I didn't love it. 2.5 It was so long, too long and had so much going on it never felt focused. I love these characters, and felt bad for them, they were dragged through everything and the kitchen sink. Stuff was hitting the fan, well many fans from all different angles on high speed all the time. I was at 75% in the book and it was still pilling it on with no resolve. When I got to 80%, it took off like a crazed rat in a wheel, with all these elements jumping into the big finale. Oh it was tense, but I was just glad it was over. A major character dies and I didn't feel anything. I was not wooed into caring, like in the pervious books. I will continue for one more book in this series and hope for a change.
36 SF genre books; highlighted above are just ones by authors I recognize.
Blood Kissed (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 1) - Keri Arthur is likely to be more Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy than Science Fiction genre.
Fortress of Ice - C.J. Cherryh is a truly excellent series.
On sale in he SF section of kindle monthly deals (special offer that showed on my kindle device) .
This could have been a wonderful book and the start of a series that I would have followed avidly but the writing degraded my enjoyment too much for me to want to continue.
"City Of Light" is an Urban Fantasy / Sci-Fi book that has a lot of strengths. It brings together humans, shifters, aliens, genetically engineered people and ghosts in an original way. The world-building is well thought through. The plot is intriguing. The kick-ass-but-empathic heroine has a secret, an agenda, a complex history and a guilt-driven need to protect children from evil. There's lots of well-described action, often enabled by an interesting mix of magic and technology.
For me, all of this was undermined by the kind of careless or lazy writing that a second draft or a decent editor could have fixed.
Certain phrases occurred with such regularity that I could have built a drinking game around them:
"He/she smiled but there was no humour in it"
"He/It sent a shiver down my spine"
"Energy/Tension bit the air"
"My skin tingled under his gaze".
There were enough small grammatical errors to give the book that self-published I-can't-afford-a-copy-editor feel.
Then there were descriptions that shouldn't have passed a second reading
"He was not what he seemed. He had deeper depths."
Personally, I think the use of the phrase, "I proceeded to..." should be restricted police officers giving evidence and really doesn't work in a sex scene.
The story is told from the point of view of our kick-ass, I-was-built-by-humans-a hundred-years-ago-to-seduce-and-interrogate heroine and yet, by the end of the book, I knew very little about her other than that she is easily aroused and willing to kill to friends to achieve her goal.
Then the book ends rather than finishes. One goal is achieved but nothing much is explained. I felt I'd just watched the pilot for SyFy series that couldn't afford a good scriptwriter.
Even though the ideas are appealing, I won't be going back. I'd rather read authors who have enough respect for themselves and their readers to polish before they publish.
4.5 stars Keri Arthur writes characters that I love to read. They are well developed, quirky, off centered, and snarky, just the way I like them. This series has two witches who are in the lower cast of witches just trying to make a living running a bakery in a small town run by a werewolf pack that hates witches. They bake do simple fortune telling and charms keeping under the radar for many reasons. They are semi hiding from their families. All is going well till, something wicked comes to town and the werewolves are forced to work with the witches who say they're really not witches to try to save the town for a blackness. Things go from bad to worse, and it gets dangerous.
There s some sexual tension, life threatening tension some fantastic snark, yummy treats, and a whole lot of fun. I loved the human familiar for the witches. The weres were hot headed, strong, sexy, and mysterious. The book ended with a cliff hanger and I need the next book. I recommend this book to fans of her writing or lovers of witches and weres. it's a good fun story.