Series: , #1, Psy-Changling, #16
Published by Berkley on June 13, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic, Shifters
Sexual Content: Graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
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...
Nalini Singh describes SILVER SILENCE as the start of a "second arc or season" for the Psy-Changeling series and that description feels very correct. Like the previous books, SILVER SILENCE carries with it the history of this world, the compelling characters, passionate romances, and fascinating plot while forging its own path into a new world. I loved seeing the way in which the fall of Silence and the following Trinity Accord has effected all of the races and their interactions with each other. Also, getting to see new changeling groups was a smart thing to do as it not only helps to expand the universe but keeps the series fresh with new character stories.
In the midst of a brave new world, humans, psy, and changelings have formed an uneasy alliance (the Trinity Accord) and terrorists threaten that alliance. Silver Mercant is wrapped up in the politics with the Trinity Accord and through clever plot mechanics, brings the Stone Water bear clan into situation. By having Silver- a name we've run across before in the series- be one half of the main couple of this story we have a link to between the first arc and the second arc. Silver is a wonderfully serious foil to the bears and Valentin, the bear alpha (Sidenote: I love the bears! They're hilarious, loving, loyal, and powerful. Quite possibly my new favorite changlings!). Singh excels at writing emotionally-layered and compelling characters and with Valentin and Silver that skill shines through. It's an odd sort of thought to think of Valentin, the bear alpha as both sexy and absolutely adorable but he is both. His strength is balanced with his gentleness which is what makes him perfect to break through to the icy Silver Mercant. Their relationship goes through some serious challenges that almost had me wondering if they weren't going to actually stay together. I was not ready for sad, adorable bears and luckily that was not the case in the end.
SILVER SILENCE sets up the foundation of the conflicts coming with this arc and tells another wonderful and charming romance. While the overall plan for the rest of this arc is unclear I am happy to continue along the ride with this series.Series Titles:
1. Slave to Sensation
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed by Ice
4.Mine to Posess
5. Hostage to Pleasure
6. Branded by Fire
7. Blaze of Memory
8. Bonds of Justice
9. Play of Passion
10. Kiss of Snow
11. Tangle of Need
12. Heart of Obsidian
13. Shield of Winter
14. Shards of Hope
15. Allegiance of Honor
- Dark Lover by J.R. Ward