This is the fourth book in the Psy-Changling series, and the first one to step away from Psy-Changling pairings. In this book our main female character is human, while the male lead is changeling.
There were some interesting developments in the overarching series plot, including the introduction of yet another faction that wouldn't mind seeing Silence taken down. There are also some things that set up the next book nicely.
I liked seeing more of Clay, who has always been depicted in the past as a very dark character. However, I wasn't enamored of Talin, his love interest. Despite trying to set it up as a relationship fated from a very young age, I just didn't feel a love bond between the two. Close friends would have felt better. Talin certainly didn't feel like a good match for Clay. Hoping the romance pairing in the next book works better.
This was the best in the series yet. Introducing Psy mixed blood children who live outside the Net. Not usual, but these children descended from Psy who never adapted to the "Silence" that shut off all emotion for this race. They are mixed blood and most of those we have met are Psy/Human mised blood over several generations and with varying and evolving talents that the Net Psy have. The Council for the Net wants to eliminate all these mixed blood psy. We find out who Clay is when he and his childhood friend, Talin, find each other after some 20 years of separation where Clay believes she had died very young (Talin's fabricated death to protect herself). She is taken in by the "Shine" a group who locate and protect the lost and helpless children who do not know who and what they are. We learn a great deal about the origins of the "Silence" and the rebellion that is brewing. Very good and highly recommended. Read all the previous books as this world becomes more, much more complicated with each subsequent book.
A good addition to the series. I think I was hoping for something more for Clay but I liked the introduction of the human element and Shine. You can see the foundation being built for further story and characters whom we will eventually come to care about.
All that said, not sure I was that taken with Talin "Tally" as the heroine. Felt like the story got bogged down a bit and the end was good but obvious so it seemed like Singh just dragged it out to kill more tress, not because there was more story to tell.
Probably my least favorite in the series so far but still a good read.