Shield of Winter is the latest novel in Nalini Singh‘s Psy-Changeling Series. [Here are my other reviews.]
Finished on: 25.01.2015
Vasic is an Arrow and has been for a very long time. As a true telepath, he was and is an important tool for the Arrows and one that has seen quite some misuse and abuse in his time. Now he is about to break and his best friend and leader of the Arrows Aden gives him a new assignement: to guard Ivy, one of the few empaths they are trying to build up again in the hope that it will halt the decay in the PsyNet. Because that decay is taking over and threatens their entire race.
Shield of Winter was the usual Psy-Changeling fare by Singh. I enjoyed reading it and I especially enjoyed the background development of the world, though I also liked Vasic and Ivy, even though I did think that Singh chose the wrong pairing with this one.
I don’t remember if I ever talked about this in my reviews on here, but it’s been my major point of contention with these books and the otherwise excellent world building: so far in 13 books, there was not one not-straight, not-cis person in this world. Not even a gay kiss in the background, or a lesbian couple holding hands or anything at all. Ethnically, Singh is as diverse as you’d want any book to be, there is barely a white person in the books at all. But MOGII? Zilch, zero, nothing at all. Not even a whisper or a meaningful look anywhere. And that really, really sucks.
Especially because my headcanon has been that Aden and Vasic are a couple – and honestly, they should be a couple (at least puzzledpeaces and me agree on this) – but that headcanon has now been completely obliterated. And it’s not that I didn’t like Ivy, I did. And of course she and Vasic make a good couple, in the usual fashion of this series. But Vasic and Aden? That is some epic stuff right there, and it would have meant a more inclusionary world to boot.
But even though I’m a little disappointed because of the heteronormativity, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy reading the book. Especially because things are picking up a bit of speed again and it seems to be moving towards a solution (which probably means that Singh plans on finishing the series at some point, which is both sad and good). I’m still excited to learn about the world and to see its development. I am looking forward to more of it.
Summarizing: I like this series and Shield of Winter is a good continuation.
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