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.
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.
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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