Prolific New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to the paranormal world of the Psy-Changelings in Shards of Hope, the 14th novel in the series following Shield of Winter.
After Arrow Squad leader Aden Kai and Commander Zaira Neve are viciously attacked, they regain consciousness only to find themselves trapped in a dark cell. Their psychic abilities have been blocked, and Zaira is seriously wounded. Their captors, however, are unprepared for the nearly superhuman abilities of Arrow warriors. Escape is the first priority, but once achieved, they find themselves far from civilization. There only hope for survival lies with a pack of changelings who are extremely wary of outsiders.
Aden and Zaira are determined to survive and unravel the dark conspiracy that threatens the Arrow Squad, and the plot against them proves to have multiple, tangled strands. Even as they follow each lead deeper into danger, they continue to move forward with plans to create a brighter, warmer future for the Squad’s deadly warriors. Aden wants to bring his battle-weary people in from the cold and offer them a life with the possibility of love, family and friendship. He wants Zaira at his side as his lover and his mate, and although she is fiercely committed to Aden, she refuses to claim him. She is convinced the torture she suffered as a child at the hands of her sadistic parents and the Psy Council prohibits her from ever truly being his.
Even as they struggle to find a way to forge a future together, the evil force threatening to destroy the Arrows draws inexorably nearer. Aden has fought too hard to save Zaira and his Squad; he’ll do anything to keep them safe, even if it means sacrificing himself.
Singh’s reputation as a world-class storyteller is certain to grow with her latest novel. The intricacy of the plot, the complex details of the very intriguing world of the Psy-Changelings, and the depth of emotional connection between Aden and Zaira result in a breathtaking story that’s impossible to put down.
Lois Dyer writes from Washington State