REVIEW: NALINI SINGH – WOLF RAIN

REVIEW: NALINI SINGH – WOLF RAINWolf Rain by Nalini Singh
Also by this author: Silver Silence, Ocean Light
Also in this series: Silver Silence, Ocean Light
Series: Psy-Changeling #18, Psy-Changeling Trinity #3
Published by Berkley on June 4th 2019
Genres: PNR, Sci-Fi
Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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four-half-stars

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.

WOLF RAIN

by Nalini Singh

When a series is still going strong at book 18, still intriguing, still surprising, then it has something special that makes it outstanding from the rest. Both the Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling series are favorites of mine because the worlds Nalini Singh has created are complex, huge, creative and stunning. I could spend weeks in this universe and never get bored and I get excited whenever a new installment lands on my Kindle. With WOLF RAIN we are going back to the Snow Dancer den and our beloved wolves.

Alexei and Memory were super-cute. Alexei had a beautifully playful side that I absolutely adored. He and his growly wolf made me grin so much, my face hurt from it. His protective side, the one that needed to feed Memory and take care of her was so sweet and endearing. Alexei was lost the minute he experienced Memory’s sass and brave heart.

She was so tough, his E, but she had a soft heart that incited every protective instinct in his body.

Memory was everything you wish for in a heroine – she had a huge dose of spunk and sass, she was smart and determined to move on from the ordeal she experienced at the hands of a Psy-psychopath. The things this guy did to her and her mother were atrocious and for a while she thought she wasn’t just “other” but bad, wrong. I was hoping that Sasha and all the other empaths would be able to instill some confidence in herself. And oh did they.

Here is where I had to deduct a half star:

SPOILER
Let’s face it – most of Nalini Singh’s characters have experienced tragedy in one way or another. I also can imagine that the author wants to avoid the insta-mating thing but in many books of the Psy-Changeling series the mating bond is being forced on the main characters in some way and this time I wanted to see them making a conscious decision to mate and enjoying the ride. It didn’t happen this time either but I loved how Alexei embraced it when he had no way out.
I loved them together – both had such a huge capacity for love. I think my most favorite part was when Memory started to poke the bear…err…wolf.

Memory was color and light and a primal joy in life.

Of course Nalini Singh makes us gasp and hold our breath with her super-evil villains. They always give me the chills and Renault is no different. We can catch up a little with the other Snow Dancer and Dark River changelings and that’s always a wonderful treat. Of course Kaleb and the Arrows make an appearance, too. One of the most touching scenes were Hawke’s acceptance of Memory. What a beautiful, tender moment.

A deep sense of acceptance, primal protectiveness, wild affection, it sank into her soul. This was why he was alpha. Because he had the capacity to hold every member of his pack in his heart. “You’re one of mine now,” he said, brushing back her hair with his other hand before leaning down to kiss her cheek. “Wild, a survivor, a fighter, you do this pack proud.”

The seeds for a new story arc are being planted and I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out. I’m super intrigued.

WOLF RAIN is a worthy successor in this series. It has Ms Singh’s trademark lovable characters and her beautiful prose that I can’t get enough of. Now I wonder who we’ll get next. Maybe we go back to Russia? Or up in the air? Who knows, who cares! I’ll read it!

About Nalini Singh

On Me

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I spent three years living and working in Japan, where I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page.

I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, but not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency, but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

On writing

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. All of my stories held a thread of romance, even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. Creating unique characters and giving them happy endings is my favorite thing. I even love the voices in my head, so there’s no other job I’d rather be doing. When I got the call in September 2002 that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

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four-half-stars

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