Winter Halo

Winter Halo

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 des...

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Title:Winter Halo
Author:Keri Arthur
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ISBN:0451473515
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:339 pages

Winter Halo Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Dec 05, 2016

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I found a new favorite author in Keri Arthur when I read City of Light last year, and my hope is that I will continue to enjoy her work for years to come. Certainly those odds are looking good with Winter Halo, the sequel. Not only did I enjoy it as much as the previous book, this second novel of the Outcast series also came along when I needed it the most, providing a much needed counterpoint to the heavier reads I’ve had

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I found a new favorite author in Keri Arthur when I read City of Light last year, and my hope is that I will continue to enjoy her work for years to come. Certainly those odds are looking good with Winter Halo, the sequel. Not only did I enjoy it as much as the previous book, this second novel of the Outcast series also came along when I needed it the most, providing a much needed counterpoint to the heavier reads I’ve had on my plate lately. It was nice to simply let loose with Tiger in her world again; that and we all know there’s nothing quite like vampires and shapeshifters plus a little a bit of sex and action to serve as perfect entremets.

    The story picks up from the end of City of Light, continuing Tiger’s quest to rescue a group of kidnapped children. With the help from some new allies (because calling them friends would still be quite a stretch), she traces the trail to Winter Halo, a pharmaceutical company whose research arm appears to be involved in a bunch of shady activities. Our protagonist hatches up a plan to go undercover, using her déchet abilities to shapeshift and gather information from a top company executive to find out what’s going on within their research facility.

    Her findings end up being even more bizarre and worrisome than expected, including everything from reports of hauntings to illicit experimentation and dissections. Just what is going on inside the walls of Winter Halo? To find out, Tiger must infiltrate the company and go deep into the heart of hostile territory. Time is fast running out, and the lost children are depending on her to find and rescue them.

    If you haven’t discovered the world of Outcast yet, you’re in for a treat. As I mentioned before, Tiger is a humanoid being known as a “déchet”, a French term that means “junk” or “waste”, referring to the process with which she and others like her were made. Déchets were the super-soldiers created for the war against the monsters that came through rifts into our world more than a hundred years ago, genetic hybrids cobbled from genes from human, animal, and even paranormal creatures. Tiger’s main role in that long-ago war was to act as a “lure”, an agent capable of seducing her victims and extracting sensitive information from their heads before killing them. This explains why she is more “emotionally connected” than many of her fellow déchets who were mainly bred to be violent war machines. Pretty much all of them were eradicated by the end of the war though, so Tiger lives a lonely existence, making her home in an abandoned bunker surrounded by ghosts of murdered déchet children.

    I think that’s the part which gets me the most. Let’s face it, urban fantasy and paranormal books about their main characters trying to rescue kidnapped kids are a dime a dozen. What makes Outcast and Tiger so special is that the reader can deeply sympathize with her reasons for going the distance for these stolen children. Her own life has been touched by the cruel and untimely deaths of young souls, and those experiences have affected her and stayed with her. Whenever we encounter scenes with Bear and Cat, our protagonist’ energetic helper ghosts, sometimes they charm us so much that it’s easy to forget the horrible way they died. For Tiger though, the heartbreaking circumstances around their deaths are always on her mind, and she’ll fight hard to prevent another child from ever being harmed again.

    This sequel also builds upon the relationships established in the first book. The feelings growing between Tiger and Jonas are likely to be of the most interest, their attraction having been teased since the two of them first met. I’m actually surprised at the slow-burn approach Arthur is taking, when in a lot of other series, their authors often seem so eager to throw their love interests together as quickly as possible. I love this more measured pacing though, giving time to let the characters’ lives and personalities sink in.

    Finally, I’m really enjoying the new plot developments. There’s a noticeable shift in Winter Halo’s themes towards more subterfuge, but the tensions and thrills remain high. The hunt for the missing children still makes up the main story arc, but now several secondary plot threads have also come into play and I’m curious to see where they will go.

    The stakes have definitely been raised for this one! Arthur’s world-building and characterizations continue to be outstanding for this series, and I am having a blast with the twists and turns of the story. Now begins the hard part: the wait for book three.

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    Oct 27, 2016

    CITY OF LIGHT rekindled my love affair with Keri Arthur, and even though WINTER HALO didn’t leave me in awe like book 1, it was on the cusp of being 5-stars. Saving Central’s children is still Tiger’s priority only now things have gotten a lot more complicated because the enemy knows who she is, and what she can do. The ante’s been raised, as have her feelings for Jonas. The OUTCAST series is heating up in more ways than one!

