Read-along & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh #AngelaDawe @TantorAudio @BerkleyRomance @thebookdisciple #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks

Posted October 15, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 11 Comments

 

Read-along & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh  #AngelaDawe @TantorAudio @BerkleyRomance @thebookdisciple #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooksShield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling #13
Published by Tantor Audio on June 3, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 15 hours, 47 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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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 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…

Shield of Winter continues the story of the Psy-Changelings. The Psy-Net is being destroyed by a ‘virus’ of sorts and if the Psy people can’t find a cure, everyone could die. I adored Ivy and Vasic. Ivy is an empath who, under silence, has been forced to hide her broken silence and undergo reconditioning that nearly killed her. Vasic is a true TK-V who can transport to anywhere with just a visual of a person or place. He has been in the Arrow squad and feels that he has done such harm over the years that he cannot be redeemed. These two seemingly opposites attract in a major way. I have always loved the empaths too, so getting more of them was awesome. In an attempt to save the PsyNet, the empaths join together with an Arrow squad member as their guardian. You have a major plot arc solved in this book and Singh did a great job tying it all together. I am curious to see where we go from here. The net is ‘safe’, the council is gone….what will happen next?

Its no secret I LOVE this series. Seriously, look at my instagram page. I think I have posted more Psy-Changeling pictures than any other book or series. The world is so rich and engaging that I am pulled in right away. The woven layers of the plot fit so perfectly together and they flow so well you don’t even realize a connection until it slaps you in the face. I also love that previous characters are still making appearances in the stories that follow. If you haven’t checked out this series, you really are missing out! Shield of Winter can’t be read as a stand alone though. You really need to start at the beginning; trust me, this is no hardship!

Updated thoughts:

I still adore Ivy and Vasic. My heart broke for Ivy Jane and I loved that she found her hero in Vasic. I also really found Vasic’s humility so attractive. These two are such a perfect pairing! The story is really advancing during this book as well, and there is a lot of forward progress in the overall story arc. This book still remains perfect in my mind and one that I think I will reread frequently because it just gives me all the warm fuzzies!!!

Narration:

Shield of Winter, like all the Psy-Changeling books, is narrated by Angela Dawe and she is flawless. She is one of my favorite narrators!

Listen to a clip: HERE

 


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“They will walk into any hell; with very few exceptions, it’s how they are made. Of stubborn courage and little or no ability to be selfish. This new chaos wil annihilate them unless there is a stronger force that will put Es first. ”

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The quote for Who said “That bond cannot exist in a Silent World. ” in Heart of Obsidian was Vasic.

The villain was Pure Psy and Ming.


Share your review/ thoughts on Shield of Winter:

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Observations and questions you shared from Heart of Obsidian:

(Thank you  so much for sharing!  Some of these might be spoilery!!!!)

  • I loved the flashback scenes of Kaleb and Sahara together. I wish there were more of them. I loved seeing them become friends and then falling deeply in love, or as in love as a Psy can get.
  • I loved the scenes of all the races (? for lack of a better word) were working together to save people when pure psy struck
  • I loved the meaning behind Sahara’s charm bracelet that she kept safe during her captivity.
  • Silence must fall.
  1.  What will happen to Ming and how soon can it happen?
  2.  Will the main Net and separate “Nets” merge at some point?  Will the DarkMind feel less lonely?

Quotes you readers shared from Heart of Obsidian:

(Thank you for sharing!)

“You’ll have to be my conscience. He knew his flaws, and he knew the parts of him that were irrevocably broken. Mine isn’t going to grow back.”

“Of course it’s me,” Kaleb said and took the mock punch Sahara aimed at his jaw, her skin soft against his.”

“You’re mine. I will fight for you, today, tomorrow, and all the tomorrows to come.”

“Don’t be afraid of me, Sahara. I’d line the streets with bodies before I’d ever hurt you.”

“Some things need to be broken to become stronger.”

“We are Psy and we are capable of greatness. It is time to step out of the dark.”

 


Here’s your to-do list:

  1. Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
  2. Read 13.1 Kaleb & Sahara’s meeting with Sascha & Lucas, on author’s site.
  3. Read 13.2 Housewarming at the Orchard, on author’s site.
  4.  Read Book 14, Shards of Hope, by November 5.
  5. Make a list of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
  6. If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
  7. Link up your review on Goodreads or your site to the post.
  8. Join the COYER book chat on the Sunday following the post.
  9. Enter the giveaways!

COYER Challenge is adopting our Read-along.  You can read about COYER and join that challenge or just the Facebook community chat HERE.

Shield of Winter chat in a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) is:

October 17 at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat.

You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.


Schedule:   

We are doing one book every 3-4 weeks, posting on Fridays. We should have a review for most of the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends.

 

Oct 15:    Shield of Winter         – Samantha @ The Book Disciple

Nov 5:    Shards of Hope            –  Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About

Dec 3:    Allegiance of Honor   – Anne

 

Miss a post?

Jan 1:    Slave to Sensation       – Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

Jan 29:   Visions of Heat           – Rachel @ Waves of Fiction

Feb 19:   Caressed by Ice           – Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Mar 19:   Mine to Possess          – KC

Apr 16:   Hostage to Pleasure   – Berls @ Because Reading

May 7:   Branded by Fire             – Kai @ Fiction State of Mind

May 28:  Blaze of Memory          – Sophia

Jun 18:   Bonds of Justice           – Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures 

Jul 16:   Play of Passion              – Robin

Aug 6:   Kiss of Snow                   – Jen from Red Hot Books

Aug 27:  Tangle of Need              – Victoria @ First of All

Sep 17:   Heart of Obsidian        – Linda @ Unconventional Bookworms


Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!

Giveaway:

A copy of Allegiance of Honor, book 15.  Open Intl.

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Grand-Prize Giveaway:

Tantor Audio is generously donating a set of 15 codes for the entire set on audio.  Codes will work US or Intl.

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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.

About Samantha at the Book Disciple

Hello world! I am a 40 something wife and teacher whose love of reading is genetic. My mother and her mother were voracious readers who passed the love along to me. My grandmother had whole rooms of her house filled with books and she was always reading. My mom could spend days in a bookstore and her collection of books is starting to rival her mother’s! I started reading young and shared books with my parents frequently. We talked about books and read together. Then, my college roommate gave me a Nora Roberts book. I was hooked! We spent the entire summer barely speaking to each other except to swap books. Then, a student gave me a copy of Twilight and I was hooked again. I love romance, young adult, new adult, and paranormal. I have enjoyed discovering indie authors as well as the more ‘main streamed’ authors. My husband and I have been married for over 15 years and he accepts my reading addiction (usually with a smile!). He is not a fan of books however and only reads comic books. I hope my blog helps you find a new book to dive in to!

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Posted October 15, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 11 Comments


11 responses to “Read-along & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

  1. I started reading the Psy-Changelings series when it first came out but then stopped because I just couldn’t get into the series. But the books seem like they have gotten really good so maybe I should revisit the series at some point.

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    • It’s a long series and it builds. It really feels more like UF than PNR to me which is probably why I like it more. The overall plot being as important to me as the romances. Over the course of the series, it develops the characters first DarkRiver with some Psy, then Snowdancers with some Psy, and now in the later books we even have Psy-Psy couples.

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  2. Elizabeth H.

    I absolutely LOVE Shield of Winter! It’s such a beautiful story! Ivy Jane is courageous and has such a beautiful soul and a huge heart! I love her and Vasic together! I loved meeting other empaths and Arrows as well. There’s excitement, danger and so much heart in this book! Love it!

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