SHARDS OF HOPE is the fourteenth addition to the Psy-Changeling novel series by Nalini Singh. This time Singh tells the story of Aden – the head of the Arrow squad – and Zaira, a fellow Arrow. They start the story having been kidnapped by a mysterious organisation, and must escape from the remote facility. Zaira will not let Aden die, because she believes he will be important for the future of the Arrow squad in a post-Silence world.
SHARDS OF HOPE is without a doubt a good, solid addition to Singh’s Psy-Changeling world. Singh starts the story with a bang; the beginning is very tense and dramatic, with lots of action. Everything slows down though as the story progresses, and instead focuses on the Arrow’s future. I have to admit that I quite enjoyed this change of focus, with Aden and Zaira focusing on the future of their people – and what kind of future they wanted the Arrow children to have.
To be honest, I had trouble connecting to either of the main characters although I did quite enjoy following both their journeys as the story progressed. Aden is a familiar face for those who have been following the series, and I really enjoyed the fact that I finally got to know a little more about him. I really enjoyed watching him amongst his people; I think this is the first time in the series that we get to see that. Zaira meanwhile was an intriguing, if elusive, character. I didn’t ever really feel I quite got to know her, though she did seem to care very much for Aden as well as the other Arrows.
Overall, I think if you have enjoyed the Psy-Changeling series so far then you will enjoy this latest addition too. However, if you are looking for something new then you may come away disappointed if you are looking for action and drama. There are of course plenty of subplots going on, and we get the reveal of a new villain, but SHARDS OF HOPE is very much in the mould of the rest of the series.
Originally posted on The Flutterby Room.