Monday, June 12, 2017

Review + Excerpt- Silver Silence by Nalini Singh


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Release date: June 13th, 2017
Published by: Berkley
Page numbers: 496


I cannot even begin to express how excited and grateful I was when my request for Silver Silence got approved on Netgalley. I am a HUGE Nalini Singh fan. She is one of my favourite authors and I have been following the Psy-Changeling series religiously. Silver Silence is the start of a new season in this brillaint world. With it begins the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. I LOVED this book.

Okay to begin with I'd like to say that you could start with Silver Silence even if you've never read the Psy-Changeling books before. But you'd miss out on the fine nuances so I'd highly recommend starting from book 1. As the title suggests this book is Silver Mercant's. Silver has been such a mysterious character from the moment we've met her. Her silence seems unbreakable and the bonds she shares with her family go deeper than anyone can understand. Silver's emotions and her thought processes were so fascinating. I loved the person she was once she opened up.

Then we have Valentin Nikolaev, our hero and the alpha of the StoneWater Bears. Oh my god. What can I say about Valentin? He's one of the best heroes Nalini Singh has written. Valentin was a great alpha, protective of his pack. He was adorable with the cubs. He cared so much about Silver and never gave up on her despite knowing that the odds were against him. He had a great sense of humour and you could see all that in his pursuit of Silver.

I loved Silver and Valentin together. They slowly but surely overcame the obstacles thrown their way. They made for a great pair and no two people deserved love in their life more than Silver and Valentin. I also loved the entire bear clan. Some of their antics were so hilarious and their reason for every single thing was so simple. Because bears. They portrayed to the world that they were simple minded but underneath the bears were actually highly intelligent creatures. 

The world Nalini Singh has created is vast and complex and I simply can't get enough of it. There are political conspiracies and some people don't want a peaceful world. The psy, changelings and human races are at a critical point and need to work together. I am also extremely curious to see how Nalini Singh takes Bowen Knight and the Human Alliance's plot forward. There is just so much to look forward to in this endless world of possibilities. I loved Silver Silence and I would highly recommend you pick it up!

*Note: A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

Laughing at the cubs’ antics, Valentin jogged down the slight incline and waded into what had to be ice-cold water after kicking off his boots and socks. He splashed the cubs, laughed when they splashed him back. Running so they could chase him, he turned abruptly and chased them back, to their unhidden joy.
Silver took a seat on the grass. When the female bear looked her way, she inclined her head in a silent greeting. The bear did the same, then they both watched an alpha bear play with two energetic cubs, his hands holding rough care for their small bodies.
By the time Valentin made his way back to her, he was drenched and his eyes weren’t human in any way. When he spoke, his already deep voice was so low it felt like thunder against her skin. “Couldn’t resist,” he said, pushing back his wet hair with one big hand. “If you weren’t in recovery and if I wasn’t in terror of Nova’s wrath, I’d have invited you. The small monsters wanted to play with you.”
Silver didn’t get to her feet. “Can we stay here a little longer?” It was patent that Valentin had an extremely high tolerance for the cold, but he might want to dry off.
“Sure,” he said, and, moving away several feet, shook off the wet.
Fine droplets settled on the skin of her cheek, but she didn’t flinch at the unintentional tactile contact. She also controlled her urge to reach up and touch the water where it lay against her skin. There was no reason to do that, and Silver was alive because she only did things that were rational.
Settling beside her, Valentin waved at the cubs as their guardian led their tired forms toward a path in the trees that was at the same level as the stream. “Gentler climb,” Valentin told her.
“They seem too exhausted to make it to Denhome.
“It’s all an act—they’re hoping for a ride on their aunt’s back.” His tone held the same fond affection she’d heard when he spoke of Dima. “It’d take more than a few minutes’ play in the water to wipe out those two.”
The cubs had played with Valentin for almost a half hour. “They’re hyperactive?”
“They’re baby bears.”
Silver watched as those baby bears turned toward her and rose up on their back paws, as if in challenge. A stern sound from their caretaker, and they dropped down and scrambled to catch up with her. Their bodies disappeared into the trees as dusk began to turn from orange to shadowy gray.
Beside her, Valentin sprawled out, bracing himself on his elbows. His drenched T-shirt clung to the ridged muscles of his abdomen, pulled tight across his pectoral muscles, shaped itself over his shoulders. His jeans weren’t much better, outlining the raw muscle of his thighs.
Valentin Nikolaev was a man of violent physical strength even in human form. Yet he clearly had iron control over it; when he’d played with the children, they’d displayed zero fear of their alpha.
“You thought about where you’re going to live when you escape the bears who’ve kidnapped you?”
When she raised an eyebrow at him, he grinned. “Fringe netter with his own Internet channel sent out a breaking report last night. Pasha—who obviously needs more work duties—made up a fake account and posted a comment swearing to have seen you being pulled into a black van by six burly bears in bear form.”
“You don’t seem too concerned.” Amber eyes and deep voice, he remained very much a bear in human form.
“Well, according to this ‘eyewitness,’ the getaway driver was in bear form, too. Must’ve been tough for him to steer with one paw since he was drinking a beer at the same time.”
Bears,” Silver said, making Valentin throw his head back and laugh that huge laugh that wrapped around her.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2017.

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