Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Babs’ review of Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
Paranormal romance released by Berkley Books on June 13, 2017

Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest 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…

I’m a huge Nalini Singh fan and loved this book. I was super excited when it was announced this would be Silver Mercant’s book and include bears! Things move quickly from the very beginning and don’t really slow down. Valentin, the alpha of StoneWater bear changelings, has bear stuff he’s dealing with. His crush on Silver is cute and his playful pursuit of her is the only time he gets away from Denhome. I love that through everything, he always believed Silver could do anything. Silver is changing careers, standing up a new organization under the Trinity Accord, and cementing her place in the Mercant family hierarchy. Basically being a badass. Both the Mercant family and the bears fascinated me. I hope we get more of both in this new arc, Psy-Changeling Trinity.

Silver Silence starts a new story arc for the Psy-Changeling series. Someone who doesn’t have my issues with reading series in order can probably read it without reading the other books in the series but why would you?! Psy-Changeling series is awesome!

One of my favorite things about these books, and that continues in Silver Silence, is the extensive world building and political machinations between the three groups—humans, changelings, and psy. Even though silence has fallen for the psy, there’s still political maneuvering. Humans are trying to get more equal footing with psy and changelings. Psy are still trying to figure out how to live without silence (for those who can or choose to give up silence) and intertwined with humans and changelings. Changelings continue to protect their families, business interests, and territories.

Part 1 focuses on Silver and Valentin’s budding relationship. They’re forced into close proximity for a period of time, exposing Silver to Valentin’s adorable family (can we get a novella with Nova and her mate? Please and thank you!) and clan members. Things progress nicely then a huge issue comes up that may tear them apart (and the crying starts…now!).

On to Part 2 and the end. The resolution of the romance between Silver and Valentin felt a little rushed to me. Silver’s position seemed pretty clear at the beginning of Part 2—there wouldn’t be any changes. She’d made her choice. Then it starts changing and pretty suddenly for me it’s completely different. Maybe I was reading so fast I missed how that happened? I needed more time to re-build their relationship. Otherwise another incredible story from Nalini Singh! I like the new direction for this series and can’t wait to read more!

Grade: B+

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

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