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Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

August 8th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Berkley Hardcover

Series: Psy-Changeling #13

Rating: ★★★½☆

About Shield of Winter: 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…

I have been waiting for Vasic’s story for ages. I’ve loved him in all the earlier books and was so excited when I heard about Shield of Winter. For the most part it lived up to my expectations. I totally fell for Vasic as I watched him slowly melt for Ivy and the best part was watching him develop a sense of humor. He and Ivy were perfect for each other. Their personalities complimented each other so well with Ivy being an E-Psy so she gets Vasic and she’s also strong enough to stand up to his stubbornness.

Aden also makes quite a few appearances which is a definite plus and of course stoked my need for his story. I was so excited to see Nalini Singh mention that she is working on his story.

The story line itself about the break down of the Psynet was fascinating but the main reason I didn’t give this one a higher rating despite my lovefest with Vasic was there is just too much going on. In addition to the degradation of the Psynet there is also a sub-plot about Vasic’s life in danger from the experimental gauntlet he has grafted on him, Ming sending his men to try and re-capture Vasic and then touches on issues with the Venice Arrows, the remnants of Pure Psy and it goes on. I felt like it was just too much. I also get that Vasic is tortured over all the things he’s done in his past but I felt like it was too over done and I was tired about hearing about it.

Still it’s hard to go wrong with a book about Vasic so still was a good read.

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One Response

  1. Kate S. (@ExLibris_Kate)

    This looks like a fun series – I’ll have to check it out!

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