So, the countdown is now on for the release of Nalini Singh‘s Allegiance of Honor, the epic ensemble Psy/Changeling book due out on June 14th. Doug Meeks sent over his early review, and as one who was lucky enough to also get an ARC, I can say I completely agree.
What Doug said…
I have been trying for the last couple of years to be a bit more stingy with my 5 Star ratings since giving a book that I enjoyed but was really 4 Stars a higher rating cheats those actual 5 Star novels but this is not one of those times.Nalini Singh has crafted a novel here that is kind of a “catch up with everyone” that we have been introduced to over the life of this 15 book series (and countless novellas and short stories) but in spite of all the catching up we are allowed to do there are at least 4 or more major plot lines and she will solve a couple in this novel and make progress on others while leaving us some hooks for the next book but never anything that looks like a cliff-hanger.
We have a kidnapping to prevent, a kidnap victim to save, a worldwide catastrophe to prevent and a lost love to try and find and some will get fixed in this book and some won’t but the main thing about this book and most of her books IMHO is that when you finish you are happy, it is a warm feeling that she conveys to her readers that even with conflict and occasional violence these are huge romances at the heart of these novels.
This may be a first in that there is no couple in this story as much as it is a strengthening of the couples we have already met and some major movement in the overarching story-lines of this series plus the introduction of a couple of people who might play some major parts down the line.
When I read this book it kind of had a sad undercurrent since it seems things are starting to come to fruition and I wonder if the end is in sight, I have no read anything about an end to the series but I worry when too many people seem happy in any series, my own personal paranoia when the writing is of such high quality that you feel like you are a silent part of the family. Only the very best of stories can do that in my experience.
Bottom Line: Exceptional (fill in the blank with required superlatives) and while it might not be as engrossing in places as some other books, it is a bit different than previous novels in this series. Anything less than 5 Stars would be an insult in my way of thinking, you can always figure out how good a book is by how badly you want it to kust keep on going, I never want these books to end.
Ok, I am not even going to ask who is interested in picking this one up, because…duh. But I will say happy reading!