- Berkley Books
- Release Date
- June 2019
- Book 3 of Psy-Changeling Trinity
The fate of millions of lives hangs in the balance in this new Psy-Changeling Trinity novel from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh…
Kidnapped as a young girl, her psychic powers harnessed by a madman, Memory lives a caged and isolated existence…until she comes face-to-face with a wolf. Labelled an empath by her bad-tempered rescuer, Memory knows that her ‘gift' is nothing so bright. It is a terrible darkness that means she will always be hunted.
But Memory is free now and she intends to live. A certain growly wolf can just deal with it.
Alexei prefers to keep his packmates at bay, the bleak history of his family a constant reminder that mating, love, hope is not for him. But Memory, this defiant and fearless woman who stands toe-to-toe with him awakens the most primal part of his nature—and soon, he must make a choice: risk everything or lose Memory to a murderous darkness that wants to annihilate her from existence…
Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
May 14, 2019 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
34 people found the following review helpful
Nalini Singh's über-popular Psy-Changeling series probably needs no introduction that far gone into its second series, set in the future when the Trinity Accord has been signed and a cautious peace has settled amongst the three races populating an alternate version of Earth.
The Psy-Changeling verse has expanded so much by this point that it's practically impossible to jump into and rush through WOLF RAIN as a standalone. By and large, I did think Ms. Singh handled most aspects of the sheer size/weight of her own intricate world-building quite deftly here: the precarious juggle between the bonds of pack and romance and the weighted history that the races have, the larger, wider implications of the collapsing Psy-Net, the latent and new threats and the supporting characters who still have dedicated scenes for readers who can't let them go.
WOLF RAIN deals with the subtleties of the Psy, or rather, the subtleties of the Empaths who'd been cast aside who rose to prominence after the fall of Silence with the introduction of a rather aggravating, loud-broadcasting captive Empath Psy who simply doesn't fit the designation E to a tee. After a quick look at other changeling groups in the first two books of this new season however, WOLF RAIN for this reason, feels oddly like a return to, or at least, a lateral expansion of the Snowdancer/Dark River-centric books where changelings shifters mostly get paired with their former Psy enemies. Alexei Vasiliev Harte finds his mate in Memory here (battling a serial-killer at the same time) while sub-plots push forward the ongoing story of Psy-life after Trinity.
Every path is a hard-fought one, on the personal and the collective level--reflected by the longer than usual narrative--and needless to say, Alexei/Memory's one is also a push-pull based on experience, insecurity and fear. Admittedly, this is a pairing that didn't enthrall me as much as Ms. Singh's other couples and as a romance, didn't quite live up to other pairings that had moved me a lot more…so this sort of impacted my rating of the overall story.
Still, I liked the nuanced exploration of the fascinating PsyNet that draws so much from facets of computer networking and meta systems and that alone perhaps, makes WOLF RAIN worth it.
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