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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series. 

In a destabilized world with countless lives at stake, two people defined by their aloneness must stand together to stave off ultimate destruction.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Nalini Singh (P)2021 Tantor

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If you love her books you will not be disappointed. Get the book. It is worth it.

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Not my favorite

Not what I was expecting. No marginalized group was left out. Least liked of Series.

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  • Daniel Jacobson
  • 2021-07-20

Weak Sauce

I am beginning to think Singh has gotten to the point where she is running out of ideas or is bored with her own stories. I am a fan of the series. A pretty big fan and purchased ahead of time without reading the (severely lacking) blurb.

Her stories worked better when there were was a community of characters in which her characters existed and drew support and dynamism. She had potential with the wolf-bear-psi thing she set up and then abandoned. The last four stories might as well be one offs with few connections holding them together other than existing in the same universe.

This is missing the story depth and interesting characters like Wolfes Rain, Silver Silence, or the original series. She dumps the reader into the characters lives without building any interest in them. There is very little of a hook. Just two miserable SOBS, who haven't seen each other since the were young children, angry at the world, showing only thier resting bitch faces and for whatever reason stuck on a childhood trauma they can't move past without the healing power of love.

I honestly stopped listening after an hour and a half. I just didn't care enough about the characters, or their lives. I didn't like them or empathize with their existance.

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  • LISA
  • 2021-07-21

Disappointing

Although I'm invested in the characters in this series, perpetuating the "vicious pit bull" stereotype is a hard pass for me.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2021-07-21

Like those Mercants more and more

Before I even read the book, I wanted to smack whoever was responsible for the pi$$ poor Publisher’s Summary posted for this book in Audible. Shame on you Tantor! Berkley posted a reasonably decent summary in Amazon so there’s no excuse.
I’m so invested in this series - one of my favorites- that I always preorder Ms Singh’s books. Her Guild Hunter series is another fave.

Regarding the story: Well done. The story of Canto Mercant and Payal Rao somewhat mirrors Kaleb Krychek and Sahara as a Psy-Psy relationship but with a female TK. They met as children in an abusive school for Psy who weren’t perfect and now 30 years later as advocates for designation A Anchors for the PsyNet.

I don’t think Angela Dawe can do a poor narration. Whoever represented the author’s interests in picking Dawe gets multiple gold stars for leveling up her work.

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  • 2duckornot2duck
  • 2021-07-21

Perfection, as usual

The prior books, for the most part, took characters that we were at least glancingly familiar with to build the new storyline. This book introduces a new Mercant and an unknown in such flawless integration that you feel as though you knew them or at least of them all along. In fact, I will be going back to Silver Silence and listening forward again just to make certain they are not previously mentioned. (No burden, lol as it's my favorite one!) Absolute perfection.

Angela Dawe gives a wonderful performance as usual. After all of this time with all of these characters, you feel as though you know the major players by voice alone. It's wonderful. Only once did Nikita's voice slip into a younger, less raspy tenor for one line. Dawe is so gifted that the shock of it made me notice the slip. No complaints though. No one else could deliver this world to us with such care. Loved it!

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  • Veronica Johnson
  • 2021-07-21

The (A)nchor designation comes forward.

I enjoyed Last Guard. I like how the book moves the series forward and continues to show how important making emotional connections are to saving the Psy.
Payal and Canto are A's, Anchors in the Net. They are dedicated to saving Psy Net and each other.

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  • Tammy
  • 2021-08-01

Perfect Anchor🔥

Nalini continues to draw us in to the world of the pure, psyh, changeling and human world of turmoil, passion, love, loyalty and fire. well done. Pyal and Canto are just a beautiful bonded force...

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  • Cherish
  • 2021-08-01

She did it again

I could not put this one down. I listen while I draw and I was captivated by this latest installment. I can’t wait for the next one to come out 🥰

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  • Cristal L.
  • 2021-07-31

Boring

I got about an hour and some change into this story and realized it was just background noise and not interesting to me. Plucking 2 characters out of the ether who are Psy, no...just no. I wasn't invested in the characters, their story at least an hour in was "meh"...think I am returning this one

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  • Mercedes Coleman
  • 2021-07-30

Beautiful Story

Such a beautiful story that speaks to so many things related to trauma and recovery principles.

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  • Jomink27
  • 2021-07-30

Recycled Story, but the Plot Thickens

The first part of this book was so recycled from other storylines. Dull and obvious, the psy are all abused children, bonded by their trauma. But then the overarching storyline started to take some interesting leaps. I just wish the ending hadn’t wrapped up so abruptly with a bow. It felt lazy— there was no crazy, difficult second act for the characters although there was plenty of opportunity for the father and brother to wreak havoc. Also disappointing how they wrapped up her tumors with such ease. Another plot line that had so much potential but wrapped up easily with no conflict or plot furthering. I almost returned the book in the beginning but started to enjoy the overarching plot. Hope the next one gets back to some Changeling packs.