Feature book: Kiss of Snow
Kiss of Snow is Book 10 in Nalini Singh’s wonderful Psy-Changeling series. While it is mainly Hawke and Sienna’s book, there is also a nice secondary romance between Lara, the SnowDancer healer, and Psy/SnowDancer, Walker Lauren. And, it’s all set against the background of a coming battle with Pure Psy directed against DarkRiver, SnowDancer and two Psy Council members.
I had wondered if the age difference between Hawke and Sienna would bother me but really, it didn’t. Sienna, while only aged chronologically 19, had to grow up very quickly—she was taken from her family by Ming LeBon when she was only five and, given the nature of her powers (she’s a Cardinal X-Psy), was forced to learn iron control at a very young age. Hawke is 35 (or maybe 34) so there is a significant age difference—it is one of the factors that Hawke uses to try and keep Sienna at a distance. Of the barriers in their way, this was the one that was the most believable to me. The other Pack members and DarkRiver leopards all accept the Hawke and Sienna pairing long before Hawke does and the book does a great job of showing the intense chemistry between the two, so it’s just obvious that they belong together.
Which brings me to the other main barrier to their HEA—Hawke’s childhood love for Rissa, who died at age five. Hawke knew that Rissa would be his mate and when she died, he believed he could never share the mating bond with any other—because wolves mate for life and there is only one. I always had a bit of a problem with this—Hawke wasn’t actually mated to Rissa, so where’s the problem? Also, in other books, the mating dance seems to occur without any conscious initiation from either party, so how could Hawke be so sure it would not start with Sienna? It felt a bit like Singh had painted herself into a plot corner and the getting out of it was, for me, not as successful as I had hoped.
The chemistry between Sienna and Hawke was palpable and the love scenes were sizzling. Hawke starts off trying (and failing miserably) to stay away from Sienna and there was a frustrating push/pull until they decided to embark on a relationship. The next part of the book was the most enjoyable for me because I was fascinated by the how of their relationship—I knew, had known for a very long time, that they would be together and so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time getting there—in many respects, I had spent the previous nine books getting there(!) How Sienna was going to handle the alpha wolf was the part I was most looking forward to and the scenes where they ‘play’ (and no, I’m not being euphemistic here) were, for me, some of the best in the book. And, may I say—Walker Lauren—who’d have thought he was a sex god?!
How Singh resolved the Cardinal X factor was, I thought, very cleverly done even though to some extent I’m still trying to put it all together (science-y type things not being entirely my thing). Singh has created such a fascinating world in this series and it’s one I really enjoy visiting. I’m still trying to work out who the Ghost is and what part Kaleb Krychek will play (will he get his own book do you think?) and I can hardly wait until Ming LeBon gets his full comeuppance.
There was one other very special thing in this book—Sascha and Lucas had their baby! Awww! If you want to know gender/name etc—Read the Book!! 🙂
reviewed by Kaetrin