Book Review: Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15) by Nalini Singh

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allegiance of honorThe “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?

My Review:

The moment that I received my NetGalley widget for Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh, I FREAKED OUT. Seriously, I had such a freakin fan girl moment, it wasn’t even funny. I think I petted my Kindle like 20 times before I actually started this book. I started the Psy-Changeling series in December, 2015 and have since devoured the series. So, I was super excited for this one.

Allegiance is a good book, but definitely not the best book in the series. Honestly, there was just a bit much going on. Unlike the other books in the Psy-Changeling series, Allegiance of Honor focuses on all of the characters. So, there’s not a featured “main couple” like the rest of the books in the series have. Really, Allegiance of Honor is more for fans of this series than anything else. It’s definitely not book that you would read by itself or out of order. It is a requirement to have all of the books read to fully enjoy this book.

Having so many main characters was very distracting to me, especially because there was a high focus on characters that I didn’t like or wasn’t very familiar with. I thought that there was too heavy a focus on Dev, Aiden, Vasic, and Xavier. While, yes, they’re important characters in the book, I didn’t feel like they were the “main” characters that should have been focused on. I felt kind of cheated that Vaughn, Clay, Faith, Judd, Brenna, and Drew were kind of shoved in the background and only made random appearances. I thought they were HUGE characters in the series that didn’t really get a ton of show time in Allegiance of Honor.

Luke and Sascha play a huge part in Allegiance of Honor. I would say that they make up at least 50% of the book. What I found a little annoying was that Hawke and Sienna didn’t receive the same amount of time. Hawke and Sienna only have about one scene together and then a scene at the end from Walker’s perspective. I was initially really excited, because Lucas was part 1 and then it moved into Hawke as part 2. So, I thought that it was going to go back and forth between Dark River and Snow Dancer. That wasn’t the case…. Seeing as Hawke and Sienna are my FAVORITE couple in the series, I was REALLY annoyed that they didn’t receive more page time.

Another thing that did slightly bother me during Allegiance of Honor was that it was kind of stuffy and had noooooo sexy scenes. I guess there was ONE scene between Hawke and Sienna, but it was like 2 paragraphs long. And, sure, there were some romantic scenes between some of the other characters, but they just seemed really forced and stuffy. I would have enjoyed to seem some more quirky, fun, cute moments in the book. Instead, it just seemed really intense and in your face.

While Allegiance of Honor did have some form of a story plot, I felt like it kinda rambled all over the place. Yes, it did stick with a specific theme throughout about 80% of the book, but it also went off track a majority of the time. Also, the climax of the specific theme (I don’t want to give any spoilers!) was very lacking. I remember thinking “all that for this? Really?” Just a little disappointing in how it all played out.

There were quite a few words in this book that left me saying “huh?” Thank goodness I was on my Kindle, because I could look up the definition really quickly. That’s a big pet peeve of mine, though….

I did like the whole pup-cubs theme that Allegiance of Honor had going for it. I thought the betting of how many pupcubs Mercy and Riley would have added a sense of humor to the book. I also really enjoyed having the two packs come together to celebrate their union.

Overall, Allegiance of Honor was an okay read. It’s probably not something I would ever re-read, but I would have been disappointed had I NOT read it, since I’m so invested in the story. I’m interested to see what she’ll do next.

Pages: 496

Publication Date: June 14th, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: [rating: 3]