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The Black Tide

(Outcast #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  68 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur brings her Outcast series to a breathtaking conclusion as Déchet supersoldier Tiger races against time to save humanity from darkness and total annihilation….

Though Winter Halo–the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults–has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do se
Kindle Edition, UK & Aus Edition, 432 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Piatkus
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

In the last installment to the Outcast series, Keri Arthur really gives it her all. Packed with action, suspense, and intrigue, this series is not one to be missed if you are a Sci Fi or Dystopian fan. I’m really picky when it comes to series like this, but Arthur has really created a world that is both fascinating and dangerous.

I would highly recommend reading the series in order, but for the new readers, Arthur does give a little bit of a recap of what happens at the very beginning. I alwa
Douglas Meeks
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This trilogy was not what I expected when I started the first book, in fact I was mad at the way our heroine was treated by those who she tried to help. The second book carried a similar theme but a bit lighter since Tiger was being accepted at some level by those who she was trying to help but this final book makes up for any trepidation I had and I loved it.

As with any great trilogy there has to be romance, heroics, bravery, and epic battles and sacrifice and this book has everything, I can sa
Under the Covers Book Blog
In the last installment to the Outcast series, Keri Arthur really gives it her all. Packed with action, suspense, and intrigue, this series is not one to be missed if you are a Sci Fi or Dystopian fan. I’m really picky when it comes to series like this, but Arthur has really created a world that is both fascinating and dangerous.

I would highly recommend reading the series in order, but for the new readers, Arthur does give a little bit of a recap of what happens at the very beginning. I alwa
Elena Linville
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars.

I loved this series. I loved the complex world Keri Arthur created and I absolutely loved Tiger and her little ghosts. Jonas is more problematic for me and I think that he hasn't really been completely fleshed out even by the end of book 3. Tiger to me is a person. Jonas is still a mostly stereotypical love interest with a little more depth than some other love interests I encountered, but not a person. But as far as a candidate for a HEA with Tiger, I can't complain.

My pro
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loan
3.5 stars. This played out very much in the same vein as the second book 'Winter Halo'. Another lab to find and destroy, more children to rescue. Towards the end the pieces began to pull together as Kat finally located and confronted Ciara Dream, the last of the forces behind the labs and the atrocities being performed there; and more importantly, the dangerous power behind the vamps. I did skim just a bit in the repetition of the early chapters.

This was an unusually short series for Arthur, on
With The Black Tide, Arthur wrapped up the story of Tiger (déchet), Jonas (shifter ranger) and Nuri (human seeker and witch) and their battle against those who wish to destroy the remaining city.
"The wind whispers of a future without hope if you are not part of the forthcoming battle."
One's inability to see past their biases and tear down prejudices is a theme throughout the trilogy, which makes the ending all the more enjoyable.

Fans of Keri Arthur's UF series will enjoy this sci-
Suze Lavender
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Tiger has destroyed much of the terrible work of the people she's trying to stop, but seven children are still missing. She's a déchet, created to win a war and trained to alter her appearance and deceive others. This helps her to gather information. Her main opponent is still standing, trying to execute a plan that is too terrible to think about. Tiger needs to find a way to stop this from happening, but her powers aren't unlimited, is she in over her head or will she find a way to succeed?

♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
When it comes to ending a series, no one does it better than Ms. Arthur. In The Black Tide, it starts up where the last book left off. This can not be read as a standalone; it will make little to no sense. It is imperative to read the first two books in order before reading this one for the best enjoyment. Also better if the books are read closely together.

Tiger is carrying on the mission to prevent whatever the last of the unholy trinity is planning for the remaining human and shifter kind. Wor
keikii Eats Books
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
94 points/100 (4.75/5 stars)

There are still kids to save and an operation to dismantle. And now the last owner left of Winter Halo know Tiger and Jonas are coming for her. While the goal is to give light immunity to vampires and Others, Tiger suspects there is more to Ciara dream than we had guessed before.

As always, I had to choose between reading something I'm loving slowly and savouring it, or reading it all in one go. And, as always, I chose the second option. I have no patience. I'm so glad
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tiger has finally taken the first steps against the sinister forces experimenting on children for their own dark aims. But more children are missing - and those experiments are gaining ground: the some vampires are walking in sunlight

To finally stop this she needs to bring down Ciara the sinister architect behind this. But Ciara can change her shape to look like anyone and apparently has influence at the very top of government.

This book is action packed - we open with Tiger charging into battle
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was rather frustrated with the second book, but now I realize that what I saw as the main plot, the saving of the children, was actually a sub-plot. The bigger picture, we find out in The Black Tide. It was action packed, nice resolution. There is an HEA, but not EVERYTHING is tied up in a pretty bow, so there is some realism as much as there can be. This is a pretty fantastical tale with some truly unique world building.

Yeah, in the end I enjoyed it and I’d give the series 4 stars
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ stars

I know many will not agree with me, but I do believe this is the best of Arthur's stories. The world is original, the way it straddles multiple genres and defies being categorized is exceptional, the characters were likeable, the infuriating tropes were minimal, the angst was minimal.

It's an excellent trilogy. If Arthur decided to continue the series I would certainly read them.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
4.5 stars. A satisfying end to one of my favorite series from Keri. She gets stronger with every book and I can't wait to dive into her next series. Full RTC.
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
Oh my word...

I received an ARC of this and I am in awe. I tried so hard to wait until closer to the release date to read this, but I couldn't hold out anymore!

