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Shield of Winter: A Psy-Changeling Novel (PSY-CHANGELING SERIES Book 13) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nalini Singh
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Praise for Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling Novels

“A must-read for all of my fans.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The book I’ve been waiting for, the book I’ve been dreaming of...It’s dynamic, and Nalini is brilliant.”—USA Today

“Scorching hot.”—Dear Author

“Singh has ruined me for all other books. Passion on this level cannot be easily redone or replicated.”—Fresh Fiction

“Paranormal romance at its best.”—Publishers Weekly

“This unique race that Ms. Singh created has to be one of my favorite[s]…One of those series that stays consistent book after book…Perfect. I need more!”—Darkest Addictions

“A fast-moving, heart-pounding, sexy-as-hell thrill ride.”—Joyfully Reviewed

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 stifle 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...

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Génial, que dire d'autre x) 5 juin 2014
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Comme tous les autres livres de Nalini, je suis fan, j'adhère et je valide. L'histoire de Vasic et d'Ivy est prenante, il y a du sentiment, de l'amour, de la passion, du doute, c'est parfait. J'ai un peu moins accroché que les autres Psy-Changeling parce que Vasic n'est pas très expressif ni très tactile au début, mais après tout, c'est une Arrow alors c'est normal, et ce petit bémol est compensé par sa possessivité envers Ivy, et son besoin de la protéger et de prendre soin d'elle. On s'attache tout de suite aux personnages: Ivy, la bonté personnifié, un grand coeur, qui n'est pas sous Silence et qui va faire craquer notre Vasic. Haaaa Vasic *-* J'adore le personnage, il est puissant, aussi bien physiquement que mentalement, et il a le sens de l'honneur, du bien, de la justice, malgré les tentatives qui ont été faites pour le briser, et on ne peut que l'aimer. Son amitié avec Aden est évoquée assez souvent, c'est très bien, et j'ai hâte de lire dans le prochain tome l'histoire d'Aden.
En gros, c'était un tome très attendu, et à la hauteur de mes attentes :) Il lève un peu du mystère qui entour les Arrow, et à peine fini, on a déjà hâte de lire la suite et d'en savoir encore d'avantage.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 toujours bien 9 août 2014
Par Anne
Format:Broché
Après le dernier livre je pensais que la série était terminée mais non. Ce livre raconte comment les empathes psy vont sauver leur race de la destruction qui les menace, avec l'aide des soldats Arrow, tueurs sans sentiments et sans merci.

Vraiment très bien et la série s'améliore de livres en livres. Comment des extrêmes arrivent à se comprendre et à s'aimer.

J'attends maintenant le prochain tome de l'histoire avec impatience.

Vraiment série à recommander.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Parfait 9 juillet 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
J'attendais ce tome avec impatience, et il ne m'a pas déçue. Je l'ai lu quasi d'une seule traite. L'histoire de Vasic et Ivy est très prenante, on en apprend bien plus sur les Arrows, enfin ! J'ai aussi trouvé que par rapport aux deux précédents tomes où beaucoup de choses se mettaient en place mais peu arrivaient vraiment, il y a eu plus de progression dans l'histoire et dans l'univers de la série. Maintenant il ne reste plus qu'à patienter jusqu'au prochain tome.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 OMG! WE HAVE ARROWS... 3 juin 2014
Par Shawnie Nicole - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Shield Of Winter Review by Shawnie

(Reviewer Note: Please don't try and compare this book to Heart Of Obsidian. IT CAN NOT BE DONE.)

Before I start this review I want to say that I have been a fan of Nalini Singh since I found her books some years ago. She has become a very integral part of my reading life and I am grateful for that. She has a writing style all her own and the depth at which she writes is amazing. She is... in my humble opinion going to be one of the authors who goes down in Romance history for BOTH the Psy/Changling & Guild Hunter series.

REVIEW...
Finally we have an Arrow. Not to say Judd isn't an Arrow, but he was when we got to his book a SnowDancer. But with this book, we finally get an Arrow who is still very much functional in the inner affairs of the group. His loyalty is to the Arrows. The inner workings and perception that we get with this book is insightful and breathtaking. I loved the Arrows when we met Judd, but now... now it is so much more than that. Love is a pale word that I am forced to use as a way to describe how I now feel about the Arrows.

Shield of Winter is based on the Arrow Vasic and Ivy, a rehabilitated Empath. Krycheck has found a possible way to help slow/stop the mental breakdown of the Psy race and help with the damaging effects of the Dark Mind. His solution isn't going to be a cake walk and you can tell that much way before they implement his plan. For the Psy race to succeed, they must first wake the Empaths. They must pull the same people they had sought to erase back into the living, breathing, emotional world. The issue? These empaths have been told that they were flawed from the beginning, some have been rehabilitated so it's going to take some strong Psy to completely break, these Empaths’ silence. It's going to take the ARROWS.

