Author: Nalini Singh
First Published: 4 June 2019
Rating: 5 stars
“‘Before you turn into a rampaging Valkyrie,’ he said with a slow smile designed to infuriate her, ‘you’ll have to learn to shield your emotions.'”
This is a sequel; I will try and keep my review as spoiler free as possible but just be wary if you haven’t read the rest of the 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.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to be back in this series. Honestly, I hope that it never ends. This is hands down the best paranormal romance series I’ve read. We are back with the SnowDancers, which is my favourite setting and changelings to read about.
The Psy-Net is dying. The only thing keeping it alive is the empaths. In Wolf Rain, we follow a new designation of E Psy, Memory and SnowDancer lieutenant, Alexei. I’m in awe with how Nalini Singh is able to create a compelling romance story while also adding new dimensions to the overall Psy-Trinity plot. We seem to be introduced to the couples when they are able to affect the overall plot.
The story is told in multiple perspectives, with Memory and Alexei being the main point of views. We also get perspectives from series favourites Kaleb Krychek, Hawke Snow, Sienna Lauren, Sascha Duncan along with the agonists, Renault. Also at the start of each chapter, we get a snippet of local news reports and articles that add to the wider world building and the overarching plot points.
Memory has been through so much. She was kidnapped by a psychopath and was forced to assist him, but it never broke her. Despite this, she is still strong-willed and sassy. There are moments where Memory is struggling with anxiety and the fear of abandonment, which is heartbreaking but also relatable.
We have seen a little bit of Alexei in previous books. I am so glad to learn more about him. He’s been brought back to the main den in the wake of a family tragedy and is trying to isolate himself. He is broody and grouchy and I love him. Despite his permanent bad mood, Alexei can’t help but be protective and tender towards Memory.
The relationship between the two unfolds slowly — helped along by Alexei’s need to push people away. I love how he still takes care of her even while she’s staying at the empath camp. He leaves sweets and presents at her cabin door. The banter between the two is hilarious and had me laughing out loud.
Overall this was another amazing instalment to the Psy-Changeling series. I adore the overall feeling of peace and unity. This series has the most inclusive and multicultural world. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you do. It’s the perfect balance between paranormal world building and steamy romance.