Shield of Winter
By Nalini Singh
Psy-Changeling, book # 13
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 4.3
Book Description: 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’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if 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 wake…
Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” 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’ll 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’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…
Captivation: I love this book. The two main characters are interesting and both very sweet. The series plot once again comes to a head. There is romance, intrigue, suspense, comedy, and danger all involved.
Sizzle: The physical intimacy is very different in this book compared to the prior books. Very clinical to a point, it’s like dirty talk from an almost clinical aspect. Some would find it too dry, but for me, it was neat. Given the main male character, it fits his personality quite well… and when you let your imagination run with the description Singh uses, you get a nice few moments of tingles.
Romance: Sweet. Just sweet. The development of the character personalities, relationships, and changes as the book moves along is pretty awesome. Despite the suspenseful plot of the book, the relationship for the main characters remains sweet and endearing all the way through to the end.
Enjoyment: This is in my top 3 for the series. I just really enjoy how the characters interact and how the plot develops. All around, this book captures my attention, imagination, and heart.
Literacy: The editing for this book is not the best, though certainly not the worst. I started highlighting half way through. For those that have read prior reviews, you know I don’t do that until I get distracted… it takes several errors for this to occur, the quicker I start to highlight, the worse it is. Some are standard editing errors including missed punctuation or standard typing errors. When I start to see larger words that do not belong into context, that is when I start to really knock literacy points down – thus a 3.5 for this one.
Overall, I like this book, and will read it again. It’s in my top 3 for the series (despite the editing errors). I love the characters and they remain some of my literary romance favorites or all time.