Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur

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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….

 Review: The world building and the story line were fantastic. Rift portals, vampires, shifter soldiers, underground bunkers and a world still recovering from a decimating war. Tiger is a Dechet, a genetically designed human(?) that is part shifter, vampire and white tiger, blended to make an inviting lure for opposing foes. She can talk to ghosts, particulate her body, draw light or darkness to herself in order to disappear, morph her body, telepath your ass and is immune to poison. 

Initially, this novel had some major info dumping issues at the beginning to get the motor started yet quickly settled into good character development with some fantastic movement. This had a good scifi vibe until “Magic” started being thrown around with earth witches and her own abilities to become particulate. I don’t know if “feeling the magic” is another way of saying she is utilizing her own genetic abilities or is using something externally. Most likely the former. Perhaps Nuri the earth witch was genetically modified as well, yet the details were never revealed.

Where this lost a star was the phrasing utilized to expedite the scenes. “Softly” was used 50 times and murmured (20x).  Throughout this novel, Tiger is constantly in an erotic state. Even when facing dire circumstances she manages to notice his smell or the “luscious contact when he touches her hand or his grip seeping into her body flushing the chill”. Fug. Additionally the grammatical errors were fairly consistent. The novel hints at Tiger going it alone, which bodes well as we can truly see her in an independent light without all the gushing tingles and heated pheromone desire from Jonas’ touch.

 

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