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shards of hope

ADEN’S STORY!!!

Aden and Zaira wake up in a dark cell, with their psychic abilities gone and, in Zaira’s case, seriously wounded. Breaking free from the prison where their gaolers are both human and psy, they find themselves at the mercy of the elements and far from civilisation. To survive they must make it to the hidden lair of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

A target has been put on the back of the Arrow squad and the leader, Aden, abducted to give up information, while Zaira was taken to show the world the squad isn’t invincible. 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 as 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.
The plot was very complex, full of twists and turns and kept me enthralled till the very end. It set the scene for upcoming challenges in the post-Silence world. I really liked seeing seeing so many of the characters from the previous books and finding out more about them, like Miane and the water changelings, as well as totally new characters, like Remy and the RainFire pack.

It was so cute when Aden is figuring out how to alpha and watching clueless Arrows trying to figure out kids – changeling and psy – is sweet. The Arrows finally have a chance at life and Aden is determined they will become a family.

Can’t wait for #15!

Gollancz

Supplied by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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archangels shadows

Finally Ashwini and Janiver’s story!

A gifted tracker, Ash has the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches.   Except Janiver.   The sexy Cajun vampire has worked by her side for years, infuriating and fascinating her by turns. Now they’ve been tasked to discreetly track down a sadistic killer who needs to be stopped, while their flirtation has turned into a serious risk to their hearts. But Ash has a terrible secret that threatens to destroy them before they’ve begun.

The archangel Raphael and his hunter consort Elena are dealing with the aftermath of a brutal war and the last thing they need is death – especially death that looks like the work of an insane archangel. It must be handled by those who can be trusted to stick to the shadows; Ashwini and Janiver.

There was a lot of fast paced action and several unexpected surprises that I did not see coming. There were the steamy scenes Nalini Singh excels at but also tender moments that were sweet and made the story touching. Of course the ending is a HEA but Ash’s secret was   handled very cleverly. Ashwini and Janiver have been in the background for years and I’m thrilled their story was finally told but there’s also quite a bit of Raphael and Elena and it was great to see them.

I hope Naasir is in the next book as we get to see a lot of him and I love the glimpses of his life and am dying to know more about his feral nature.

Gollancz

Supplied by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

heart of obsidianSahara is a NightStar, part of the strong clan of F-Psy who forsee events to come.  She is only a sub designation B, with the gift of backsight.  But she has another talent, so powerful no one knows of it.  Except her captor.  Held hostage for seven years and forced to use her power to benefit her kidnapers, she created a labyrinth in her mind to escape to so complex no one could breach it.  Then she was rescued from her prison.

Kaleb Krycek is the youngest member of the Psy Council.   Icily ruthless, he is an extremely dangerous and powerful Tk.  He’s been looking for Sahara for years before he teleports her to his fortress-like home in remote Russia.  Kaleb’s motives are shrouded in mystery; does he want Sahara in order to gain control of her power or is there a deeper connection?

I knew it!  The answer to a question was what I thought and it was so obvious!  A lot of questions are answered and some storylines wrapped up, while others remain a mystery and new possibilities for the Psy/changeling/human world are opened.  The plot was tightly packed with lots of action, chilling motives of fanatics, and the steamy hot love scenes Nalini Singh writes so well.  The pace moved well with events neatly flowing after each other, and the different points of view were easy to follow.  There was also a HEA.

A must read for fans, this story can be read as a standalone. I strongly recommend reading the rest of the series first though, mainly to enjoy the backstories of this compelling world.  Parental discretion is advised due to the passionate love scenes.

Gollancz

Supplied by Hatchette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

angels flightAngel’s Pawn – Ashwini is a Guild Hunter, dedicated to tracking down rogue vampires and bringing them to justice.  Janiver is a rogue vampire with a talent for pissing off angels and ending up on the Guild Hunter’s hunt list.  An ancient vampire has managed to annoy the angel who controls the territory he lives in and a Kiss has been sent after him to kill him – a Kiss being a group of vampires united with a common purpose.  Ashwini has been sent to stop the carnage but needs Janiver’s help.

Angel’s Judgement – Sara is the top choice for being the director of the US Guild Hunters.  On a mission to track down a rogue guild hunter who’s slaughtering vampires, she’s assigned Deacon to watch her back.  A loner who polices the Hunters, Deacon is known as the Slayer and is their boogyman.  He is appointed as Sara’s bodyguard on the hunt for the murderer as they angels and vampires are testing the future Guild Director’s strength.

