SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh
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As an Arrow, Vasic has been conditioned to remain even more detached than most Psy, so when he's asked to guard Ivy, an empath who may hold the key to their society’s survival, he's unnerved by her emotionalism and his long-buried desire to belong.

The corrupt Psy-Council has fallen, and the remorseless regime of Silence—the enforced practice of remaining emotionally distant—has been lifted. The members of the elite Psy paramilitary group known as Arrows are independent now, loyal to no one but themselves. Forging a wary alliance with Kaleb Krychek, the de facto leader who caused the council to fall and has since stepped into its void, the Arrows must help staunch the spread of a deadly psychic contagion that threatens the lives and sanity of the Psy race. Krychek suspects that empaths may be the answer, though their emotional nature was brutally stifled under the Silence. Vasic, second-in-command of the Arrows, is assigned to find and protect empath Ivy Jane, who has been living beyond the grid after undergoing a devastating state-mandated “emotional reconditioning.” Vasic is a cold creature of the shadows, and he knows he can never be forgiven for the damage he’s done under the command of the Psy-Council. However, the more time he spends with Ivy, the more her honest emotions affect him, reawakening feelings he barely remembers. Somehow, under Ivy’s accepting and fascinated gaze, Vasic just might learn to feel again—emotions like hope, passion and love. But first, Ivy and Vasic must vanquish the contagion and a life-threatening legacy from Vasic’s violent past. Paranormal author Singh continues her popular Psy-Changeling series with an emotionally intense and gratifying romance while advancing a new reality for her complex psychic society set on Earth a few generations hence. Shadowy Arrows make great redeemed alpha heroes, and pairing profoundly damaged Vasic with the blatantly empathic Ivy works brilliantly.

Singh shines with elaborate, compelling worldbuilding and scorching sexual and emotional tension.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-425-26401-0
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2014


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