Vasic was dealt a bad hand, he was never meant to be an Arrow because the core of his being wants only to protect. But when you are born with the TK-V ability, what you are supposed to be doesn't matter to people who only want to use you. Placed into Arrow "care" at the age of 4, they had sought to break Vasic and turn him into the perfect killer. But a tiger can't change his strips and although he has blood on his hands, he has done good. No matter what he thinks. His arrow family keep him somewhat grounded, while Aden, Zie Zen and his own sense of obligation that keep him going. But it will be Ivy who brings him into the light and makes him fight to live and have a piece of happiness.

Ivy is a Empath who had her mind violated, but it had been her choice at the time. She has always thought she was flawed and with her silence shattering at an unbelievable pace, she doesn't know what to do. Until an Arrow, wrapped in ice, appears in her garden. Nothing could have prepared her for what Vasic, was asking her to do, but Ivy is done hiding and done pretending that she doesn't feel. She is determined to make her Arrow realize he is more than a killer. She is determined to learn and help her race survive, even at the cost of her own life. Good thing Vasic has no plans on letting her sacrifice herself.

As they rush to save their people, from the madness trying to destroy them, Vasic and Ivy find a love so pure it's hard to swallow sometimes. They become a symbol of hope and acceptance within the Arrow group and they show the world that despite what the Arrows where made to do, that is not who they were anymore. They are capable of taking care of their people without causing bloodshed; but make no mistake, an attack on any of "their" empaths will mean an end to your life.

Shield of Winter is a raw and up close look into the world of the Arrows. How they think, feel, act, and see things. It is a blue print of sorts into how they operate and what happens when they take on a task. They have evolved from the killing machines they were once made to be and now they can finally show the world who they really are. Partnering with the Empaths in my opinion was just the start of what the Arrows are going to show the world.

(I fell a little for the Arrow Aden, who is without a doubt the leader of these extraordinary group of people. Singh gives us a peak into his world too. But it's only to wet your feet, I can't wait for his book. )

Book Pages & Dropping Ink gives Shield of Winter 5 C4 bricks and a must read stamp of approval.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great installment in one of my favorite series! 4 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a very strong book. It really brings a lot of issues that have been lingering from the very first book in this series around and puts them in context. The exploration of the E Psy and the Arrows was fantastic. And the resolution of some of the creeping dangers in the series was very good.

A lot of the other reviewers have detailed the particulars of the plot, so I won't do that. I will just say that it is a great installment in the series that moves the overarching plot lines forward and brings resolution to many of them.

That said... why four stars instead of five? Nalini has set an incredibly high bar with several books in this series. Namely, Slave to Sensation, Caressed by Ice, Branded by Fire, and Heart of Obsidian. And those are the 5 star books in this series, to date for me. This one while excellent, lacked something.

So what did it lack? Well, in all the books I listed the hero and heroine were able to get together against the odds. Which is the initial set up of this book as well. But in the 5 star books I listed, even though you KNEW that it was a PNR and the couple would get together the journey to unity was very exciting and nothing was taken for granted. At any time the couples COULD (and in some cases did) try to walk away or the threats against them COULD have overwhelmed them. And reading how the couple negotiated their relationship and overcame obstacles... and grew together as a unit was not something that was taken for granted and kept me at the edge of my seat. In this book that wasn't the case. You knew that the couple would get together, and it seemed that the couple new from the start that they would get together too... and the obstacles were just noise and plot devices to make the book long enough to resolve the overarching Psy Net plot challengers. I was never at the edge of my seat wondering just HOW they would overcome the obstacles, flipping pages eagerly to see what came next. And the biggest threat to their unity was something completely outside of their relationship. Vasic's arm implant. In the 5 star books I noted the obstacle was something that was fundamental to the couple and well, within their control as a unit if they worked together. And I think Nalini had the opportunity to do that in this book, where the hero is an Arrow damaged to the core and shut off from his emotions as a critical self defense mechanism and a woman to whom emotion is as fundamental as breathing and who has been damaged trying to suppress that aspect of herself. This conflict could have been written (and in the past has been written). in a way where it wasn't at all certain that either character will be able to meet the other half way. Where the journey the characters have to undergo to be able to meet each other half way is exciting and engaging. That wasn't really the case here. Vasic did have to grow, but I never doubted that he would. And Ivy, well she had to grow in her confidence about her powers. But in terms of meeting Vasic half way... well, she never really did. I didn't see her grow, or change to accommodate Vasic . I can't explain it any better than that. But that's why I can't give it five stars. I felt that there was an opportunity missed to push this book from very good to fantastic.

