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Shards of Hope
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Shards of Hope
Psy-Changeling Series, Book 14
The "smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action"* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races...
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn't welcome outsiders.
And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she's too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what. This time, even Aden's passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken...like Zaira.
*Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author
The "smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action"* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races...
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn't welcome outsiders.
And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she's too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what. This time, even Aden's passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken...like Zaira.
*Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author
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    CAST OF CHARACTERS

    In Alphabetical Order by First Name

    Key: SD = SnowDancer Wolves DR = DarkRiver Leopards BE = BlackEdge Wolves

    Abbot Arrow, teleport-capable telekinetic (Tk)

    Aden Kai Arrow, telepath (Tp)

    Amara Aleine Psy member of DR, former Council scientist, twin of Ashaya, mentally unstable

    Amin Arrow, telepath (Tp)

    Andrew "Drew" Kincaid SD Tracker, mated to Indigo, brother of Riley and Brenna

    Anthony Kyriakus Psy Councilor, father of Faith

    Ashaya Aleine Psy member of DR, former Council scientist, mated to Dorian, twin of Amara

    Axl Arrow

    Blake Stratton Arrow

    Bowen "Bo" Knight Security Chief, Human Alliance

    Carolina Arrow child

    Council (or Psy Council) Former ruling council of the Psy race; no longer extant

    Cristabel "Cris" Rodriguez Arrow, sharpshooter, teacher

    DarkMind Neosentient entity and dark twin of the NetMind

    Devraj Santos Leader of the Forgotten (Psy who defected from the PsyNet at the dawn of Silence and intermingled with the human and changeling populations), married to Katya Haas

    Edward Arrow

    Faith NightStar Psy member of DR, gift of foresight (F), mated to Vaughn, daughter of Anthony, cousin to Sahara

    Ghost Psy rebel

    Gregori BE Lieutenant

    Griffin BlackSea Changeling, Lieutenant

    Hawke Snow SD Alpha, mated to Sienna

    Ida Mill Psy, leader of group that believes the Silence Protocol is the only right path and that the empaths should be removed from the gene pool

    Irena Arrow

    Ivy Jane Zen President of the Empathic Collective, married to Vasic Zen

    Jaya Empath

    Jen Liu Psy, matriarch of the Liu Group

    Jojo Leopard cub

    Judd Lauren Psy member of SD, Lieutenant, former Arrow, mated to Brenna

    Kaleb Krychek Leader of the Ruling Coalition, psychically bonded to Sahara Kyriakus

    Lara SD Healer, mated to Walker

    Lucas Hunter DR Alpha, mated to Sascha, father of Naya

    Malachai BlackSea Changeling, Lieutenant

    Max Shannon Human, Security Chief for Nikita Duncan, married to Sophia Russo

    Mercy DR Sentinel, mated to Riley

    Miane Levèque Alpha of the BlackSea Changelings

    Mica Arrow, Lieutenant of Zaira Neve, based in Venice

    Ming LeBon Former Psy Councilor, military mastermind, cardinal telepath

    Nathan Ryder DR Senior Sentinel, mated to Tamsyn, father of Roman and Julian

    Naya Hunter DR cub, daughter of Sascha and Lucas

    Nerida Arrow, telekinetic (Tk)

    NetMind Neosentient psychic entity said to be the guardian and librarian of the PsyNet, twin of the DarkMind

    Nikita Duncan Former Psy Councilor, part of the Ruling Coalition, mother of Sascha

    Pax Marshall Head of the Marshall Group, grandson of Marshall Hyde

    Pip Arrow child

    Riaz Delgado SD Lieutenant, mated to Adria

    Riley Kincaid SD Lieutenant, mated to Mercy, brother of Drew and Brenna

    Ruling Coalition Formed after the fall of Silence and of the Psy Council; composed of Kaleb Krychek, Nikita Duncan, Anthony Kyriakus, Ivy Jane Zen for the Empathic Collective, and the Arrow Squad

    Sahara Kyriakus Psy (uncategorized designation), psychically bonded to Kaleb Krychek, niece of Anthony Kyriakus, cousin to Faith

    Samuel Rain Psy, genius, robotics engineer who developed experimental...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 13, 2015
    Complex psychological changes are balanced by deep love in the outstanding 15th Psy-Changeling paranormal romance (after Shield of Winter), set at the end of the 21st century. This episode focuses on the Arrows, an organization of assassins with psychic abilities. The Arrows have been shaken by the recent fall of the Silence Protocol, which mandated training Psy children to be emotionless to help them control their powers; it worked, but also created sociopaths. Aden Kai, thought to be one of the weaker Arrows, has taken command and sworn to protect his Arrows and help them recover. Needing support, he reaches out to one
    of his commanders, Zaira Neve, arguably the Arrow who needs the discipline
    of Silence the most. Together, Aden and Zaira have to overcome assassination attempts and the growing pains of change—even as they confront a threat greater than their pasts and start to realize the romantic possibilities of their longtime friendship. The plot advances the overarching story while still maintaining a strong sense of intimacy and connection with the characters. The tension of an epic psychological thriller provides the framework for an unparalleled romantic adventure. Agent: Nephele Tempest, Knight Agency.

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2015
    Aden Kai leads the powerful Arrow Squad into stewarding the Psy race's shift into emotional freedom, but as he convinces the only woman he wants to stand by his side, malevolent forces attempt to destabilize a fledgling coalition working to forge unity. After a century of forcibly suppressed emotions, a new era has dawned for the Psy. The Arrows, a fiercely trained Black Ops team who did the bidding of the fallen Psy Council, have been cut loose, and their de facto leader, Aden, is looking to position his squad of soldiers as guardians of what he sees as a more healthy existence for all Psy but especially the brutally trained Arrows, whose own emotions were so savagely squelched that it's no wonder they're ambivalent toward the new policies. Zaira Neve has been Aden's secret passion since they were children, long before he knew what passion was, but now that the door has opened for him to truly discover what it feels like to feel, he's determined to start with her. When the two are kidnapped by shadowy forces that seem intent on creating trouble among world leaders who are only just beginning to trust one another, Aden and Zaira must not only escape their dangerous captivity, but also start connecting dots and strengthening allies in order to aid the emerging collaborative leadership. Zaira knows they share a powerful bond and wants nothing more than to be Aden's mate, but she worries that her emotional instability will hinder him. However, as she and Aden attempt to create safe havens for the Arrow community, and especially the children, she realizes that beneath her troubling past exists a nurturing heart, and maybe that's enough to create a future full of love and hope. Singh's Psy-Changeling series remains among the best of the paranormal romance subgenre. Her alpha heroes and the women who claim them are sweepingly romantic and sizzlingly sensual, while the social and political tapestries she weaves are sophisticated, elaborate, and compelling. Clever, ambitious, sexy, and dynamic.

    COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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