Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Silver Silence

Nalini Singh

"Nalini Singh is a master storyteller."--Maya Banks, #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...
 
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
 
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
 
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...


Advance Galley Reviews

This was the first book from the Psy-Changeling series that I have read and the rest have just become must reads for me. Nalini Singh is a master of making you feel right along with her characters and boy did you feel in this book. Valentin is such a lovable character and the "sneaky" ways he brought Silver out of her shell were fun to read. I highly recommend this book and I'm really looking forward to meeting more of the bear clan. I am reviewing this book as a part of Penguin Books First to Read Book program.

A delicious book. The book is fun and crazy, does a great job of balancing the fantasy and romance without being over powering. The characters were detailed and had great depth.

How could you not fall in love with Valentin? He is so sweet, protective and has a huge heart. There are so many things that break his heart, but he has so much love just the same. Silver has almost no emotion and when this bear keeps trying to get her attention, she tries to discourage him. Doesn't work. When Valentin saves Silver's life, she goes to his den to keep safe. While she is there, she decides to let go of her emotions, but it causes her pain. When she has surgery to correct the problem, her emotions are completely gone, maybe. Valentin will not give up. He is a stubborn bear. He is also looking for the person who tried to poison Silver. No one is going to take his mate from him.

In Nalini Singh’s new installment of her Psy-Changeling series, we are introduced to a new changeling species. Bears. (And it’s also mentioned that there are tiger changelings. Can’t wait for that one. ) I do want to mention that I follow this series. I am also reviewing this book as a part of Penguin Books First to Read program. This book starts the second part of the series. I have wondered during the last couple books how the series would be continued as various storylines were wrapped up. I didn’t need to wonder. It has as much action and intrigue as the other books in the series. That famous quote “The more things change, the more they stay the same” applies here. The bad guys just find new ways to be bad and the good guys do their best to come up with ways to help make things better. The book centers on a Psy called Silver Mercant, a senior aide to Kaleb Krychek and the head of EmNet. Spicing things up, the alpha of the new changeling species we are introduced to in this book has a thing for Silver. The resulting chaos is hilarious. Making a mess of things are the typical players finding new ways to try and bring down the new Trinity accord. In doing so, it looks like we are going to lose a beloved character. This one is going to hurt and will have serious ramifications in the Psy changeling world. In short - this latest installment is a must read for those who follow this series.

Singh's Silver Silence proved to be another amazing read that proved hard to put down. Having read and enjoyed Singh before, I was thrilled to be able to check out her latest. While I have read and enjoyed her Guild Hunter series, Silver Silence was my first introduction to Singh's psy-changeling series. Silver Silence can be read as a stand alone and I truly enjoyed the book however previous readers would have been more familiar with the world building. Singh however does a great job with the world building so that even a new reader can be caught up in the story. However now that Silver Silence hooked me on this world and characters, I will definitely be checking out other books in the series. Silver and Valentin were perfect main characters for this story, and I found that they really made me love this particular story. Singh does an amazing job with the development of the heroine and hero making the reader really invest in their story. I also loved the secondary characters especially the members of the bear clan. I love when books have great secondary characters to really add to the story. Overall Silver Silence was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend, and I look forward to reading more by this author.

4.5 helms Please follow me on my blog :) Review originally posted on Vellum Voyages (www.vellumvoyages.com) I probably shouldn't admit that this was my first Nalini Singh book *ducks and hides*....You know that rock I have mentioned previously? Yup still living there! However I have been following Nalini's career since her publication of "Desert Warrior" because hey a fellow antipodean publishing romance novels? AWESOMENESS! I actually have plenty of her books on my growing TBR yet never managed to pick one up! Shame!!!! I seriously didn't know what I was missing! Luckily I got the chance to read "Silver Silence" and WOW! Silver and Valentin are one heck of a power couple and Nalini's style of writing is just riveting! Since this was my first Singh, I knew I was taking a huge gamble plunging into a well-established series with such a powerful world behind its pages. I was floundering a little when I first started the book and had to try extra hard to remember the facts, but I didn't get as lost as I expected. I would recommend reading the previous books though, because it WILL provide the buildup and excitement Silver and Valentin have generated and also provides essential background information. I'm glad I didn't find it too overwhelming but others might not agree. There is enough information in the book to give you the gist of everything but the depth won't be there. Also good to remember is that although this is the start of a new chapter/series (Psy-Changeling - Trinity #1) but it is also part of Psy-Changeling (Psy-Changeling #16) so there has been a massive amount of world building that us newbies have missed out on! So I've noticed this new trend on bears in romances and seriously I just couldn't imagine a bear being sexy but boy was I wrong! Nalini breathes a whole new life into bear shape-shifters and Valentin Nikolaev is one cuddly Medvezhonok. Not only is he alpha as heck but putty when it comes to Silver! Silver Mercant is Silent and alpha Valentin Nikolaev wants nothing more than to make Silver all his and ruffle that cool, calm exterior.I really enjoyed reading about Valentin's relentless pursuit of Silver and her succumbence to Valentin. However, this doesn't come without danger. Silver is a prime target for those who don't want Trinity to succeed and after a close poisoning attack, she is placed under guard at DenHome under Nikolaev's very capable guard. What better place to show Silver what an alpha means to a clan and the meaning of family in Nikolaev's own way. Just so many things to love about this book! The cliff hanger towards the last 150 pages or so in the book was so intense I wanted to ugly cry! I loved the ending and was just ecstatic for Valentin because only Silver could ever give him happiness like that in more ways than one! I also loved the family concept of DenHome and the strong family ties everyone in the clan had with one another. Te whole concept of Trinity between the races was fascinating and I just wanted more! Couple of things did annoy me though. I did find a few things repetitive like post thoughts/post action explanations (e.g sentences like "because he was alpha"). I wasn't sure if this was Nalini's style of writing or this book in particular so I didn't judge too harshly but I did find it unnecessary for re explanations. I haven't gone into too much detail on what happens etc. as I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you guys! I loved this and can't wait to read more books by Nalini! *Thank-you Nalini Singh, First to Read & Berkley Books for the ARC.

