Book Critique – Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity # 1)

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A fitting beginning to a spin-off from the original series, making the readers wonder where else will Nalini Singh take her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species - Psy, Changeling and Human - trying to live in balance.

August 9th was National Book Lovers Day. Had been a busy day for me to post a review honoring that day. Here is one about a book from one of my favorite authors, a day late.

Silver Silence is the first book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (16th book in Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh published in June of 2017. The central plot revolves around Silver Mercant - Director of the worldwide Emergency Response Network "EmNet" - and Valentin Mikhailovich "Mishka" Nikolaev - Alpha of the StoneWater Bears. The plot is set in Moscow in the year 2082.

After the fallout of the Psy Council, the three species - Psy, Changeling and Humans - work towards creating balanced world for all of them through the foundations of The Trinity Accord. Silver Mercant plays a very key role by taking up the directorship of EmNet and striving to keep all three species on same plane. However, someone tries an attempt on her life.

Enter, Valentin Nikolaev, Alpha of StoneWater Bears, who gives her shelter and protection while Silver's family work on identifying the killer. Silver and Valentin are thrown together under one roof, which creates a pull between them. Silver stuck with her Silence, and Valentin as stubborn as a bear he is, it is fun read to see how they both walk towards a middle ground and find each other. But more threats are cropping up that could create imbalance and chaos all around. How they work through that is the rest of the plot.

After reading the Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh, I had craved to start another series by her. So I took up the Rock Kiss Series, but the second book is only in digital format and I am still not into the digital books yet.

So I ventured into another one of her series - the Psy-Changeling Series. However that series has already been published with 15 novels and 10 novellas. So I picked the next best thing, her spin-off of Psy-Changeling series - the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series. However, as I am reading the book, I agree with one of the reader - Lindsey Gurner - commented to me that I should read the parent series from the beginning and that I would love it. So far I totally agree with her.

With the various characters from the earlier books popping up and terminology like Silence Protocol, Honeycomb, Psy Council, The Coalition, Territorial Wars, etc. you might every well be finding me the same - reading the parent series from the beginning.

Every chapter opens with a quote or conversation from other characters from this series and the parent series that were told in years past. Since the book is set in 2082, some of the quotes were from a near future of the current time we are living in, and some were as historic as our past is. She made some of the characters from our real past into Psy and Changeling. Interesting twist to the timeline I must say, although makes me wonder if any of the quotes were from the actual books the characters were in.

The amount of scientific technology and medical advancement that Nalini Singh shows in the plot is far more futuristic than one can imagine. Yet, there are bits and pieces of them that I remember reading as cutting edge or upcoming next generation kind but not yet fully successfully experimented to be used by general population. A world with that much advancement could be a better place, and yes, there would be equal harm also done if used in evil way.

Just like her Guild Hunter series, this one has hooked me from the beginning making me wonder why I didn’t pick the parent series in the first place long ago. One thing I noticed though is that somewhere in between the plot slowed down a bit and became a little mundane for say a couple pages. Other wise it is a book that I couldn’t put it down until I finish.

A fitting beginning to a spin-off from the original series, making the readers wonder where else will Nalini Singh take her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species trying to live in balance. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. There are several Psy Designations that are thrown around by the author Nalini Singh. I wondered if there was a list of all of them some where. And true to that, some fan had posted about them here.

b. Silver's family includes - Arwen (her brother, Pavel shows distinct interest in Arwen), Ena (her grandmother)

c. Valentin's family includes - his sisters Anastasia "Stasya" (his second-in-command), Evanova "Nova" (their Chief Healer, mated to Chaos - their Chef, have a child named Dima), Janika "Nika" (mated to Phoenix, a human and cousin of Bo Knight); his grandmothers Babushka Caroline and Anzhela, his mother Galina Evanova.

d. Valentin's immediate clan includes - Pieter "Petya" (his third-in-command), Pavel "Pasha" Mayakovskevich Stepyrev, Yakov "Yasha" Stepyrev, Zahaan "Zasha", Taji and Inara

e. Valentin also trying to figure out why a bear clan was in Angola at one time. 

f. Dewei Nguyen, was a Psy who had mated with the StoneWater Bear pre-Silence time. Pavel and Yakov are his identical twin great-grandsons.

g. Svetlana "Sveta" Valeria Kuznetsov seems to have hidden Psy abilities, mostly of an empath.

h. Bowen "Bo" Knight, Security Chief of the Human Alliance, has a sister Lily. Their chips to block the Psy, installed in their brains, are deteriorating causing danger to their lives. He challenges to Kaleb to find a solution for Humans so they can block the Psy. Bo is killed in this plot. Someone who had been introduced as the key character for the series, I wonder why Nalini Singh expunged his role so soon. I wish she could have shown more of Bo to us readers.

2. Sub-Plots: 

a. Characters from the Psy-Changeling Series that pop up here:

i. Kaleb Krychek - a Dual Cardinal, mated to Sahara Kyriakus.

ii. Lucas Hunter - a Leopard Changeling representing all the Changelings for the Trinity Accord. His mate is Sascha Duncan. He has a Psy-Changeling child.

iii. Ashaya "Shaya" and Amara Aliene - brilliant Psy scientists. A rebel group destroyed their research on an implant that would help all three species. Dorian Christensen - a Leopard changeling and Sentinel is Ashaya's mate.

iv. Arrow Squad:

1) Aden Kai - leader of the Arrow Squad

2) Vasic Zen - his second-in-command, lover to Ivy Jane Zen (member of The Ruling Coalition, an empath Psy)

v. Surviving Council members:

1) Anthony Kyriakus - related to Sahara? -  and  Nikita Duncan - Sascha Duncan's mother -  now part of The Ruling Coalition. But there seems to be a relationship between Anthony and Nikita

2) Ming LeBon, Shoshanna Scott and Tatiana Rika-Smythe (unknown fate)

vi. Sophia Russo and Max Shannon - the only known Psy-Human pair.

vii. Samuel Rain

b. The various Changelings we see during the course of the series are

i. StoneWater Bears headed by Valentin Mikhailovich "Mishka" Nikolaev. 

ii. BlackEdge Wolves headed by Selenka Durev. Margo Lucenko is head of Silver's building security.

iii. DarkRiver Leopards - Tamsyn is their healer.

iv. SnowDancer Wolves - Brenna from that clan is a computer geek like Pavel and Yakov. Her mate is an assassin.

v. BlackSea Water changelings - Malachai Rhys is one of their members.

c. The Consortium is an organization working against the Trinity Accord and trying to destroy the thought of having Psy, Changeling and Human on the same plane. It is headed by someone who calls themselves The Architect, and believed to be a woman.

d. HAPMA - Humans Against Psy Manipulation - is another rogue organization committing crimes on Humans in the name of protecting them from slavery to Psy, even after Psy have started to change their ways from the previous Council. One of the key person for this shadow organization is David Fournier.

e. The Ruling Coalition of the Psy - newly formed coalition after defunct of Psy Council. Members include - Kaleb, Anthony, Nikita, Ivy Jane, Aden

4. Grammatical / Character / Plot / Geographical / Historical / Mythological Errors:

a.  On Pg. 232, Line 15, shouldn’t it be "…didn’t cause her…"


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