    Having already established the world in the pr

    CITY OF LIGHT rekindled my love affair with Keri Arthur, and even though WINTER HALO didn’t leave me in awe like book 1, it was on the cusp of being 5-stars. Saving Central’s children is still Tiger’s priority only now things have gotten a lot more complicated because the enemy knows who she is, and what she can do. The ante’s been raised, as have her feelings for Jonas. The OUTCAST series is heating up in more ways than one!

    Having already established the world in the previous installment, the attention shifted to the characters which couldn’t have come at a better time because the secondaries were what I’d felt the most unsure of at the end of the last novel. I wouldn’t go so far as to call Nuri and Jonas allies yet, but we do gain some clarity on their cause, and on them as individuals. And, that left me on improved terms with them going into the next volume.

    The plot didn’t revolve around the children as much as I’d expected, although some headway was made in that area as well. What’s been going on behind closed doors at the pharmaceutical company run by Sal’s partners was at the forefront however, given that the kids are being experimented on, there were quite a few parallels between the two threads. The events leading up to the resolution were straightforward as far as Urban Fantasy story lines go.

    Tig made good use of all her talents as a déchet, but the author zoomed-in on her ability with ghosts which allowed readers to connect with Bear & Cat on a deeper level. These two little specters are adorable! Jonas seems to be ready to acknowledge his attraction to the heroine however, these two still have a long way to go if they want to have some semblance of a romantic relationship. The slow burn is a nice change of pace from this author’s usual M.O.

    WINTER HALO was another grand slam by Keri Arthur! ~ 4.5 Stars

  • Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
    Nov 10, 2016

    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 promi

    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!

    I’d like to thank Penguin Group Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, Keri Arthur, and NetGalley for the chance to read and review a reviewer copy of Winter Halo.

    Via The Obsessive Bookseller at

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Sep 23, 2016

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    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 qui

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    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 didn't like this one nearly as much as the first one in the series. It took me a while to really get back into the story but by the end I wanted more. I wish things had been wrapped up a bit more at the end of the book.

  • Beth
    Sep 07, 2016

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    November 28 - Dec. 12, 2016

    In a post-apocalyptic world where a war with shifter has wiped out almost all the genetically enhanced, while A battle to still defeat the vampires continues on, Tiger, one of the enhanced, is fighting to survive. Weaving her way through the political machinations, hiding her true nature and lead by the ghosts of the war ravaged lands, Tiger n

    Click Giveaway Banner to enter in a change to win One copy of both

    by Keri Arthur

    November 28 - Dec. 12, 2016

    In a post-apocalyptic world where a war with shifter has wiped out almost all the genetically enhanced, while A battle to still defeat the vampires continues on, Tiger, one of the enhanced, is fighting to survive. Weaving her way through the political machinations, hiding her true nature and lead by the ghosts of the war ravaged lands, Tiger now must infiltrate Winter Halo to discover who is attacking the female body guards. The plot that she uncovers leads back to what started the first devastating war.

    Arthur’s imagination and story telling is superb in this the second installation of the Outcast series. Where else can you find yourself routing on ghosts and riveted to the plot as it thickens and evolves.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group - Signet in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 6, 2016.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Keri Arthur

    Series: An Outcast Novel (Book 2)

    Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages

    Publisher: Signet

    Publication Date: December 6, 2016

    ISBN-10: 0451473515

    ISBN-13: 978-0451473516

    Genre: Paranormal | Urban Fantasy

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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    Nov 13, 2016

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    . The crustaceans and I were so freaking excited when we started reading this book

    . I mean, this series showed

    .

    , with its improbable mix of Sci-Fi and UF, was nothing short of

    . It was

    . And fresh. And

    . The characters were super uber

    .

    . The crustaceans and I were so freaking excited when we started reading this book

    . I mean, this series showed

    .

    , with its improbable mix of Sci-Fi and UF, was nothing short of

    . It was

    . And fresh. And

    . The characters were super uber cool and complex and intriguing and a little on the delicious side. Tig, the MC, was one of the

    female character I'd ever come across in UF.

    .

