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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review: Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling book 14) by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling book 14)
by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 2 June 2015

Hardcover, 496 pages
Berkley Hardcover

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.

This certainly is NOT a story for the first time Nalini reader! By book 14, if you're not all caught up on what's going on with the changelings and the Psynet then you better read up on all the previous drama. Because, it's getting really complex and you don't want to miss out on any of it!

Mrs. Singh writes some of the most diverse and colorful stories I've ever read, and I read a lot so that's saying something. Anguish and torture often make a prime-time showing in her worlds, the scary parts of the world must haunt her dreams. Singh has no problems at all laying out the underbelly of the darkness, you will never be bored reading her stories!

Shards of Hope takes on a very epic feel, almost stepping over into the Sci/Fi realm. This is heavy reading material at times and there is a lot more political intrigue going on. Layers of deception and misdirection are being thrown down, if you like deeply seeded plots and can handle the ins and outs of a societies political on goings, then you'll be in for a treat!

Almost as a secondary story is our leading man and woman, the Arrows trained to kill with cold and quick precision. They have been "conditioned" from birth to feel nothing or suffer extreme pain. But as their old world crumbles, the Arrows are trying to find their place in society. Aden was an awesome leading man, he has everything you would want to read about and some surprises that have yet to been seen. Backing him up, always, is his sword and shield maiden Zaira. Talk about damaged goods, this gal takes the cake!

Can these two leaders take their people to a place they've never been? No, not deep space nine! Can they find love and happiness without brutal beatings and harsh treatment? It's a long road down any recovery path, but you will root for them to make it!

What's coming next? I don't know but I can't wait to find out!

Getting 4 and 1/2 'don't touch my man!' Sheep


About the author:
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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