I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Storm Echo by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #6
Published by Tantor Audio on August 9, 2022
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes
NYT bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into the hearts of two fractured people in a world on the brink of a psychic Armageddon . . .
Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.
As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.
Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.
But fate has other plans. Soon, a deadly soldier who believes himself a monster and a broken healer might be all that stand between life and death for the entire Psy race.
My top thoughts:
I have yet to be truly disappointed by Nalini Singh and Storm Echo was no exception. This one was a really sweet, relationship and little light on the series plot progress. It worked for me and I LOVED the characters. It would have been 5 stars if the series plot progression had been more satisfying.
What I liked/didn’t like:
Soleil is such an incredible character, with so much heart despite how much she’s been through. I particularly enjoyed seeing the “original” pack – the Hunters – through her eyes; their interactions have usually been observed from internal members or the VERY CLOSE wolves. Soleil is coming from such a different perspective and it was really interesting to see and still so heartwarming ultimately.
And then we have Ivan. I always enjoy being with the Mercant family and Ivan is particularly interesting because of his childhood and how he became part of the Mercant family. He has an awful lot of heart and being raised in that family gave him even more. It’s through his background and unique abilities that we get the plot progression we do get and it’s a doozy.
But man, we really only got plot progression in the last 15% and while it was GOOD, I’m still missing some really key developments… I’ve been waiting for IDK 8 books? to see Ming get handled. And he’s mentioned less and less (not once in this book I think). So I’m really ready for Ms. Singh to move this plot forward!
Angela Dawe continues to deliver a flawless performance and I’m so glad to be able to listen to these books. I always listen at 2x speed and I really enjoy the way the characters are so diverse and consistent across the series.