🎧 Storm Echo by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh #AngelaDawe @BerkleyPub @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted August 9, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 26 Comments

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🎧 Storm Echo by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh  #AngelaDawe @BerkleyPub @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooksStorm Echo by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #6, Psy-Changeling #21
Published by Berkley, Tantor Audio on August 9, 2022
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.

As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.

Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.

The Psy-Changeling Trinity the spin off series to Psy-Changeling. Overall,  it is like one big series.  I didn’t and wouldn’t read the later books without the foundation of the first series.  Singh has a style which is a great blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  Each book has a romantic couple and we get great development of those two characters as well as their family and friends.  There is also an overall story arc, the urban fantasy part of her style, which carries on throughout the series.

In Storm Echo, we have Ivan Mercant who has a rough backstory but is part of the tight Mercant family now. He is Psy and so you would think he wouldn’t have any experience with emotion but he wasn’t really raised in the traditional Silence protocol. Plus Arwen Mercant is an E Psy so he has been exposed to more emotions.  Both Silver and Arwen are connected to the bears, so Ena has also spent time with the bears.  No one who spends time with bears can be truly silent.

“Stop talking to bears! They’re a bad influence.”

Lei is a cat and I don’t want to say much here, because I don’t want to spoil anything.  Suffice it to say, we do get back to visiting Dark River, and get to see some of our favorite characters there.  I love the development of her and Ivan’s history and characters, and the magical way they connect.  It’s so heartwarming but develops slowly.

The overall plot with parts of the Psy Net failing, the Trinity learning to work together more, the anchors connecting with each other, the problems with the Architect and Ming, is a very slow progress.  That would be my only difficulty with the series is the plot parts feel like they always happen in the last 10% of the book with the bulk of the pages devoted to character and romance development.  That’s a generalization, of course.

Singh is a master, though, and the books are brilliant.  I love every minute of the story, and all aspects.  I’d only like to see the plot move along just a bit more in each one.  I enjoy these SO much and can’t wait to learn about the next couple and further developments in the Trinity world.

 

Narration:

Angela Dawe does an amazing job with this series.  I read the earlier books for the Read-along, but when I buddy read the Psy-Changeling Trinity books I tried the audio version and loved it.  Her performance brings all the characters to life and all her voices sound right for the characters.  I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

 

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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Posted August 9, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 26 Comments


26 responses to “🎧 Storm Echo by Nalini Singh

    • Oh I wish you had gone along with us. The series is amazing. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner but glad to have read it all within roughly a year. This is part of why I do the Read-along. It’s different than reading each book a year or so apart plus having someone to discuss things.

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    • Ditto on what I said to Kimberly. The audio is excellent. I only read the audios for the Trinity after the Read-along because I find it easier to highlight and take notes in an ebook.

      Oh I wish you had gone along with us. The series is amazing. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner but glad to have read it all within roughly a year. This is part of why I do the Read-along. It’s different than reading each book a year or so apart plus having someone to discuss things.

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  1. When we did the earlier part of the series for the readalong, I finally got to hear Angela Dawe’s narrate. Loved how she did the series. I’m with you in loving on this series so much and calling it a PNR/UF blend is definitely more accurate.

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    • yes I loved this series so much. Actually I have loved everything Nalini Singh has written. I haven’t read her other long-running series as I am not always a fan of angels and demons but I might have to try it. Anyway, I listened to the entire Trinity after the Read-along and I have enjoyed the narration immensely.

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  2. Jen

    Nice review! I agree the bulk of the book is spent on the romance – which I adored, so I didn’t mind. And the other stuff with the Architect was exciting. I hope the next book delves into that storyline more now that it is finally progressing.

    • I just want them faster! But of course that’s not fair or realistic. I have to say as much as I hate I didn’t start the series sooner I’m glad I didn’t because I got to read them all together and with discussion which makes that overall plot arc better and easier to follow.

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