Aden, dear Aden. The one Arrow I thought more of a side kick to Vasic, really has some awesomeness that makes him a great leader. In a series of ups and downs, this ran on the higher side of up. The story progresses and we learn more of where the Psy are going after the fall of Silence. New enemies, new loves and past characters coming together for a great story.
With each new book in the series, I find myself forgetting more and more of the little details. A year between books is just too much and hard to remember details. High level I am ok, but any finer details like who the heroine was, totally escaped me. So when the story starts out with Aden having been kidnapped and imprisoned with Zaira, a fellow Arrow. Zaira is pretty injured and time is not on her side. Throw in some other elemental issues that all Psy need, it becomes a race to get away and back to the PsyNet before they both expire.
Silence has fallen and now a new world has opened up for the Psy. Aden is the natural born leader, but no one outside of the Arrows believes he had the abilities to lead, or the abilities to take on adversaries. But Aden is more than what he seems. He is taking on “humanizing” his “pack” of Arrows. He has seen what his best friend Vasic has with Ivy. Witnessed their mating link and finds it beautiful. Craving that in his life, but he only has one woman in mind: Zaira. Zaira was a child when they met. He swore he would never leave her and would always support her. Everyone in the Arrow Squad supports Aden because he shows leadership by leading and having their backs.
Zaira is one scary heroine. From the moment of her birth, she was imprisoned by her parents to control her powers. Where there should have been Silence, I only saw greed. They beat her continually. Any little bobble she put together, they stole. Torture was more what it was and at a young age, she takes care of the situation brutally and permanently. The one shiny light in her Silent life is the young boy who stood by her even in the face of her insanity. While she knows Aden’s Silence is broken, he has never betrayed her.
Aden longs for a complete bond with Zaira, but will never force her to do something. Patience, but with a strong will too, he remains steady in her life. Her fear is that she is crazy and obsessed with Aden to the point she will turn into a murderous jealous rage over anyone one else having a part of him.
The love and romance move slowly as the other aspects of the new plot to hit the story arc comes to life. We meet several new shifting packs that I grew to love. They help to lead Aden to what he desires most: family. Through it all, there are continued assassination attempts made on Aden and others. While Aden is perceived as week with Psy powers, you are let in on his secret power that no one has seen before and very few knew about until this book.
I took a lot of time reading this book because I was so enthralled with the Psy relationship growing. Both products of Silence while one never really was totally Silent. How do you get around such a cold existence? I love how open the Psy are about reading sexual manuals. Go Psy! A race that doesn’t indulge in pleasure learn how to grow to love physically through tough to each other. While it may seem graphic, the sex is pretty clean and dull. What gives it umph is the emotional responses they give each other from the simplest of touches.
There are several storylines going on and at times they are connected and other times you just don’t know what’s going on. The threat is real and will be ongoing for a while if not quite for a little while. They have to beware of Psy in their own family. Each were made into Silence and to go back to feeling suddenly is not on the agenda for all of them. Some it might be the end, some have another path and others will fight for a life where Psy are free to feel.
Another great installment in a series I adore.
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