Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh


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I have to sheepishly admit that I’ve had a review copy of Silver Silence since last year. It slipped through the cracks and I never got to it. When I saw that the audio book was in at the library, I decided that the time is now! I need to catch up on the series before Ocean Light comes out in June. Guys, I loved this book! I listened to it when I was in the car, and read the review copy whenever I had an extra second. What a great hero, and what a fun book!

I was kind of hesitating on this because we have a huge shift in location to Russia. Gone are the wolves and cats I have come to love. I wasn’t ready to get to know the bears, and Silver Mercant? I thought she was okay as Krychek’s capable assistant, but I wasn’t convinced she would make a worthy heroine. I stand corrected. All of the characters in Silver Silence were extremely likeable, from Valentin and Silver, to Ena Mercant and all of the bears. I love the bears. They make the wolves and the cats look bland and lifeless in comparison. 

After an assassination attempt is made on Silver’s life, Valentin, who has been nursing a bear-sized crush on Silver since the moment he met her, suggests that she come to Denhome and hide out with his clan. She would be safe as a brick of gold in Fort Knox, and Ena could track down the would be killers without having to worry about her granddaughter. Though Silver isn’t too keen on the idea, she relents.  If someone was able to sneak past the security of her apartment building and poison her food, she is clearly not safe at home. So, she reluctantly moves in with the bears. And my oh my, she is in for a courtship that will spin her head. What a lucky lady!

The banter between the characters was delightful. Valentin and Silver made a great couple. The destabilizing threats they faced to the fragile peace between the Psy, Changelings, and humans were compelling, and kept me glued to the story. I enjoyed everything about this installment of the Psy-Changeling world, and I am primed for the next book. This is one of the longest series I have read, and I am amazed that I am still enjoying it. I tend to get tired of long series and drop them eventually, but the author keeps switching things up enough that I keep coming back for more.

Grade: 4.5 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

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…

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