Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini SinghShield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 3 June 2014
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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 stifle 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…

The Delight

The big change as come and huge fractures and turmoil has begun for the Psy race.  A huge gamble is taken that a part of their race that have been repressed and erased from history to come to the Psy people’s rescue.  Intense action, but at its heart a redemptive love story is in the making.  Another deeply engaging page-turner.

Review

This series has been knocking my socks off since book one.  And the last book… it left seriously big shoes to fill.  I was nervous for Shield of Winter because it had the job of reaching even close to the high bar that Heart of Obsidian set.  And it did.  Lucky 13th release in the series was our Shield of Winter.  It delivered a wallop.

Vasic was the perfect choice to get his story next.  This dark, broken Psy warrior assassin is right on the edge and everyone fears he has seen and done too much to come back.  He’s a walking dead man and the only thing holding him together is his loyalty to the other Arrows (Psy race’s version of a black ops team) and the need to do what he can for his race.  He’s a protector at heart under all that icy Silence and now he’s been given the point-man job to protect the vulnerable Pys of the E(motion) designation as they work to stop the disease that is turning their people into mad creatures of death and destruction.

And because I have loved Vasic all along, I was really crossing my fingers about his heroine.  She had to be one special lady.  Nalini Singh came through.  Ivy Jane was just the right blend of vulnerable and steel-spined heroine.  Ivy is one of the suppressed E-psy that the Councils for the whole time of silence destroyed and suppressed because emotions weren’t allowed in the Silence Protocol.  She’s so tenacious and this is good.  She loves her race even if many reject her and she falls for Vasic seeing him through and through and she steps up to stick with him even when he seems to broken to heal.

From their first meeting to that tear-inducing and fabulous climax at the end, I was so into this pair.  They make a great team of fighters for their race, but also as truly romantic and passionate lovers.  The romance is developed right alongside the action so well and at just the right pace for the situation.

Survival of a race and an unstoppable disease of the mind made for quite the intensive, action filled conflict that infused the series with a nice new twist after some of the other long-running conflicts were resolved.

While this is Vasic and Ivy’s story, it gives some more Kaleb and Sahara along with the Changlings time while Aden emerges as the next lead character.  I enjoyed staying in tune with the backlist of characters and their lives.

This is definitely not a good place to start in the series and again, I would push anyone who hasn’t yet, to give this series a go.

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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.

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  • So happy that you are loving this series! I have not read anything by this author but what a great review! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long, Cindy. It’s great.

  • Debbie Haupt

    one of these days Sophia Rose I will read her. Thanks

    • You have good things in which to look forward, Debbie. 🙂

  • I’ve only read two books by Nalini Singh (Rock Hard and Rock Courtship) but I loved them both. I should look into this series. Paranormal romance isn’t my go-to genre but I love her so much I might love these books.

    • Yes, she is good all around I think. I started with her Guild Hunter series and now this one. I’ll hit her rocker romances soon. I will someday hunt down her older ones, too.

  • I haven’t tried this series but I heard great things about it

    • You’re in for some good ones when you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

  • I only read the first couple of books in this series and now I’m thinking I need to get back into it. It sound like a great series.

    • Oh yes, there are some treats in this series, Mary. My favs are books 3, 10, 12, and now 13. 🙂

  • You make this series sound absolutely amazing. I really need to work it into my reading schedule. Great review!

  • I really should try reading more Singh! I think I’ve read her YA books but not adult. This series sounds awesome and I’m glad to see it was a 5 star read for you! Lovely review, Sophia Rose!

  • I have the next book in my queue to read 🙂

  • Ahhh you do make me want to get back to them, Sophia. I think I’m at book 7ish right now. Woohoo for it knocking your socks off so far into the series 🙂 Always nice to see.