Sunday, June 30, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh

42374078. sx318 Title: Wolf Rain
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #3
Author: Nalini Singh
Format: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published: June 4th 2019 by Berkley
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series...

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems--if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters--and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

Crystal's Thoughts:
Nalini Singh is a sensational author that never disappoints. With eighteen books in a series, chances are that they're not all going to be five-star reads, but I can promise you this - you will enjoy every single one regardless.

Readers return to the Snow Dancer den in Wolf Rain, where Lieutenant Alexei finds the unimaginable... a grief-stricken woman held captive in an underground habitat. Memory has been held against her will by a strong Psy since she was a little girl, with only her pet cat and psychotic jailer for companionship. Used against her will for his deadly purposes, fearing both the monster outside, and the one within too much to attempt escape. When a handsome wolf penetrates her cage, Memory knows that he could be her only chance at freedom, and to put her friend and pet to rest. They don't trust each other, and they're both have secrets, but unbeknownst to them - they're exactly what the other never knew they needed...

Wolf Rain is as creative and complex as any other story in the series. Despite the end of Silence, the psy are still at danger from themselves, and there are many in the world that do not trust the tentative peace between psy, changeling, and human. In this tale though, we move away from the attacks against the Trinity Accord, and focus on the degradation of the psy net and the unexpected villain that it births. As well as a new type of empath, a designation that they didn't know they needed until now. These new threads to the ongoing series-arc is what captivated me most about this book. I love the intricate details that the author weaves in to keep the series fresh and exciting. The villain's additional perspective throughout the story gave me chills.

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, Memory wasn't my favorite heroine of the series. That being said, I still liked her character. She is a strong, determined Psy who is struggling to find herself in the midst of chaos and while also accepting and understanding her power. Alexei was also a little meh for me. I had trouble understanding his actions at times. These two did not have an easy romance, and there is a lot of push and pull between them. Mixed signals. Confused feelings. Alexei is trying to come to terms with the death of his brother and his brother's mate, and the possibility of turning rogue himself if he was to ever find a mate. Rogue changelings is a topic that has only been whispered about in the changeling packs, and while Alexei's family history is heart-breaking, it added another depth to the story and series. Memory and Alexei's romance is a slow burn; as they get to know each other and themselves, and learn to trust in their feelings. However, there were a lot of fun moments between them as well. I loved how Memory played with Alexei, getting him to loosen up a bit. Alexei's need to take care of Memory, while still giving her her independence was also heart-warming. Some of our favorite empaths, Arrows, wolves, and leopards make an appearance Wolf Rain. Hawke and Sascha play an integral role with the two main characters, and we see another facet of Hawke in his role as alpha that we haven't quiet seen yet.

All together, Wolf Rain was another stunning addition to the Psy-Changeling series. This is one of my absolute all-time favorite paranormal romance series ever, and one of the few that I religiously keep up with after so many releases. It's a series without equal. I'm crossing my fingers for Singh to return to Russia with the next installment. Where ever she takes us though, I know that it will be phenomenal!

Suggested Reading Order:
Psy-Changeling Series:
Book #1 Slave to Sensation

Psy-Changeling Trinity Series:
Book #1 (#16) Silver Silence

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