3.5 star review

Review – Allegiance of Honour by Nalini Singh

Allegiance of Honour

The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…

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?

I read this the instant it came out, literally, I stayed up all night reading it, which is something that I endeavor not to do any more. And it has taken me this long to write my review, and I am not the only one to have some kind of feelings about it.

I read this series both for the romance and for the world building, so in general it doesn’t really bother me when the balance skews one way or the other, but this thing, it wasn’t either of those.

I think I get what the author was trying to do here, it was meant to be a wallow through characters that we love, an homage to the reader if you will, updating us on how thrilled and wonderful their lives are after such hardships. And it was meant to be a bridge, setting up new conflicts and adding new characters that I assume will be important in future installments.

But that wasn’t what it was, or at least that wasn’t what it felt like to me. It felt like, I don’t know, a money grab and a cop out. If all these scenes and information had been dispersed out through the year as vignettes, I would have been thrilled and I would have read them avidly. As it was I was just somewhat disappointed. If she had picked out a character pair and told their love story with the Black See changeling story line threading through it (like Zaira and Aiden’s story), I would have been thrilled too. And maybe if the mystery and furthering of the overall plot had been more cohesive and integral, I would have been more satisfied too.

As it was, I guess the best word for this is underwhelming. Yes, I knew ahead of time it was an ensemble, and I can’t really think of any ensemble books that I liked (and several I have actively despised), but I hoped for better from this author. Perhaps this is a format that just doesn’t work for me. Maybe it doesn’t actually work for anyone. I am keeping my fingers crossed on the next one though, hoping this particular author manages to take back the reins after the conclusion of what I had thought would be the end of the series.

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15)

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6 thoughts on “Review – Allegiance of Honour by Nalini Singh

  1. I’m not holding my breath, frankly.

    As I was saying over at WickedScribes’ blog, talking about the Immortals After Dark series, it seems that authors just don’t know when to stop.

    Yes, I get that this is a very, very popular series, and that it is making quite a bit of money for both publisher and author, but honestly, if Ms Singh stretches it out too much further, I see readers dropping it cold. What personally irks me most, as I’ve said elsewhere, is the introduction of the supervillain. Why, oh why? There’s so much natural conflict with things as they stand, what with the psychic rot in the PsyNet and so on and so forth…

    :sigh:

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    • I think some times a series and a world gets built up to a point where it just goes spinning on its own with no input from the writer anymore, and then you really can’t write anymore there, because you can tell the author is interfering where there isn’t a need. I don’t know if that makes sense or is too fanciful, but that is just the feeling I get.

      On the shadow organization, well, while I agree that it isn’t needed because the existing conflict is enough with the relationships and the rotting of the net, I do think that it seemed rather naturally grown and organic, because it doesn’t make sense that the criminal elements wouldn’t mirror the saving elements in growth an scope. They would, and i guess that goes back to my theory that you reach a point where the world has grown beyond an authors ability to take back the reins from her creation.

      And yeah, dragging it out too much longer will likely cause people to drop it, and then there will be other suckers like me who keep dragging on beyond bearing because we can’t let go. Admittedly though, I am doing remarkably well this year. I did not go back to Sherrilyn Kenyon despite the fact that a friend picked up that series and started raving, and I still haven’t read several Christine Feehan or Lynsay Sands books now. So I am holding on tight to letting go so to speak.

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      • Yep, sitting on my digital TBR -several unpurchased (from most recent to least) are :C.F. Fire Bound, L.S. Runaway Vampire, C.F. Spider Game, L.S. About a Vampire, C.F. Edge of Darkness…oh and Lora Leigh’s Bengal’s Quest. So i have been letting go and holding out for a whole year now.

        I probably won’t feel too bad if I go back and read Fire Bound when the 6th and final book in the series comes out. But otherwise, I think I am doing better than I thought.

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