Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

shield of winterReviewed by Jen

Oh my poor, tortured Vasic!

I have been waiting for a Vasic story since Nalini Singh first introduced him several books ago.  He is one of the Psy Arrows, extremely powerful and extremely broken.  Since the age of four, he’s been used and abused. Life as an emotionless soldier is all he has ever known.  All the death and emptiness has now caught up to him, though. He is on the edge, ready to give up on life, when a new mission changes everything.

As the story begins, Silence has broken and a terrible infection is spreading through the Psy Net. Kaleb believes that the E(mpath)-Psy are the key to saving their race. He approaches the Arrows to reach out to the hidden E’s, to protect them as they explore their gifts and work to come up with a solution to the infection. Vasic is assigned to Ivy and from the moment he meets her, the two have a connection which will change both of their lives forever.

Vasic was everything I hoped he would be in the tortured hero department.  He really cannot see anything but the blood on his hands from his years as a soldier.  But Ivy sees him. She sees the hell he’s endured and the loyalty and goodness inside of him.  As she finally allows herself to feel all of the emotions she has suppressed for so long, she seeks to heal her wounded warrior… and to find a way to break through his stony Silence.

I enjoyed their story, despite the fact that their path was slightly predictable.  I loved that they were both virgins and learned about sex and sensuality together.  I loved the blunt way Vasic was able to voice his desires — It was mighty hot.  And I thought Ivy was a worthy compliment to the kind of man he was.  She returns his loyalty and is willing to give all of herself, not only to him, but to all of those who need her.

The romance felt a little easy, though.  Usually our Psy heroes are tougher nuts to crack.  But despite all of his conditioning and self-derision, Ivy begins to affect Vasic immediately. He allows her to touch him (both literally and figuratively) so much sooner than I thought he would, and there was very little internal conflict. I think I might have liked a little more angst in that vein… though the external conflict was nothing to sneeze at.  I thought the plot surrounding the Psy-Net infection was pretty epic.  And the countdown to Vasic’s impending self-destruction made me so sad for both him and Ivy, alike.

I am definitely looking forward to Aden’s story. (He has to be next, right?) I feel like this book put us right at the heart of the Arrows and I want more.  But some changeling love would be nice too.  I’m so greedy. I want it all.

Rating: B+

*ARC Provided by Berkley

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Want to go back to the beginning? Read Jen’s review of the first book in the series:
Slave to Sensation

Shield of Winter
by Nalini Singh
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Berkley


  1. Yay! I can’t wait to get to this one. 🙂

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