Nalini Singh can do no wrong, of that I am sure. Of course, that is my personal opinion, but I am going with it. Nalini kindly sent me my very first ARC, which I devoured it in a day. Usually, I am hard on liking the heroines in a story, but Ivy jumps to the top of my favorites list, and the mysterious Vasic was already there. Doug Meeks recently got his ARC, and did up a review for the much-anticipated 13th Psy/Changeling novel, Shield of Winter.
Shield of Winter
Release date 3 Jun 2014
Nalini Singh is seriously messing with my head. This is not the first time I thought that the last book I read of hers was the best until I read the next one and then I feel kinda stupid.
In Shield of Winter she takes Vasic who is a stone cold killer from all appearances in previous books and pairs him up with Ivy an empath and carves a story of romance and sacrifice that defies description (that will be my excuse for this review).
In the early chapters I could not get past the feeling that I was reading something that could best be described as “The Love Life of Mr. Spock” and that mental image stuck with me for a good portion of the first half of the novel but at about 450 pages you know there is some serious changes coming. It was funny and touching before it got really serious and somewhat sad and frustrating.
The novel morphs into a “save the world” plot with the romance being an integral part of the story and add in a couple of very stressful subplots that add exceptional depth to this story and you have a formula for another masterpiece (no I don’t use that word much).
The fact that with the fate of the world hanging in the balance the romance never lets go and the emotional feelings that is imparted to the reader just all make me wonder why all authors can’t be this good instead of the mere handful writing today.
The loyalty of friends, the romance of people that never doubt their mates, the multi-layered plot all make this yet another of the better things I have read in the last year. She inserts most of the characters from previous books into this story in various places which I love. So, if you love a great romance, great action and a story you can’t forget, this is it (I also said a similar thing about Heart of Obsidian which was true). This is a true 5 Star novel and anyone that can’t appreciate this story really needs to schedule time with a professional therapist (yes it IS that good).
I know anticipation is high for this one, and it is rightly deserved. The next story is a novella in the Night Shift anthology, and it will be a return to DarkRiver and feature Bastien Smith.