Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | Review + Excerpt

Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 13, 2017 (out now!)
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1; Psy-Changeling #16
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...

Silver Silence is sort of the spin-off of the 15-book Psy-Changeling series--the start of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series.

You're probably wondering if you have to read the first 15 books in the series, and I'm going to say yes. Okay, I guess you can get away with not reading the other books, because we're introduced to a whole new cast of characters, new developments, different locations, and it's sort of a new world now with the destruction of Silence and with the new alliance between the Psy, the Changelings, and the humans. However, you lose all the back story and the all the rich world-building that already been established. In Silver Silence, the world is expanded and your reading experience is further enhanced if you read the previous books.

Silver Merchant, Kaleb Krychek's senior aide and head of the worldwide emergency response network, is total badass ice queen. And Valentin Nikolaev, the StoneWater bears' alpha, recognized her badass-ness and has been trying to court her since he met her. Not everyone is happy with the new fledgling alliance between the Psy, Changelings, and humans and when Silver became a target and her would-be assassin at large, she takes refuge with the StoneWater clan for her own safety. 

I love Silver and Valentin together and individually--they're just perfect together. Their romance was a slow burn, which I loved. Silver thinks Silence is the only thing keeping her sane, and Valentin challenged her to think that there may be another way. Valentin was the absolute BEST--one of the best Changeling men in the series--Hawke is still my #1, but Valentin is way up there. He is good-natured and fun teddy bear.

Everything I love from the previous books featuring the Changelings--playful clan moments, love of family and clan, lovable alphas--I found here too, with the added pleasure of learning about the bears and how they play and their dynamics with each other. I enjoyed the glimpses we had of previous beloved characters, as well as meeting new ones like Bowen Knight, the leader of the Human Alliance--I know he'll be getting his own book. Silver Silence is a fantastic start to the new story arc of the incomparable and epic Psy-Changeling series. I am so excited to see where Nalini Singh takes the story, but she's an absolute genius so I know she'll take it to unforeseen heights.

I'm keeping this review nice and short, but Silver Silence is a must-read for all long-time Psy-Changeling fans like myself, as well as an entry into this fantastic world for new readers.

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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