Review: Shards Of Hope By Nalini Singh.

Shards of hope

Release Date: June 2015.
Publisher: Gollancz (Hachette Australia)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Rich, dark, sumptuous and evocative . . . bestselling author Nalini Singh is back with a stunning, dark and passionate new tale.

My Thoughts:

5 stars.

Shards Of Hope is the 14th book in the Psy-Changling series, but the first book I have read in the series, and thankfully it stood on its own.

Singh has a created a unique and complex world amongst our own and I was quickly drawn into this world. Once I started reading I found it hard to put down. It was full of so many three dimensional, standout characters. Aden and Zaira are the main couple in this book and I was totally swept away by them.

Aden, Zaira and the rest of the Psy have lived in Silence, meaning they had no emotions. They were kept under tight control, for a Psy who feels too much is likely to go mad. But Silence has fallen and the Psy are learning what it is to feel again. A rebellion had happened and Aden is now the new leader of the Psy. And he wants to change things, make things better for the Psy and it’s future generations.
But not everyone is happy that Silence has fallen, and Aden is being attacked by a mysterious enemy who covers their tracks too well.

While Aden is trying to uncover his enemy and lead his people in a new way, he is also trying to teach the one girl he has ever loved, what love is. Even with the fall of Silence, Zaira keeps a tight rein on her emotions, scared of her darkside. She trusts no one except Aden and will do anything to protect him. But as he starts to show her just how much he loves her, her resistance starts to crack.

Aden and Zaira have become one of my favourite book couples. Both were fierce, loyal and protective of one and other. They sizzled together. Zaira was so brave to drop her guard for Aden, and Aden did everything in his power to ensure her trust was never broken, to never push her further than she was ready for. I loved the exploration of emotions and how new everything was for the both of them.

Shards Of Hope has an intricate plot with a large cast of characters, all weaved together seamlessly. It was full of passion, mystery, and action. I love both changlings and people with abilities, so I found having the two in one book the perfect combination. Before I started reading this book I thought there was no way I would want to go back and read the previous 13 novels, especially if this one stood on its own,but now I can’t wait to go back and see how the characters got to where they were in Shards Of Hope,and I can’t wait to see what comes after. Singh has a new fan. Shards Of Hope is a must read for all those who love romance and dark fantasy.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.

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