Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini SinghAllegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Series: Psy-Changeling #15
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 14 June 2016
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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 honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

The Delight

A unique and innovative long epilogue-style story for a large and colorful cast of characters that acts as the bridge between the first season of a compelling and riveting futuristic paranormal romance world of the Psy-Changlings into the second season, that of the new Psy-Changling Trinity series.

Review

Allegiance of Honor is book fifteen and of all the books in the series that must be read in order this is the one.  The author explains before the book opens that this one is different from the rest of the series and has a different purpose.

It spends time with the major players and some secondary ones tightening up and even finishing off some of their storylines while setting the table for what is to come.  It flips scenes swiftly though the reader is never confused as to who is the narrator and focus of the scene.

While it snapshots each romance pair from the novels and novellas to a certain extent, it does focus on some more than others.  The romance and passion is that of established pairs and how they are becoming family-types and addressing what family and family ties are coming to mean.

There are also a couple of new story threads like Xavier on his quest to find his Nina, the Black Sea Changlings and their quest to find a kidnapped pack member, the unknown and dangerous Architect of the Consortium, a few rare snippets giving great insight into the backstory of Nikita Duncan and a full-circle moment involving Kaleb as a youthful hero.

It was unique in element and construct, too.  It has the distinction of being swift moving because of the rapid scene changes, but also slow-paced because it is more character than action-driven.  It pauses on daily life moments both at home and in their work to keep the Psy-net healthy and foil Consortium plots.

I went in with the right expectations after reading other reviews and the author’s note so I didn’t get surprised or have to adjust to the difference between Allegiance of Honor and the rest of the series that came before it.  It was a huginormous gift to the fans and I will cherish the warm fuzzy this one is while looking forward to what is to come as everyone under the Trinity Accord gets ready for what the Consortium is planning to throw at them next.

My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    Sophia Rose this author is definitely on my wish list. Knowing me which series should I start with? Thanks for the great review

    • I would definitely recommend starting with the first Psy-Changling book, Slave of Sensation, because everything going on in this next season is built on what came before it. And there are some great romances and exciting suspense plots in that group, too. 🙂

  • Wow, the 15th in the series – must be a good one. I do have one of Nalini’s books in my tbr pile and plan to read something from her soon.

    • Yes, its a long-standing series, but was well worth picking it for this year’s series challenge and making my way through. I love her Guild Hunter series, too. She’s a great story teller, Velvet. 🙂

  • I have a few of her books but yet to read one. But your review makes me want to grab one right now. Alas, I have commitments. 🙂

    • Oh, I have definitely been there and still am, Aleen. Always so tough to figure out how to fit in all the books I want to read. 🙂 Hope you get the chance to start book one soonish.

  • Sounds like she did an awesome job with it. Good to have that warning, too, I’m sure. I can’t believe there are 15 of them! Holy cow.

    • Oh, yep, the warning is important because this one is structured so different. I was definitely glad to not go in blind and wonder what in tarnation I was getting. 🙂
      Fifteen! And now there are a whole new set of the Trinity ones. 🙂

  • You know this series is my favorite, and I’m happy you keep enjoying the Psy-Changeling’s stories as well 😀 Your review is fantastic! You would have converted me for sure if I hadn’t read this already 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend, Sophia!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Ha, good to know I would have hooked you in, Lexxie. I can really see why this is a huge favorite for you.

  • This is one of my favorite series. I am reading Silver Silence right now and it is FAB! Good review.

    Stopping by as part of the Get Social event hosted by the Herd. You can find me at http://bambi-unbridled.blogspot.com.

    • I am chomping at the bit to read that one, Bambi. 🙂 Good to know it is well worth my anticipation.

      Sure, I’ll pop in for a visit. Love meeting new to me bloggers and book lovers. 🙂

  • Ann Lorz

    I really love her books. They are some of my favorites. (Get Social Event) Romancing the Readers http://www.romancingthereaders.blogspot.com

    • I am sad to finally be getting caught up. 🙂 They are definitely good stuff. Thanks, Ann for stopping by!

  • Thank’s for the review. I love this series. I had fun visiting all the previous characters in Allegiance and setting up for the new series. Visiting for the #getsocial17 event.

    • Yes, the revisits were the best part and I’m so eager for the next phase in the series.

      Thanks for dropping in, Angela! 🙂

  • ErinMickC

    This book reminded me of an epilogue too. I liked it, but it took a shift in thinking on my part! #getsocial17

    • Exactly so, Erin! It did take a shift so I was glad everyone warned me. LOL.

      Thanks for visiting for the #GetSocial17 event!

  • Hmmm, a gift to readers, so this one is special? I’ve not read this series so I’d be utterly lost if I started here (I wouldn’t start here!). I just got book one and I may read it soon. 😀 Fantastic review, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It really was, Alyssa. Hope you enjoy it when you start the first book. 🙂