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Shield of Winter: Psy-Changeling, Book 13 | [Nalini Singh]

Shield of Winter: Psy-Changeling, Book 13

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....
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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 suffocate 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.

©2014 Nalini Singh (P)2014 Tantor

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    Stacy 12-31-14
    Stacy 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful! Thrilling and made me laugh and cry. "

    Loved the story of Vasic and Ivy. Their journey and the journey of the psy is enthralling and heartfelt. Almost makes me want to be a part of this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 08-05-14
    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2010

    Books-n-Kisses

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    "Does anyone truly know the heart of an Arrow?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Nalini is an amazing story teller and Angela Dawe is an amazing narrator. Great combination.


    Any additional comments?

    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2
    REVIEW:
    We all know (that is if you have read the first 12 books) that the Psy are a very cold race. They like everything perfect. There is no room for flaws of any kind. Flaws have been dealt with swiftly and harshly over the last 100 years. But with the fall of Silence in (bk 12 Heart of Obsidian) the Psy race is now fighting a new killer. One that does not care who or what stands in it’s way. There are two ways to save the Psy race: 1. Cut out the affected and kill millions or 2. Hope that the E-Psy will awake in time to stop choice number 1.

    As always Nalini writes a story that sucks me in and makes me not want to leave no matter how bad it gets at time. Vasic and Ivy’s story is both amazingly filled with hope and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. I honestly had my doubts on Vasic based off prior books. He is the perfect Psy in all ways. Ivy Jane was new to me, but I loved her the minute she stepped on the page. These two are just flat out amazing together. Yes, I laughed, cried and wanted to kill the leaders of the Psy from 100 years ago. I want to say so much but don’t want to spoil it for you. Just know the manuals are very important!!! :)

    I did listen to this book on audio as I have done with all of Nalini’s Psy-Changeling books. Ms. Dawe does a great job again with the voices of each character. My only issue was that the audio file I had seemed to go in and out. At times it seemed muffled at time. I am not sure what it was. But even with this I loved the story.

    Disclaimer:
    I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Draggin Lady 06-30-14
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    "Great story - irritating performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book - yes. The audio version - no. I love this author, and this is my favorite series of hers. I enjoyed the story, but I had to switch to the written version to finish it. I found the performance really annoying. The audio had poor quality at times, and the narrator's voice was just plain irritating for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shield of Winter?

    I loved the way the two main characters developed real trust for each other, and the way Ivy decided to treat all Arrows as family.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The funny tone she uses to end most of her sentences was particularly irritating. It was hard to stay in the story because the way she spoke was so distracting.


    Was Shield of Winter worth the listening time?

    Yes, but only because the story is very good. For this book, reading was more enjoyable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Reader 06-16-14
    Lady Reader 06-16-14

    Marj

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    "ouststanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes i would recommend this book to anyone who loves a romance with something more. The book is just amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shield of Winter?

    one moment was when Ivy was able to see how the em-paths linked to others and of course the relationship between Vasic and Ivy running through the whole book.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does an outstanding job by not intruding on the book. Meaning her performance is so flawless you are focused on the story not her presentation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So many moments in the book that even now i am not totally disengaged from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the last book in this series and i have read and listened to them all. Each book will stand on it own but they have more meaning if all have been read/listened. I just hope Ms .Singh continues with this world she has created. Her talent is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-11-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Another hit from Nalini Singh."

    A love story between an Arrow and an Empath. Ivy finds ways to worm her way into Vasic's heart with her spirit and affection. Together they have to fight the horrible destructive rot on the Psy-net. Things aren't always easy when you have a bunch of crazed Psy running around with knives. I believe that the series is now going to focus more on the Arrows. They defiantly do need to see some light, but I want to see more changelings in the future. There are some cameos of past characters into the book, which makes you want to reread their stories, especially Judd's. Since this is book 13th you know how wonderful this series is. With that said it need to be read in order, so start with Slave to Sensation. The beginning of this storyline takes a bit of buildup before Vasic and Ivy get the limelight. Same narrator although good she is a bit slow for my usual taste.

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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 06-28-14
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration, good story."

    The narration of this story was awful, almost to the point of turning it off. I have listened to Angela Dawe before, and while I find her voice strident and irritating, I can usually handle it. But this time it was much more than that. I was listening to this while driving most of the time. First she was shouting, then the sound would get very low, I'd miss some, and I'd have to turn up the volume, then she'd start shouting again and I'd jump and have to turn it down again. On and on this went. Now I am pretty much Angela Dawe shy. I think you have to blame the audio editor for part of this also.

    On the other hand, I really enjoyed the story. I loved Vasic and Ivy and the inclusion of so many other Arrows, especially Aden. Perhaps we'll get his book soon. Many other favorites played a part, too, and I enjoyed seeing them all again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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