Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14)by Nalini Singh
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.
I love those moments when you get into a really good book and your brain winds up pulling one of these:
It happens so few and far between for me these days so I was super delighted when I sat down and dove into Shards of Hope and was drawn into a multitude of braingasms for the remainder of the book. I can't count how many series that started out great I've read that have come as far as Nalini has in numbers only to lose their greatness this far in. They loose sight of what started the series and what made it different and wonderful, it turns into a very different creature that as a reader I can no longer identify with. Yet here is Nalini still standing out, still growing strong and still holding onto the roots of what made this well oiled machine a phenomenally addicting world.
Even Zaira who would have annoyed me otherwise with all the repetition allowed me to sit back and really consider how heavy a burden the darkness within her is. The repetition of that darkness and its constant appearance reminded me that for those of us that understand that know that kind of thing is always there in your mind keeping you company and it doesn't easily go away. Its there just behind the skin plaguing your thoughts while you struggle to deal with its on going reminders that even in the moments that you think its gone away it never really leaves you. In that much I began to really understood and sympathize with her on a personal level.
I loved Aden even more. I loved him for his broad shoulders, for his determination for being exactly the kind of man Zaira needs to balance her out. I love the strength he wills her to have and hold onto and the message of not giving in or giving up or allowing herself to walk away.
I love Nalini's writing because there were so many scenes that tugged my heart and even brought tears to my eyes in between all the excitement.
The world Nalini is building is becoming vast and very complex and while its grand she still manages to keep it grounded. I love her writing. Its beautiful and its special to the kind of author that she has always been.
I love all the extras we get because its those kinds of things that remind you its not just this one event taking place in a large world as the rest fades away, she keeps it current and evoking to the point that you would assume that this would be nearing the end yet you can't help but feel that its only just starting. I love Nalini's writing and I love her worlds. Shards of Hope was absolutely amazing. I can't wait for the next installment.
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Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.