I've read several of Ms. Singh's previous Psy-Changeling books, but I've missed the last couple. Even with that, I was able to get up to speed pretty quickly. This new arc stars a Russian bear clan. I enjoyed the bears, though, honestly, I didn't find them that different from the leopards/wolves/every other changeling pack we've met before. I thought Silver's family was much more interesting - a group of Psy who understand the need for Silence, but who don't practice it strictly. I enjoy the humor of this series - I can always count on laughing out loud several times at the antics of the characters in these books, but my least favorite aspect was the short chapters from the bad guys' perspectives. I don't really care about the bad guys' motivations - I just want to read more about Silver and Valentin! Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book, and I think I'll be picking up the earlier books I've missed so I can fully catch up.

An answer to entirely too many of the questions, problems and issues in the entire Psy-Changeling series boil down to the truism that “human beings suck”. This isn’t a criticism of the series, merely an observation, because, after, all, human beings do suck. And for all of their differences, all of the races in this series, whether Psy, Changeling or original recipe human, are still all variations of human, and human beings suck. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, there’s a reason for the rant within the story. So much of the non-romantic action in Silver Silence is a response to some particular human beings sucking very, very much. Silver Silence, as the first book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity sub-series, follows the events in Allegiance of Honor, and everything that led up to this point. What was once a world with three separate and equally distrustful if not equally powerful factions is beginning to coalesce into the alliance brought about by the Trinity Accords. The Psy, the Changelings and the Humans, at least through the loose coalitions that speak for each group, are determined to work together for the greater good. And for the continued survival of all three. But there is an awful lot of bloody water under the damn bridge, and there are a lot of very wary members of all three groups. Particularly the humans. The Changelings and the Psy, while always distrustful of each other at best, always did have somewhat equal power. Changeling minds are immune to Psy interference. But humans, less physically threatening than the Changeling and always open to mental interference from the Psy, have a lot to forgive, particularly of the Psy. Changelings mostly left them alone, while the Psy have spent a century plucking advances out of the minds of humans, keeping those advancements for themselves and breaking the human’s minds in the process. All too many of the Psy were a force that lived up to the old maxim about power corrupting and absolute power corrupting absolutely. No one could stop them, so they felt empowered to do whatever they damn well pleased to whoever they could. Those days are over. Not necessarily or always out of altruism, but because the PsyNet that all Psy must connect to in order to remain healthy and function is itself sick. By walling themselves off from human emotions in specific and humans in general, the Psy have closed off a necessary safety valve for the PsyNet’s sentient mind. Psy need humans (and changelings) to willingly form bonds with them, and those bonds can’t be coerced. Without those bonds, without the breaking of the Silence conditioning that keeps them emotionally barren, the Psy will all die, but not before going on a psychopathic rampage of planet-wide proportion. So the seemingly all-powerful Psy, whether reluctantly or willingly, must cooperate and intermingle with the Changelings and the humans. But it is in all three groups’ best interests to learn to get along. They each have something that the other lacks, strengths that the others need, and weaknesses that the others can shore up. Now that they are not all out to merely exploit each other. Business is still business, and that’s fair. But they’ve all finally acknowledged that they have to work together or things will get very, very ugly, and it won’t necessarily be anyone in particular’s fault. Once you start treating groups as “the Other”, bad things happen to both parties. And that’s where this story comes into the whole. The Human Alliance, led by Bowen Knight, is willing to work with the Psy and the Changelings on an equal footing. There is still some distrust, but it is reasoned and reasonable distrust. But there are other human agencies working in the shadows who condemn any human who works with the others as either under Psy influence or a traitor to their race. (And haven’t we all heard those words before?) The shining symbol of interspecies cooperation is Em-Net, a global crisis response team that provides assistance to all whenever and wherever needed. And it is personified by its extremely capable director, the Psy Silver Mercant. So Silver is attacked by stealth, from the shadows, by a patient predator who wants to see Em-Net in disarray and unable to respond, while also crippling the future of the powerful Mercant family. But Silver is not alone when she ingests the poison that has been lurking unsuspected in her stored nutrition packets. Instead, the Bear Alpha Valentin Nikolaev is in her apartment, attempting to bait her into an un-Silent response to his rather less-than-subtle wooing. Valentin rescues Silver, and sets the events of the rest of the story in motion. Despite her being Psy, Valentin knows that Silver is his mate. And he will do anything to protect her and keep her safe. And if that anything includes taking her to the Denhome and giving her ample opportunities to fall for both him and his clan, so much the better. But Silver has a secret weakness, and not just her weakness for slightly clumsy Alpha Bears. Silver’s Silence conditioning is failing, and her growing emotional connection to Valentin is breaking her already vulnerable walls. But that conditioning, the Silence that keeps her ice cold and unemotional, is also the only thing keeping her alive. Escape Rating B+/A-: This one came out right on the border between B+ and A-. I loved the relationship between Valentin and Silver. We watched it build from very small pieces into something big and wonderful and, at times, tissue-grabbing tragic. There is so much love and fear and hope built into their story, and that was marvelous. There were also some fascinating reactions/revelations on the parts of Silver’s grandmother Ena and her brother Arwen. The Mercant family, for all of their reputation as ice-cold operators, clearly has never been completely Silent. We’ve seen other Psy families where loyalty comes to serve in place of love, and provides many of the same motivations that love does, but this is the first time we see love expressed within a Psy family, even though the words are never said. Not just that Silver loves her E-designation brother Arwen, for whom emotion is strength, but also the love between Silver and her grandmother Ena. Valentin’s bear clan, even with the tragedy currently darkening its heart, is always a joy. Bears are real charmers, especially the cubs. And the story needs the lighter moments that they bring. But the thing that kept this story at the border for me were the two unnamed human evil-doers who operate from the shadows and propel much of the political action of the story. They are both definitely evil. They both hate Psy, and to a lesser extent, Changelings. They both have a “Humans First” agenda that they are willing to press forward with mass murders. And they are both fanatics who are willing to murder massive numbers of humans to prove that Psy can’t be trusted, an irony which is totally lost on both of them. They are not the same person and many of their goals and methods are not completely aligned. But as the story progresses and we get small glimpses from their own perspectives about their thoughts and motivations, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell them apart. I think one of them is exposed by the end, but because they were so amorphous and so much alike, I’m not sure who, or which, or completely if. None of which changes the fact that I love this series, and can’t wait for the next installment. Hopefully next summer and not any later.

