Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

June 2, 2015     Danielle Romero     ARC, R2R, reviews

Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini SinghShards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Also by this author: Shield of Winter, Slave to Sensation, Archangel's Enigma, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence, Archangel's Prophecy, Rebel Hard
Published by Penguin on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, romance, Science Fiction, Urban
Pages: 496
The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races… 

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 far 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 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.

my thoughts

Another amazing installment in the Psy-Changling series, Nalini has done it again! Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love Aden’s character. I didn’t think I’d like anyone more than Vasic but Aden is definitely a contender. I think Shards of Hope is likely the longest book in the series but you really don’t notice the length because the book captivates your attention in such a way that you just can’t stop turning the pages. The attention to detail is amazing. Nalini ties every thread with masterful perfection and we see so many previous characters throughout this book that its almost like a happy reunion. Where I think this book differed most from previous installments in the series is that it was very obvious that Aden and Zaira cared for one another from the get go and that they’d already formed a long lasting relationship. Neither had that near perfect silence that we’d come to see from most of the characters. Both were flawed in their own ways but its what made you love them that much more.

Zaira is fierce and protective and Aden is thoughtful and caring. They are such polar opposites yet still so similar. Aden was the star for me in this book. While I enjoyed Zaira and found her to be a great heroine, some of her stubbornness in thinking she was crazy got a little old for me but didn’t detract from the story itself. Aden however was that character I continued to root for. I wanted him to succeed, I wanted him to win the girl and take on the world. He was the ultimate hero for me because he was willing to sacrifice everything for his people and for Zaira.

All in all, the book is a good in between novel. It ties up a lot of loose ends and lays things out for the aftermath from the fall of silence. Shards of Hope answers a lot of reader questions that I’m sure we all had after the end of Heart of Obsidian and while I consider it to be an in between novel, it is so exceptionally written that its one you just can’t miss. After fourteen installments in the series, Nalini shows that she’s still got in and the series is far from dead.


4 half coffee cups

about the author

71688I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.