Friday, June 6, 2014

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh - Review

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

I really loved this installment, I felt like while both Ivy and Vasic could have survived without each other together they are completely whole. Ivy is the perfect heroine for the stoic Arrow, she has the ability to teach him to love and isn’t about to give up on him.

This is pretty far into the series, and I don’t think could be read as a stand alone because each of these stories have built on each other until Ms. Singh has created a beautiful and complex world that I enjoy delving into any chance I get.

I enjoyed catching up with past characters and getting to know the other Arrows especially Vasic’s friend, Aden. I really loved him and hope he gets his story told soon.

I absolutely adored the way Vasic studied manuals to learn how to be a better ‘mate’ to Ivy. Every time the manuals came up, I smiled.  I think that illustrates cerebral quality of Vasic and the Psy. Especially Psy that are trying to live in a world where they finally have freedoms to feel again.

I highly recommend this book for fans of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings. I know I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review. 

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