Book Review: SHARDS OF HOPE by NALINI SINGH

Book Review: SHARDS OF HOPE by NALINI SINGH

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

It took me so long to finish this book, not because I didn’t like the book but because life was just a lot this month.

SUMMARY

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 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 from her.

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.

Publisher: Gollanz

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 483

Category: Paranormal romance, gothic, sexy, funny, action

Trigger: child abuse, grooming

Aden is the acknowledged leader of the Arrow squad. It is a known fact in the squad that he is not as silent as most of the squad but no one breaches this confidence because Aden takes care of every one of them and he values them, including Zaira. One of the broken members of the squad that has always relied on the fact that Aden takes care of his own and for individuals that have been discarded by society this means a lot to them.

Book number 14 of the psy-changeling series focuses on Aden and Zaira. And the psy race continues to navigate life after the Honeycomb protocol that saved their sanity; we see new parts of the world bloom and the possibilities of new relationships that have been forbidden for more than 100 years in the psy history.

Zaira was terribly abused as a child by her parents. She had to kill them to avoid further abuse because there was no one coming to her rescue. Aden was the first person to treat Zaira as a sentient being and so he has always had her trust. Aden wants a partner for himself and the only person who will have that place is Zaira but she doesn’t believe she can be a good partner for Aden because she will demand his full attention when he also needs to look after the Arrow squad.

This story shows how the most damaged and mistreated of the psy race come into light and toward happy normalcy. It is not easy for them because of a shadow organisation trying to create chaos and undermine the peace of the world. The squad also have to deal with their personal demons and believe that they are worthy of redemption.

I gave this story 4 out of 5 stars. I love the way Nalini’s characters are multiracial and the way she describes their skin tones in both this series and the Guild Hunter series without referring to food all the time. A lot of authors could learn from her in this regard. They are a true representation of the world and Nalini is very respectful in the way she describes all the races in her stories.

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