Silver Silence is the first novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (or the 16th novel of the Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh.
Finished on: 21.1.2018
[Here are my reviews of the other books in the Psy-Changeling series.]
Psy, changelings and humans have come together under the Trinity Accords. The peace and cooperation treaty is still in its infancy, but Silver Mercant plays a central part as the coordinator of a joint emergency response network. That’s exactly why somebody tries to kill her. It’s only due to chance (and his growing obsession with her) that Valentin, alpha of the bear changelings, catches wind of the attempt. He knows that Silver needs a place to lie low and he can give it to her. And maybe he can give her even more.
Silver Silence is the start of a new story arc of the Psy-Changeling books – officially the start of Season 2. Having followed the series from the beginning, I can’t say that I feel much of a break between Season 1 and Season 2, but that doesn’t matter because it achieves again what I’ve come to expect and love from the series.
Silver Silence generally manages a good balance between being formulaic and familiar; and being fresh so it doesn’t become too repetitive. The only thing that wasn’t as strong as usual was the world-building. For me, a big part that keeps me glued to the series is the world Singh created which is excellently constructed. But in Silver Silence, there isn’t much of a development. Starting a new season can be both an opportunity to recap and an opportunity to do something entirely different from the usual. Singh opted for the former, which makes it easier for new readers I guess, but left me wanting a little more. (Although there is the first really major death in this book, too [if I remember correctly]. It came as quite a shock for me, so there was something new as well.)
But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t involved in the story. Silver Silence is quite a page-turner again with Valentin and Silver being lovely protagonists who I liked both. I also enjoyed the bears and their party culture.
Plus, I am happy to report that there are more gays in the story – queerness was long missing in the entirety of the world and it looks like Singh is finally catching up here. There are even hints that there will be a romance (which got me hoping for a book for the two of them, but most likely it will be developed in the background).
I’m looking forward to the next installment of the series. It continues to be one of the longest and most satisfying series in my bookshelf.