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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.City of Light by Keri Arthur
Published by Signet on January 5, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban
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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...
City of Light contains all of the elements that I love in a dystopian paranormal book. Vampires, shifters and demons oh my. I have seen Keri Arthur around for a while and have her Dark Angels series on my Kindle, but have not gotten to them yet as it’s a series of seven and I have not had the time to invest in them. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new series I was excited to test the waters and I am so glad I did. I have mentioned before my love of paranormal and urban fantasy books but I have a hard time finding ones I truly enjoy as I find a lot of them super clichéd or very dumbed down. City of Light was most assuredly not one of those. The world built was very real, pacing was spot on and the characters were well fleshed out. The two main characters Tiger and Jonas had very well setup back stories and their actions were true to them. The tale of a war stricken country and the prejudices of the citizens was very well developed and as realistic as it can be when ghosts, wraiths and vampires are commonplace. The only negative thing I can really say about City of Light is that you are thrust into the story and have to figure out who and what everyone one is on the fly. That was both a plus and a minus as time taken to explain would have detracted from the action that began from page one. Now I need to go read her Dark Angels series.
Favorite lines – “I am not a monster, Jonas, no matter what the history books would have you believe.” “It’s not just history that gives rise to that belief—it’s firsthand experience. There are still some alive today who took part in the war.” “Yes, and I’m one of them. Shifters are responsible for just as many atrocities as humans and déchet. It was a war; right or wrong, these things happen.”
Biggest cliché – “I hate you. I hate you too. But I still think you’re hot. Me too.”
Have you read City of Light, or added it to your TBR?