Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.
Reviewed By: Babs
Why I Read This Book: I love the Psy Changeling series. And I’m re-reading as part of an online read-along.
In a Nutshell: I enjoyed the story. I was eventually won over by the heroine—she grew on me after my initial dislike.
The Set Up: Human Talin needs help locating a lost charge and Changeling Clay is her last hope. She’s hoping he’ll help despite their turbulent history.
What I Liked: I love the growing backstory of how the Psy chose the Silence Protocol. There’s a new group added to the world and the group’s addition makes total sense to me after I gave it some thought. I think they’re going to play an important role as things come to conclusion with Silence and how Psy overcome serious issues within the race.
I liked Talin’s evolution in the story. She had to overcome her fear from past events to accept both the human and Changeling sides of Clay. She also had to accept their connection.
I also appreciate that Sascha and Faith didn’t automatically accept Talin. Talin had to prove to them she was worthy of Clay and wouldn’t intentionally hurt him.
I like that while Clay was withdrawn maybe with others outside the pack, he didn’t pine away forever on what could have been with Talin when they were younger. He found his place with the pack as a sentinel and created meaningful relationships with members of the pack in spite of losing Talin so young.
The resolution for Clay and Talin and the story surrounding the lost child were satisfying to me.
What I Didn’t Like: I definitely didn’t like Talin in the beginning. She didn’t seem strong enough/brave enough for Clay. I also didn’t like how she handled things with Clay before when they were younger. We all make mistakes but that seemed like a really harsh and extreme way to handle it.