I had read first two Psy-Changeling books, but worried I'd never catch up when Nalini Singh had a new release. Splitting off into the new spinoff series seemed like a brilliant solution. Silver Silence fit the bill nicely of reintroducing the Psy-Changeling world and the struggles with the human-psy-changeling worlds. What I loved: THE BEARS! OMG, the bear clan was wonderful. And Valentin Nikolaev was the perfect strong alpha. Reading him interact with bears of all ages in his group and how he approached conflict was particularly nice. He was conflicted about the rift in the clan, but it didn't feel dark-angsty-broody. I usually like the Psy characters better, but this was an exception. I loved the glimpse of the Mercant family group. I loved Ena's ruthlessness with that veneer of the elegant grandmother. Silver was harder to "get" and I blame starting the book with poisoning attempt and sidelining her a little. After the surgery, I came to appreciate Silver much more. What I struggled with: Keeping up with the multiple plots. I wasn't sure how everything was going to wrap up by the end of the book or if she'd leave threats dangling.

As someone who gets really attached to my characters, I instantly fell in love with Silver and Valentin. When an alpha falls for someone, it is ill-advised to try and assassinate her! Valentin is a fun loving bear shifter with a heart of gold and going through strife about his broken clan. Silver is a strong and pure telepath who avoids emotions and practices “Silence”. It prevents her from hearing every mind in a certain radius. It kinda makes her an Ice Queen, but oh does she have a spark! But it’s a spark only Valentin notices. Per his usual, Valentin shows up to Silver’s apartment, unannounced… which would annoy anyone, but turns out to be a great thing! There’s an organization that wants the Trinity Accords (An agreement amongst the Psy, Humans, and Changelings to co-exists) to fail and the best way to do that would be to take out Silver. Not so fast! Valentin is there and Silver is his mate, she just doesn’t realize it yet. To protect her, she has to do the unthinkable. She has to live in the heart of Denhome, Valentin’s home. This was my introduction to Nalini Singh and she had me captivated from the first page. Silver is a kickass, badass female lead. There were a few moments I felt myself get riled up on behalf of Valentin, but I was rooting for Silver as well. This book is close to 500 pages and I found myself practically reading this in almost one sitting. I’m not sure if this is a spin-off, but this is not a standalone story. However, it can definitely be read as one. It gives just enough information so you don’t feel lost. What I really loved was the integration of each race with each other. Silver’s interaction with other races was well detailed and showed a mutual respect between the races. Nalini Singh combats preconceived notices and biases with her writing and storytelling, so much that you can (if you choose to…) reflect on your own beliefs and biases. Ms. Singh’s storytelling is entertaining and compelling. She definitely knows how to pull on the heartstrings. When decisions are made and you have to deal with the fallout, you see where loyalties lie. I look forward to reading more in this series, and can’t wait to go and start at the beginning!

This book is the first in the new Psy-Changeling series Trinity. It gives you all the elements of a good read. Suspense through the plot against the Trinity Accord, romance through the interactions of the main characters, Silver and Valentin, and humor through the interesting personalities shown by the numerous bear shifters. I did have a struggle to get through certain parts of the story dealing with Silver's silence, but overall I enjoyed the book. Would read book two to see if it could keep my interest more.

This book takes Singh's Pay-Changeling series in another direction now focusing on Russian bear changelings. I have to admit that I was worried about this book and whether I would enjoy bear changelings. I shouldn't have been. Singh does a great job of setting up the new characters and setting. I loved Valentin and all of the bears. Silver was also wonderful with the way she handled breaking silence and the added concerns she had where that was involved. Together Silver and Valentin were adorable. The plot about the Trinity Accord and trying to maintain that through all the opposition was timely and thought-provoking. Overall this was an intriguing start to a new branch of this series and I can't wait to see what future installments bring us.

