Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling #14
Also in this series: Caressed By Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, The Magical Christmas Cat, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Slave to Sensation, Tangle of Need, Heart of Obsidian, Shield of Winter, Shield of Winter, Visions of Heat, Mine to Possess, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Hostage to Pleasure, Shards of Hope, Heart of Obsidian, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Play of Passion, Allegiance of Honor, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence, Silver Silence
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
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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.
Someone is out to cause havoc. They kidnapped Aden and Zaira of the Arrows; they’ve purchased land under false names; given groups false information and now they are out to assassinate Aden Kai, leader of the Arrows. Aden is determined to stop whoever it is and to keep peace among the Psy, Changelings and Humans.
While all of this is going on, Aden is also working with his Arrows to bring them, and the children who will one day be Arrows, a better life. He wants the practice of torturing the children stopped and wants them to know that they can be the best Arrow they can be and still be loved. He wants to make the Arrows a family and he wants Zaira, the woman he’s always loved, by his side.
Zaira is a small woman but she packs a punch. When she was a child her parents tortured her and tried to break her spirit. What they ended up doing is making her hate them and she ended up killing them. Since then she believes that she isn’t a good person and tries to keep what she refers to as her “rage monster” under control. She cares for Aden but she knows that she’s not good for him. Unfortunately for her Aden isn’t giving up and her soul isn’t either.
The 14th book in the series lets us see a new beginning for the Psy and a blending of the different groups on earth. They are working together and want that to continue. They’re determined to keep the peace even though this person/group is undermining them.
Aden is an incredible hero. I loved him so much and his ideas about what the Arrows needed (both old and new) to flourish and live healthy lives were amazing. He really had a great grasp on what he wanted the end result to look like and I loved seeing the progress that was made. He wanted to let the children know that they were loved and that they could play and still be great Arrows. Making them all a family – even living as families – was a brilliant idea and the progress made was astounding.
Zaira was a lot to handle. I felt for her because of all she’d been through but I really appreciated the woman she’d become. She loved Aden and wanted what’s best for him. I’m happy that she finally saw that she could be who he needed (he’d seen that years before) and gave him the love he needed – while getting it back tenfold.
The book was everything I could have asked for – I got to see both the Changelings and the Psy and even got a new Changeling pack introduced. I got to see action, adventure, intrigue, love, respect, kindness and hope all wrapped up in a wonderful story and frankly I didn’t want the book to end. I truly love the Psy-Changeling series and can’t wait to see what Singh comes up with next.
Rating: 5 out of 5