Still, like I said, great book. I am happy for Ivy and Vasic... and for the Arrows and E Psy as a whole. Can't WAIT for the next book (and for Ming to get what he's got coming to him).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Winner in the Psy-Changeling series 3 juin 2014
Par Jen Twimom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher.

Shield of Winter opens shortly after the fall of Silence and the world-altering events of the previous book, Heart of Obsidian. Kaleb Krychek has taken a leadership role for the Psy race now that their once-ruling council has been disbanded. He believes the empaths (E-designation Psys) are the key to stopping the horrible disease that is infecting the PsyNet - the psychic fabric that connects all Psys and provides the biofeedback necessary for the race to survive. Krychek wants to run an experiment with targeted volunteers (gone are the old ways of force) in the Snow Dancer-Dark River territory. Enter Vasic and Ivy Jane.

Ivy Jane is a damaged empath with extraordinary potential. She agrees to help Krychek to see if the E’s can save the Psys. Because of the social unrest after the fall of Silence, an Arrow is assigned to assist and protect each E-Psy. Vasic is charged with Ivy’s care, and the pair begin to develop a partnership and friendship. However, with time running out on multiple fronts, it is unclear if the group of E’s and Arrows can overcome the problems they face.

I found Shield of Winter to be an enjoyable follow up to the powerhouse story of Heart of Obsidian, and although it had the feel of a transitional book, the romance was sweet and the story engaging. I enjoyed learning more about both E’s and Arrows - two groups that until now, have not been looked at in much detail. In addition, I found the solution presented to cure the problems of the crashing PsyNet to be realistic within the parameters of the world. The journey to discover the solution was intense, although at times a bit drawn out, but overall, I enjoyed the plot.

Before this book, readers didn’t know much of Vasic, other than cryptic bits and pieces. I found that Ms. Singh did an excellent job of “humanizing” Vasic without changing his core personality, and without repeating the journey other hardline Psys like Kaleb and Judd took to find their freedom from the ties that bind. Right from the start, Vasic is shown as someone who is in the fight for his comrades, trying to give those like him a better life. By accepting his own fate (he has faltering tech attached to his body and only weeks to live), yet fighting for others because it is the right thing to do, the reader sees that Vasic can be kind without feeling the emotions behind the reasons. I found Vasic’s dedication to the E’s and his fierce loyalty helped created a hero that I wanted to get behind.

Ivy Jane is also a very likable character. She is not as outrageous with her emotions as previous heroines, but she has an infectious appreciation for life and dynamic personal connections. Right off the start, I liked Ivy’s attitude. She realized that she is defective and unstable, but that she didn’t deserve to be “violated and tortured” in her youth. I appreciate her willingness to trust Kaleb and his plans, even though she would have been condemned if Silence was still in place. Ivy is cautious, yet at the same time optimistic and willing to create change.

The pair have a slow-burning romance. One that starts in inquiries and dialogue, and moves towards teenage sexual interest. I loved how they both are curious and trying to understand the other... coming to ideas from two different directions and willing to listen. Then, as Ivy feels more for Vasic, I cheered for her willingness to go out on a limb and explore her sexuality. I adored their private moments as they began to build in to more and more. Overall, I didn’t mind the slow pace of the romance, because it fit the characters. However, Vasic’s teleporting problem every time the pair got intimate began to wear on me by the three-quarter mark of the book.

While there are a few important relationships throughout the story, and my favorite was the one between Zie Zen and Vasic. “Grandfather” is in fact, Vasic’s blood relative, although not too many know this. He was alive pre-Silence, and the story he shares about his lover Sunny, is touching. I adore how Vasic treats Grandfather with awe, reverence, and even love (although Vasic would never call it that). The pair share tender and intimate moments that brought a tear or two to my eyes.

Overall, Shield of Winter is a good story that brings readers into post-Silence life. Vasic and Ivy share a sweet romance, which is slow-burning yet pleasing. I loved their innocence and efforts to support one another no matter what. And while they didn’t share scorching hot sex scenes, it’s how it should be since they are both completely inexperienced virgins. The two main conflicts - the failing mechanical gauntlet grafted to Vasic’s arm, giving him weeks to live and the infection in the PsyNet gaining ground and driving Psys to a violent madness - provided solid suspense and action; however I did feel like it went on a bit too long. I would have preferred one less mass riot scene or so. The most touching scenes throughout the book were consistently those between Vasic and his grandfather. The book did hit on an emotional level many times, and overall, I really enjoyed the book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Okay, not as great as other books 7 juin 2014
Par onetime - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What disappointed me was that Vasic is pretty much Judd. I can't think of anything that separates the two, in my mind. And for the first half of the book, Ivy was just like Brenna. So I felt like I wasn't getting a new relationship.

