Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Review: Silver Silence by Nalini SinghSilver Silence by Nalini Singh

Series: Psy-Changeling #16
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 13 June 2017
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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New York Times bestselling author 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...

The Delight

A new season, new cast members take center stage, a new insidious threat arises, and I am all anticipation for the opening of the Psy-Changling Trinity era.

Review

Silver Silence is part of the ongoing Psy-Changeling series as #16, but it also has the distinction of being the first of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series.  I know a great many people see this as a good opportunity to jump in and skip what came before since this is Season Two, but I really wouldn’t advise it.  If you care about the worldbuilding details, the whole previous large cast of characters who some of which are part of this one, and the plot threads that began and some still continue into this one then you’ll want to go back to the beginning.  That said, newbies to Singh and the series would not be utterly lost to jump in here though they would definitely feel the knowledge of all the connections of this book to what came before it.

So, this is, the Psy, Silver Mercant’s story.  Silver has been a minor character as has her family through the last quarter of the first season.  I was eager to get her story and learn more about her enigmatic and powerful family who operate in the shadows.  Silver and the Mercant clan definitely lived up to my expectation.

As did the plot on this one.  The Consortium is still working to over throw the new tentative era of peace and the Trinity Accord, but it is now joined by a new volatile group who want the three races (Psy, Changeling, and humans) to go back to keeping separate.  As a result, there are terrorist attacks, attempts to infiltrate and bring down the peaceful organizations and their leaders from within, and attempts to turn people to betray their own.  Silver is poisoned and meant to die making the world’s emergency response network go down.

But, this does not happen because we have a new player on the scene and my favorite part of the book.  Valentin Nikolaev, the Stone Water bear changeling clan, just stole the whole show for me.  This huge confident bear of a man and bear shifter fell for the ice cold Silver and he pursued her with a gusto.  Okay, actually, the whole clan of bear changelings were too much and scenes just sparkled with color and liveliness.  But as Valentin’s story was laid out, he just grew even better and as he stalked his mate, I was captivated right along with Silver.

Amber eyes stared into her own, her Valyusha’s forehead pressed to hers.  His generous heart deserved to never again feel pain, but she knew he’d endure it because that was who he was.  An alpha to the core.  A man who had never let her down. “Silver F-king Mercant, Ice Queen…  Lyubov moya.” His voice shook on the words of love.  “You will be that to me to my dying day.  If the worst happens and you need me, call.  I’ll be there.  I’ll always be there.”  p. 326 Valentin to Silver in Silver Silence

 

I found this book a slow build on all points, but it does get there and riveted me to my seat.  I saw so much to adore and appreciate and leave me with a long list of characters that I need their story yesterday.

So, this new season got off to a bang-up start and I’m going to struggle waiting until next year for what comes next.  Do not be intimidated by the length of the series.  It is worth it to go from book one and arrive at this fantastic latest entry, PNR fans.

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

Excerpt

Laughing at the cubs’ antics, Valentin jogged down the slight incline and waded into what had to be ice-cold water after kicking off his boots and socks. He splashed the cubs, laughed when they splashed him back. Running so they could chase him, he turned abruptly and chased them back, to their unhidden joy.

Silver took a seat on the grass. When the female bear looked her way, she inclined her head in a silent greeting. The bear did the same, then they both watched an alpha bear play with two energetic cubs, his hands holding rough care for their small bodies.

By the time Valentin made his way back to her, he was drenched and his eyes weren’t human in any way. When he spoke, his already deep voice was so low it felt like thunder against her skin. “Couldn’t resist,” he said, pushing back his wet hair with one big hand. “If you weren’t in recovery and if I wasn’t in terror of Nova’s wrath, I’d have invited you. The small monsters wanted to play with you.”

Silver didn’t get to her feet. “Can we stay here a little longer?” It was patent that Valentin had an extremely high tolerance for the cold, but he might want to dry off.

“Sure,” he said, and, moving away several feet, shook off the wet.

Fine droplets settled on the skin of her cheek, but she didn’t flinch at the unintentional tactile contact. She also controlled her urge to reach up and touch the water where it lay against her skin. There was no reason to do that, and Silver was alive because she only did things that were rational.

Settling beside her, Valentin waved at the cubs as their guardian led their tired forms toward a path in the trees that was at the same level as the stream. “Gentler climb,” Valentin told her.

“They seem too exhausted to make it to Denhome.”

“It’s all an act—they’re hoping for a ride on their aunt’s back.” His tone held the same fond affection she’d heard when he spoke of Dima. “It’d take more than a few minutes’ play in the water to wipe out those two.”

The cubs had played with Valentin for almost a half hour. “They’re hyperactive?”

“They’re baby bears.”

Silver watched as those baby bears turned toward her and rose up on their back paws, as if in challenge. A stern sound from their caretaker, and they dropped down and scrambled to catch up with her. Their bodies disappeared into the trees as dusk began to turn from orange to shadowy gray.

Beside her, Valentin sprawled out, bracing himself on his elbows. His drenched T-shirt clung to the ridged muscles of his abdomen, pulled tight across his pectoral muscles, shaped itself over his shoulders. His jeans weren’t much better, outlining the raw muscle of his thighs.