I haven't read a Nalini Singh book in years (I think I read one awhile back and didn't love it), so I wanted to give this new series a shot after hearing so many great things about her. It left me feeling meh. Silver and Valentin were an interesting couple. I liked watching him try and woo her and her try to resist. Both of them were strong, alpha characters without being overbearing. They were strong, loving, and respected each others commitments as leaders of an organization/clan. However, that enjoyment was eclipsed by a lot of generalizations about bear changelings (a bear does this, a bear does that) that we're told rather than shown and for me, that made Valentin feel like a much more shallow character. Yes, he's a bear and that is a part of him, but he's formed from more than his species and while his past is used to explain other aspects of his personality I got sick of all the shake-your-head-he's-a-bear-what-do-you-expect reactions. He's great with the clan and the bears cubs, but again it felt too general for me. Okay, he's paying attention and playing with his small bears (and it was cute!), but it's emphasized that his connection to them is deep and necessary, yet there was no personal touch shown. How does he handle his clan mates different needs? I liked the excerpts from different books and magazines at the beginning of each chapter. They were fun and interesting. I liked seeing the signs of a budding romance for Silver's brother. Overall, I'd recommend it if you're a big Nalini Singh fan (I too have those authors who can do no wrong). However, for those who are new to her like I was I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the Psy-Changeling series and going from there. Maybe there's something I missed by coming in so late (this is the first book of a second arc).

Well, I gobbled this book up pretty darn quickly - one day - and then went back and started it over again! First in the new Psi-Changling Trinity series, a spin-off of the original Psi-Changling (Silence arc) series, "Silver Silence" gets the Trinity arc started off with a bang! Silver Mercant is assistant to Kaleb Krychek, who is reputed to be the most powerful and most dangerous man on the planet (and the hero of my favorite Psi-Changling book to date, "Heart of Obsidian"). She's been pretty much in the background for much of the original series (the Silence arc). Now Silence has fallen, and Silver has taken up the reins of the newly formed worldwide emergency response network (EmNet) under the aegis of the Trinity Accord. In this first novel in the spin-off series, Silver emerges as a powerful and surprisingly dangerous woman in her own right, which is only natural considering she was raised and trained by the matriarch of the Mercant Family, who is one strong woman! As for the romance - whooeee! Valentin, the alpha of the StoneWater clan of bear changlings, is powerful but so damn adorable. Mr. Teddy Bear, indeed! But don't think Icy Silent Silver just drops into his bed. Nope. She makes him work for every touch, every kiss, every single romantic moment. I especially enjoyed the fact that the romance between them is slow-building and handled with lighthearted good humor that sometimes had me grinning like a loon. One example of that from early on in the book: "Valentin could be obstinate himself. He needed a mate who’d refuse to take any of his shit. She’d also drive him insane, of that he was certain, but bears were lunatics anyway. It’d be fun." Kaleb appeared a few times, much to my delight (still a favorite), as did a few other characters from the original series, but the new characters were the real scene-stealers. Valentin, of course - and I'd never have guessed how much I would love a bear shifter - but also his sisters and his nephew, The Barnacle, and his crazy seconds Pavel and Yakov. I also liked Silver's "twin" brother, Arwen, and her cousin, Ivan. Hoping Singh gives all of them their own story! This is a really fun installment in the Psi-Changling universe with a good storyline and a delightfully different, sweet and amusing romance. Just do yourself a favor and don't read it before the original series. You might enjoy it okay as a stand-alone, but it's so much richer and more nuanced if you start with "Slave to Sensation."

So, I am a serious fan of Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling series. I re-read her a lot. I was over the moon when I scored an ARC of Silver Silence and I deliberately avoided excerpts and talk until I read it. Wow! I loved it - all of it! Fantastic characters (including some new ones I want books for pronto) and great plot make for a wonderful book. This is everything one could hope for in a Psy-Changeling book. It has plenty of surprises; brings in some previous characters; introduces the Mercants; introduces the StoneWater Bears; keeps the tension on; adds some interesting villains. It's the villains that intrigue me most. Some villains are motivated by power and greed - that's a basic villain motivation. Some are motivated by fear and pain and anger. It's those villains that intrigue me and make me want to learn more. Singh does a great job of making sure her villains have depth to them. The Mercants are a force! Ena is almost a more interesting character than Silver. With her history and knowledge, she is not just a force but another repository of pre-Silence information. In this new world, having any knowledge of family and relationships before Silence is a leg up. And the Mercants are all about knowledge. Ena's decisions as matriarch of a powerful family and as a mother and grandmother are interesting, complex, and brilliant. There are other Mercants who intrigue as well: Arwen, for example, is someone I want to get a book sooner rather than later though I tend to think his story might play out in the background of other books. Ivan too, seems right for a book. The main mystery of who poisoned Silver allows for a deep picture of the Mercants as a family. And then there are the StoneWater bears. Up to now, most of the packs have moved in perfect harmony and precision. So seeing StoneWater was a real eye opener. I don't want to give too much away, but there is no way to avoid the fact that this is not SnowDancer or DarkRiver. But, Valentin is every bit the alpha one would expect: strong, loving, nurturing, protective, fierce. He is also immensely romantic on a scale that neither Lucas nor Hawke can match. Secondary characters from the StoneWater bears that I most want to see books for include the twins Pavel and Yakov. There is definitely a darker strain in the latest books and this one is darker than most of the books in the series. This darkness comes in many forms. But there is hope as well. Silver and Valentin's road is a hard one, and it shows that sometimes hard choices have to be made. I loved everything about this book and simply can't wait to continue this incredible journey with old and new friends. I love how complex this world is and I look forward to seeing more from the humans who inhabit it. This book, more than others, also shows the third part of Trinity: the humans who inhabit this world, those who are not "more" and the position they struggle with in this world. It will be interesting to see how that evolves. StoneWater is a fantastic new addition to the world and I know that in time, they can be as beloved as DarkRiver and SnowDancer. And tiny bear gangsters...

I loved this book and I think Valentin might be one of my favorite Nalini characters. To be honest I was getting bored with the series and the last book Allegiance of Honor didn't help. But I am so glad I read this one and hopefully we get more bears. Too bad I'm going to have to wait awhile.

Enjoyed this book. Loved the interaction between silver and Valentin.