    This has to be one of the

    ever. I'm not sure the crustaceans will ever recover from this one. And I probably won't, either. How the hell can something so freaking amazing turn into something so

    ?!

    as City of Light was creative and intriguing. Okay, so the world itself is as cool as ever, but somehow it's just

    . There is no development whatsoever. It's just more of the same. Worse, some of the things I thought were

    in book 1 seem kind of, I don't know, muted or played down or something. Take Tig's

    (SCaNT™)

    for example: in City of Light, I thought they were the mostest excellentest thing ever. In this book? I ended up wondering

    I could ever have begun to imagine they were ever so slightly wondrous. And if I should have my little head

    for ever thinking as much. Then I had another bottle of whisky and was instantly reassured that my two little grey cells were

    . And all was right in the world again. But I digress.

    ?

    , that's right. I was busy shaking my head in

    and

    . So. Keri Arthur managed to undo here all she'd so brilliantly accomplished in book one. She

    the Shrimping Awesome. She

    the Freaking Cool. She

    the Bloody Exciting. And she left us

    with

    . And

    . And also with a severe case of

    (WyPCtCICCLsJGOwI™). Which is quite an achievement, when you think about it. I mean, in most cases, it takes quite a few instalments in a series

    . But here? I turned the last page of book 1 and…

    And that takes some

    , if you ask me. And a real

    . Yeah, that too. I read this book about 10 days ago and

    what half of it was about. And I swear my failing, whisky-drowsed grey cells have nothing to do with it. It's just that most of this book was

    . And the fact that a lot of scenes were

    and added

    to the story certainly didn't help. AND it sure didn't help my little crustaceans fall asleep, either. Give them

    and stuff, and they blissfully snooze away. But give them lethargy and

    (BTDTYS™), and they get as hyper as a

    .

    killed it for me and my murderous troops here, however, is the

    (DDLDAIWiMBC™). In book 1, Keri Arthur

    with pathetic UF clichés. It was pretty wicked. And slightly

    . And made me think there was hope for UF yet.

    .

    , so it's not like this book is

    with tropes. Oh no, it's much much worse than that. Because had this book been filled to the brim with

    (RRUC™), at least it would have made for

    (GRRM™). But it wasn't, so it didn't. So what do we have here, you ask?

    , that's what. With its usual truckload of

    and

    . You know, delectably fascinating and

    like:

    "We

    be attracted to each other like bloody magnets but we are

    but I want you and I know you want me too but we can't

    we are supposed to be enemies and this is so

    and I'm not supposed to be feeling what I'm feeling

    and why can't you get past your

    and see me for what I really am

    don't fight this you know

    we can make this work

    and blah blah blah and

    and blah blah blah and

    …"

    : "Oh will you

    I don't give a

    about this crap." In other words, time for me to get my favourite gif

    :

    .

    » And the moral of this

    (AOBtDCNR™) is: to hell with being lenient and forgiving and magnanimous and stuff. The shrimping mighty have bloody fallen? Well, my rating has, too.

    .

    What? You're wondering if I'm going to continue with this series?

    :

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  • Katie Michaels
    Dec 04, 2016

    It took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn't really feel all that connected to the characters in the first book, either. I did get more interested as I kept reading and the story built, only for it come to an abrupt end. Basically, the rhythm of story progression felt... off... and I'd imagine it would be a substantial challenge for a new reader to jump in to the series here.

    This book picks up where City of Light left off. Tiger is determined

    It took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn't really feel all that connected to the characters in the first book, either. I did get more interested as I kept reading and the story built, only for it come to an abrupt end. Basically, the rhythm of story progression felt... off... and I'd imagine it would be a substantial challenge for a new reader to jump in to the series here.

    This book picks up where City of Light left off. Tiger is determined to save the remaining children who have been kidnapped for experimentation, but she plans to do it on her own, without the help of Nuri or Jonas. Only, her resolve is short lived. In virtually no time at all, they're all working together again to get inside the lab where the experiments may be centered. In the meantime, she is using her gifts as a lure to seduce a high ranking official who could give her insights that could help the mission.

    I like Tiger ok. She is at her best when she is interacting with her ghost children. It shows the emotion she is supposed to be lacking and allows us to see the love she is capable of. The same goes for her determination to save the kidnapped children. Unfortunately, her romantic entanglements left me cold. We're getting the groundwork for a relationship with Jonas, but she is actively sleeping with another man for the entire book. And while Tiger and Jonas make baby steps here, it's decidedly meh.

