ARC Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

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ARC Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
Silver Silence

4.5 Stars


Book Info

Released: June 13th 2017
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1
Pages: 320
 

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“Now, we come to the crux of why I loved this book: all’s I can say is…bears. If it weren’t so unprofessional I would also be adding a million heart emojis at the end of that.”
~ Under the Covers

This book proved me so wrong. I thought I was beginning to fall out of love with Nalini Singh, the last few books in her Psy-Changeling series have disappointed me. And then came Silver Silence and the start of a spin off series. I was sceptical. Was it just going to be more of the same? Was I in for another disappointment? Yes and no.

Yes, because it was more of the same Nalini Singh, but old school Singh. Silver Silence reminded me of her earlier books. These are the ones that I initially fell in love with and the memory of which has kept me reading her newer releases even after experiencing a streak of books that I haven’t really enjoyed. I loved them that much. Like the earlier books this was heavily centred around the romance between Silver, a Psy woman you will be familiar with if you have read the original series, and Valentin, a new Changeling character who also brings along with him a whole new culture.

Now, we come to the crux of why I loved this book: all’s I can say is…bears. If it weren’t so unprofessional I would also be adding a million heart emojis at the end of that. I adored the bears, it was hard not to. From Valentin the alpha of the bear clan to the adorable gangster cubs. They are brash, loud, playful and choc full of charisma, it was easy to see why Silver fell for Valentin and risked everything to be part of it.

What I really liked about Singh’s Psy-Changeling series was that although (to begin with) the romance was the most important aspect of the book, it also pushed the main story arc forward. In Silver Silence Singh has gone back to the same model. The balance was just right, heavy on the romance, but with a bigger story in the background which helps bring characters together. The story builds on what was created in the Psy-Changeling series and continues exploring the pitfalls of a fallen Silence. This is why I highly recommend that you read the Psy-Changeling series before starting on Trinity. It lends a much deeper, richer read when you understand the background and some of the other characters. I believe you could read and enjoy this without having read the original series, no doubt you would enjoy the romance; however, I find it hard to disassociate the original and look at it as an entirely new series.

Bottom line: I went into this book expecting same-old same-old and to continue falling a little out of love with Nalini Singh’s books. Instead, she smashed my expectations and reaffirmed why I pick up every single thing she writes. With the aid of some adorable bears she has breathed new life into her most beloved series.

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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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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I haven’t read her Psy-Changeling series.

Alex

I am so happy to see this review!! I was in the exact same boat as you, so in love with the earlier books but disappointed by the last few that just haven’t had that magic I fell in love with over 10 years ago. I’m so glad to hear that SILVER SILENCE takes it back old school. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough!

Kathy Valentine

Great review!! On my tbr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

So glad to see the books are back to being like her earlier books and yay bears!!!

Sophia Rose

The bears were a big hit with me, too. I can’t wait to see how gets their story next

Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne