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Allegiance of Honor, by Nalini Singh

27 Jun

AllegianceofHonorWell, I finally read something, and it’s actually something new, so, yay.

Sadly, it really, really didn’t work for me.

Quick caveat: there’s some explicit language, there are a couple of explicit sex scenes, and it’s the fifteenth full length book in a series with pretty complex world building. Which basically means: all the spoilers for all the books that came before. Plus, a reader new to the series would be completely lost in a sea of in-world references and jokes.

Further, the whole point of this book, as stated in the author’s note at the beginning, is to be “a walk through the interconnected lives of many of the characters who’ve become important to us over the past books and novellas.” (This, by the way, turned out to be a rather big problem for me.)

Seriously, if you are not already a fan of the series, reading this novel first will put you off even trying any of the other books.

So, let’s get on with the review–which is long and somewhat ranty, by the by.

Allegiance of Honor, by Nalini Singh

I have had mixed feelings about this book since it was first announced, mostly because it was described at some point as a bridge between the first and second arcs in the Psy/Changeling series. In the first arc, the world is unveiled, and a number of conflicts between the three main factions are revealed and, mostly, solved. In each novel and short story, different aspects of the world and these conflicts are explored and revealed, while following the stories of a series of couples who are, in their own way, integral to the resolution of the overall story arc.

In this novel there is no central pairing or love story, and while there are a few (very thin) threads that advance the overarching conflict between the three human groups, it’s mostly composed of little vignettes about…well, almost every character that’s even been mentioned up to this point.

The blurb:

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Wild Invitation, by Nalini Singh

2 Mar

Wild InvitationIt is not a secret for regular readers of my humble blog, that I am a fan of the Psy/Changeling series. Early last year I made a push to finish reviewing all the full length novels in the series, on time for the release this summer of Shards of Hope, the fourteenth title.

However, and despite having won an ARC copy of this all Psy/Changeling novellas anthology back in February 2013 *wince*, I have only reviewed one of the novellas in the series: “Whisper of Sin,” from Burning up.

Operating on the principle that late is better than never, and because a second Psy/Changeling anthology (this one is all new stories, yay!) is in the works for release some time in 2016, here is my review.

Warning: there’s some graphic sex and cursing, and newcomers to the series may be lost–particularly on the last two stories–because of the world building. Read at your own risk. For readers who are behind in the series, the last two stories are spoilerish for Kiss of Snow and Tangle of Need, respectively.

Wild Invitation, by Nalini Singh

This one-author anthology was originally released in March 2013. It contains four stories, though only two were written for it. I’m reviewing them as they appear in the book, though the blurbs for the first novella is from the original release.

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Shards of Hope, by Nalini Singh

3 Jun

(Please see edit – 06/05/15)

Shards of Hope cover

A day late, but here you have my thoughts on this latest installment in the Psy/Changeling series.

I was hoping to get my own, hard cover copy by June 2nd, so that I could double check a few things against the ARC I received a few weeks ago, but alas! amazon is not happy with me, so it’s not shipping until next week. (So much for pre-ordering.)

I am likely to read my print copy soon after I finally get it, regardless (I’ve read the ARC four times already); if there are any changes significant enough to warrant it, I’ll edit the review accordingly (with notes).¹

As I’ve said in the past few reviews for the series, I advise readers new to the Psy/Changeling world to start with any one of the first four titles. At this point, there are too many long running threads in the overarching story arc, plus a lot of world-building detail, to be a comfortable entry point for the series.

Finally, the heroine was abused as a child, and some of this and other abuse is discussed in detail at various points in the novel.

Shards of Hope, by Nalini Singh

Back when this book was first announced, I was very excited to see that the two main characters were Arrows. Not only have the Arrows so far been great characters (Judd is probably the best hero in the series), I have been intrigued by Zaira since we met her in Tangle of Need. Not only is she the first female Arrow we meet, her interaction with Judd in that book hinted at true badassery.

Then, as if it wasn’t already a foregone conclusion that I was going to gulp this book down the moment I could get my grabby little mittens on it, this blurb was posted:

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Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

30 May

Shield of WinterI’m pushing this horribly, but since Shards of Hope comes out next Tuesday, I really don’t have much time to fool around.

Behold, my review of the thirteenth full length novel in the Psy/Changeling series!

Same caveat as for the past several installments: if you are new to the series, don’t start here. Slave to Sensation is the first book, but you can read Visions of Heat, Caressed by Ice or Mine to Possess out of order without appreciable spoilers. After that, I strongly urge you to read the series in order.

Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

As far as I can see, this is the first post-Silence story,¹ dealing with the fallout of the events in Heart of Obsidian. Not only is the Psy Council truly dissolved, but a new ruling body has surged unelected–and uncontested–from the rubble.