    The book is most engaging when Tiger is being heroic and basically sacrificing herself over and over for her mission. Those were times I cared about her and those were the scenes that made me want to keep reading. The world-building is interesting and I'm particularly fascinated by the ways Tig can manipulate her own body. I want to see her succeed.

    Overall, I found this to be pretty on par with the first installment of the series. If you liked that one, you'd probably like that one too. But be prepared for the book to end before it feels like it was supposed to. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but definitely in the middle of something. It felt like there should have been more.

    Rating: B-

  • Krissys
    Dec 06, 2016

    Winter Halo (Outcast #2) by Keri Arthur  

     

     

    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

    Winter Halo (Outcast #2) by Keri Arthur  

     

     

    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Winter Halo is the second book in the Outcast series. Its a paranormal / urban fantasy but felt more like a Sci-fi to me.

    I liked seeing Arthur expand her writing genre its fantastic. If you haven't read this series you should pick up the first book City of Light.

    Winter Halo carries a lot of weight to the past from City of Light. Between the war, the political upheaval Tiger has to uncover a tie to the past which sets her on a new path.

    This book is mostly a between book depicting the journey to the compound.

    It took awhile for Jonas to grow on me but I think this book was a great transition into the next installment.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Emma
    Dec 11, 2016

    I was so glad I got to read this one so quickly after I picked up the first because of the brutally cruel cliffhanger Keri Arthur put at the end....but dammit she's done it again. You know that feeling when you keep flipping pages forward and backwards thinking you've missed something or maybe that pages have fallen out (even though you're reading it on a Kindle).....that. I don't even want to know how long till the next one, but i'm loving that feeling of desperation because I NEED to have the

    I was so glad I got to read this one so quickly after I picked up the first because of the brutally cruel cliffhanger Keri Arthur put at the end....but dammit she's done it again. You know that feeling when you keep flipping pages forward and backwards thinking you've missed something or maybe that pages have fallen out (even though you're reading it on a Kindle).....that. I don't even want to know how long till the next one, but i'm loving that feeling of desperation because I NEED to have the answers to the questions these two books have raised. This author knows how to keep me reading, even if I dislike her just a little bit for it.

    I smashed through this in a few hours. It felt so much more lived in than the first, we knew the people and the background- no more lengthy explanations about time and place were necessary. For this reason, the characters were allowed to be more themselves, to grow and become even more formed. This was especially evident in the relationship between Tiger and Jonas. It's complicated and therefore more fascinating, not one of these jump to the sex and see what shit happens afterwards kind of storylines. Even better, the little ghosts have a much more central role in this book and that alone is enough to make the reader smile. I think that you could dislike the whole rest of the cast and still be charmed by Cat and Bear.

    A truly enjoyable UF/FF read.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Dec 26, 2016

    Damn it. I didn't like this one as much as the first book. I keep telling myself it was just my mood but at times I felt like I was slogging through the book.

    I still loved the characters and the ghosts, so what happened? I don't know........sigh...........

    The book started off with Tiger going into some crazy rift thing following a person to see who they were and then getting attacked by wraiths. Sounds awesome right? Well, I don't know. She's trying to find out who is hurting children and that

    Damn it. I didn't like this one as much as the first book. I keep telling myself it was just my mood but at times I felt like I was slogging through the book.

    I still loved the characters and the ghosts, so what happened? I don't know........sigh...........

    The book started off with Tiger going into some crazy rift thing following a person to see who they were and then getting attacked by wraiths. Sounds awesome right? Well, I don't know. She's trying to find out who is hurting children and that is awesome. We find out a pretty good bit about that in this book. I'm hoping there will be a wrap up in the next book. Is this a trilogy or a regular series?

    Anyway, Tiger and Jonas are helping each other again even though he doesn't like dechet's and that's what Tiger is, (you can read all about that in the first book or just read the blurb to this one) but they are good working together. And some stuff I wanted to happen did happen a little bit in this book. I hope it happens a lot in the next book!

    Cat and Bear, the main ghosts, are in the book of course and I just love them so much. I love all of the ghosts they have in the book. But, cat and bear are the best! I mean the ghost thing is the whole reason I loved the first book and liked this one.

    Tiger is working undercover at Winter Halo a bad place that they all assume are behind many evil things. Ha, that told you a lot right?

    Either way, I will read the next book to see if this has a happy end game which I hope. This cover is also amazing because I love anything wintery looking. =)

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