5 stars – A heady and phenomenal opener to a new series arc
Many thanks to Gollancz and Stevie Finegan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end 🙂
The ‘unparalleled romantic adventure’* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world . . .
The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.
But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy . . . and changeling.
To find the lost, protect the vulnerable – and save Trinity – no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?
My first thoughts upon receiving a review copy of this book was “oh thank you! I can’t wait!”
Then I read the note from Nalini at the beginning of the book and I admit I fan-girled real hard over the fact that everyone would be involved in this beauty.
Normally ensembles put me off as I find they’re a bit too much of everyone but Nalini nailed this. A hole in one on the ensemble front. Brava!
Each section was laid out perfectly in terms of where everyone was and how things progressed with everyone involved and there wasn’t any “I don’t know where I am in the story” like there can be.
Each character had their turn and it was amazing.
The opening scene to Nalini ‘s books are usually amazing anyway but the opener to Allegiance was stellar.
There has been war, destruction, piercing love.
That sums up the past ten years of Psy-Changeling life pretty nicely and opens the series to a whole new arc with a whole lot of something to give.
As fans we know the characters well but Allegiance brings it into stark reality that things are not always what they seem. Take Kaleb for example – we know him as a emotionless Psy who loves only one and no other. This book shows us Kaleb’s capability for other things quite nicely.
I don’t want to give away too much for the people who haven’t read the book (is that even possible?) But Allegiance opens up a whole new can of worms for the next books in the series.
This book was entirely too emotional for me on many fronts. I – no word of a lie – had a little sniffle at quite a few parts in this book where things happened that I just did not expect.
The time of endless darkness was over.
I don’t feel I can finish this quote without giving away a bit of the story so to avoid that – read the book!
Another thing? PUPCUBS!!! We finally have a reveal on the pupcubs and Nalini why oh why did you make us wait that long for them?! It was soooo good.
I definitely lost the betting pool on the pupcubs. But I don’t mind as the reveal was beautiful.
Allegiance was classic Nalini and the only downside to it was that it finished.
The characters were as always perfect and the execution flawless. It’s a book that you would be hard pressed to put down.
In all Allegiance of Honour is a heady opener to a new series arc and I can’t wait to see where the characters end up next.
A parting quote that I loved:
Heroes, I’ve learned, don’t always wear white. Sometimes they come from the darkness, shadows among shadows.
The giveaway post is here and has been running since 30th June and will run until 7th July and is UK only.
It’s for a chance to win a hardback copy of Allegiance of Honour.
Many thanks to Gollancz and Stevie Finegan for providing me with a copy for me to giveaway.