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Shield of Winter

(Psy-Changeling #13)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  18,669 ratings  ·  1,472 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Berkley Hardcover
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Cody Hewitt Not really, the books characters are heavily interlinked and the story by this stage is rather complected. It would be best, in my opinion, to read th…moreNot really, the books characters are heavily interlinked and the story by this stage is rather complected. It would be best, in my opinion, to read the rest of the books in the series first, and if possible in order. But you will not be disappointed, if you are a para-normal romance lover you will thoroughly enjoy them all. (less)
Madhellena Ivy is one of the E-psy that is still living in the PsyNet. Because of her abilities, she suffered a breakdown similar to the ones Sacha had when she …moreIvy is one of the E-psy that is still living in the PsyNet. Because of her abilities, she suffered a breakdown similar to the ones Sacha had when she was overwhelmed by feelings. Since this happened while Silence was still enforced, she was (voluntarily) "reconditioned" - she went through a process that altered her brain in order to stop feeling emotions, which led to her personality being wiped out.
She wasn't targeted by the Council specifically and she wasn't mentioned in the previous books. Hope this helps!

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Vasic Stars

So going into this I had no desire to read about Vasic. I just figured I would just have to read it and get it over with. So imagine my surprise when I flipping loved this book! Vasic totally stole my heart. I don't know what it was about the stone cold soldier but I just couldn't get enough of him. He was just so damaged, but protective. I wanted to heal all his boo boos and kiss it better lol. I really loved Ivy too. Loved how strong she was and how much she fought for Vasic.
Blacky *Romance Addict*

“Thank you for making me feel alive for the first time in a decade,” he told her as he fought and failed to release her wrist. “If I could alter time, I’d make myself into a man who could walk by your side, but I’m meant for the shadows.” Meant to live in the cold dark with the other monsters. “It’s where I intend to stay.”

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This was a perfect ending to a story arc that started 12 books ago, so many things have happened, their entire world changed, and now...

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For all


I was one of lucky few to receive the ARC and I'll give my best not to spoil it for anyone. :)

Ending of Heart of Obsidian left us with the most powerful Psy in the world declaring the end of Silence Protocol.
Do you remember Subject 8-91?
Subject 8-91 was the "patient zero", the first Psy to show signs of infection that started spreading through Net and turning hosts into mindless, violent murderers. In the dawn of a new world, when Psy are still scared, confused and trying to adjust, infection
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice. It was nice to be back in the universe. The story was nice and the characters were nice. I know that 'nice' can seem like a 'bless your heart' type of word and I don't mean it that way. Nice here isn't bad, but it is far from OMFG THIS IS AWESOME! Although I wasn't disappointed with this story, I was bummed it wasn't better. To be honest, I was expecting a Judd (Caressed by Ice) 2.0 and that was the biggest problem because I know how invested I can be in a couple in this world and I just w ...more
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Re-read 10/26/14 - After finishing Rock Courtship, I felt like revisiting some PNR Singh and thought I'd re-read this one to see if it grew on me more...unfortunately the review below didn't go up any and still stands...


This was a rough one for me. I love Nalini Singh. I love Vasic. I LOVE this series.

I was excited for the greatness I have come to expect from Goddess Singh. But how did I feel?


It took FOREVER for any action (both plot-wise and sexytime-wise) to happen.

And wh
Sophia Triad
Vasic (psy) and Ivy (psy)

It was too late the first day we met. You're inside me, and I 'm inside you. It's done.

After Judd Lauren, we get the story of another Arrow. This book definitely moves the story forward. Empaths were always considered defective when Silence was introduced. Now maybe they are the only chance Psys have to stop the uncontrollable infection in the Psy world. Vasic and the other Arrows need to protect these Empaths and Ivy is one of them.

Vasic as a character is amazing. Anoth
Nalini Singh did it again! I love her stories and I really enjoyed this one, too. Also the fact that we got to see more of Kaleb and Sahara was a huge bonus. We got to know more about the Dark net and how it looks like, also new questions and some answered ones. The journey is a great one, full of romance and also a vision of the future that the Psy might have. We also got to met new characters that are surprisingly lovely and add so much to this story. I loved Jane and how she kept pushing Vasi ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling amazing series just keeps growing better and better with each book.

