The crustaceans and I were so freaking excited when we started reading this book (view spoiler). I mean, this series showed huge promise. Book 1, with its improbable mix of Sci-Fi and UF, was nothing short of awesome. It was original. And fresh. And exciting. The characters were super
Why did it end like this?!

Until the last 15%, it was a 3-star read.
Then, it all got interesting!

Again, I appreciated the new, interesting world and characters. Can't wait to see what's next!

IMO, though, you should start this series only after the 3rd book is out, finishing the 2nd one with nothing else to do than wonder what will happen next is agonizing!
Robin (Bridge Four)
I do and don’t know what missed the mark in this for me. I honestly spent most of this book a bit bored trying to care about what is going on but just not being really investing in anything.


Tig is still the girl that can do it all. Like seriously she can do EVERYTHING make herself practically invisible, turn into smoke to go through walls, talk to ghosts, go through dimensional portals, combat fight and has some magic sexy mojo happening that makes her able to seduce men and then tease their sec
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

CITY OF LIGHT rekindled my love affair with Keri Arthur, and even though WINTER HALO didn’t leave me in awe like book 1, it was on the cusp of being 5-stars. Saving Central’s children is still Tiger’s priority only now things have gotten a lot more complicated because the enemy knows who she is, and what she can do. The ante’s been raised, as have her feelings for Jonas. The OUTCAST series is heating up in more ways than one!

Having already established the world in the pr

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In a post-apocalyptic world where a war with shifter has wiped out almost all the genetically enhanced, while A battle to still defeat the vampires continues on, Tiger, one of the enhanced, is fighting to survive. Weaving her way through the political machinations, hiding her true nature and lead by the ghosts of the war ravaged lands, Tige
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
There are a few reasons why Keri Arthur is one of my top authors:
◾Her heroines are always kickass and fun
◾Her writing is page turning good
◾Her stories are always creative, and
◾Her books are always packed with a great mix of action, mystery, and romance

Where Winter Halo takes it one step further is the love story. Many urban fantasies hit you over the head immediately with a love interest (or two). In this case, all we’ve gleaned so far is the potential for a good love story, which is both promi
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This was a good read. This is the second book in the Outcast series and it picks up right where the first one left off. I do think that this is a series that needs to be read in order since it is really a continuation of the events from the first book. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, City of Light so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment. It ended up being a entertaining story.

I enjoyed this one but not qui
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I found a new favorite author in Keri Arthur when I read City of Light last year, and my hope is that I will continue to enjoy her work for years to come. Certainly those odds are looking good with Winter Halo, the sequel. Not only did I enjoy it as much as the previous book, this second novel of the Outcast series also came along when I needed it the most, providing a much needed counterpoint to the heavier reads I’ve had
Jen Davis
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn't really feel all that connected to the characters in the first book, either. I did get more interested as I kept reading and the story built, only for it come to an abrupt end. Basically, the rhythm of story progression felt... off... and I'd imagine it would be a substantial challenge for a new reader to jump in to the series here.

This book picks up where City of Light left off. Tiger is determined
Marta Cox
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Ok I will be absolutely brutally honest and admit I didn't care for Tiger in the first book City of Light and thinking about it I didn't really connect with any of the characters . Yet I strangely found myself drawn to this follow up in the hope that the author who has previously excelled at writing stories featuring hybrids would once again ensorcell me and guess what? Yes I'm a very happy reader except for well to say more at this point might just ruin it for others.
Ok so essentially it's fut
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad I got to read this one so quickly after I picked up the first because of the brutally cruel cliffhanger Keri Arthur put at the end....but dammit she's done it again. You know that feeling when you keep flipping pages forward and backwards thinking you've missed something or maybe that pages have fallen out (even though you're reading it on a Kindle).....that. I don't even want to know how long till the next one, but i'm loving that feeling of desperation because I NEED to have the ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
Winter Halo (Outcast #2) by Keri Arthur  
The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
And just as so often I am not really sure how to rate this.. because there a clearly two different ratings to this book. The first half was simply too slow, basically little to nothing of note happens.
Then suddenly everything changes in the second half, loads of actions but also we get a few (mind you very few answers) There is progress in the romance, the mystery and there is character growth.
The first half to be frank is rather disappointing.
The second half is why I like the series in the f
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

In the second book of the Outcast series by Keri Arthur, she picks up right where the first book leaves off. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book in the series because Arthur does open up this book with a detailed recap of previous events so it’s nice for new readers coming into the series and also those who may have forgotten what has happened already.

WINTER HALO is a very quick read. Again, Arthur builds on her world, creating interesting characters and buildings. For me, however
RachelW (BamaGal)
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The first book ended with Tig vowing to save the children, and this one ended with Tig vowing to save the children. Apparently, this is to be the overlapping theme plotline of the entire series. ‘Winter Halo’ started right where the first book left off, but it was a slow read right from the beginning. It eventually became a bit of a chore to read, and by the time they finally made it into the Winter Halo compound to confront the bad guys, my interest in the story had waned. Not even the neat lit ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of everything that Keri Arthur writes. Well, I agree that all the novels are not equal but I find that she is an extraordinary author in all the genres she tries. Moreover I had a great time with the first volume of her Outcast series and I was eager to discover this second novel to learn more about Tiger and Jonas. It must be said that we can only wait for the resolution of several events.