I would have liked to have seen more of how the other empaths worked together to actually solve the problem, instead of having it being paraphrased in a few short paragraphs.

As always, I loved the Sascha/Lucas scenes; they are amongst my favorite Singh characters.

Oh, well. You know have to read the books anyway, because you like the world so much.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Singh Forgot her Cardinal Rule 10 juin 2014
Par Diane Raetz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm a huge Nalini Singh fan--I'm pretty certain that if she wrote a technical copy on how to assemble a typewriter I'd buy it. So it's no surprise that I've read her blogs on writing--and one of her biggest rules is to make the characters suffer. They didn't.

SPOILERS for this book and for several previous books

Vasic (an Arrow and member of the secret rebellion, before the fall of Silence) has seen too much, done too much evil and is on the verge of giving up. Aden, the leader of the Arrows, assigns him to lead a trial project-the goal of which is to awaken the Empaths in hopes of saving the Net. Ivy is the Empath that Vasic is specifically assigned to guard and work with.

Here's where we start going off course for a Nalini Singh book. Ivy was brutally rehabilitated by an incompetent technician years ago. She was a broken shell of herself for months, but Rabbit (her dog) brought her back to life. Aden SPECIFICALLY chooses Ivy because they need to work with Empaths who have been through rehabilitation to see if they're able to function. Ivy should be damaged by the rehabilitation and in another book (like Blaze of Memory, Bonds of Justice or Heart of Obsidian) we would have seen the strain that a psychic rape had done to the woman. But in this book Ivy is a well-adjusted woman who has already done all her healing, has a pet, is happy taking care of apple trees and has a family that has broken Silence enough, years ago, to uproot their lives and take her someplace that she can heal and function. Good for Ivy, but it makes her a less memorable character than most of the Psy women we've seen thus far. (To be fair, shards of her 'brutal' rehabilitation failed, embedded in her brain and had to be cleaned up to save her life, but the entire problem took 3 pages it was hard to take as a serious threat.)
Vasic and Ivy fall for each other (shocker, I know) and stumble through some simple courtship rituals (do you want dinner? Aren't you cold sitting on these steps in North Dakota in the middle of winter? Here wear my coat) when all of a sudden Ivy send Vasic an image of her breasts--I swear I had to go back and check and make sure I didn't miss some critical step in their courtship. Vasic swears that's all they can have, he's no good for her and Ivy yells as hit. She tells him that since he didn’t have a choice in the matter the murders he committed, the abductions and the evil he committed for Ming doesn’t matter. Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma’am, he believes her and they're all snuggly with each other. The guilt and trauma of 20 years (or so) of being an Arrow wiped away by Ivy's love and oops, before they can live happily ever after--the prototype gauntlet he had fused onto arm is failing and he’s going to die.
In Blaze of Memory when Katya's brain was failing because of her separation from the Net we felt and I believed, every moment of her torment. She stabbed herself to keep from hurting Dev and I felt the knife. She failed slowly—from fine motor skills, to her legs failing to finally being moments away from total paralysis. When she separated from the Net I honestly believed she was brain dead and I cried for her, and for Dev being left behind. Vasic's malfunctioning gauntlet that was supposed to be causing neurological damage that would result in death apparently caused no physical or mental pain while failing. His Tk-V talents don't malfunction. While he accidentally fires lasers a couple of times, none of them hit Ivy. And most of all there's no pain. I guess I'm a sadist because I feel the characters hitting the depths of despair enhances the love story. Honestly I didn’t feel the character’s agony at all.
Outside of their love story the world is falling apart. The Net is riddled with disease and at risk of disintegrating. This in my opinion is where Nalini shone the most. The people who went insane, the dead bodies, and the shock of the few survivors was very real. The Empath's desperation to fix the Net before everyone died was real. The baby in the crib with her caretaker clubbed to death, the kid in the alley--those are the images I'm taking with me, out of this book. If I believed any failure was possible—it was that the Empaths would be a little too late, and the Net would fall.
One final complaint--Sasha would never have waited even one day to join the fight (even with a mate and baby)--when the other Empaths mobilized she would have too. Honestly I would have found it more believable for her to have held San Francisco then to have her arrive late in Manhattan and then leave early to start a training center. She’s one of my favorite characters in this series and she did not shine here.
So I've done a lot of complaining in this review. What I haven't mentioned is the good--outside of the central romance secondary characters like Aden, Rabbit, Sahara, Zie Zen, and Samuel Rain shone. The bond between the Arrows was as strong as ever, and the loyalty between the Arrows and Empaths was beautifully done.
Do not read this book first--it's the conclusion of many story lines that were started a long time ago when this world was a lot different. If you’re a fan of the series then do read the book-but don’t be surprised if it isn't as strong as her best work.
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