The world-building is complex, multi-faceted and imaginative but most of all she has established a world that is real and believable, which almost fades into the background getting a reader to focus on the characters and the stories.
“Insanity, blood-soaked death, murderous aggression, this is who the Psy were before Silence. No other race, it is said, bred more vicious, more intelligent, or more s
In the Psy-Changeling world, Nalini Singh has built a race of cold, merciless killers who are often portrayed as untouchable. However, in SHIELD OF WINTER, the thirteenth book in the Psy-Changeling series, Singh explores the hidden passion of Vasic, the Arrow.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as the last book. But there was something so sweet and tender about Vasic’s character that absolutely melted my heart. Sometimes, when Singh isn’t too careful, her warrior heroes ca
I adore Nalini Singh, really I do, and I love her even more for sending me an advanced reader copy to review. I’ve been a huge fan of the Psy/Changeling world from the start. I mean who could pull it off to make even rat shifters sound sexy? Right from the first moment I read the first line introducing Vasic, the cold TK-V Psy with the silver eyes I wanted his story. And Nalini Singh delivers again a fascinating story with my favorite Psy taking over the center stage.

The Psy-Changeling series i
OMG. How can I love this series so much after 13 books?! I so love it! It's just gotten better and better.

This one brings another contender for favorite of series. It joins book 3, Caressed by Ice and book 12, Heart of Obsidian as my favorites. These Psy males are ruining me for all alpha males to come!

Meet Vasic. left by his birth father at age 3 to be be trained as an arrow, Vasic has his protective heart conditioned out of him. He's literally the walking dead when
3.5 I love Vasic but....

I didn't really feel anything while reading this book.
I absolutely loved Vasic, he's one of the greatest Psy out there, so I'm pretty sure it's my fault and not the other way around.

Still, it's a fun book with more action than I expected, so yay!
Worth trying out!
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Stars No Spoilers

The thing I love about the Psy/Changeling series is that no matter who the relationship revolves around there is always a new facet or dimension that makes it just different enough that I always fall into the story wondering how it will resolve itself. With each new book more connections are made in this world and I love still seeing characters from previous books intertwined with the new romantic couple as the underlying story progresses.

This is a story about the very secre
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I love Vasic, even though his name is suspiciously close to the name of some really tasty pickles.

I am realizing that I like the psy men in this awesome world that Singh has created better than the alpha-male changelings. It's the strong silent type, I guess. Maybe that's why I married an English guy. I'm good without too many emotions running wild because we all know that I am emotionally incapable of angst. It would seriously annoy me to have some guy vomiting feelings all over me every

Not as good as the last book, but I was expecting that since the story, characters, and romance in Heart of Obsidian were spot on… It was obvious no later installments would top that.

-Vasic and Ivy were decent enough characters, they were rather cliched and predictable though. Ivy was the typical Mary Sue, her personality was pretty much the same as Sascha, Faith, and all the other psy heroines from earlier books. There was nothing real or complex about her, I didn't hate her but I didn'
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The day i read this book I was seriously like

and ever since Kaleb, Aden and Vasic made an appearance in the earlier books I was like:

Anyway onto the serious review.

Rating~ 4.5 Stars.

I know as with many fans of the series we were all eagerly waiting for Vasic's book to be released (ever since he said he was tired, and seemed suicidal and some of us were greatly disappointed that he wasn't going to end up with Aden). SoW is mainly about Vasic an arrow and Ivy an empath psy, but we see alot of ou
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Definite minor, possible major, spoilers -untagged-

Vasic is an Arrow. Trained from a very young age(just four) to withstand the most grueling physical torture, the worst mental conditions, Vasic is now a man raised in pain and Silence. And then his new assignement comes. He and his men are to protect the newly awakened Es as they train to reach their potential and hopefully save the PsyNet from the corruption that's been steadily driving the Psy race first to madness and then to death. Ivy J
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: 3rd June 2014
This book is... amazing. Ms. Signh writes her usual beautiful prose and characters and relationship.

