Shards of Hope

Allegiance of Honor

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changling #15) By: Nalini Singh


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?


This book and series really, reminds me of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Both started out as basically Paranormal Romance, girl and guy meet, fall in love, danger, sex, happily ever after. It was a formula I loved and what made these two women stand out were the worlds they created along the way. They were interesting and complex and well thought out. However, both of them have sort of dropped the Paranormal Romance, or put it on the back burner. It’s there, but not as big a part of the story as it used to be. Instead we’ve got history and politics and seeing what happens after happily ever after. Their casts have become so large and people want to see all the past people that the book becomes, basically, a look at all the past couples. It’s a bit frustrating as a fan of the original format, but I’m not sure if what either series has become is a bad thing.

Allegiance of Honor did not have a romance in the normal sense. There were letters sprinkled throughout from a human that lost his love years ago and searched for her but failed to find her. Until the end of the book when he finally does. The rest of the book was almost like a massive epilogue. It peeked into almost every single couples lives that we’ve met since the first book. It’s about their lives and the allegiances they’re cultivating. It was interesting, but not what I wanted, it was also kind of confusing because I honestly don’t remember everyone’s name and story at this point.

There is an author’s note at the beginning of the book where Singh explains that the previous book, Shards of Hope, is the end of an arc and that Allegiance of Honor is the beginning of a new one. It made sense, Shards of Hope wrapped things up pretty well. There were still questions about the world, but you knew things were going to be alright, because everything always is in Paranormal Romance. If she’s moving past that, though, people are going to have to start dying. People we’ve become invested in and that’s going to suck.

I was hoping that this book would be a return to form, that we would be given a new pair of people to watch as they fell in love while they protected their loved ones. I was hoping for humans and that’s what I got, kind of, they just weren’t given any time.

This is a great series, the world created is amazing and intricate, this is not the book to start with, though. Even though I was disappointed I plan on continuing the series, but I really hope she returns to the original formula.


Side Note: I am not caught up with the Dark Hunter’s series so it’s entirely possible that Kenyon has returned to her previous formula and clearly I’m not caught up on Singh’s series either.


Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling Series #14) By: Nalini Singh

shards of hope

Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling Series #14) By: Nalini Singh


Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.


The world just keeps getting more and more complex. The cast of characters is expansive and the romance is not the main focus anymore. Well, relationships are still a major part of the books, but it’s not just about romance, the relationships have gotten as complex as the world just about. Everyone is so damaged and powerful.

Zaira and Aden were a great power couple. We’ve seen them in a few books at this point but it was nice to get a deeper look. Both are fairly damaged, though, Zaira is the most. Aden’s parents suck but not like hers. They complimented each other very well and I enjoyed watching Zaira realize she couldn’t run from him.

The world, holy cow, the amount of detail and politics and just everything that Singh has put into it at this point is mind boggling. I have to actually stop myself from trying to figure out how to fix societal issues going on in the world because it’s a freaking fictional universe and Singh clearly needs no one’s help. It’s staggering and amazing and I’ve seen only a few series this complex outside of epic fantasy. Never am I bored or skimming, though. It’s interesting and intriguing and makes you think of the real world.

I think with the last book I was wondering where she was going to go from there. She’d done so much that with Shield of Winter she could have stopped and things would have been fine, now I really just want to know more. Will they be able to break down barriers and work together? Of course they will, but people will always try and stop it.


Side note: I’d love to have a human love interest in the next one, see their perspective. At this point I can’t really remember, but I’m not even sure that’s been done yet.