Review: Wolf Rain

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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…

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

 

At long last, we return to the new world of humans, Psy, and Changelings since Silence has fallen. Not only that but we finally return to the SnowDancer wolf pack in Wolf Rain! The installment reintroduces us to SnowDancer Lieutenant Alexei who we have met in previous installments. We meet Alexei patrolling his rounds and we learn that he is grieving the anniversary of his brother’s death and although he has the pack, Alexei fears of getting closer. After all, no one wants to hurt the ones they love. However, Alexei thoughts are put in pause when he senses someone else’s grief. Searching for the source, Alexei finds a hidden bunker and when he breaks through,  he discovers a Psy-E being held prisoner.

For fifteen years, Empath Memory has been held prisoners by a sadistic Psy who killed her mother so he could use her gift for his own gain. That all changes when she is rescued by Alexei and takes her to his pack. As long as she could remember, Memory sees her gift as a curse but with the help of Alexei and her new friends, Memory learns her gift could save many lives. Throughout all this, the immediate attraction between Memory and Alexei slowly gets stronger to the point where they have feelings for each other. Although Memory is more than happy to accept Alexei as her mate, Alexei is not. He fears of suffering the same fate as his grandfather, father, and brother which sadly runs in the family. Alexei also does not want Memory to suffer the same fate as the women who were mated to them. However, the Psy who kept her captive is looking for Memory and there’s another Psy who is targeting and hurting Arrows and Empaths. So as much as Alexei wants to stay away from Memory, he’s not going to let anyone hurt her again.

Overall, Wolf Rain was a spectacular read! Definitely one of those stories that will keep you on the edge from beginning to end. I was happy that we finally got to Alexei’s story especially since he’s always been an interesting character from the times we have met him. Now we have a better understanding of Alexei and certain things make sense now. I do not want to spoil the reason why Alexei is withdrawn with almost everybody but I will say I’m happy Nalini Singh brought back the topic since its we have not seen it much in the series. I was very happy once we got to know Memory because she’s definitely the right person to not only help Alexei but also spend the rest of her life with him. Sure, Alexei and Memory’s romance was slow building unlike other pairs’ romances but it was still sweet to read and fans will enjoy Wolf Rain just as much as I did.

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