My Latest Read: ‘Silver Silence’ by Nalini Singh

 

Title:  Silver Silence

Series:  Psy/Changling Trinity Series

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Age Category:  Adult

Release Date:  June 2017

Descriptive Blurb:  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…

 

Review

“A long dull journey into the life of Bears…”

First Impressions – I’m a long-time fan of the Psy-Changling series…so this book has been on my to-read list since the publication of her last book.  And my eagerness tripled after reading the teaser excerpt posted on the author’s website. I just couldn’t wait!

Cub Love – Silver (a still-silent psy) and Valentin (a Bear-clan Alpha) have some transient work-related ties…which is how they meet.  For Val, its love at first sight.  Silver is more complicated.  She remains silent, even though Silence has fallen…thus she is resistant to romance, but there is a very fine hint of interest/attraction.  I think.  Its difficult to tell.  Their supposed romance is like molasses in winter…it’s moving at glacial speed.  Halfway through the book…and they haven’t even kissed yet.

Major Beefs – There’s four things that really bugged me about this book…  #1 The ever-increasing number of nik names was confusing and a little hard to follow.  Sometimes I literally did not know who the author was talking about.  Seriously, one character might be called by four or five different monikers and there’s already a lot of characters to begin with.  It was difficult to remember who was related to whom and who was mated to whom with all this rabid monickery going on.  Oy!

#2 Eh, I’m not Russian…thus I don’t speak the language. Which means, the Russian that Singh includes, while authentic is also gibberish to most of us…and highly annoying.

#3  The painfully slow pace of the storyline was another source of annoyance.  I wasn’t nervous at first, even when I saw the 450-page count.  This is book 16 in a very popular series with complex on-going story arcs and a large ensemble cast of recurring characters.  But I looked up  just short of the half-way mark and realized that almost nothing had happened…seriously.  There’s like two hundred pages of set-up.  The central couple hasn’t even kissed.  Its not even clear what the main conflict will be.  Bottomline: The massive amount of set-up prose, while interesting in a character-study kinda way, is repetitive and unnecessary overkill.  The audience here is not a group of anthropology majors eager to analyze every tiny little detail of the intricate social interactions and familial hierarchy in a Bear changeling clan.  We’re paranormal romance readers!  We want angst, plot twists, and hot nookie…That’s it!   The editor needs to take a weed-whacker to this book.

#4 Jumping the Shark – Gay changelings and psychics…really?  This concept was not in the original premise of the series…and to my knowledge not previously incorporated in any of the other books.  So why start now?  Is *this* the real reason for inexplicably renaming the series?  So there is some sort of soft turn…to a different universe…different genre?  And I’ll be honest, I don’t like it.  There are three different triggers that this evokes.  Part of it is the Christian in me.  I don’t read LGBT romance for this reason.  Same reason I don’t read erotica.  Not something I care to read and honestly I think it should be labeled as LGBT…so as to give the reader a choice of what they want to buy/read.   Which brings me to the second and third triggers it set off.  The sneakiness and trickster way this was introduced.  And the lack of literary continuity.  Singh has changed the universe by introducing this element, which did not exist before and there’s no introduction, warning, or explanation for it.  We are just supposed to assume this existed all along (I guess?), never mind that it hasn’t been mentioned in the first 15 books.  Its like on the last Star Trek movie when they turned Sulu’s character gay, never mind that he was a long-running character who was never gay before.  Wouldn’t it have made more sense to just introduce a new character that is LGBT?  Singh should have started a new series, created a new world, and introduced this element from get-go as part of that world.  Then, at least it would make sense.  But to force it on the Psy-changeling readers mid-stream with no explanation or pretext is just too much.  I might be done with this series and Singh.  I’m just finicky like that.  Note:  I was one of those hard core purist that stopped watching Dallas when they brought Bobby back from the dead with that “Dream Season” nonsense.  *eye roll*

Cliff Notes:  *hunches up shoulders*  Who knows how it ended….I only got half-way.  This book unfortunately landed in my DNF pile.  There is a slight probability that I will go back and finish it…the central couple was of extreme interest to me, initially anyway.  But I doubt I will revise my opinion about it.

Final Analysis –  Long-winded, slow-moving, too many names to remember, and has unexplained universe-altering LGBT element.  If you have a few too many brain cells and want to kill some of them off this is definitely the way to do it.  Read at your own risk…You have been warned.

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