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July 24 2015 @ 02:46 pm
Shards of Hope (Psy-Changling #14) by Nalini Singh  
Title: Shards of Hope
Series: Psy-Changeling, 14
Author: Nalini Singh
Pages: 484
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Book Description:
The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action” of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

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.

My Thoughts About the Book:
And the series continues, without getting boring.

Adan is the mid-level Psy who is the leader of the Arrow Squad. All Arrows look to him for guidance but so many of the Psy, Changeling and Human world wonder why the powerful Arrows would follow a mid-level Arrow. But is Aden what he seems to be?

Zaira is another Arrow who, as a child, was abused badly at the hands of her parents until she took matters into her own hands and killed them both. She believes she is a monster. She believes she walks a tight rope of sanity. Is that the truth?

One of the most fantastic things about this book is the misconceptions that have been left to build for several books. First, we'd comes to realize Aden isn't as powerful as the Arrow's he commands. Or is he? There are some fascinating twists with Aden, one of which has to do with Zaira herself.

We have meet Zaira briefly in some of the previous book, but in this one we are given glimpses of the little girl she was. Is she insane? Is she a murderer?

Much of Zaira's actions, secreting away things she loves, are clear signs of an abused child. I liked how Singh makes it clear with Zaira's actions how damaged she was by her past. It goes a long away to helping the read cope with the memories Zaira shares.

Some of the best moments in this book are the interactions with the young Arrows in training....

“Is there something you need, Carolina?”
Her smile was glorious. “You know my name!”
“Zaira told me.”
“I like Zaira. She’s not mean.” Smile fading, Carolina continued to stare at him.
He hunkered down in front of her so she didn’t have to crane her neck. “What is it?” he asked, certain she wanted something.
She shuffled closer and beckoned him with one hand. When he placed his ear next to her mouth, she whispered, “Can I have a hug, too?”

Gets you right in the heart.

And not only to Singh makes this story wonderful but she opens it up to another pack of Changelings we can get stories out of and hints at something more with Nikita. I'm fascinated by this and can't wait to read more.

The Series: List at Goodreads.