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Shards of Hope: A Psy-Changeling Novel (Psy-Changeling Novel, A) Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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- Publisher : Berkley (June 2, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425264033
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425264034
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.51 x 9.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aden we know well, though he was still somewhat of a mystery as the story began, because he was in a lot of past stories. Zaira was mentioned in the past stories too so we also know a little about her too. Both are Arrows and trying to forge a better life for the young Arrows in their care than what they had growing up.
As mentioned in the past books, we know Aden is not Silent and it is clear right from the beginning he has deep feelings for Zaira. Throughout the story we see the struggle Zaira makes to become a person she wants to be and the partner Aden needs. It is a struggle that you, as the reader, feels come through very clear. Over coming all. They get a HEA, bonded and head into a future that is so full of emotion and hope you are left feeling wonderful.
A lot of this book is others POV’s, while it does slightly take away from the romance between Aden and Zaira is it not overwhelming and flows pretty smooth. Like in the past, we hear from others that had stories and some secondary people (Sasha, Lucas, Hawke, Sienna, Kaleb, Nakita, Anthony and others), and ‘bad guys’ (Ming among then) and just maybe future people (Remi, Sliver and such). We are introduced to a new changeling pack and I for one hope they show up in future books; I just loved Jojo.
Ms. Singh is a very talented writer and I highly recommend any and all of the Psy-Changeling Books.
Aden Kai: Arrow. Leader. Medic. Focused. Caring.
Zaira Neve: Arrow. Dangerous. Strong. Protective.
Their Romance: Obsessive.
Warning: Past Abuse
--What’s Going On--
Aden is hoping to led the Arrows safely into the new world without Silence. He cares for every single Arrow under his command and he wants to make sure that they won't become targets in this new world. However, he knows that his people won't completely trust emotion until they begin to see the leadership expressing it. Zaira has been friends with Aden ever since she was a feral child brought into the Arrow program. She'll do anything to keep Aden safe but she's not sure she can stand by him as a partner in life and love. Zaira has a rage inside her that she doesn't trust to not turn on Aden.
--What I Liked and Didn’t Liked--
The Writing and Plot -- It hurts me to say this but I didn't really connect with this book and it's probably my least favorite of the whole series. I've been reading the Psy-Changeling books since they first came out in 2006 and it's hands down my favorite series. Nalini Singh's writing is still spot on and her storytelling is wonderful but I struggle with her characters in this one (explained below). The overall world building was interesting as always and I'm really digging into this new Post-Silence world and I love seeing all these established characters dealing with the changes. There's a lot of setup in this book for the books coming in the "second season" or the Trinity Series. We get to see more of the BlackSea changelings which I find absolutely fascinating and I hope this is a preview of how much we'll see of them in the future.
The Characters and Romance -- For me, my favorites in this series have always been the ones where it's two different "races" falling in love: Psy-with-Changeling or Human-with-Changeling because you get all kinds of interesting interactions. The past few one in the series have all been focused on Psy-with-Psy and they haven't really resonated with me. I liked Aden but he also felt a bit flat to me, like so much of his personality is still being suppressed. We know he cares deeply for his Arrows, that his loyalty to Vasic is air-tight, and that he truly wants Zaira by his side in any way he can get her. However, all those feelings come across as muted and this makes it hard to really "feel" Aden as a real person. I was intrigued by his abilities and how he had kept them secret all this time but I wish we had gotten more hints along the way so that it didn't come out of left field. The real struggle for me was Zaira and the big reason this is 3 instead of 4 stars. I just couldn't connect with her and frankly, I think Singh did too good of a job convincing me of Zaira's damaged nature. Every time she would express concern over her rage getting out and hurting Aden, I worried as well, and not in a good way. Her obsession with Aden was also a little unnerving and it's didn't seem particularly healthy. I kept thinking how readers would feel if Zaira's obsessive behavior for Aden was swapped and it was Aden acting this way. I don't think readers would be very happy if it was Aden who was so aggressive, so possessive, so angry toward anyone who shows an interest, and if it were Aden completely losing it in the desert scene.
All of that being said, I still enjoyed their book but it truly was the other characters that really made this for me. I loved Remi and the RainFire pack and I really hope -- fingers crossed -- that we see more of them, please! I also loved watching The Valley be created and seeing Aden and Zaira interact with the Arrow children who are desperate for acceptance and a gentle hand. BlackSea was as intriguing as always and I want to know all their secrets.
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Not that it’s all cute and sweet or even remotely easy, because this is the Psy/Changeling world, so there’s danger everywhere, but these are Arrows, and Aden has some extremely powerful allies. It was so good to see Vasic happy and to see tentative bonds forming across the three races. I completely fell in love with Remi and his fledgling pack and I loved the idea of remedial alphas.
Then there was the chance to finally see what Aden can do… Wow. Just when I think this series has explored every which way the Psy powers can go, it still surprises me. And even as one chapter of this world closes, the old danger of Silence and the Council steadily being contained, fresh challenges are opening up that mean this world, this series, these characters will never, ever be boring.