>>>>>>>My Synopsis (Review fo llows): 'OCTOBER 2082 IS a new beginning. Psy, human, and changeling, all three races have agreed to work together to unite their divided world. The Trinity Accord is the fragile foundation of all their hopes and dreams of a future without war, without violence, without shattering loss. It is a noble ambition. But the past is not an old coat that can be discarded and forgotten. It is a scent that clings and clings and clings. That scent is of blood and betrayal and a chilling, emotionless Silence. The psychically gifted Psy seek to feel emotion for the first time in over a hundred years. Changelings with their primal hearts fight their natural instinct to trust only pack, only clan. Humans look to the future with a grim-eyed determination to no longer be the weakest race. And others . . . they seek to spread chaos and death and division. Welcome to the Age of Trinity...' Silver Mercant forgets nothing, is never caught off guard, and has a steely presence that makes even the most rowdy of individuals sit up and take notice. Family legend has it they are descended from a long line of loyal knights who once served a king. Whether that is true or not, Mercants have always understood that honor defines a family. While Mercants would unrepentantly strip a mind to protect their family, they don’t believe in using such methods to increase their own power or wealth. That is not a practice other Psy families have abided by, and the ramifications of that choice are just starting to come to light. The distrust built over the years has some wondering if the Trinity accords might be a clever ploy by the Psy to take control. In the wake of Silence's fall, a new group has emerged seemingly overnight, HAPMA, Humans Against Psy Manipulation has reared its displeasured head trying to stop the peaceful unity of Trinity. When Silver becomes the object of an assassination attempt, there is no telling who is behind it. The suspect list is too long. For to take out Silver, who has her hand in so many things, would definitely bring about chaos, disorder, and slow down the world's healing process. She is the scion of Ena Mercant, Kaleb Krychek's most senior aide, and the head of the EmNet, the Emergency Response Network. Luckily, a changeling bear who has a soft spot for Silver, Valentin Nikolaev--the alpha to the Stonewater Clan, was present when everything could have gone so wrong, yet ended up just right... This is Silver's story. >>>>>>>> My Review: This was another wonderful story that Ms. Singh has created in her Psy-Changeling world for which the series name has now been modified, from this point on, to include the term Trinity to signify the start of a new age/phase. If you like Urban Fantasy novels with a paranormal bite to them and haven't read one of the Psy-Changeling books, then you need to pick one up and get reading. The world is phenomenal, the characters are multifaceted and complex, the romance is swoon worthy, and the writing is masterful. I, however, recommend you start at the beginning and read the first book, 'Slave to Sensation', along with a few others followed by the previous book to this one, 'Allegiance of Honor', before reading 'Silver Silence'. I must warn you, however, the books are addictive and it's hard to stop with just one or two or three or.... You get the picture. Silver Mercant is a key player in uniting the three races of the world. Trinity has its work cut out, and needs strong and smart people dedicated to the cause. While Silence is breaking, Silver has no plans on breaking her own silence because for some, like her, it works. She believes silence helps her to focus on what is important and to break it would make her less efficient. Valentin, hopes to prove the beautiful, powerful young woman wrong. He thinks she'd make an ideal mate and sets about putting a plan in motion to win her over. Valentin Nikolaev has recently taken over as alpha of the Stonewater clan. Not everyone in the clan is happy about his ascension to power. His father had been the alpha before him and things had not ended well. Split between his plans to court Silver and his duties to his clan and his desire to gain back to those who left when he rose to power, Valentin has a full plate. I must admit this bear of a man won me over quick with his playful ways and dedication to winning Silver over. He was a man with a plan and if anyone could manage to put cracks into Silver's Silence, it had to be him. The song that kept playing in my head could be nothing other than Elvis Presley's Teddy Bear. lol 'Baby let me be, your lovin' Teddy Bear Put a chain around my neck, and lead me anywhere Oh let me be Your teddy bear. I don't wanna be a tiger Cause tigers play too rough I don't wanna be a lion 'Cause lions ain't the kind you love enough.' I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. I absolutely loved it. There is not a bad things to be said. Ms. Singh serves up another delightfully delicious hot and steamy romance which her fans have come to expect. The stories have layers of depth to them and after reading one of these, I feel spoiled and pampered and eagerly await her next installment. On the Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a SHOWER rating--a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. lol (review can be found on my blog, Seduced by a Book and will shortly be posted on Goodreads followed by Amazon once reviews may be uploaded. Review link: http://www.seducedbyabook.com/2017/06/silver-silence-psy-changeling-trinity-1.html

This book was like a breath of fresh air for this long running series. The bears were adorable and charming, new characters were introduced, and Silver and the Mercants storyline was explored. While I've enjoyed the previous books with all the tie-ins with the old characters, I loved meeting Valentin and the clan.

My overwhelming feeling of this book is that it is so darned charming! I find it fascinating that the character of Silver, known primarily in the series almost solely through her connection with Kaleb, can be so different from him. Kaleb's book is probably my favorite in the series and this one is a probably in the top five. The hero Valentin is a bear shifter who, as the book opens, has been trying to court the silent Silver in his own Bear-y way. While the other books in the series have given us a lot of face time with the cats and the wolves, this one spends all the time with the bears and they are given a very distinct and playful personality. I loved the bears! Like any book that features a Psy as a protagonist, the author has to believably convey how the character breaks their silence. I was curious about Silver. I wasn't disappointed. One thing I really liked is that we get not one but two courtships in this book: the initial courtship of Valentin and and Silver which has a lighter, even whimsical tone then there is a bit of a twist in the middle and we get a second phase courtship between the two of them that has more of an intense tone one where the stakes feel a lot higher. This book was nicely romantic. Definitely not the place to start. It drops a lot of Psy terminology casually and that makes a lot more sense if you've read the previous books. It also continues the world building that follows a lot of the little pocket groups that popped up in the aftermath of the fall of Silence. Also, gratifyingly, this book continues to redress some of the neglect of the humans in the earlier books. It doubles down on the critical role of humans in the survival o the Psy race -- a discovery that emerged a couple of books ago in the series -- and how they are finally exerting some muscle. Overall, just a fun, charming and romantic book. I loved meeting Valentin and the bears and getting to know Silver much, much better.

