Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Berkley: June 14, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher
I’d go there again!
Since my recent conversion to the cult of Nalini Singh a couple of years ago I have anxiously awaited each and every new addition to Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. Throughout this series Singh has created a rich futuristic world that is full of all kinds of race tension, but also fabulous romances. I can’t think of another series that so well combines complex world building with fully developed romantic relationships. Nalini Singh, she is a master, and this is again proven with her newest book, Allegiance of Honor and its shift for the entire series. Allegiance propels the series into new territory while also giving readers a glimpse into the lives of so many of the beloved characters of the series.
For those who are new to the series, Allegiance of Honor is a bridge book. The author’s note at the beginning of the book explains that Allegiance is a change in the series as she moves into “season two” of the Psy-Changeling series. In order to propel the story forward the author has chosen to change up the format of the book. Instead of focusing on a specific couple like the last books in the series, Allegiance takes a look at the ensemble cast. For fans of the series, the connecting of certain characters that have not previously met before will be squeal-worthy. For example, Kaleb finally meets the grown woman whom he rescued from a train accident when he was a boy (fans will know exactly who I’m talking about). These connections and moments with favourite characters will appeal to any fan of the series; there’s great satisfaction in being able to connect your favourite books of the series to events that are happening in this book.
Despite the fact that Allegiance focuses strictly on characters that readers already know and love, I think Allegiance would also be a good starting place for new fans of the series. There is a lot of recapping of what’s happened in previous books, which I think makes it easier for new readers of the series to jump right in. That said, you should totally read the previous books in the series because they are amazing and that will make Allegiance all the more amazing (no pressure!).
No wanting to give too much away, I think Allegiance does exactly what it sets out to do. The author establishes new conflict in her world now that the reign of Silence is over. There are certain factions that are not happy with the intermingling of human, changeling, and Psy races and they’ll go to any lengths to put a stop to this. This mysterious force behind events designed to inject dissent into the newly formed allies is the focus of Allegiance. Not much is revealed, but it’s clear that this organizer is a dangerous threat to the hard won peace that the Psy, changeling and humans have fought for. Tidbits of new players are dropped, leaving readers looking for what’s next in the series (thankfully Singh is dropping her next novella collection this August).
Fans of Nalini Singh will not be disappointed with this game-changing installment in the series. Beloved characters come to forefront, new conflict is introduced, and we finally get to see the pupcubs! There’s a lot to like in Allegiance of Honor; in fact, the only thing not to like is the long wait in your future before the next book comes out.
If you enjoy the futuristic world of the Psy-Changeling series, Keri Arthur’s newest series is a good follow-up read. City of Light introduces readers to Tiger, a humanoid super-solider with a mile wide protective streak. While this series isn’t as overtly romantic as Singh’s, the possibility of a romance will likely appeal. Stacey and I jointly reviewed this one back in December 2015.
Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound is another series that will appeal to Singh’s fans. This series is more romantically focused but also explores some of the same themes as Singh’s series, namely blatant racism towards shifters. Personally, I haven’t read the series in order, and to date, my favourite book so far is Mate Bond.
For another read that will appeal to those that enjoy the dynamics between Singh’s diverse races, I recommend Madeline Ashby’s Company Town. This one is more strictly sci-fi, but I loved that it questioned what it is to be human and had a bit of a thriller/mystery element to it. If you like the fast-paced nature of Singh’s series, Company Town is a safe bet. Check out my review of Company Town here.