Series: Psy-Changling, #13
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on June 3, 2014
Pages: 448 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina
Multiple graphic sex scenes
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 stifle 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…
So much of my time spent reading SHIELD OF WINTER was dedicated to worrying whether such a broken person could actually function somewhat normally.When the reveal of just how much torture and pain he endured at such a young age to become an elite Arrow I seriously doubted he could pull himself from the darkness. Vasic had a long long journey to heal and it was a triumph to see him slowly piece himself together from being a shell of a man to someone who could love and trust for the first time in his life. I especially adored how self-sacrificing he was especially when fighting to help protect the Psy race.
The romance was super sweet and while I am not the hugest fan of the Psy/Psy romances in this series I really enjoyed this one because of the utter contrast in personalities and experiences between Vasic and Ivy. It was fun to see the sparks fly as Ivy slowly pulls Vasic out of the dark and into the light. I loved Ivy as she had the kind of inner strength that was necessary to break through Vasic's 'dark world'.
The plot of SHIELD OF WINTER is one of the darker ones in the Psy-Changling series. Luckily there are notes of humor to balance the dark tones. I adored Ivy's little dog Rabbit and his reactions to Vasic which were the most memorable humorous moments in this book. I really enjoyed getting some insight into the Arrows lives. After reading SHIELD OF WINTER, I think there is some hope for the Arrow squad who like Vasic have endured so much pain in their lives to become the emotionless assassins they are.
SHIELD OF WINTER has a tender romance wrapped around complex earth shattering plot that will stick with you long after you close the book. I can't wait for the next Psy-Changling book.