2nd read 29th November 2014
Buddy read with Maru and Sarah
When I heard the song, I thought of Ivy and Vasic:
Alex Hepburn - Under

3rd read: 1 June 2017
Georgia ♥
5 Winter of the Soul Stars


Love, hate, guilt, redemption, honor, loyalty, friendship. Everything, Psy have turn their backs to. Now they are back to haunt them and claim vengeance.

If you follow this series, you know...

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

Kaleb Krychek, declared the end of an era. Silence, Psy's sanity and punishment, has fallen. And now the world stands at crossroads as blood bathes the streets. People are dying all around the wo
I can't wait to see who will be his "mate".
For those that wanted Vasic to be with Aden , just NOOOOOOOO!
I understand the appeal but even if it was possible the truth is, they aren't suitable for each other. They are both too broken to heal and save the other. Aden only looks more whole than the other Arrows, because he's the leader, he has a responsibility to protect all of them. But deep down he's as broken or even more than the rest, especially because he's a F of some kind (like he s
Chitra *CJ*
"The Man I was, the man I am, the man I will be, the man I want to be, they all belong to you. Always"

Oh MY!
"Shield of Winter" is the wonderful story of Vasic and Ivy.
For long term fan of NS and her Psy Changeling series- this blooming love between two Psy was a visual treat.
When Silence fell after Kaleb's dissonance and control in "Hearts of Obsidian", TK-V Arrow Vasic is pulled down by his past and decides to dedicate and end his life to helping others.. until he gets the mission of guarding
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I must admit that this series is better and better with each book!!!
I don’t know how is it possible, but it’s a fact!!!

The story is getting more intricate, more interesting, simply more !!!

What I appreciated here is the masterful way the story involved many couples from the previous books. It was really flawlessly done! I got to see how the relationship between them had grown and evolved. Still I could feel their love and dedication! Wonderful!

I loved the main couple: Vasic and Ivy. What a great
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
This was exciting and charming and I cannot believe the series is this good after this many books still.
I feel quite let down.
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I mean, if Singh intended to make this book all about the situation in the PsyNet, she should have picked another character to write about..Aden or Alice would work just fine...but Vasic??? I expected his book to ROCK! All it did was disappoint me.

Lack of romance.
Dragging plot.
Little steam.
Too flowery prose.

And not that I'm nitpicking here, but the word 'shield' was wayyy overused.

To top it all, the solution to the problem of PsyNet infection was rather anti
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
Reallllly enjoyed this one. Oh Vasic *fans self* LOVED him. LOVED Ivy. Loved the overall story line with the infection looming in the psy net. Loved Judd giving sex advice :) An excellent addition to this series.

Full review to come closer to release date
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I admit I was unfair the first time I'd read this book. I just wanted more for one of my favourite characters. This time I paid attention to everything (or almost everything since I keep finding things in these books I haven't noticed before). I enjoyed it more than before.

Now I am certain that Nalini Singh never just mentions a character - the Psy who managed to fight off compulsion to kill people and almost killed himself defying it in Mercy/Riley book plays a very important role here. Next ti
4 ½ stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance

This is one of the all-time best, most intelligent, and well written paranormal romance series, and Shield of Winter is another fantastic addition. The romance between Vasic and Ivy was so beautiful and moving. I just loved them together! *Swoon*
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Vasic and Ivy's story, not to mention some major plot points in the larger world finally coming together! Vasic is an unfeeling arrow with a traumatic past, and Ivy is an empath learning to use her abilities now that Silence has fallen. I loved seeing Vasic slowly open up to Ivy's love and both of them discover how they are better together than they are apart. Continuing to love the series.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

There are several reasons why you WILL fall in love with Vasic. He’s loyal, he’s fierce, he’s caring, he’s protective, he’s possessive. He’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a man all wrapped up in a deep layer of ice. Ice that has hardened to a glacier throughout the years. But that ice is slowly cracking. The Arrows are some of the psy’s who follow Silence as a necessary way of life. The conditioning they’ve received since they were kids is both harsh and heartbreaking.

Now that Silence has
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