Angel’s Wolf – Nimra is a strong angel ruling the Louisiana territory.  She also has a problem; one of the trusted members of her court is trying to kill her.  Noel is sent by Raphael to find the intruder, a move he views as a move sideways; he was brutally tortured and feels he is viewed as lesser because of it.  As Nimra and Noel seek the traitor, another victim is discovered.

Angel’s Dance – Jessamy and Galen’s story is finally told; how the forthright weapons master taught the angel with the twisted wing how to fly. Galen had come to Raphael’s territory to serve as weapons master and found himself taken with the shy schoolmarm and record keeper.  Then someone tried to kill her and Galen appointed himself her protector.

This was a good read – if you know the world.  You will still enjoy the stories if you don’t though.  I read the stories before – published in novellas and on Nalini’s website – and love the fact they are all gathered in one place.  A must have for fans.

Gollancz

Supplied by Hatchette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

Archangel’s Storm – Nalini Singh

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Review
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Jason is .a spymaster, an angel and one of Raphael’s Seven.  Very good at remaining unnoticed, he has the ability to merge into shadows.  Flashbacks to a tragic event in his past help you understand why he doesn’t trust easily and is remote.  The daughter of Nivriti (Neha’s sister) and Eris, Mahiya was raised by Neha, the Archangel of India, who saw her as a constant reminder of her husband’s betrayal.  Used as a whipping boy for centuries, Mahiya has remained strong and managed to fool everyone into underestimating her.  Now Eris is dead, Neha has no need to keep her alive to torment him with her presence.

This book takes place directly after Archangel’s Blade and it is at the wedding of Dmitri and Honor that Jason discovers that there has been a murder.  Eris, the Consort of Neha – Archangel of India, has been savagely murdered.  Jason is asked by Neha to investigate – as long as he swears a blood bond to her first.  The only available person is Mahiya.  Stuck with each other, they begin to investigate Eris’s murder, and then more bodies turn up.  Along the way, Jason discovers Mahiya has an incredible strength of character, as well as plans of her own……….

A real who-dunnit with lots of steamy scenes, this is an exciting read with strong characters.  We also get to follow Dmitri and Honor as she is made.  Not my favourite in the Archangel series, which may have something to do with Neha being the Queen of Poisons and snakes are everywhere, this book is an interesting read.

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Reviewed by Jan

Tangle Of Need – Nalini Singh

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Review
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Adria is a Snow Dancer soldier who has returned to the den after the messy end of a long relationship with a less dominant wolf.  Riaz is a Snow Dancer lieutenant whose chosen mate, Lisette, is human and in love with her husband.  The immediate attraction the two feel toward each other is red hot and sizzling.  There are many very steamy scenes that are R18.  Adria is not Riaz’s mate though.  There is some doubt they can have a future together.

Adria is afraid to fall in love with Riaz, as his heart belongs to another.  The scars his uncompleted mating bond leave begin to heal though, and Riaz works hard to convince Adria he has no more interest in another woman and she is his choice.  Then Lisette appears as the liaison for the Changelings with the Human Alliance.

Hawk and Sienna have a big role in the book, with their relationship being explored more.  Other familiar characters also return; Lucas and Sasha, Vaughn and Faith, Judd and Brenna.  There’s a tightly woven plot that raises a lot of questions to be answered latter in the series (I hope). I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Kaleb and the breaking of Silence the Psy are experiencing.  I also really want to read Vasic’s story.

This is not a standalone story, you need to read the other ten Psy-Changeling stories to understand this world, or at least the preceding Kiss Of Snow to get a sense of what is happening.

Reviewed by Jan

Supplied by Hachette

Slave to Sensation – Nalini Singh

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Review
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Slave to Sensation

Nalini Singh

Published by Gollancz Fiction

Supplied by Hatchette

Reviewed by Cindy

Sasha Duncan is  a Psy, a race devoid of emotions. The problem is Sasha feels emotions and she is terrified that this will be discovered. And she should be scared because if she was discovered she would e put through ‘rehabilitation’ a processes that removes all traces of who she was and “reprograms” her into the “perfect” Psy.

On the complete opposite side of the fence is Lucas Hunter, a Changeling. A being who is full of emotion. These two races are on the verge of war over the brutal murders of a few Changelings women. Can they work together with there entire worlds unravelling?

I liked the overall storyline and the concepts of the Psy and the Changelings. But I felt that the story was rushed. Having said that when I got into it the story it was good. This was my first time reading Nalini Singh and I would read another of her books.

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