Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #2
Published by NYLA on September 16, 2011
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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Claire Shannon is a killer. She uses no weapons, only her mind.
Born on a planet locked in a long war, Claire is a psycher, a woman with the ability to attack minds and infiltrate a biological computer network where psychers battle to the death. But when the war abruptly ends, Claire must hide her psycher's ability to survive. She is deported to a new planet, a vivid beautiful place, where she meets Venturo Escana, a powerful psycher, whose presence overwhelms both her mind and her body.
She thought she had left war and death behind, but now she must fight for her new life and this battle might just cost her everything...
This right here.
I loved this. LOVED.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started Silver Shark. I’d just finished reading Silent Blade and I *guess* I was expecting it to be more like Silent Blade.
Silver Shark both is and is not like Silent Blade. The books are in the same series so of course they are a lot alike. Both books (plus Of Swine and Roses) served as inspiration for Hidden Legacy, both books are Sci-Fi and both have some deception in it. But they are so different, too. Silver Shark is centered around something called the “bionet” – I would compare the bionet to the Matrix (of the movie The Matrix) without all the humans being used as batteries, lol – while Silent Blade doesn’t have the bionet at all.
What really captured my interest in Silver Shark were the characters. I loved Claire – she is the epitome of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Claire was forced into her planet’s military as a teenager and spent the next 14+ years as a solider – Claire is a “psycher:” a Kinsman with the ability to to telepathically contact and/or attack and kill another with the mind. Only psychers can access the bionet. Claire faced each obstacle head on and never flinched. She is intelligent, brave, strong and so loyal. Watching Claire rebuild her life was pretty amazing, especially the way she hit the ground running while still finding the strength to help others. The only thing that ever through Claire for a loop was Venturo Escana. Meeting Venturo hit Claire like a 2×4 to the back of the head.
A tall blond man stood with his back to her. He turned at their approach and Claire almost stumbled.
He had a strong, masculine face, with a square clean-shaven jaw. On Uley, blond people had a washed out, sickly look, their skin too white, their hair verging on transparent. His skin was flawless bronze, his hair a pale , almost white gold. His broad shoulders strained the fabric of his tailored light-grey summer doublet, the outlined of muscle on his chest and arms plainly visible under the thin fabric. Everything about him, from the way he turned , graceful and perfectly balanced, to the way he held himself now, communicated health, strength and power. He was sun-kissed, golden and overwhelming.
In her mind Lienne smiled. “Are you sure you’re hiring her because you’re buying her hard luck story and not because she looks at you as if you’re made of gold?”
They knew. They both realized her reaction to him. It must’ve been so apparent, a blind man could’ve seen it. How embarrassing.
I liked Venturo quite a lot, too. I liked that he was willing to take a risk with Claire – even when family was telling not to. I love the way he treated her with kindness and respect for her person as well as her intelligence. I loved watching Venturo and Claire get to know each other and the fact that it was so clear that Venturo was romantically interested in Claire. I LOVED the ending. hehehehehe
I think that one of the reasons I enjoyed Silver Shark more than Silent Blade is the length – Silver Shark is almost 50% longer than Silent Blade which really gives the author time to build good characterization.