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Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #1; Psy-Changeling, #16) by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #16, Psy-Changeling Trinity #1
Published by Berkley Books on June 13th 2017
“Welcome to the Age of Trinity.”
“Even after all this time, Silver did not understand bears.”
FINAL DECISION: Moving the action from San Francisco to Moscow, Singh kicks off the new “season” of the Psy-Changeling series with the compelling story of Silver Mercant, a powerful Psy woman, and the alpha bear shifter, Valentine who breaks through her silent walls.
THE STORY: Silver Mercant is the uber effective assistant to the most dangerous man in the world and has also taken on being the coordinator for the new worldwide emergency response/humanitarian response group. She has also acquired an admirer in Valentin Nikolaev, the Changeling Alpha of the StoneWater bear clan. Valentin has been courting Silver for months — making sure to meet with her instead of her boss, leaving her food and appearing at her apartment unexpectedly. When an attempt is made on Silver’s life, Valentin makes it his business to help protect Silver. In a post-silence (aka a world where the intellectual Psy are allowed to feel emotion) Silver must decide whether to break her own Silence to embrace a potential relationship with her self-proclaimed “teddy bear.”
OPINION: I approached this book with a bit of trepidation. When an author puts out a book like ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR and specifically states that she is moving to a new stage in a beloved series with a new focus, a reader who loved the original series might be concerned. I’m happy to report that while this book moves the series in new directions with the introduction of new characters (and changeling groups), this is still the Psy-Changeling series that I love. And maybe a better version of itself.
“Something always seems to get broken when a group of bears is out to have a good time.”
I’m constantly amazed by the amount of detail and differentiation that Singh is able to create in her Psy-Changeling world. For the first time, we get to meet the bear changelings in detail. And, oh, what a wonderful group these are. Cuddly, messy, outwardly and unabashedly emotional, partying. These bears are different from the cats and wolves that the series was previously embedded with. I love how Singh makes each of these changeling groups different and distinct from the other groups. Each group has a different culture, a different history, a different set of value priorities and yet they remain unmistakably changeling in their attitudes. I had thought that I would always love the cats the best, but these bears certainly made an impression on me.
Valentin is a different kind of alpha hero. He is definitely a dominant and in control, but he is also sweeter and more outwardly romantic and emotional than the other alphas we have met. (I didn’t think an alpha hero could beat the sexiness of Lucas Hunter, but Valentin certainly does). He is strong and yet funny and has a soft heart that he is not afraid to show others. He ends up being a surprisingly good match for the efficient and smart Silver.
Silver is as competent and complex as we have seen through the series. She has a difficult journey in this book. (Yes, I ended up crying about half way through). And I never expected where this book went. While this is not the first (or even second or third) Psy and Changeling pairing, Singh always manages to keep the journey of the particular romantic pairing separate and unique. Silver and Valentin are not like any other couple we have seen in this series — and that is a beautiful thing.
Pairing a wonderful couple with a political thriller is old hat for this series. But this book gives us new enemies and (perhaps) allies to get to know. A series that never rests on its laurels or gets repetitive, SILVER SILENCE is a winner on all levels: emotional, complex, funny, daring, intriguing and a beautiful testament to love and devotion.
WORTH MENTIONING: The story has moved away from familiar stories in the San Francisco area that series readers are used to and yet this book exists in that world and doesn’t feel separate at all.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SILVER SILENCE is the first book in the new “season” of the Psy-Changeling series. Known as the Trinity series, this book is connected to what went on in the previous 15 books in the Psy-Changeling series and yet really starts out in a new direction. New readers could start here and catch up fairly easily, but I don’t know why anyone would. Start at the beginning of the Psy-Changeling series because this is one of the best series out there.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to be able to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.