New Release Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Allegiance of HonorAllegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #15
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Jun 14, 2016
ARC Provided by Berkley/NAL

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?

D.G.’s Rating: 2 stars = D

What a dud.

I’ve been a great fan of this series ever since I read the first book, almost 7 years ago. In fact, this series is the reason why I got into the paranormal genre (I was never a fan of Twlight.) From the beginning, I loved the combination of impossible love stories with plots full of action and incredible twists. ALL of that was missing in this book.

Allegiance of Honor was completely unnecessary, a book without plot and no main couple. Instead, we’re treated to almost 500 pages of daily scenes from the couples we’ve met in the previous 14 books (and some of the novellas) doing exciting things such as: Babysitting! Doing business! Visiting friends! Going to birthday parties! Eating! Exercising! Party planning! 9/10ths of the book was boring as hell, not at all what I’m used to from this series.

The book description alludes to a threat to Naya’s life and a kidnapped changeling but both things were very peripheral to the “story”. The first was solved in ONE PAGE (I didn’t even have time to be afraid for them) and the kidnapping was secondary. Ms. Singh pretty much used this book to set up the next series and to tie some loose ends. Belatedly, she realized that she had left the humans in the lurch, pretty much at the mercy of the Psy and Changelings so she found a way around that. She also realized nobody was ever satisfied with the Riaz mating situation (more in this review) so she tried to fix that. Sadly, the new explanation didn’t work either.

Yes, there was sex and alone time between couples but there was so much sameness (everybody loved each other very much, was blissfully happy, blah, blah, blah) that there was no excitement whatsoever.

Ms. Singh also proved that she’s never been around toddlers because Naya’s not a real child, she’s a caricature. She’s smart, she’s cute, she worries about others, she behaves, she’s a strong Psy, she can shift, she never cries or throw tantrums, sleeps all night, never fights with other children, never scratches and doesn’t do stupid shit. And she’s only 1-year old! Her job is to be ADORBS to show what great parents Sasha and Lucas are (snort). I dislike spoiled children with a passion and I kept thinking that if they kept treating her like that, she would become the most spoiled kid in the universe.

Before reading this book, I would have said I was going to read the new series without hesitation but now I’m not so sure. If this is the kind of books Ms. Singh will be writing moving forward, then I’m out.

2 Stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley/NAL for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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