I am a long time fan of the Singh's Psy-Changeling series, and this installment did not disappoint me. There was a lot of forward progress in the overarching story line of the series. It was delightful to get glimpses of some of the characters from previous novels. The plot of this novel was interesting; the conflict that Silver and Valentin face is similar to what other couples in the series have faced and yet unique to their story. The characters are easy to love. By the end of the novel, I wished there was a real bear clan I could hang out with! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has been following the series. However, I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book.

The bears. OMG - big, protective bears. I cannot tell you just how much I loved this book. Nalini Singh was recommended to me by a colleague many years ago. On her recommendation I bought one book on Audible. sigh... I buy any one of her books automatically now. Now that the Trinity Accords are in place, our Psy/Changlings have entered a new era. But the challenges are still there. The intensity between the races is still there and the incredible interactions are still there. I hope she never stops writing these stories and I know right off the bat that I need to also get this book on Audio, but I'm not sure the narrator will be able to match the heavy Russian accents I hear in my head. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Nalini Singh does not disappoint, I wanted more when I got to the end. I am re-reading the book, then I will read the whole series again. Looking at pictures of bears and cubs made the reading experience even more enjoyable. Definitely looking forward to more on the Stonewater bears and Silver's family. Love, love Valentin Nikolaev want more on the bears and also other characters in the series. Looking forward to the next book with the breadcrumbs Nalini left, at least another year.... If you are resisting reading this book or the series, give in, you will enjoy the characters, the stories and their special moments. Especially enjoyed the cubs and their escapades. looking forward to more in the monthly newsletter from Nalini.

I already want more by Nalini Singh! Silver Silence, a Psy-Changeling Trinity Novel is a really awesome start to the next part of the Psy-Changeling series and readers can start with this book because the author gives enough history for new readers to enjoy!. Nalini Singh has moved most of the action from the continental US to Moscow, Russia and involves the bear changelings that haven’t been on the scene very much since the leopards and wolves are the changelings mentioned the most. Silver Mercant is the senior aide to Kaleb Krychek and head of EmNet, the Emergency Response Network and the rest of the Mercant family has always been characters that I wanted to know more about since they were not in the center of the Psy ruling council but they always knew information about others. Valentin Nikolaev is fascinating because the bears just seem to run over any opposition from anybody. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

An Advanced Reader's Copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This was my first Nalini Singh novel. Since this was the first in a new series I thought I would attempt to immerse myself into this fascinating world she is built. It was unlike any book I have read. The characters were well placed and we'll developed. I feel since I have no history with these books, there were some misunderstood plot holes and character nuances that were impossible to understand. Yet, it was entertaining and well rounded. For new fans this book may a bit over hyped. But tried and Tru fans may find exactly what they need in this new series 3.5 stars.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series is always one of my favorites, so I was excited to learn more about the latest in the series, Silver Silence. This takes place after a major event, the Trinity Accord, in which the three races have come together in an uneasy alliance. This book takes us to Moscow to meet Valentin Nikolaev. He is a shifter and the alpha of the Stonewater bear clan. Valentin is all charm and full of love for his bears clan. He is very different from the suave or filled with inner turmoil shifters we have met in the past books. When we first meet Valentin, he’s attempting to use that charm on Silver Mercant and has been doing so for months with little sneaky treats. Silver is psy and was Kaleb Krychek’s number one assistant before she became director of EmNet. Silver seems to be perfect psy, but within her family, and with Valentin, we see her true self, which is far more complicated. In her new role at EmNet, Silver is the public face and in charge of proving that the three races can work together for the common good. Unfortunately, someone doesn’t want EmNet or the Alliance to succeed, and he’s targeted Silver as the most visible figure of EmNet. Valentin saves Silver’s life and, using his considerable bear charm, works her recovery to his advantage by persuading her grandmother that Silver should recuperate in the safety of his clan’s denhome. He knows that Silver is his mate, and now he must convince her. Valentin soon discovers Silver’s secret that could take her away from him forever. This is another wonderful story from Singh, with a whole new set of characters for us to all fall in love with. My heart absolutely broke along with Valentin’s when he thought he’d lost his Starlight. If you're a fan of Ms. Singh’s books you will not want to miss this! A new reader should get enough information to not feel lost. But be forewarned, you will want to read the entire series!

