Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh ~ Review & Happy Release Day

Source:  Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world...

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?

Now Available from Berkley


I have devoured this series.  Then I started over and devoured it again.  I have been beyond excited to get hold of this one.  And while I really did enjoy it, it was not what I was expecting at all.

If you read the blurb, you may notice that something is missing that the other books in this series always have, a couple.  While the series-arching storyline has progressed with each book, there has always been a focus on a couple.  Not so in this one.  It definitely signals a transition, the end of the last and the beginning of a new.  An epilogue to the series so far is the best way to describe it.  

Like any good epilogue, it's enjoyable to read.  Catching up with every couple that has come along in the series is a big part of the almost 500 pages.  The pupcubs join the world and relationships between the different groups are strengthened.  Silence is definitely gone though the pain and consequences of it seem to be moving on with what will come next.  Positions of power are fixed but an unknown head to the Consortium continues to threaten.  It seems that the new will be an ongoing battle with that group.  And I have my guesses as to who the evil behind it is.

The storyline of the child progresses in this book but is not completely resolved.  As the child of a changeling and a pys, she will always be at risk.  The current attempt to hurt her is a large focus in this book.  It is clear the new will include the unwillingness to accept mixed blood and those that are different.  

I was a little surprised that while progress was made on who was behind this threat, it was not resolved.  That, along with a list of lofty goals, has this book ending with the commitment to get things done.  I was also surprised that a certain threat to Hawke's mate was not dealt with.  It is clear there is more.  What remains uncertain is why there was the need for the pivotal moment in the series.  It would make more sense to me if the characters would shift to a different group, like a spin-off does.  Or if time were going to transpire.  Or if a change is focus was going to take place.  But clearly, from the last paragraph in the book, there is much that this group, in this day, and with these tasks need to accomplish.

While, as I said before, I did enjoy this book, it was very much like an epilogue.  Reading it is pleasant but not quite what readers are used to.  With the lack of any explanation as to why this was necessary, I'm afraid many will be disappointed.

For me, I just want the next one because I'm not satisfied.  I need more from this series, from this world, from these characters.  I'm hoping there won't be too long of a wait before we see what's coming.  A new book, cover and blurb that has some hope for what will come next.  Then I'll be waiting and pacing for more of my obsession.


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