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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Harm is the second book in The Outsider Chronicles by Kayti Nika Raet. Just after reuniting with her brother, Niko is forced to flee from Amaryllis City, taking along her brother and her dear friend, Ben. After walking for three days on dangerous acid scorched grounds, they finally reached their intended destination, Cherai City. However, Cherai City had found a way to keep out Slithers that did not require human help. So they could not enter the city on their skill as Slither killers and they only had enough money for two people. So Ben and Jared entered the city while Niko found herself back in the slums, and this time completely on her own. Niko was desperate to reconnect with her brother, Jared, and Ben. In the process, she ends up entering Cherai City as a Grey-man, which saw her once again trapped inside the walls of a city and this time at the lowest of the city ranks and with a foggy mind. Niko is not about to let manipulation by the authorities hold her back, but first she needs to find her brother and her friends. A nasty surprise awaits her.
There is something about the way Kayti Nika Raet starts her books that is so engrossing; something both so creepy and so captivating. By the time I was done reading the first few paragraphs of Harm, I was both creeped out and completely hooked. This part of the story brought out an even clearer distinction between the life inside the walls of the cities and that of the people in the slums. The contrast is so real and vivid it gave me a very clear picture of what it must have felt like to be an Outsider and helped me understand Niko's character as she bounced between the cities and the slums. Harm provided a fitting continuation to Niko's story and once again Kayti Nika Raet has delivered another page-turner.