Silence versus a persistent teddy bear… This is the first book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series, an offshoot of the Psy-Changeling series. Silver Mercant is a high rated Psy who is ruled by Silence, a discipline necessary to quiet the incessant cacophony of voices in her mind that threatened sanity when she was young. With no emotions she has internal peace and total logical control of her decisions and actions. Now director of the newly created emergency response network she has her hands full 24/7, the agency responds anywhere in the world in support of the three races: Psy, Changeling, and Human. This agency is meant to strengthen the Trinity Accord, a fragile peace between the three races that needs nurturing. Not everyone wants the Accord to succeed and what better way to bring it down than to remove the head of the network. Deadly plans were made but the implementation could not foresee a changeling bear who wouldn’t take no for an answer. One bear’s persistence, annoying as Silver might sometimes find him, was to her benefit. Alpha Valentin Nikolaev is a bear changeling, head of the StoneWater Bears. Silver might be ruled by silence but he senses deep within her a wildness, embers of dormant emotion trying to break free and it draws him like a moth to a flame. His clan thinks what he feels is just a crush but he knows it’s far more. He’ll wear the Psy down with his bearish gentlemanly ways, he’ll also be as subtle as a cat to obtain his objective and that’s to make her his. Being where he shouldn’t have been saved her life and he’ll do anything to keep her safe including keeping the Psy within his clan under the guise of her doing research. But will he be able to save her from what lies within? I’ve wanted to read this paranormal/urban fantasy series but with so many books written in it where to begin was the question, this derivative seemed to be an appropriate place as any to start. Stepping into an established world with characters that cross books can be daunting to follow but the author provided enough information so that this reader was able to follow and understand the bulk of the references. Did I enjoy this read? A resounding YES! This story had the elements to satisfy this lover of romantic suspense. There’s a fragile peace with those seeking to destroy it, possible betrayal from within a family, multiple points of view including those of the villains, action and suspense and unexpected twists this reader did not see coming, and a love so true that it would not die. The flawed yet likeable protagonists were great, their connection was palpable, the dynamics between them quite entertaining. Valentin had the patience of a saint, he would not give up on what they’d had even when it was gone. Does true love really ever die? And you have to love the bears, their antics and the cuteness of not just the young in the clan made me smile often. The captivating storyline held my attention from beginning to end.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is not of a genre that I usually read but I found it interesting. It works well as a stand-alone book and I liked the development of the characters. It was a fun and engaging story. I did wonder when the story would go anywhere by the time I'd read over the first hundred pages. Then I realized that the stage was being set for what would follow. I leaned not to make assumptions as fantasy doesn't follow rules of reality. It was revelatory and made for much more relaxed reading. I was able to just immerse myself in the story. It was a venture into a new genre and definitely worth the experience. I see now why this genre is so popular. I will be reading more by this author in the future.

Okay, I'm big enough to admit it. I seriously overestimated my memory and underestimated how very detailed Nalini Singh's books are. I saw that this was a new series and I remembered reading one or a couple of her books years ago and I jumped at the opportunity to read this. I've been reading too many HR novels and wanted something different. All it took was Nalini Singh's name on the cover and the mention of bear changelings and I was all in. I was pretty lost when I started it. There was so much information that I just didn't understand and ended up smiling and nodding through. Things are explained to the extent that I could follow what was happening, but I had no emotional attachment to 75% of the characters beyond knowing who was good and who was bad. Fortunately for me, the other 25% were fantastic enough that it didn't even matter that I was meeting them for the first time. The book opens with Valentin Nikolaev, the alpha of the Stonewater bear clan knocking on Silver Mercant's door. Apparently, he's been doing his best to woo/court her for the last 10 months. He is smitten with Silver, who is Psy and head of EmNet. EmNet is the fact of a new alliance between the Psy, Changelings, and humans. Despite the fact that Silver is Silent, something about Valentin fascinates and calls to her. Valentin happens to be at Silver's apartment when there is an attempt on her life and ends up saving her life. He convinces Silver's grandmother that Silver would safest in a place no one would ever think to look for her, Stonewater. Valentin takes advantage of Silver's presence in his home to do his best to break through Silver's decision to be Silent and win her over. He knows in his heart that Silver is his mate. However, Valentin's success is bittersweet. Silver falls for him but also shares with him that Silence is what is keeping her from going insane. It is a race against time to somehow find a way for Silver to embrace her emotions and love of Valentin and keep herself from going mad. In the midst of all this, Valentin, Silver, and those that they both trust work to find out who wants Silver dead and what their end game is. Even before reading it, I knew this book would amazing. It did not disappoint. Valentin is without a doubt my favorite book bf of the year. Well, at least for a new series. I'm not really the biggest fan of shifter/changeling books but Singh's books are an exception. I loved every minute of Silver Silence. Silver was strong, powerful, confident, and incredibly likable. Valentin was just delightful. So damn perfect. He not only loved that Silver was incredibly strong and competent, it was a huge part of why he loved her. He would do anything for her, even if it hurt him. He was just one giant bundle of sigh-worthy bear. I don't really feel comfortable passing judgment on the plot seeing as I didn't understand the story behind a lot of it. What I can say is that I found it interesting and fast paced. The writing was superb. I loved the science behind so much of it and the detail and care Singh takes with each of the different races (factions?) There was an enormous amount of information about the humans, Psy, and changelings without drowning the reader in it. I never felt overwhelmed by all of the information despite the fact that it was all new to me. I can absolutely see why this series is loved by so many. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series. Absolutely recommend.

First book that takes place after The Trinity Accord, an uneasy alliance between the Psy, Changelings, and humans, was formed. Silver Merchant, the Director of EmNet, a worldwide emergency response network, is poisoned by an unknown assailant and takes shelter with the StoneWall bears while her family investigates the matter.

Singh is a master at writing romances with shape shifters, and this is one of her best. The writing is exceptionally vivid, and the contrast between the joyous and warm bears and the overly controlled psy provides a unique tension that keeps the pages turning. A well written mystery subplot makes everything twice as compelling, and makes the world seem twice as real.

