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Release-Day Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)

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Silver Silence by Nalini Singh // VBCSilver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
Nalini Singh
Published: Jun. 13, 2017 (Berkley)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review 

Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the Psy-Changeling series. If you haven’t started that series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Slave to Sensation.

When Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of Russia’s bear Changeling pack, arrives at Silver Mercant’s apartment to deliver a report (because he’s a tiny bit obsessed and needed an excuse to see her) he interrupts her breakfast. Which turns out to be a good thing because her food was poisoned. Valentin gets Silver to the hospital in time to save her life. There he meets her grandmother, head of the powerful Mercant family and a woman no one says no to. So when Grandmother decrees that Silver will stay with Valentin in the bear den during the search for the would-be assassin, she really can’t refuse. And Valentin is thrilled at the chance to win Silver over.

Silver Silence is reminiscent of early books in the Psy-Changeling series with a more straightforward romance plot, which makes sense since it begins a new story arc. The obvious parallels to Sasha and Lucas’s romance in Slave to Sensation help the comparison. Like Sasha, Silver is more “human” and adaptable than most of the Psy, despite her insistence that she must stay Silent. Still she’s overwhelmed by the bear Changelings at first.

Just like with the American cats and wolves in previous books, we get to meet lots of children in the den. The bear cubs are just the cutest things ever! I’m also excited about getting to know Valentin’s brothers and sisters more. I’m sure that some of them are going to be the focus of future books. The local wolf pack plays a role in the story as well and I also look forward to seeing more of them, along with the rest of the Mercant family.

Singh divides the story into two parts, before and after a certain event in Silver’s life. I felt like part two, which is only the last quarter of the book, wrapped up much too quickly and didn’t make Silver work to overcome the obstacle to her HEA. I was thinking I might have a five star read on my hands, but that abrupt ending really bothered me. Still I’m happy to be back in the Psy-Changeling world and so excited about getting to know these characters better.

Psy-Changeling is one of my favorite series and probably the one I recommend the most often. I don’t know why anyone would want to skip the earlier books, but

I think you could start with Silver Silence if you’re okay with a few spoilers, primarily for Vasic’s book, Shield of Winter. (I was surprised how much he came up in Silver’s story.) Kaleb appears as well, but most of the other characters we’ve met before play very minor roles.

Sexual content: sex

2 Responses to “Release-Day Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)”

  1. Amy M says:

    I liked what you said about the ending and the things that Silver has to overcome. I felt the exact same way. But, still it’s Nalini Singh and Psy/Changeling and you can really never go wrong with either one. Great Review!

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