Valentin Nikolaev was a man of violent physical strength even in human form. Yet he clearly had iron control over it; when he’d played with the children, they’d displayed zero fear of their alpha.

“You thought about where you’re going to live when you escape the bears who’ve kidnapped you?”

When she raised an eyebrow at him, he grinned. “Fringe netter with his own Internet channel sent out a breaking report last night. Pasha—who obviously needs more work duties—made up a fake account and posted a comment swearing to have seen you being pulled into a black van by six burly bears in bear form.”

“You don’t seem too concerned.” Amber eyes and deep voice, he remained very much a bear in human form.

“Well, according to this ‘eyewitness,’ the getaway driver was in bear form, too. Must’ve been tough for him to steer with one paw since he was drinking a beer at the same time.”

“Bears,” Silver said, making Valentin throw his head back and laugh that huge laugh that wrapped around her.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2017.

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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.

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  • RO

    Wow! Nalini has sure held a lot of cool jobs, right? I haven’t read any of her books in quite some time, so it would be take me a while to figure out what’s going on. (lol) Loved your review which shared some good info. Hugs…

    • Yes, she does seem to have gotten around. Bet it helps spice up her writing. 🙂 Hope you get the chance to get back to her books, Ro.

  • Debbie Haupt

    One of these days Sophia Rose I will read a novel by her. One of these days 🙂

    • LOL! Yes, one of these days, Debbie. You’ve got a real treat to which you can anticipate. 🙂

  • Valentin and the bears certainly stole the show. I fell in love with them and I hope we get to see so much more of them in the coming books. I could feel Valentin’s emotions throughout the book and he melted my heart. No wonder Silver couldn’t resist him! Great review!

    • I wish for the same, Tanya. He really did steal the show.

  • I’ve heard such fantastic things about this series, but I haven’t read it yet. I should, even though paranormal isn’t really my favorite. But I loved Singh’s Hard Rock.

    • It’s a great combo of PNR, RS, and Futuristic. Hope you get the chance, Quinn. I still need to read her rockers.

  • Karen

    I’ve only read the Guild Hunter series (loved) and her Rock Star series (eh) but I need to give this one a try.

    i keep hearing about these bears lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Oh, you really do, Karen. Her cats and wolves are great, too. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I haven’t read any of these – wow, there are a lot! lol I’m glad you enjoyed this one, even if it was a bit slow in parts.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Haha, yes there are, Lauren. I read them for my series challenge this year starting back in December and I didn’t skip any of the short stories or novellas. Loved it all, but it is definitely a chunk. 🙂 Well worth it.

  • I have never read these books or author and I feel like I am really missing out on something good. Great review!

    • I got a late start on them, too, Cindy. I started reading the series back in December and hoped to catch up in time for this new release. They were easy to love. Hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • It’s neat she’s starting a new thing up. I’m still around book 6 I believe. One day I’ll have to get back on them. Glad to see you had fun with it!

    • Yes, I love that there is more to come. I was sad at the thought that the series was wrapping up and then I learned it would gain a new series arc and keep going. Yes, one day you’ll have to keep going. My favorites aside from book three are all in the double digits. 🙂

  • This sounds great but I don’t think I’m up for adding a 16 book series to the TBR at the moment… 🙁

    • It can be a bit intimidating especially when you already have other books on the shelf or list to read. I tackled the series for a reading challenge b/c I had several of the books on my shelf.

  • I am glad the story overcame it slows points and kept you reading!

    • Oh yes, even in her slower paced moments things are going on and setting up. 🙂

  • I am really behind in this series. Partly because I started it so late and because I bought book three and even have a picture of it on Instagram, but can’t find it anywhere. I don’t want to buy it twice! I did buy book 11 on a special sale this weekend. Glad you are enjoying these!

    • Drat it when book just disappear like that. I’ve had that happen a few times. But cool that you snagged book 11 on sale.

      Thanks, Lorna!

  • This is a series that I really need to start reading. I had the opportunity to read an arc of this one and really considered it but I had a feeling I needed the previous books to get the most out of it. Great review!

    • I think you’ll enjoy these when you get through some of the other UF/PNR series you’re reading, Carole. Good call on starting with the older season arc. I personally think this would not be a good place to begin.

  • I need to check out this author one of these days…but the length of the series is so daunting! lol

    • Oh yes, worth it, Melissa, though I know what you mean about hesitating when a series is in double digits already.

  • Great teaser and I do love a slow burn sometimes. I’ve heard great things about this series, really need to check it out! Glad it didn’t disappoint. Great review, Sophia Rose!

    • These are great, Cyn! Love the bear shifters in this one and all the wolves and big cat shifters in the earler books. Hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • oh this book was so dang good!! And the bear clan was a nice twist, and the cubs were so adorable? I loved the uniqueness of the bears compared with the other changelings that Singh has written.

    • Yes, exactly, Renee. Each changeling group is not a cookie cutter of the others. They take the traits of their animal natures. But yes, love the Bears so much. 🙂