Silence has fallen and the PsyNet is in trouble. An
unknown infection is causing a massive number of Psys
connected to the net are falling into madness and violence.
The infected eventually slip into coma and die but anyone
coming in contact with them is severely injured or killed by
their madness. Gone unchecked, this has the potential to
destroy the Psy race.
Vasic, is an Arrow and the only known TK-V alive and he is
deep in true Silence forged from his brutal childhood
training and the guilt of having blood of countless
innocents on his hands unlike the fractured who are falling
to the virus. He is on the edge of destruction. To save him
from devolving further, he is assigned his toughest case
yet; to help awaken a selected group of Empaths. They are
their last hope of saving the Psy race from the contagion
threatening to destroy them. Ivy Jane is one of the selected
Empaths for the experiment. She is the only one of the group
who was reconditioned to the point of her mind breaking
before her parents took her away, helping re-build her life.
Falling into the role of an Empath is easy for her, but
falling for Vasic, a warrior with frost in his eyes, who
believes he is beyond redemption, is hard. Not only she has
a fight on her hands to save the race but also make the cold
warrior break the ice around his heart and feel worthy
enough to live and love.
Already a huge fan of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series,
I was hesitant to delve into the Psy-Changeling
Obvious reasons are that it is based on a different world
and this book is number sixteen in the series (including
novellas), so I was worried I may not get into it and be
disappointed. Was I ever wrong? Ms. Singh has built this
world vastly different from her other series but just as
good if not better. Set in the distant future of year 2081,
you will be introduced to Changelings (shape-shifters),
humans and a race of psychics (some of which include
empaths, telepaths, healers, etc.).
Reading over the years,
I have never come across a character that is so stoic and
charismatic that you know he cannot feel, yet you feel for
him, root for him and consider him hero through and through.
He is the epitome of no feelings except for guilt and the
way Ms. Singh has written about him is absolutely brilliant.
Ivy Jane is perfect for him in every way but most especially
in how she finally breaks his shell. I was cheering for her
success all the way even when our hearts broke.
For a newbie to Psy-Changeling series, I had no
in catching up and understanding what is and has gone on in
previous books. So anyone wanting to try out this series can
simply jump in without any regrets or feelings of getting
lost. Vasic is one powerful character, an epitome of Knight
in Shining Armour of Frost, a protector and I cannot stop
gushing about SHIELD OF WINTER enough, except to say the
title is perfect. His connection with Ivy, Aden and Zie Zen
is heartwarming. His struggles for betterment of his race,
no matter the cost to his life will break your heart. The
secondary characters are really good too and make their
presence known whilst complementing the story and Vasic and
How it compares to the previous books in the series, I
have no idea but SHIELD OF WINTER,as a standalone is an
book, not to be missed by fans of Nalini Singh,
paranormal/futuristic romance with psychic action and
heartbreak. While I wait for the impatiently for the next
book, hopefully about another Arrow, am off to buy all the
previous ones in the Psy-Changeling series to catch
the secondary characters which intrigued me to know their
‚ÄúThe alpha author of paranormal romance‚ÄĚ (Booklist) draws us
back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world
torn between violence and peace, passion and ice...
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will
always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy
with the weight of all he‚Äôs done, he exists in the shadows,
far from the hope his people can almost touch‚ÄĒif only they
do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal
contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete
the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.
For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must
Having rebuilt her life after medical ‚Äútreatment‚ÄĚ that
violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy
should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of
winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should.
Now, she‚Äôll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who
stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond
redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson,
even Ivy‚Äôs fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from
the cold darkness