What’s in store for the Psy-Changeling series? Nalini Singh chats about Allegiance of Honor!
If you’re a Psy-Changeling fan and have read Allegiance of Honor, you know this story is not like the others in the series, and you may have been left wondering…what’s next? Nalini Singh had something to say about that, and I’m happy to share it with you here in this Q&A!
Q: Is Allegiance of Honor the end of the Psy-Changeling series?
A: No, it’s not. 🙂 I ADORE this world and the characters and I have so many Psy-Changeling stories yet to tell. (I’ve often joked that I’ll be writing this series until I’m ninety-eight!)
Q: Where do you see the Psy-Changeling world going from here? Who is the next book about?
A: (Slightly spoilery answer to follow if you’re just starting the series).
Allegiance of Honor sets up a lot of possibilities for the future. There are many avenues I could take. However, for me, this arc is all about what happens not just to the Psy, but to the world, now that Silence has fallen and all the rules have changed.
We’ve had the immediate aftermath books, both of which focused on the Psy race (Shield of Winter & Shards of Hope), but what about the wider long-term future? Because Silence existed for a reason. The Psy still have these incredible abilities that have the potential to drive them murderously insane, and the world is still a fractured triumvirate. And there are players about whom we know very little, like the falcons and BlackSea.
As for who’s book is next, I’m not ready to announce it yet because I want to be certain this character is ready – but I think you’ll be pleased. 😉
The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…
A staggering transformation has put the Psy, humans, and changelings at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, wary loners.
But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten, and it threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy…and changeling.
To find the lost and protect the vulnerable—and to save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?
Read the GraveTells review of Allegiance of Honor here!
Read an excerpt
Lucas had had to chase Naya around the aerie at bedtime last night—her walk might still be a little shaky, but she was a rocket when it came to crawling. Dressed only in a diaper, she’d laughed uproariously and said a loud, firm “No” each time Lucas caught her and put her in her crib.
After which she’d clamber out—she’d figured out how to escape a month earlier—and the game would begin again. Of course, since Lucas was a cat, he’d been having just as much fun as their daughter. Sascha, meanwhile, had sat in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate and just indulged in the sight of her mate playing with their cub.
She’d had to pretend to be stern when Naya ran over and pleaded her case with loud sounds and wild gesticulations of her hands. “No, Naya,” she’d said, biting her tongue in an effort not to laugh. “It’s time for bed. Go with Papa.”
At which point, Naya had growled at her, eyes sparkling with mischief.
And Sascha had cracked, laughing so hard she’d had to put down her hot chocolate before she spilled it. Lucas had shaken his head as Naya plopped down on her diaper-covered butt and joined in, clapping her hands at having made her mommy laugh. “No discipline.” Lucas had mock-growled at her before picking up their misbehaving baby. “And you”—a growly nuzzle that made Naya laugh harder and pat his stubbled cheek—“time for bed.”
He’d finally got her to sleep—by walking around with her pressed up against his bare chest.
Today, their cub was playing in the living area just outside the kitchen nook. Sascha had locked the aerie door to ensure Naya wouldn’t undo the latch and go out onto the balcony, and Lucas had childproofed the entire main area of the aerie, so Naya was free to roam as she liked. A lot of the time she practiced her walking skills. And no matter how often she fell down, she started back up again after a little break.
Stubborn, determined baby.
Peeking out from the kitchen, Sascha found her concentrating on stacking the colored alphabet blocks Faith and Vaughn had given her as a gift. Beside her sat a more than slightly ragged wolf plush toy, aka “The Toy That Shall Not Be Named.” Hawke had given that to Naya when she was a newborn, and it remained her favorite snuggle toy, much to her father’s despair.
Though Lucas did enjoy it when Naya went leopard on the toy, growling and “fighting” with the wolf. Then he’d smile and say, “That’s my girl.”
Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.
About the author
I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).
So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.
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Do you love the Psy-Changeling series?
What did you think about the unique setup of Allegiance of Honor? Are you excited about upcoming Psy-Changeling stories? Who do YOU think the next book will be about? (My money is on Kit!)
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i feel like given what nalini has said about kit needing to grow up before he gets his own story, it won’t be him next. but that was a while ago i think (and i also wouldn’t complain in the least!). maybe evie and tai, though i feel like they would get a novella if anything. or maybe alice?
Kit definitely needs to mature. I don’t want to read his story for another good decade (maybe slightly less) in story time. My theory is that the series will jump in time when the next book starts. This last one almost felt like a farewell or an ending of an era, maybe a new beginning. A lot of the primary couples either have babies or are considering having them, and with all the chaos since Silence fell, the world needs time to fall into new rhythms so new storylines can emerge.
That’s what I think she’ll do. Essentially reboot the series by jumping ahead to when the kids are mid-twenties and mature enough to lead their own stories. Lara Adrian did that with her vampire books and it totally breathed new life into the series.
BTW, thank you for commenting!! <3 I love chatting about this stuff!
Kits a tough one me because there will probably never be anything overwhelmingly difficult in his life to make him and extremely interesting leading character. And what I mean by that is Lucas, Dorian, Judd, Drew, Hawke, Aden, Kaleb, et al had something tragic happen in their lives that gives them a character depth that I don’t think Kit will ever have. Not that he isn’t interesting but I think it will be very different. My guess (having not read AoH yet) is that we won’t get Kit’s story until it’s time for him to start his pack. Then he will have to over come some type of adversity and it will give him depth. My guess for this arc is we move outside of DR and SD for stories. I bet we get characters like Adam, Miane and Silver. I just finished rereading SoW and HoO and I really like Silver. I’d like to see one of her in this next arc.
Oh yeah, Silver is (so far) an enigma but she would definitely be an interesting lead. And Miane too. I’m dying to know what she turns into and I’d love to learn more about BlackSea. I agree on Kit too (him needing a twist to be compelling). I’ve always been curious where he’s headed, story wise. He’s been fairly sheltered but Nalini has emphasized his alpha nature often, so she must have plans for him. I’ve got this squirrely feeling about the next book, totally expecting her to surprise us all. That should be exciting.
I’m curious about how/if AoH changes your thoughts on what’s coming. Come back and chat again after you finish it, pretty please! 🙂 You guys rock for leaving comments! I know there are a lot of Psy-Changeling fans out there, but I don’t know any in real life, so it’s a ton of fun to talk theory like this! <3