What can I say about this book? It has all of the excellence you expect from a Keri Arthur novel. Great world building, realistic and likable characters, and amazing plot. Is this the end to the series? Could be, it left me feeling finished.

My only complaint was the lack of romantic connection that the Riley Jensen and Dark Angel series h
Mechel Meek
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great wrap up to this series!
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Black Tide is the third (and sadly final) novel in the Outcast series. If you’ve read any of Keri Arthur’s other works (I’ll confess that I absolutely need to read more of her writing) then you already have a good idea of what her style is. For those that haven’t read this series yet, I strongly advise that you go back to the first novel (City of Light), as reading them out of order will not make a lot of sense (I’m sure this is probably pretty obvious for most though).
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
( is the third, and final book, in this dystopian series that Keri Arthur has created. I have read and been thoroughly entertained by all of them. It’s science fiction/dystopian/urban fantasy and has elements from all three. Since this is the final book, there may be spoilers ahead.

Tiger is the last surviving duchet, otherwise knows as a humanoid that was bred as a spy during the war between humans and shifters, a hundred years before. Shifters won. In book one, she rescue
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the conclusion of the Outcast series, Tiger must find the last member of the evil trio, Ciara Dream, and stop her plan to give light immunity to vampires and the Others, which will leave the humans and shifters with no protection from the deadly hordes. She’s a slippery foe, and has set herself up in a position of power, so she’s very hard to get to, but Tiger will do anything it takes to put a stop to the horrible actions she’s perpetrating, including experimentation on children. Tiger has h ...more
Literati Literature Lovers
4.25 Stars

The world that Arthur built in the Outcast series is to unique that I hope the author intends to revisit it. I noticed that this third book was published independently by the author, which is Penguin/Berkeley’s loss as this is one fantastic urban futuristic fantasy. Like most of Arthur’s female characters Tiger the military sexual lure is pretty okay with her sexuality, and in this book sex is used to delve deep into her mark. So even though she has deep feeling for Jonas she still can
Boundless Book Reviews
The third and final installment of the Outcast series is as fast-paced and high octane as the first two, with Tiger on the hunt for the illusive Cara Dream.  This was the first novel in the series that I didn’t listen to on audiobook, so it was a bit different reading it vs. listening.  Not that it took away from my enjoyment, it is just a different experience.  As much as I love audiobooks, I think sometimes the act of reading is more immersive.  

In book 3 Tiger finds herself tested in ways she
Update, on completion of series:
I do book binges like nobody's business and I must say that this one was right up there with the works of Ilona Andrews. The world set-up with City of Light is vibrant, with full characters and interesting twists. If there is one thing I'm slightly reproachful about, it's the rather limited development of the relationship between our heroes (view spoiler)
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some parts in the middle that really dragged, and are stopping me from giving this a better review. I have chosen to upgrade the 3.5 to a 4 because I found the ending to be really satisfying. If you've read the previous books in this series, what are you doing reading this review? Just buy it! If you haven't read any of them yet, they're certainly something I'd recommend to any urban fantasy fan. They are very similar to the series by Faith Hunter or Patricia Briggs. In fact, I b
Nia Dragin
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Page-Turning Conclusion | Review of ‘The Black Tide’ (Outcast #3)
Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop

What a grand finale, absolutely riveting, Tiger remains an enigmatic character. She is a strong-willed woman who takes pride in her sexuality using it to her advantage. It is not limiting, vulgar or diminishing to her character but in fact, is empowering how she uses her sexuality the way she wants to. Tiger is empowering, but she is also perfectly balanced in the way that the author utilizes
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hurts to finish this series because I loved the main character so much!

A great dystopian series with the incredible character building only a truly gifted author can pull off. Keri Arthur is a master. Read this series. It's grisly, the bad creatures are scary and the good guys get hurt. The dystopian storyline and its details are consistent though all 3 of the series books. Arthur presents a bleak and battered earth that is depressing as hell, but still writes in a strong and persistent thread o
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series

I found this book (and the series) to be a fast paced, addictive read. It was a story I got caught up in.
That is a the mark of a great read. Urban Fantasy. 100 years after a great and terrible war between humans, shifters, vampires and the soldiers the humans created, this world is still suffering the effects. Tears in the fabric of this world caused by the bombs the shifters used to destroy their enemies were allowing Others to make it into this world. If you were caught in one of t
Brianna Ryan
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Words cannot truly express how much I loved this world and how devastated I am that it was the last in the series,

The world is fantastic a apocalyptic/paranormal story involving truly unique characters it’s fantastically written with characters that suck you in and don’t let go even after the last page has turned.

Keri Arthur has definitely saved the best to last with pulse pounding action from the very first page right up till in end you will not be disappointed with this fast paced c
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Ranging from 2.5-3 A while ago I read book 2 Winter Halo not realizing that it was the 2nd book in the series. I read all 3 (2nd one again) back to back and this review will encompass and be found in all 3. I really enjoyed Winter Halo the 1st time but I didn't enjoy it as much the 2nd. Through all 3 book there are scenes, ideas, and paragraphs that are repeated basically verbatim. By the 3rd book her poor me bit is quite wearing, especially as there becomes ample evidence she is valued. In some ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book

When I first started reading The Outcast series I thought " wow this certainly different and an interesting storyline. Totally different but kept your attention every step of way. I found myself hating when the book ended and waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one. All three books have been fantastic and I find myself hating that it has ended. I have truly enjoyed this book.
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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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