Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Wolf Rain
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #3
Hero/Heroine: Alexei & Memory
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 416 pages
Release Date: June 4 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The fate of millions of lives hangs in the balance in this new Psy-Changeling Trinity novel from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh…
Kidnapped as a young girl, her psychic powers harnessed by a madman, Memory lives a caged and isolated existence…until she comes face-to-face with a wolf. Labelled an empath by her bad-tempered rescuer, Memory knows that her ‘gift’ is nothing so bright. It is a terrible darkness that means she will always be hunted.
But Memory is free now and she intends to live. A certain growly wolf can just deal with it.
Alexei prefers to keep his packmates at bay, the bleak history of his family a constant reminder that mating, love, hope is not for him. But Memory, this defiant and fearless woman who stands toe-to-toe with him awakens the most primal part of his nature–and soon, he must make a choice: risk everything or lose Memory to a murderous darkness that wants to annihilate her from existence…
This is absolutely one of my favorite series and this was a great addition to it! Now, I will say that I don’t think you can read the Psy-Changeling Trinity series without reading the Psy-Changeling series first because without reading those, you won’t really understand what’s happening or how things have gotten to this point. When I first started reading this one, though, I didn’t know what I thought of it because I really wanted to get back to the bears but then Memory started showing her little claws and I fell in love with her and how gentle and protective Alexei was right off the bat. I loved that Memory had been abducted and kept in seclusion for years but then Alexei finds her and she’s struggling with not just her unique abilities but how she can contribute to the empaths.
Now, with every Psy-Changeling book, there’s always someone who the other person is trying to save or show what life could be like ‘on the other side,’ so to speak, if they’d just let themselves. In this one, Alexei shows Memory what life should be like outside the clutches of a psycho and Memory strives to show Alexei that he can let himself love. These two just melted my heart though and I loved how they were with each other. Memory was all feisty and stubborn while Alexei was all growly and protective. I adored Alexei’s courtship and how Memory wouldn’t let him leave without there being some consequences.
I will admit, I was a little worried how these two could progress the story arc because we’ve never met Memory and I didn’t remember much of who Alexei was. But the more you read, the more you realize that Memory plays a huge role in things to come. Her unique ability, like with all abilities, comes with good and bad aspects and so far she’s only known of the bad. This story shows Memory finally understanding her powers and getting a handle on them and what she can do. I won’t give away any spoilers but what she’s capable of can save so many people and I really enjoyed not just Memory growing as a person but how she affects Alexei and seeing how he grows as well.
I really loved this one but I felt like it had a lot of run on internal monologues. A lot more than I remember being in previous books so at times, it would feel like an eternity before Memory actually spoke to anyone. Add to that, while I loved Memory, I was sad that a good majority of the POVs were from her and not Alexei because I wanted to see more of Alexei’s perspective. Like when Alexei was talking to Keelie, we start with his POV and then it quickly switches to Memory’s POV but I wanted to experience things like that from Alexei’s perspective and Memory’s. Also, I’m a little sad that we didn’t get to see more of the Russian shifters 😦
All in all, I adored this book. I loved getting back to the SnowDancers and seeing characters from the earlier books. I loved seeing how much Memory and Alexei have grown and how the world is changing. I can’t wait to see who’s story comes next!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*