Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

June 16, 2016     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, excerpt, interview, R2R, reviews

Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini SinghAllegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Also by this author: Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Slave to Sensation, Archangel's Enigma, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence
Published by Penguin on June 14th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…  A staggering transformation has put the Psy, humans, and changelings 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 it 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 and protect the vulnerable—and to 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?   *Publishers Weekly on Shards of HopeFrom the Hardcover edition.

My Review

Allegiance of Honor is yet another amazing read in Nalini’s Psy-Changeling series but it isn’t what you would expect and that’s a good thing. Allegiance of Honor has action, adventure, subterfuge, and of course a little steam, but what it doesn’t have that we’ve come to expect from books in the psy-changeling series, is a single epic love story between a primary hero and heroine. Instead, in Allegiance of Honor, we get to come full circle and see how characters we’ve fallen in love with over the years have grown and progressed in their lives while getting a little bit of something new in the form of Xavier and his Nina. I really loved how this book gave us peaks in to characters who I hope we see much more of in the future. We see a lot more BlackSea in this installment and I’m eager to get a story about our deep water changelings.

I loved that I got to see Kaleb as well, who has been a favorite character of mine since he was first introduced in to the series, and I loved seeing Sashca and Lucas again and actually being in their heads rather than just seeing mention of them. Allegiance of Honor reminds me of the way Archangel’s Shadow from Nalini’s Archangel series, is written. You still get a new story, but you get to go back and see those characters you met in earlier books. It reminds you of why you loved them all in the first place. I wouldn’t recommend reading Allegiance of Honor as the first book, if you’re not familiar with the series, only because I don’t believe you’d be as invested in the characters, but it is a terrific book. If you love Nalini’s Psy-Changeling world, you are sure to love Allegiance of Honor.


An Interview with the Author: Nalini Singh on the future of the Psy-Changeling series

Is Allegiance of Honor the end of the Psy-Changeling series?

No, it’s not. 🙂 I ADORE this world and the characters and I have so many Psy-Changeling stories yet to tell. (I’ve often joked that I’ll be writing this series until I’m ninety-eight!)


Where do you see the Psy-Changeling world going from here?  Who is the next book about?

(Slightly spoilery answer to follow if you’re just starting the series).

Allegiance of Honor sets up a lot of possibilities for the future. There are many avenues I could take. However, for me, this arc is all about what happens not just to the Psy, but to the world, now that Silence has fallen and all the rules have changed.

We’ve had the immediate aftermath books, both of which focused on the Psy race (Shield of Winter & Shards of Hope), but what about the wider long-term future? Because Silence existed for a reason. The Psy still have these incredible abilities that have the potential to drive them murderously insane, and the world is still a fractured triumvirate. And there are players about whom we know very little, like the falcons and BlackSea.

As for who’s book is next, I’m not ready to announce it yet because I want to be certain this character is ready – but I think you’ll be pleased. 😉


Lucas had had to chase Naya around the aerie at bedtime last night—her walk might still be a little shaky, but she was a rocket when it came to crawling. Dressed only in a diaper, she’d laughed uproariously and said a loud, firm “No” each time Lucas caught her and put her in her crib.

After which she’d clamber out—she’d figured out how to escape a month earlier—and the game would begin again. Of course, since Lucas was a cat, he’d been having just as much fun as their daughter. Sascha, meanwhile, had sat in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate and just indulged in the sight of her mate playing with their cub.

She’d had to pretend to be stern when Naya ran over and pleaded her case with loud sounds and wild gesticulations of her hands. “No, Naya,” she’d said, biting her tongue in an effort not to laugh. “It’s time for bed. Go with Papa.”

At which point, Naya had growled at her, eyes sparkling with mischief.

And Sascha had cracked, laughing so hard she’d had to put down her hot chocolate before she spilled it. Lucas had shaken his head as Naya plopped down on her diaper-covered butt and joined in, clapping her hands at having made her mommy laugh. “No discipline.” Lucas had mock-growled at her before picking up their misbehaving baby. “And you”—a growly nuzzle that made Naya laugh harder and pat his stubbled cheek—“time for bed.”

He’d finally got her to sleep—by walking around with her pressed up against his bare chest.

Today, their cub was playing in the living area just outside the kitchen nook. Sascha had locked the aerie door to ensure Naya wouldn’t undo the latch and go out onto the balcony, and Lucas had childproofed the entire main area of the aerie, so Naya was free to roam as she liked. A lot of the time she practiced her walking skills. And no matter how often she fell down, she started back up again after a little break.

Stubborn, determined baby.

Peeking out from the kitchen, Sascha found her concentrating on stacking the colored alphabet blocks Faith and Vaughn had given her as a gift. Beside her sat a more than slightly ragged wolf plush toy, aka “The Toy That Shall Not Be Named.” Hawke had given that to Naya when she was a newborn, and it remained her favorite snuggle toy, much to her father’s despair.

Though Lucas did enjoy it when Naya went leopard on the toy, growling and “fighting” with the wolf. Then he’d smile and say, “That’s my girl.”


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