Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini SinghShards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 2 June 2015
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

The Delight

Wow, this series is riding a high and it just does not disappoint whether it is characters or the turn the series arc takes to deliver completions and new amazing action-packed conflicts to grip me.

Review

And that is the biggest realization, for sure.  I thought things were winding down and now, wow, a new threat emerges.  But it’s all done in such a way that it doesn’t feel like the author is trying to beat a dead horse (sorry to squick you out there).  No, as old series arcs found completions there is another waiting in the wings and it feel natural to the story.

This story, Shards of Hope, is part of the conflict aimed at the Arrows a sub group of the Psy race, but at the same time it introduces a viable new threat to all the folks that we’ve all come to love and cheer for since we met them in the series- changling shifters, humans, and psy.  And Shards of Hope is book fourteen in a series that must be read in order because, though it features a new romance pair, that pair and all the other narrators in this book are not new and have been with the series for a while.

But speaking of the romance pair, Aden and Zaira, were amazingness.  Two battered, bruised and thought to be broken psy spec ops members of the Arrow Squad.  Aden is their leader and he’s trying to pull this group from their dark pasts into the light and help them to see there is a future for them even after everyone, including themselves, slapped a sell by date on them and discarded them because the new world isn’t the place for these dark warriors with the dark pasts.  There is doubt in Aden because he is mid-grade psychic power and holds the Arrows together by charisma and loyalty alone, but there is also a hint that he is more than he seems and Zaira is right there taking his six and walking at his side to support him.  Zaira is one of those thought to be broken and insane, but even while fending off shadowy conspirators and kill attempts on Aden, Aden works to show her that he wants her, just as she is even if there is evidence to the contrary.  She’s a powerful, tough fighter and it was neat to see Aden respect and love her for it.

There is so much wonderful writing, scenes, plotting, romance, and character development packed into this book.  Yes, we have another winner in this series and I’ll say what I keep saying… can’t wait to see what comes next and get busy on this series if you love paranormal romance.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’m picking up the psy spin off and that will be my first Singh. Can’t wait!

    • Hopefully, starting there works. I know that heroine has been prominent in the first series. I hope you love her writing, Braine. 🙂

  • I’ve only read a couple of her books but I liked what I read. This does sound like a good story.

    • Loved it like several of them. I am almost caught up to the new release then I’ll have to wait each year. 🙂

  • June is my month to read another of the Psy-Changeling series. I am hoping to read at least 3 over the summer!

    • I think that’s a great plan. It will be fun to see your thoughts on them. 🙂

  • RO

    I didn’t speak with her, but I had the chance to hear her speak at an author session in NC a few months ago. I haven’t read this series, but I enjoy reading about psychic abilities, and people who aren’t perfect, making the stories so much more realistic. Your review and rating tells me I need to get into this soon! Hugs…

    • Neato that you saw her in person. I just finally got around to starting this series back in December and I’m almost caught up. These are pretty great. Thanks, Ro!

  • That’s awesome she was able to introduce a new threat and not have it feel forced. They sound like great characters 🙂

    • I very much thought so, too. Now I can’t wait to figure out what’s going on with all that.

  • I love the name Zaira! Aden and Zaira sound like a great pair. It’s awesome that this author keeps this series alive in a such a good way. I want to start the series but obtaining all of the books would be a problem. 😀 I hope you enjoy the rest of the books, Sophia!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • She does come up with some great names, but she has her characters hail from every race so she has a large pool to choose from.

      I know what you mean about starting a series and then having to get each book. I was lucky and had four of them as review books and three others as library sale books so I didn’t need to find that many.

      You have a great week, too, especially Wednesday for graduation. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Yep definitely on my list 🙂 thanks Sophia Rose

    • You betcha, Debbie! You’ll probably find them well worth it. 🙂

      Oh hey, and glad you’re back safely from the fun wedding. 🙂