Silver Silence takes Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series across the globe to Moscow, where we meet Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the Stonewater bear clan. He’s all charm and good looks, and so full of love for his bears that you forget how deadly a giant bear shifter can be . . . until someone he loves is threatened. When we first meet Valentin, he’s using some of that charm on Silver Mercant. Silver is psy, and readers will remember her as the deadly Kaleb Krychek’s number one assistant. To the world, Silver is perfect psy, but within her family, and with Valentin, we see her true self, which is far more complicated. In this story, Silver has taken on a new post as head of EmNet, the public face of the new Trinity Alliance between changeling, psy, and human. Whenever there’s a crisis anywhere in the world, EmNet responds. The main goal is to save lives, but it also serves to demonstrate the viability of the alliance, proving that the three races can work together for the common good. But someone doesn’t want EmNet or the Alliance to succeed, and he’s targeted Silver as the most visible figure of EmNet. Valentin saves Silver’s life and, typical bear, works her recovery to his advantage by persuading her grandmother that Silver should recuperate in the safety of his clan’s denhome. He’s convinced Silver is his mate, and now he must convince her. But nothing is easy in the psy-changeling universe, and Valentin soon discovers the fatal flaw in Silver’s psy DNA that could take her away from him forever. This is another wonderful story from Singh, with a whole new set of characters for us to fall in love with. My heart broke along with Valentin’s when he thought he’d lost his Starlight, which is what he calls Silver, and I struggled along with Silver as she fought, sometimes against her own nature, to recover her true self.

This book is the first of a new trilogy that takes place after an alliance has been formed between the Psy, Changelings, and humans. It is currently a shaky alliance because the humans don't trust the Psy. They have years of memories of Psy abuse to get over. It also doesn't help because a secret group is determined to bring down the new, shaky alliance. Silver Mercant is in charge of a worldwide emergency response network and coordinates aide from all three groups. She is very busy because of both natural disasters and terroristic attacks. She is also both intrigued and bewildered by Valentin Nikolaev who is the alpha of the StoneWater bears and who is determined to court her. Luckily, he is present when an assassination attempt is made on Silver. His quick thinking lets her survive the attack. Until her assassin can be tracked down, she takes refuge with the StoneWater clan which Valentin considers a positive step in his courtship. But Silver is Silent and believes that Silence is the only thing keeping her from going insane. Any kind of relationship with Valentin threatens her life. Unfortunately, her shields are crumbling and she sees insanity approaching. I enjoyed this story. I liked that we had the viewpoint of the leader of the Human Alliance and the viewpoint of the terrorist who wants to bring it down along with Silver and Valentin's viewpoint. I loved the brief glimpses of some favorite characters from earlier books in the Psy-Changeling series. And I loved getting to know the bears. Wolves and cats are great, but ... bears! This book had great romance, some humor, and lots of intrigue.

Wow! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this new world of the Trinity Accord, but I really enjoyed it. Great story and I loved the bears! Silver and Valetin were a good match. I didn't understand the whole Russian nickname thing.

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Nalini Singhs new book Silver Silence and let me say I don't know how she does it each time but but she does it, she writes an awesome story. This story is one I've been looking forward to reading for a long time, this is Silver Merchant's story (Kaleb's assistant) and the bear alpha Valentin who is Russian, do i need to say more? That alone had me hooked but there was so much more to the story that sucked me in from the very beginning and i was sad it was over but it was such a feel good story that I knew I would be re-reading it again. I literally did not want to put this book down, I so enjoyed the story, the M/C and the supporting characters, it was all so good. I'm not sure who i love more Silver or Valentin, but to be fair, I think Valentin might of edged out Silver just a bit. I just loved how much he adored his Silver, his Starlight....but also what a wonderful alpha he was, so different than Lucas but still just as wonderful. But then again I did love Silver for her strength and her love for her big teddy bear, it's hard to choose, all I know is that i loved this book and I need to know who's next.

Another great addition to this series! I was excited to see Silver get her story and loved Valentin with the first few pages. I was glad to get to see a new type of changeling and meet the clan. What I must say I disliked about the book was how many nicknames each character had. I found it hard to follow who was talking to who. Most of the characters went by several different names throughout. I found myself having to reread a sentence or so just to figure out who was talking. She does acknowledge at the end, and it is apparently a Russian trait, I just found it hard to follow. Also many of those nicknames and other phrases were Russian and then not described in English. So you didn't know what was being said at times. Overall, I did enjoy this book and would definitly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this psy/changling/human universe.

Nalini Singh is a fantastic writer and has yet to disappoint with the Psy-Changeling series.

I always enjoy the books in this series and this was no exception. The characters were likable and I was rooting for them to succeed. Both families involved had some nice story lines as well as some updates to previous couples were provided. The bears are always fun to read about as was the Russian setting. I am looking forward to her next book. Thank you for the opportunity to read this one.

You can imagine that bears are stubborn, but you really see it in this book. A very wonderful story from Nalini, with a new story arc, as interesting as the previous one, where Trinity is an important character and we, as usual, get type of Psy. A very, very good book in the series!

I've read many other books in this series and am still a huge fan after this one. Nalini Singh never disappoints. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one. Thank you First to Read for my change to read Silver Silence!

Silver finally got her own book and I can't be more happy!! Wonderful characters great story line Ms. Singh never one to disappoint can't wait for the next book!

This books was one of the best in the series without a doubt. The story was fast-paced and engrossing and had the perfect balance of plot elements, just enough drama and intrigue to keep you reading without having so much that you were mentally exhausted. Perfect summer read!

The story was interesting. I found myself skipping when the POV would change I wanted to know what happened between the two main characters. The romance between the two main characters was sweet and wanted to know more about the secondary characters.  The female lead bothered me a little I cannot explain why, it was her personality she went from cold to hot in a blink of an eye. It was a fast pace with little paces were it was slow. The bear clan is awesome. It was a good read overall.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I never thought bear shifters would be so cool, but now they are up at the top of my favorites list.. I loved Valentin and Silver together..and i hope one day soon they have some little bear cubs. I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERYONE.

As usual Nalini Singh proved that she is a great author. I love all her books. From start to finish the writing is so interesting, there is no boring part in it.

 


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