Allegiance of Honor is the latest book in the Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh and this is one of my favorite series. For me, this book is a bridge book between story arc 1 and story arc 2 that begins with the next book.
The blurb: The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.
But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.
To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?
My thoughts: This book is a big gift to her fans from the author. It is an ensemble book where she gives us insights into the current status of all of our favorite characters in this series. We are updated on their lives and finally see the birth of the “pupcubs” (an event fans have waited several books for). I lost my bet on the number of births! We also have a plotline of the attempted kidnapping of Lucas and Sasha Darling’s first child, Naya—the first child born of a mating between a Psy and a Changeling. Her birth is the representation of love, understanding and hope for the future of all three races inhabiting the world (the Psy, the Changelings and the Humans). But this hope is not something that the evil Consortium wants to see happen as they intend to take over the world and they don’t like the fall of Silence and the Trinity Accord that the races are forming in hope of all races working together toward peace and harmony.
I really enjoyed this book as I do all the books in this series, although of course, some I like more than others. I do not feel it is as strong as some of the other books in the series, especially the last two books. But, I believe that is because this book is a bridge between arc 1 and arc 2. Those books must be difficult to write for an author I would think. However, Nalini’s writing is as strong as ever. I did feel she gave some background details from earlier books leading into the updates of the characters—this was a bit distracting for me because I know those details. If a person is just starting this series, this book is not the place to start. The author has created such a rich and detailed world that this series (in my humble opinion) must be started at the beginning. This arc tells much about the world, leading to the fall of Silence. I also was hoping for a few more details to lead us into arc 2, but that didn’t necessarily happen except for the kidnapping attempt and more trouble is on the way. There was one loose end from arc 1 that I was hoping would end in this book but that line is still open into arc 2. If you have not read the Psy-Changeling series, I highly recommend it. It begins with Slave to Sensation and you will not be disappointed as the world evolves throughout the story.