ARC Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Posted June 3, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Shield of Winter
by Nalini Singh

5 Stars


Released: June 3, 2014
Published by Berkley Hardcover
Pages: 448
Format: eARC

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“I love how Nalini Singh can make you feel so much with just a couple of words or sentences.” ~Under the Covers

There are several reasons why you WILL fall in love with Vasic.  He’s loyal, he’s fierce, he’s caring, he’s protective, he’s possessive.  He’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a man all wrapped up in a deep layer of ice.  Ice that has hardened to a glacier throughout the years.  But that ice is slowly cracking.  The Arrows are some of the psy’s who follow Silence as a necessary way of life.  The conditioning they’ve received since they were kids is both harsh and heartbreaking.

Now that Silence has fallen, Vasic is being put to the ultimate test to prove he can still function without going mad.  He’s assigned, along with other Arrows, to guard a group of Designation “E” Psy’s.  The future of the net lies in their hands and how much they can heal the infection and contain it, preventing it from spreading.  The Arrows are to keep them safe when they are at their most vulnerable.  Vasic is assigned to Ivy Jane, an empath who never really lived with Silence as others did, because her parents saved her from that fate.  The little bit of her curiosity and innocence is the key to winning Vasic over.  And that was my favorite part!  The innocence!

First though, I have a confession to make.  Psy books are not my favorite in this series.  When there’s no changeling in sight I tend to lose interest because, in part, of how cold and mechanical the psy can be.  I shouldn’t have worried though.  Ms. Singh did such an amazing job at humanizing Vasic and Ivy that I never even noticed a difference.  Their feelings were palpable, and I was able to appreciate the little things even more.  The importance of just a touch, or just a look.  It can drive the story forward more than an explosion of passion.

This story is a slow and steady climb, full of tensions and discoveries.  Vasic’s barriers are broken one tiny piece at a time.  And the more he opens up, the more you fall for this broken beautiful man.  Ivy is just the woman to give him a true life back.  The one that was stolen from him years ago.  And he embraces it full force!

I love how Nalini Singh can make you feel so much with just a couple of words or sentences.  Every book I crack open I am more amazed at the powerful and just beautiful writing.  It’s rich and fulfilling, depicting the world, the characters and the emotions in a way that’s riveting.

Let SHIELD OF WINTER be that book that lets you sink into a magical world.  You won’t be disappointed!

Fantasy Cast:


*ARC provided by publisher

Slave-to-SensationBook 1 Visions-of-HeatBook 2 caressediceBook 3 Mine-to-PossessBook 4
Hostage-to-PleasureBook 5 Branded-by-FireBook 6 Blaze-of-MemoryBook 7 bondsjusticeBook 8
playpassionBook 9 kiss-of-snowBook 10 Tangle-of-NeedBook 11 heart-of-obsidianBook 12
shieldofwinterBook 13

SLAVE TO SENSATION: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
VISIONS OF HEAT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
CARESSED BY ICE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
MINE TO POSSESS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
BRANDED BY FIRE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
BLAZE OF MEMORY: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
BONDS OF JUSTICE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
PLAY OF PASSION: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
KISS OF SNOW: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
TANGLE OF NEED: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
HEART OF OBSIDIAN: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
SHIELD OF WINTER: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads

*Novellas not included


About Nalini Singh

I'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.


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She is such an incredible author…her world building, character interaction both humorous and emotional are wonderful…thanks francesca

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Just got my book and the psy are usually not my favorite, changeling are so much better with passion, but I really liked Kaleb’s so let’s see now.


Thanks for the review and series rec Francesca

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