Thursday, June 2, 2011
BOOK REVIEW:Kiss of Snow
Author: Nalini Singh
Release Date: June 2011
Nalini Singh's exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is back.
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home and the alpha who is its heartbeat...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan and travelling around Asia before returning to New Zealand now - although she's always plotting new trips. She has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, not necessarily in that order. Some people might call that inconsistency, but she calls it grist for the writer's mill.
Kiss of Snow is the tenth book in Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series. With the number of books Singh writes each year it is great for avid fans such as my daughter and me. It is also great how Singh has a couple of series to follow, she is quite prolific. The Psy-Changeling world is an exceptionally written and complex universe. It's such an engaging series, I can't help but be hooked.
The SnowDancer pack was once again the target of a few members of the Council. While there was a war of sorts in here with Henry Scott (and another Psy acting as the mastermind), it's still setting things in motion for a larger scale war. The sexual tension between Hawke and Sienna is nearly explosive. Hawke doesn't take too long to come around to the decision that his wolf has been pushing him towards - pursue Sienna.
Kiss of Snow has quite a few things going on: against the backdrop of Hawke and Sienna confronting their feelings for one another, there is the ongoing war with members of the Psy Council, a secondary romance between SnowDancers Walker and Lara, and the tension surrounding Sascha giving birth. Besides Hawke and Sienna's story there was a secondary romance between Sienna's uncle Walker and Lara, the SnowDancer's healer that was very sweet and lovely. We also get to see a lot of Judd, Brenna, Lucas, Sascha, Indigo and many of the other characters we love and have come to care for in the series. The overarching storyline of growing tension between the Psy and the Changelings continued with a skirmish towards the end of the novel with some casualties on both sides.
All in all, Kiss of Snow was brilliantly written.