This ruling coalition sees before it a Herculean task: to maintain calm among the Psy around the world, while dealing with the insidious and fast growing rot that is killing the Net, before the strain is too much.

Blurb from my hardcover copy:
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Heart of Obsidian, by Nalini Singh

25 May

Heart of ObsidianSo much for posting one Psy/Changeling review every Monday–I still aim to catch up before Shards of Hope comes out on June 2nd, or at least on the day.

(Wish me luck, pretty please?)

For anyone who is a fan of the series but hasn’t yet read all the previous books: you really don’t want to read this book before you’ve read everything that comes before.

Hell, you don’t want to read this review before you’ve read everything that’s come before.

If you are new to the series, you may enjoy the romance aspect better than you would in some of the previous books, because this novel is more focused on the couple.

However, a lot of the world building will be more than a bit cryptic, and some of the interstitial stuff may seem utterly extraneous (it’s not). This is, after all, the twelfth full-length novel set in the Psy/Changeling world (never mind the novellas and short stories).

Finally, there is violence, in the past and yet on the page, in the form of flashbacks, towards the heroine; some of it is just mentioned in passing, some of it is described with some detail. If those are triggers for you, you may want to think twice before reading this one.

Heart of Obsidian, by Nalini Singh

When this book was released two years ago, the anticipation was immense. Fans knew that this novel was finally going to answer a number of questions that had been building for almost the entirety of the series–most notably, the identity of the Ghost.

The secrecy around the book was so tight, even the blurb didn’t answer any questions or, really, provide any real information about the story between the covers (which some fans took as a personal insult, something that makes me smirk to this day):
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Tangle of Need, by Nalini Singh

12 May

(My apologies for the scheduling snafu–I had not realized that Ms Croteau’s book was coming out on a Monday, so I had to flip the posts.)

Tangle of Need coverOn the positive side, I’m still on track to catch up on the reviews by June 2nd, release day of Shards of Hope, the fourteenth novel in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series.

Same warning as last time, for anyone considering starting the series with this book: seriously, don’t do it. You can read pretty much any of the first three, perhaps even the first four books out of order and not miss too much (though a few bits from the previous novels are spoiled if you do that).

But this particular novel depends too much on what has happened in the Psy/Changeling world up to this point. I sincerely believe that anyone coming in cold to the world and jumping in here would have some trouble following several of the story threads, and perhaps grow to dislike the entire premise as a result.

Also, there are some passing spoilers for all the previous books in this long, long review.

Without further ado:

Tangle of Need, by Nalini Singh

This is the eleventh full length novel in the series, and one that I struggle with a bit, for reasons explained below.

The main story line in it revolves around two dominant wolf changelings from the SnowDancer pack.

For readers who don’t re-read and may have forgotten, Adria is Indigo’s aunt and was introduced in Play of Passion. While not as dominant or as high in the hierarchy of the pack as her niece, Adria is dominant enough to have become a senior soldier–basically, one short step down from the lieutenants–almost a year before, at just twenty five.

Riaz, who is also introduced during Play of Passion, is one of the Pack’s ten lieutenants. A lone wolf type, he has just recently returned to the den on a permanent basis, after having spent years acting as business person and pack liaison in different countries of Europe.

The (ugh) blurb, from the author’s site:

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Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh

4 May

Kiss of SnowAnother small step on my quest to catch up with my reviews on the one series left in my auto-buy list. In fact, this is the only series I still pre-order in hardback. Consider that your warning for reviewer bias.

I plan to review the remaining three books each Monday until the release of Shards of Hope, with a review for that book going up on June 1st.

For readers coming cold to the Psy/Changeling series, please note: this is the tenth full length installment.

I would strongly discourage readers to start with this one, not only because there is too much background and too many characters in the world, which could be confusing if not overwhelming to a newcomer; but because this particular story, this couple, have been building up for at least five books, if not more. By starting here, you would miss the absolutely delicious anticipation build up.

Also, this review spoils some things revealed earlier in the series–read on at your own peril.

Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh

Finally, Sienna and Hawke’s book! (If I used gifs, there would be a Kermit flail here.)

Avid fans of the series–re-readers in particular–have noted that Ms Singh managed to pepper a number of cryptic, small, almost invisible hints about this couple as early as Slave to Sensation. The tension between them, however, becomes pretty obvious to even the most oblivious reader (and character) at least as far back as Branded by Fire. 

As a bonus (at least for me), we also get Lara and Walker’s story, which is hinted at with just a couple of scenes a couple of books earlier.

Here’s the blurb from the jacket of my print copy:
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