Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lillie's Review: Last Guard by Nalini Singh

Last Guard 
by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley (July 20, 2021)
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity, 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance (M/F)

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series, where two people defined by their aloneness hold the fate of the Psy in their hands. . . . 

Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful—and emotionless.

For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed “imperfect” by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few—and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel for the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilize the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it.

To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet . . . or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.

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Content Notes: Mental health struggles, neurodiversity, physical disabilities, chronic illness (all on page). Past trauma: childhood abuse (flashback on-page).

When we were last in the Psy/Changeling world, the Net was in serious trouble and the Ruling Coalition has some tough decisions to make. But they were missing a very important voice in those discussions. The anchors, the reclusive Psy who hold the Net together. 

Canto Mercant has lived his life out of the public eye, by his choice. It’s the best way to gather the information that has made his family a force to be reckoned with. Payal Rao, believed to be so Silent she’s robotic by many, has fought her way to the top of a business empire. When those two come together to give a voice to the anchors, they discover an unbreakable bond forged in nightmares and devoted love.

This story starts with a bang and just kept going. The romance, the action, the twists and turns, the worldbuilding are all top notch and had me invested from the jump. But more than all those things, Nalini Singh did something I’ve rarely seen in a long-running traditionally published PNR series. She came down squarely on the side of inclusion. 

Everyone deserves to be seen. Everyone deserves to be loved. Everyone can be the hero of their story. 
Last Guard is a gift. A gift to Singh readers who, like me, have waited so long to see this type of book in the world we love. And a gift to traditional publishing. I hope New York takes that gift and runs with it.


Thanks for the review, Lillie!


Until Next Time,

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