Title: Silver Silence | Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1 | Author: Nalini Singh | Publisher: Gollancz | Publication date: June 15th 2017 | Num. Pages: 467 | Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
5 stars – As always another brilliant continuation of the Psy-Changeling series and a perfect start to the new story arc
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal…
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 when a Nalini Singh book comes out all other books go on hold and my focus is purely on Nalini and her characters – this time around it was finally about Silver Mercant. For those of you who have read The Psy-Changeling series before you know who Silver is; for those of you who haven’t yet, there are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how purely badass Silver Mercant is.
Senior Aide to Kaleb Krycheck and director of EmNet, Silver Mercant is one woman you do not want to cross. Yeah, she’s the aide to Kaleb who’s a pretty scary dude on his own but Silver Mercant is a scary chick in her own right. A Gradient 9.3 TP Psy with one hell of a sub-designation.
Silver Silence finally follows Silver’s journey from her perspective as all manner of crazy things happen to her, her descent into Silence and her trip down the rabbit hole as Silver Fucking Mercant. Valentin Nikolaev is the alpha of the StoneWater Bears – a highly secretive clan of bears that I’ve wanted to know everything about since they first appeared all those books ago – it feels like a lifetime ago.
It’s always hard for me to review a Nalini book because I want to give ALL the spoilers possible but I also don’t. In Silver Silence a shadow assassin succeeds in poisoning Silver and sets in motion a series of events that ultimately amount to multiple massive terrorist attacks by a new Human group who have appeared out of the ether. It sets into motion the possessive instinct of an Alpha bear with his mate.
This is once again one of Nalini’s brilliant books – but then I say they all are brilliant and I mean it. The writing style had this flow to it that is unparalleled by anyone else, it’s always so easy to read her books, I went to bed at 10 and stayed up finishing it until 12:45 and I didn’t even notice. Her characters are oddly flawless (by this I mean they fit with how they’re portrayed as a species) and each character meshes together perfectly whether they be Psy, Changeling or Human.
The storyline was, as always, explosive with a lovely romantic twist, some utter geniuses of bears and a few new secrets are revealed. The Mercant’s, we learn, are not all they show the wider world, a brilliant quote from the book – literally the first chapter
“To be a Mercant is to be a shadow that moves with will, with intelligence, with pitiless precision.”
If that doesn’t describe a Mercant I don’t know what does.
On the flip side, Valentin is a teddybear with a heart of gold, an ultimate alpha who maybe is a little too lenient than is advisable. His character is brilliant, both funny and serious without being too much of either – quick to laugh, quick to love and love he does. What he’s willing to do and give up for his family, closest friends and his mate are frankly astounding – I don’t think I could do it myself.
He’s sneaky like a cat! He does cat so well for a big lumbering bear. I like the fact that Silver does what she can to help him heal including taking on someone even he won’t try to get back for fear of losing them even further.
The pair of them – as mates – are balanced and I wouldn’t change the pairing for the world.
There’s also a few little side plots that I’d love to see written soon and I’d also like to see that book written as well. Overall, another brilliant first instalment to a new arc of a continually great series.