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Feature book: The Black Tide

17 January 2018

The Black Tide by Keri Arthur

This is the final book in the Outcast trilogy. I only started this series because it was written by Keri Arthur, as I had little interest in dystopian stories. But I absolutely loved the characters and world-building in book 1, City of Light. (If you are interested in reading this trilogy, you really should start at the beginning.)

Tiger is a déchet soldier (a humanoid created in a lab from human, shifter and vampire DNA) and she is the last of her kind. She lives in a bunker filled with the ghosts of déchet soldiers and children, and has been keeping to herself until someone starts kidnapping and experimenting on children. Along with Jonas (an ex-Ranger shifter) she has managed to rescue some of the children, but there are still seven missing and time is running out.

Tiger had just escaped from Winter Halo in the previous book and this one starts not long after that, with her travelling through a rift in search of the still-missing children. She doesn’t find the children there, but does find something just as horrifying. After that there is another outpost to search (children! finally!), then undercover work in Central City, then another rift to explore, then back to her undercover work, and a plan to save the city. All of this is getting more and more dangerous and Tiger’s luck is starting to run out, just as she comes face to face with Dream, the last remaining mastermind.

The action in this book is full-on! Tiger spends the majority of her time fighting or recovering from injuries. As the story is told in first-person point of view, we only get Tiger’s side of the action, and then what is relayed to her by Jonas or the ghosts, so we do miss out on a lot of what Jonas is doing. While that is frustrating, it does make for a nail-biting climax scene where Tiger (and the reader) is uncertain just how she, and the city, are going to be saved.

There are some romantic moments in this book, and I’m happy to see a future for Tiger and Jonas. But there’s not the romantic payoff that I’m usually looking for in a book. (The book is not a romance, so I can’t fault the author for that.) Despite that it was a great ending for the series, even if it did leave me wanting more. I would reeeeaaally love a little novella about how Tiger, Jonas, Cat, Bear and Raela settle into their new home (hint hint).

Reviewed by Debbie

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

One Comment
  1. shelleyrussellnolan permalink
    17 January 2018 11:46 am

    I really need to hurry up and read this series. It sounds fantastic.

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