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Winter Halo (Outcast Series #2)

Winter Halo (Outcast Series #2)

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by Keri Arthur

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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


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 designed to keep the darkness at bay....
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 derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.
Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself...

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Arthur continues the paranormal near-future adventures of humanoid supersoldier Tiger with this enjoyable sequel to City of Light. Since the end of the apocalyptic war between humans and paranormal invaders—shifters, vampires, demons, wraiths—Tiger has been trying to lie low among the survivors at Central City. But when someone starts kidnapping children, she can’t ignore it. Pharmaceuticals company Winter Halo seems to be involved in the crime, and now Tiger is teaming up with ranger Jonas to infiltrate the company and find out what’s really going on. Before long, they’re dealing with ghosts, vampires, deadly rifts in space-time, and a secretive research project that could radically reshape the world. Arthur’s sequel delivers solid helpings of danger and suspense, seasoned with romance. Fans of her Dark Angels and Souls of Fire paranormal series will enjoy this straightforward fantasy thriller. (Dec.)
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Praise for Keri Arthur
“A fast-paced blend of fantasy and science fiction that will knock your socks off! Plan to stay up all night.”—New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter on City of Light and the Outcast series
“Keri Arthur’s imagination and energy infuse everything she writes with zest.”—Charlaine Harris
“Keri Arthur knows how to thrill.”—Shana Abé
“Keri Arthur has blown me away again. Her worlds are so complex and ‘real.’….I highly recommend Arthur’s books.”—USA Today
Library Journal
This sequel to City of Light returns to a dystopian future that includes not only genetically engineered supersoldiers such as heroine Tiger but shapeshifters as well. Tiger's vow to help the children of the city leads her to a mysterious pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo.—MM

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Keri Arthur's Outcast Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Keri Arthur is the New York Times bestselling author of the Outcast series, including City of Light, as well as the Souls of Fire, Dark Angels, and Riley Jenson Guardian series. She has written more than thirty books and has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy.

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Winter Halo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Samantha1020 18 days ago
I am loving this series so much! I read the first book in this series, City of Light, earlier this year and just adored it. I've been pining for this book every since I finished and was so excited to finally get the chance to read this one. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first book. What a mark of a great series (and author)! One of the things that I love most about this series is how original and unique it feels. Tiger is a déchet which is both a very rare and dangerous thing to be in this new world. Tiger was created in a laboratory and created for a specific purpose which gives her many special skills and abilities. The entire world that Arthur has created with shifters, vampires, wraiths, and all kinds of other supernatural creatures just feels so fresh to me. I can't seem to get enough of it! Then you add in a fast paced storyline where Tiger constantly gets herself into trouble and I found myself flying through this book as fast as I could. This might be slightly spoiler-ly (there is your warning) but I really liked that with this book we got to see more of Tiger's relationship with Jonas. I like that the characters are starting to trust Tiger more and find that I'm anxious for more of that in the third book. My one and only complaint with this book was that it definitely had a build up to the next book feel. There was resolution at the end so don't get me wrong but there was also a lot of set up for book three. It didn't bother me too much though as now I'm absolutely chomping at the bit to get my hands on that next book. The wait is going to be the hardest part!! I'm going to have to move on to one of Arthur's other series while I wait for this next book to be released. The ending of this book was completely intense! I got to a point where I just couldn't see how it was all going to end and the author had me on the edge of my seat. It was completely worth the ride and I am left eager for more. Overall, this is by far one of my favorite new series that I have found in 2016. It is pretty rare that I'm caught up with a series but when the books are this good...well, how could I not be? I think that fans of science fiction and urban fantasy would both enjoy these books. I do think that you should start with book one first just so that you get the full back story as this second book continues on after events from the first. You don't have to as the author does a pretty great job of refreshing the reader on everything that happened but I just think the reading experience would be better reading in order. I would highly recommend this book and the series. I can't say enough good things about it! Bottom Line: Such a great follow-up to book one! I need more! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher courtesy of NetGalley.
Boundlessbookreviews 3 months ago
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 kidnapped children.  She has the skills the others don’t.  She is determined to complete the task if it kills her, because she has vowed to never let another child suffer if she can help it.  Old hatreds are questioned, some are brought back some are eliminated.  The story gets so complex and at times a little confusing.  At the same time, there is a ton of action and I couldn’t help but keep listening.  I can’t wait to see what happens to Tiger next....Sara   
BluHawk 3 months ago
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 promising an excellent payoff down the road and allowing the story to focus on all the other aspects that make it so good. Like how strong the main character is. Tiger is a lab-created shifter/vampire hybrid bred for subterfuge during the apocalyptic war between shifters and humans. Her specialty is seduction and intelligence-gathering, a combination which led to some “steamy” moments. Even with such a unique backstory, it’s Tiger’s actions and motives that make her so interesting. Having not been able to save children under her care during the war, she’d go to the ends of the earth to help them now. And, as the overall arc of the series so far is finding and rescuing some missing kids, it’s a combination that is as compelling as it is heart-wrenching. I love Keri Arthur’s characters (Riley Jensen being one of my favorites from a past series), and Tiger is just as good. Awesome characters, great writer, and understated love story aside, it’s the overall mystery of the series that has me chomping at the bit for the next one. Arthur did a great job weaving all of her plot points into a complex storyline. If I had just one complaint it’s that many of these plot points are revamped (no pun intended) ideas from her other series. However, They were spun freshly enough that I found them more nostalgic than tiresome. If you’re looking for an urban fantasy that’s interesting and slightly off the beaten path, City of Light is a great place to start – the series only seems to be getting better and better! Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
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 quite as much as the first in the series. I really had a hard time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was because it had been months since I read the first book or what but it took some time for me to really get back into Tiger's world. Things did pick up quickly for me and before I knew it I was pulled in by the excitement of the story. I seriously couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There were enough action and plot twists to really keep the story moving. I love the characters in this series. Tiger is such an interesting and strong character. Being the last of her kind, she has learned to depend only on herself and her ghost friends. She still cares about others and is willing to risk everything to save lives. She was created with certain skills and she knows her strengths. It was just a lot of fun to watch her manipulate situations into to get the information that she needs. I would recommend this series to fans of futuristic fantasy. I do think that readers will need to read the first book in the series to enjoy this second installment. I do wish that this book had wrapped up a little more. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series because I need to find out what happens next. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.