Title: Wolf Rain | Series: Psy-Changeling #18, Psy-Changeling Trinity #3 | Author: Nalini Singh | Publisher: Gollancz | Publication date: June 6th 2019 | Num. Pages: 400 | Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
5 stars – A fantastic instalment to Season Two of the Psy-Changeling series
Disclaimer: Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 . . .
A big wolfy chicken!
For those of you who know me, you know that Nalini Singh is my go-to author and that usually I’m all over her website, Facebook page and all other forms of social media for the slightest hint of the next book. Unnnnfortunately life has this thing with getting in the way and I was totally out of the loop with Wolf Rain. HOWEVER, that did not stop me from getting the book and devouring it in 3 or 4 hours the day it was released.
Urgh. I LOVE Nalini’s work so much. She just has this way with words that puts you right there in futuristic San Francisco surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains and changelings. You can almost smell the forest when you read her books.
What I love about Nalini’s Psy-Changeling books is that she always opens with a single chapter that gives you a smidgen of background from what has happened in previous books but it hits you with blunt force. Wolf Rain had one of my favourite opening lines in the series:
The Silence Protocol fell with a crash heard around the world.
Wolf Rain opens following the chapter Awakenings with Alexei being hit by a barrage of emotion – a grief so strong it mirrors his own. Not entirely sure where the emotion is coming from but convinced it is one of the recently revealed Designation E or “empathic” Psy Alexei begins his own mission and runs off in search of the mysterious E. He finds her and realises that her grief is for the death of her beloved pet cat – Jitterbug.
Alexei’s inner wolf and changeling abilities make quick work of finding the E who is revealed to be Memory – a young Psy woman who was kidnapped as a child and kept below ground in a bunker. At first – understandably – Memory is wary of Alexei and doesn’t speak much, however, you can feel that she knows that Alexei is there to help.
Fast forward through the scenes of Memory’s escape and the subsequent emotional bombs that Nalini’s work presents – can you say hit all the feels? – and we’re brought back to the Empath Compound where the Empath’s and Arrows live in conjunction. A new sub-designation of Empath is revealed in Wolf Rain and it is epic. The E designation is epic anyways but this new sub-designation is EPIC.
All I’m going to say is Memory – Amara. That is all. You need to read the book to find out what that means.
Alexei and Memory are both very good for each other, they bring out the best in each other and Memory certainly brings out the old Alexei; Alexei has been suffering for the past year and the discovery of Memory brings him back and also puts into perspective his concerns about his genetics.
As always, Nalini has thrown a spanner in the works in the form of a murderous psychopath – murderous psychopath you say? Well hells yeah and it is a doozy!
It takes Alexei and Memory and others from SnowDancer, DarkRiver and Windhaven to bring the murderer to justice – Changeling Justice. Once again we see the unbreakable bond between the Changelings and the Psy and it is beautiful. I love how Nalini writes the shift of the changelings – usually you get bone crunching pain and limbs being disjointed but with Nalini’s changelings everything is so painless for the change. One moment there stands a human and the next there’s a wolf or a cat after being enveloped in a shimmer of light.
The build-up to skin privileges and eventually love between Memory and Alexei is sweet and funny including numerous jokes at Alexei’s expense. At the back of Alexei’s mind is the worry that his genetics will make it impossible for him to have a mate but when he rips open that mating bond and the love of Memory surges in to him? Perfection.
I also love how Nalini brings the previous characters into each book – there are so many of them and somehow she always brings in the characters who are perfect for the moment at the time they’re brought in. My man Kaleb was in this book and *swoon*.
I honestly cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next instalment, I’m so looking forward to seeing how the PsyNet and the Honeycomb progress, and more from the previous characters.
I strongly recommend that you buy Wolf Rain and if you’ve never read any of the previous books before, I strongly recommend that you buy Slave to Sensation and get on the rollercoaster that is the Psy-Changeling series.
I’m totally going to begin my 15th re-read of the series.