And there’s not really any more that I can say. If you already read this series, then you don’t need to read this. If you’re new, please, please, do yourself an immense favour and start at the beginning (Slave to Sensation). This world is vast and complicated and there are so very many characters that you will miss so much by jumping in anywhere but near the beginning (although I started at six, Branded by Fire, and have no regrets, because Mercy and Riley are perfect). But if you’re looking for something epic and clever and romantic and absorbing, then you can’t go far wrong with this series.
Psy-Changeling Book 14
Author: Nalini Singh
Page count: 483pp
Release date: 4th June 2015
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
I've been reading Singh's Psy-Changeling series now for quite a few years, and have been engaged with it from the start, but if you're picking this up for the first time, as a starting point, you will manage, but this brief pointer will help.
It's the future; 2080s, and there are three races on earth; changelings (or humans who shift into various types of animals such as wolf, tiger, panther).
Psy (pretty much short for psychic, this race also has sub-strands (E - Empaths) for example and Tks, who have telekinetic power. And humans.
Back in the good old 1970s, some of the Psy were prone to madness and there were Psy serial killers. To control the insanity the Psy-Net was established- creating Silence. A cold existence in which Psy are punished for having or demonstrating any kind of emotions. They can be reconditioned for such a crime.
So, that's the stage set for the adventures to come over the first twelve to thirteen books. But Silence was never foolproof and by book 13 it has fallen, and Psy are trying to cope living with emotion. This would be impossible if not for the mating bonds already created between Psy, Changelings and humans, which started with Lucas of the DarkRiver pack and Psy Sacha Duncan in book one.
In book fourteen, society is somewhat unstable following the fall of Silence, but the Ruling Coalition are attempting to work with the Psy-force The Arrows, to police the world.
No one really knows why Aden became leader of the Arrows who bit by bit escaped the cruel control of former councillor Ming Le Bon, after all, he only registers mid-range on the Psy-plane, and is a medic, despite being a formidable physical opponent. But best friend Vasic, recently mated to Ivy, knows the truth about him. He has indescribable powers not yet seen, though the Arrows truly follow him, because of his loyalty to them. He will fight for every single one of them. The same way he fought for the broken, beat child, Zaira, he met twenty years ago, as a boy.
When Aden and Zaira wake up in a room, both battered and bloody unable to use their Psy powers to call for help, they know they have to escape. So they fight their way out in true Arrow style and find themselves near to death, collapsed in a hostile environment; on the land of a changeling leopard pack ran by Remi. And they must convince Remi to help them survive and return home, because their abduction is just the beginning of a plot to overthrow the Arrows.
Amidst the action, and the sub-plots, is the budding, yet fractured romance between Aden and Zaira, which is the heart of the book. Like many romance heroines, Zaira is damaged, having been tortured by her parents as a child before becoming an Arrow, but where the heroine falls back, Zaira steps forward and fights, but it is this anger, this rage, which she is afraid of. This burning fire is a barrier between her and Aden, so it will take some perseverance to battle through.
The romance, as always with Nalini Singh is believable and passionate, growing in the right way.
But in this book, a whole new world opens up to the reader.
The conspiracy behind the abductions is explored, other races are introduced, new ventures, new relationships, new plot-strands, new futures. And it's bloody exciting!
Fast-paced, full of action, erotically charged love scenes and humour, this book takes the rule book and throws it out.
It ends on a brand new high, and a new story arc, which I'm sure will continue to grow.
I particularly want to see how Beatrice Gault develops, how the children of all races grow, how romance blossoms between the various factions and I want to sea more if the BlackSea pack.
There is so much more to enjoy here, but in this instance, for the nature of nostalgia (netting old characters again) and the exciting future it foretells, and the sensitive handling of child abuse Shards of Hope scores 5/5.
I love the world-building and detailed alternative reality that Nalini Singh has built with the Psy-Changeling series. I enjoy the fact that an otherwise conventional romance formula is given depth and interest with the political, ecological and emotional themes which link the three humanoid races. I love that each instalment not only introduces us to the romantic travails of a new couple, but genuinely moves on the universe the characters inhabit. Always intriguing seeds for the future are planted, giving you something to speculate about and look forward to. Often answers to the little questions you had from a previous novel in the series, often new questions you hope will be answered in due course.
In the world of romantic fiction, Nalini Singh has captured something special, which for me transcends the genre. I will continue to look forward to every instalment in the Psy-Changeling world which Nalini delivers... and long may she continue writing about this intriguing world.
basically in this story aiden is hurt with his love interest. And they are aided by another pack which we haven't come across yet.
In this new pack they learn what they need to survive outside silence.
Which I think I is what they needed to move forward.
Making friends with the Alpha aiden become more human in my eyes. We get to see his humanity.
And they go to the snow dancers lands with the other arrows and build like a home on a patch of lands.
This is when it gets to me. You get to see young arrow kids who are too scared to show their emotions.
And we get to see the older adults try and make kids be kids again while saving themselves.
I could feel the struggle. And I love it as it showed the whole arrows as a team a community. I love the baby arrows and hope to see more of them.
All in all it's a good book and you can see the it is heading in a different direction. As we can see there is a new enemy on the horizon. I can't wait to find out who it is.
We do get to see our past favourite characters as well.