by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on June 14th 2016
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The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world...
The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.
But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.
To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?
The Psy-Changeling universe is as vast and as complex as the characters that inhabit them. Which is why, the Psy-Changeling series from Nalini Singh is undoubtly my favorite PNR series ever. Granted, I’ve not read that many PNR but when I do, I tend to measure them against this series.
Allegiance of Honor takes place after the events in Shards of Hope. Or thereabouts. It’s post silence. The Consortium is now but a shadow of its former glory and a new power block is emerging. One that is committed to give Changelings, humans and Psys a chance to live in peace. But there are obstacles in the way, and the Dark River leopards, the Snow Dancer wolves, the former Arrows and former allied Psys must confront these unseen enemies.
There was so much happening in this book. This book was so encompassing in its scope that it can be sometimes overwhelming. Allegiance of Honor is part extended epilogue, and part prequel. It connects all the overarching plot points from the previous books to future ones. We get to touch base with the previous couples in the series, get caught up with their lives after their HEA, see how some of the villains are coping with their loss of power, and we also get a definitive HEA for Riaz and Adara. We also find out about the Forgotten, the health of the Psy-net network, the BlackSea changelings, and so many more, which brings us to my one issue with this book: the lack of a central couple that grounds the story together.
One can argue that Lucas and Sienna is the main grounding couple in this book, but while they do get a bit of page time, it’s a bit of a stretch to call them the main couple. I feel so conflicted because I understood the need for the multiple POVs but there were times when they were just overwhelming. We get those epilogue type moments, which I enjoyed. I loved Hawke’s and Sienna’s page time as well as Lucas’ and Sascha’s but that’s because they’re my favorite couples. Others…it’s okay but I didn’t outright loved them. I did love the Riley and Mercy bit as well as Vasic and Ivy Jane’s and Riaz’s but other than that, I’ve forgotten most of the couples in the series. *hangs head in shame*
That said, I loved LOVED the new information about the Trinity, about the Blacksea changelings, the new shadowy villain, Naya, etc. If you’re a fan of the series, you can’t miss this book. Some vital information are revealed here. So while the lack of central core was a problem, reading this was worth it. Plus, the world building. Nalini Singh is a master world builder. I am in awe of this author’s talent for creating such a complex and vast world.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s not my favorite in the series but it still captured my attention. I loved the characters and the world that Nalini Singh created, and I’m looking forward to more stories from this series.
ARC provided by Berkeley in exchange for an honest review.