A SHIELD OF WINTER Rant, with Some (Maybe) Spoilers

I was procrastinating – er, writing – when I learning some interesting facts about the upcoming Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. If you don’t know what Shield of Winter is, I have one question for you, “In exactly which unmapped mountain range is your cave located?” 😛

Just kidding.

But it really is hard for me to imagine that someone, somewhere in the world is not as excited about this book as I am.

In all seriousness, here is the Shield of Winter cover and blurb from Amazon:

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 suffocate 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…

How unbelievably awesome is this cover?! And, yes, my cover lust is partially attributed to the maximum hotness of the male model as suggested by his jawline. (I’m a connoisseur – what can I say?)

Although, the Heart of Obsidian cover is still the most badass in the whole series.

And now for the interesting facts (might be spoilers) about the book:

1. Both the Snow Dancer and the Dark River packs will feature heavily in  the book, as will Vasic’s fellow Arrow, Aden. (Okay, so not really a spoiler, but still good to know that Snow Dancer and Dark River will make appearances in the book.)

2. Judd gets some MAJOR scene time in this novel.

3. We won’t really learn about Walker’s and Aden’s true Psy abilities in this book, but they will be revealed in Aden’s book which is next! (And Alice is not the heroine – in fact, Alice is not going to be a main character any time soon.)

4. We  find out what caused the tension between Ben and Marlee. 

5. This story is set mainly in the United States.

6. We catch up with the Venetian Arrows and the Human Alliance in SoW, and we learn that the Venetian Arrows took covert action against the Pure Psy.

7. Nikita Duncan has no E-Psy abilities, but we will learn a lot more about this designation. (But still, I’m thinking Nikita’s not entirely Silent.)

8.  Lastly, NO MAJOR CHARACTERS WILL DIE! (Yeah, I’m super relieved and I’m totally hoping this includes Nikita, who is awesome.)

I am crazy excited for this new book! Ever since we were introduced to Vasic and learned how he planned to kill himself, I knew he would need someone with Sasha’s E-Psy abilities and, in hindsight, all the references to the other E-Psy in the Net seemed like a pretty big hint – can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner.

Also, here are some facts about Vasic that Nalini Singh posted in her article, “Oh Those Arrows,” on Dear Author. (For those of you who need to catch up with who he is.)

Vasic first appears in Hostage to Pleasure when he teleports to Ashaya Aliene, a scientist working on the Implant Protocol.  He tells her he is “not a team player.”  (Hostage to Pleasure) Later Vasic appears to be in cahoots with Zie Zen, a dissident.  Vasic is known as the “single true teleporter” or a “Traveler”.   A Traveler. Designation Tk. Subdesignation V.  (Hostage to Pleasure) He has piercing silver eyes and enjoys looking out over the desert wasteland that is rich rust red under sunlight and silver in the glow of the moonlight.

His leg was broken several times when he was six years old to train him in Silence.  He was begging to go home. (Tangle of Need)

It is because of his abilities that Ming LeBon, the first leader of the current Arrow Squad, was able to survive so man attempts to end his life. In “Branded by Fire” Vasic blinks everyone out of a vehicle before it could be hit by the high-explosive antitank rounds directed at it. He also rescues Ming from a crumpled car and another assassination attempt in “Blaze of Memory.”

Vasic’s touch is so delicate he can right an unbalanced insect (Kiss of Snow) or lift the blood from the walls of a room. (Hostage to Pleasure, Tangle of Need) Along with Aden, he could lead the Arrows but refuses.  He is tormented by what Judd deems to be a guilty conscience.  (Tangle of Need).  Vasic and Aden share a telephathic connection.

At one point, Ming LeBon wants Vasic to open for a scan but Vasic refuses on the grounds that it would leave him defenseless and no Arrow is ever defenseless.  Aden fears that Vasic will be totally lost after the Arrow schools are liberated, as if that single focus is the only thing keeping Vasic sane at this moment.

And that concludes my rant on Shield of Winter. I’m hoping June comes soon or I might just die from hyperventilation whenever I hear something about this novel. 😉

So what are some of your predictions? Or do you have some spoilers to dish out? Care to share? I’d love to know.

Rika Ashton

(aka The Procrastinating Reporter)

P.S: The next Psy/Changeling novella (late 2014) is going to feature Mercy’s brother, Bastien!!!!!! And the Smith family.


5 responses

  1. E. Christiansen

    I’ve been waiting for this novel. VASIC! Thanks for the updates.


    January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    • Thanks, E! Your comment is very much appreciated.


      February 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

  2. Lindsey

    Wait….when was there tension between Marlee and Ben? I completely missed that….


    March 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    • Tangle of Need if I remember correctly. I’d forgotten about it as well until it was mentioned by Nalini Singh in an interview. I remember it being mentioned that they were no longer friends, but I don’t think we ever find out what caused it.


      March 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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