We find our dear heroine
Anne - Books of My Heart
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7arcs, 2016
Review at The Book Nympho:

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I very much looked forward to this second book and I enjoyed it. Many things continue from City of Light . Tiger still wants to find the missing children. This means she is working with Nuri and Jonas, as they want the same thing, but they don't trust each other. They need each other though. It's a difficult balance.

The enemy is not fully defined and is formidable. Tiger needs to be alert for the many dangers. It has me on
Jan 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
Super excited to read this the it comes out in December 2016!! Already preordered it on amazon! Love the first one.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Tiger is one of the few reviled Dechet, super soldiers created by humanity to fight the shifters - before the shifters dropped the bombs anyway – left in the world. She lives alone, literally with the ghosts of her fellows.

But missing children, children being experimented on by dark forces possibly from beyond the world destroying rifts, is something Tiger cannot ignore. Her gifts and training will be essential to Jonas and his allies if he wants to get these children back.

Of course, the ancestr
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, for-review
Winter Halo is the second book in Keri Arthur's dystopian (?), science fiction (?), futuristic Outcast series.  I have a hard time classifying what genre this book falls into because it could be dystopian, science fiction, or urban fantasy.  Aaannnnd there's a touch of magic, a whole lot of killing, and a mess of bloody gore sprinkled over everything.  Honestly, I think this series is amazing.  I never know if the story is going turn a corner and tug on my heart strings or if we're going to run ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Tiger is a déchet, a lab-created hybrid of vampire and shifter, and one of the last of her kind. She’s been retained by a group of mercenaries to help them rescue thirteen kidnapped children. So far they have freed five of the children and uncovered a connection to the long-abandoned program that created Tiger, but the more they learn about the group that took them, the more dangerous the mission becomes. The children have been subjected to horrific experiments, meaning the longer they
Douglas Meeks
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
These books frustrate me, they present a addicting story, the characters are unique but this second book like the first one left me wanting to scream. To be honest this is the type of story that you take a chunk of the action and make it into book 1/2/3/etc and try to compartmentalize each book as much as possible but therein is the problem, they really don't compartmentalize well because everything is related to most everything else.

This is an action filled book, it is starting to touch on a r
Boundless Book Reviews
I don’t even know how to begin, to write this review.  This is such an incredibly complex and rich world that Arthur has created.  It is bleak and harsh, yet with her main character Tiger, it begs the question what makes someone worthy of being valued and treated as an equal?  And what doesn’t?  What makes one person better than the other?  What makes one life have more value than the other? 

Tiger, who is considered less because she is “man made” has been prophesized to be the one to free the ki
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Winter Halo, by author Keri Arthur, is the second installment in the authors Outcast series. The series protagonist is called Tiger C5, a Dechet, or super soldier who was made to be a lure who uses sex to get important information from the enemy, but she can also transform into a vampire when needed. She is a rare breed in that she survived a war between humans and shifters which took place 103 years ago. Others of her kind weren't
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gr2016

DNF @ 50%

I tried but this one just did not work for me, which is very sad because the first book was so great :-(

My friends Sarah and Melissa's reviews state perfectly all that was wrong with this book.

Sean Talbot
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found that this book didn't have quite the draw of the first book it did have a lot of characterization in it.

a truly gifted author
keikii Eats Books
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
91 points/100 (4.75/5 stars)
Warning: mild cliffhanger (status: nothing important, I just don't like ending a book with a passing out scene.)

Tiger is still determined to save those children, just without Jonas and Nuri's help. Too bad for her (though it is really a blessing), they won't let her do this alone. Nuri knows she needs the help, especially now that they have to take on Winter Halo, the research company responsible for taking the children.

I'm really glad I finally got around to this ser
K. Lincoln
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, actually.
In this second book we get a continuation of the mystery of the kidnapped children by the confederates of the last book's badguy, Sal in the post-apocalyptic town of shifters and humans called Central.

And the outside bunkers and surrounding wilderness where our heroine, Tiger, the bioengineered dechet, lives with the ghosts of the other murdered dechet children from the war that created the rifts and let Others into our world.

She's still hopelessly attracted to Jonas the shif
Suze Lavender
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tiger is one of the very few déchet survivors of the war between humans and shifters. Her kind was supposed to be wiped out, but she managed to keep herself alive. She kept herself hidden for many years with only the ghosts of déchet children that were killed as her company. Tiger risked her life trying to find children that are going missing in Central. She found a few of them, but there are still children out there. When she discovers there's a link between Winter Halo, a pharmaceutical compan ...more
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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

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