Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…
“His Starlight should’ve been in bed, resting. Instead, she was here, fighting to clean up a mess of violence, fighting to save lives. Because she was Silver Fucking Mercant, and she was as tough as any bear in StoneWater. Including its alpha.”
I love Silver, I love Valentin. I love this story. I love how these two come together against all odds. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much about this book that stood out on its own. Sure, I love the characters. While I’m reading it I’m extremely attached. However, I’m writing this review on the second time I read this, on a reread, which I had to do because I actually did not remember the book almost in its entirety in the course of a year. There is just nothing that really stands out about this on its own.
I love Psy/Changeling because while it is paranormal romance, it has an actual story and each book advances that story. I didn’t get this with Silver Silence. Silver Silence didn’t have much in the way of advancing the story, and I feel like it wasn’t a good start to the second arc of this series. There were small bursts of story, but most of it was about how Silver was silent, or Nikolaev trying to woo her. Super cute, super hot, kind of unimportant.
Valentin Nikolaev is an amazing character. An alpha who loves every one of those he is charged with protecting, and being utterly heartbroken because he cannot care for them all. Other than Silver, those bears are his entire being. He lives and breathes being alpha. However, he still knows that he has to have Silver, even though she isn’t bear. Even though she is Psy. I love how he goes about wooing Silver. “Sneaky like a cat” is a phrase that gets used often, and I chuckle every time he uses it. Unfortunately, the phrase “Silver fucking Mercant” is used way too often, and by the end I was really tired of it.
Silver is a great character, though her reason for staying silent is a bit… uninspired as of this point. Silver is strong, capable, funny. She has a very established sense of self. She wants to try despite the fact that she “knows” she “can’t”. She is very particular about everything she does. She is a great character. It is just her reason for staying silent is something we have seen again and again by this point. It isn’t really anything new, kinda bored by the whole thing. Especially since Singh keeps writing in failsafes and get out of dead free cards.
The Accord and EmNet stories are too pushed to the side. They’re secondary parts of this story, even though Silence is a main character. I just don’t really find this acceptable based on what I have read in previous Psy/Changeling books. I hope the next book doesn’t continue on with this trend of pushing the actual plot of the story to the background. I wanted to know more about this, how it is run, etc. I wanted to see more of Silver in charge, and most of the scenes where she is in charge get faded into black.
On this reread, I listened to the audiobook version. Angela Dawe does an amazing job. I absolutely loved her Russian. I have no idea how accurate it is an accent, I don’t really care. I was pleasantly caught off guard when it happened. I was so, so happy that she did the Russian accent throughout this book. It really improved my experience. I really wasn’t expecting to get an amazing accent to enjoy this book.
This is still a really good book on its own merits. I really enjoyed it while I was reading it. It is only when compared to other Psy/Changeling books where I become disappointed. I love the characters, I love the story, I just wanted more.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Psy/Changeling Trinity series page!