This review will be short, because although Wolf Rain is only the third Psy Changelings Trinity novel, the preceding Psy Changelings series is fifteen books long, and I figure most people aren’t looking to start a series with book eighteen. This review, then, is mainly to share my thoughts on the book briefly because the idea of breaking my streak of reviewing every book I’ve read this year makes me very sad.
Have a blurb!
I’m a fan of this cover, the colour scheme and font choice are lovely, and the attention to detail like Memory’s curly-haired silhouette is amazing
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…
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 is standard fare for Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling/Trinity novels, with well formed characters taking their place in a pre-formed, interesting community. There are a few details however, that make this book distinct. Memory’s defining struggle did not surround Silence, and Alexei had no trouble accepting her psychic abilities. Their relationship was (as always, with this world and characters) respectful and entertaining, though the obstacles separating them did at times seem a little contrived. At the end of the day, however, these are romance novels. It’s not really a question of whether the main couple will get together, simply of when.
Memory is a strong character, who stands up for herself, despite all she has gone through prior to the start of the novel. The conclusion of her personal storyline isn’t drawn out, neatly avoiding a too-similar storyline to any previous Psy Changeling books. The true climax of the novel was a fresh take on solving a problem that’s occurred several times already in the world, and it did not disappoint. The new psy abilities showcased in this book are fun and make sense in-world; hopefully in future books Memory and Dev can interact, because I think a healthy Psy community would be great for Memory.
The main storyline of these novels continues to develop, and there are several cameos from formerly featured characters that returning readers will no doubt enjoy1. The messages present in all of the Psy Changeling/Trinity novels – protection vs control, the need for diversity and balance, and the threat of destroying the natural world with a hunger for power and profit remain as relevant as ever; and Memory and Alexei’s histories both examine (from different angles) the way other people’s ideas can shape self-image in extremely harmful ways.
Overall, Wolf Rain is a good read in a fascinating series. Fans of Nalini Singh’s work, along with people who enjoy Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Anne Bishop’s The Others novels, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series or any of Molly Harper’s paranormal romances should enjoy Wolf Rain.
1I’m certainly not going to complain about more Krychek