Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14)
Penguin Publishing / June 2, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital
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.
*Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author
I know everyone is going to be talking about Nalini Singh's Shards of Hope on release day, and a lot of plot points...but I want to focus on the little things as it were. First of all, I love the title, and it really fits. I think the entire series is very clever with how the each title matches its book, but I think Shards of Hope fits it to a T. Aden and Zaire are such interesting, lovely, unusual, and balanced characters. Aden has been a fan favorite, and I was so glad to see his heroine is someone who loves and protects him so fiercely. In fact, we all know Aden is no slouch - he's the head of the Arrows, which should be enough to tell you how scary he is. Full stop. And I just have to mention—without spoilers—how much I absolutely love what his psychic ability is. But that all being said? Zaire is the one you want to watch out for. Not because she's broken and out of control like she initially thinks she is, but because of her inspiring intensity and devotion to Aden...and her surprisingly soft heart. She's a marshmallow with children or people society might label as damaged...but she'll end you in the blink of an eye if she ever considers you a threat to Aden.
[A kickass lady is great backup...]