Storm Echo- Review
By Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #6
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Stars
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into the hearts of two fractured people in a world on the brink of a psychic Armageddon . . .
Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.
As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.
Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.
But fate has other plans. Soon, a deadly soldier who believes himself a monster and a broken healer might be all that stand between life and death for the entire Psy race. . . .
I think, by now, everyone familiar with my blog knows how much I love any and all things Nalini Singh. Her psy-changeling books are my favorite and Storm Echo adds to the complexity of her worldbuilding. Storm Echo returns us to San Francisco and the familiar pack of Dark River leopards. However, the heroine is not a leopard but in fact an ocelot, while the hero is a Mercant psy. I think to really grasp this book, you have to read Allegiance of Honor, the transition/epilogue book between the original Psy-changeling books and the newer Psy-changeling Trinity series. Soliel’s motivation for being in San Francisco and wanting to kill Lucas is explain in this book but the background of Allegiance of Honor really helps.
Soleil. The sweet and loving healer who is so broken by the events in her life. I loved having a healer heroine. Tammy and Lara are lovely side characters and both have short stories but I love having a full length book for a healer. She is such a complex character, with her healing heart warring with a need for revenge over the loss of her pack. When Ivan comes back into her life, it is so beautiful even though she doesn’t remember him. Ivan and Soleil meet briefly but their connection was so burning and strong. When life separated them, it was heartbreaking. However, when they are reunited, that bond between them is so clear. I loved having Ivan as the hero in this book. We get to see even more inside the Mercant family, which operated very similar to the changeling packs. He’s such a strong hero with a tragic past and a deadly power but loves Soleil with such a purity of heart.
Like the other Psy-Changeling books, the world is still evolving post-Silence and there are catastrophic events taking place that our heroine and hero are drawn into. This book wraps up an lingering question in the Trinity universe but opens the door to even more problems with the net. Nalini Singh is a true master of worldbuilding and every time I read one of her books, I’m just amazed at what she creates and how she pulls in new and existing characters without overwhelming the reader. Storm Echo is a stunning story and I wanted more as soon as I finished it!