Book 1 in the Psy/Changeling Trinity series
Author Nalini Singh
Narrated by Angela Dawe
Publisher: TANTOR MEDIA:
Publication date Jun 13, 2017
Running time 16 hrs 3 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious . . . and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed . . .
As always, Nalini Singh offers a well-built world; like Silver Mercant, the female protagonist is this, she prepares for everything and controls the universe. In my mind, this is not so much a new series but a sub-series or spin off of the Psy-Changelings series. Do not go in thinking all will be revealed; it is best to have read at least one of the prior books.
While the world is well controlled it seems to me the characters act without ample motive. I have a hard time imagining the changes a couple of days in a bear clan den seem to wreak on the very reserved Silver. Is it Valentin or is it the bear cub, Dima, who cracks open her shell. Regardless, of who it is, the cause of the change did not, for me, warrant the effect.
The storyline can be a little confusing; especially if you are distracted. I work out as I listen or walk on the beach and it is not always convenient to jump back 60 seconds as I contend with traffic or children running into my path or making sand castles.
Each chapter is opened with a quote and/or a character identifier: The Human Patriot, The Architect or a quote from a book within the Psy-Changeling universe. They all seem “right,” and even wise, so I was pretty impressed with that.
Much of it takes place in Moscow, so when Singh’s character immediately says she speaks Russian which seemed unnecessary. And, of course, the guy who grooves on Silver is an alpha-bear-changeling. You do not dick with a bear; it’s just dumb.
While the narrator’s voice is pleasant and the characters are nicely brought to life by the — what do we call it: Acting? Narrating? Narracting? — there were just too many accented characters. She did a laudable job, but it was just a bit over the top.
If you are a lover of Nalini Singh’s superior writing style, and you get the world she has so diligently created then you will love this book in any format.