Oceans Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity 2)
Author: Nalini Singh
Page count: 416pp
Release date: 14th June 2018
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
“The last words you said to your sister were for her to use your brain.”
These words are said by Atalina Kahananui, a pregnant medic in danger of another miscarriage, member of the BlackSea clan – sea based changelings.
At the end of ‘Silver Silence’ Bowen Knight, leader of the Human Alliance is shor with a fragmented bullet, trying to save his sister Lily.
Having been terrorised by Psy previously, Bowen had a chip implanted to prevent psychic intrusion, but it is degrading, along with the chips every other one of his associates and family have had implanted.
They are all living under a death sentence.
Lily has agreed for Bowen to be kidnapped by the BlackSea clan so they can experiment on him, hopefully finding a solution to save their lives, and to help their own clan. As for Bowen, he’ll be lucky to last a month, before brain damage and loss of function takes over.
In the meantime, Bowen Knight is held in suspicion as Hugo, his friend, has recently disappeared, another in a long string if BlackSea disappearances. As Singh narrates, “humans had been responsible for all the terrible losses of Kaia’s life.” so to feel any inch of sympathy for him and the sacrifice he’s making for his people, mars against her. Given that this was mentioned and we encountered a disappearing sea changeling a few books before, I think this plot strand has been planned by Singh for a while.
Bowen Knight is part Scottish, part Brazilian just as Kaia is brown skinned. As soon as he scents her, he is addicted …
“it was as if he were connected to her by an invisible cord.”
So, amidst Bowen’s fight for survival and an answer to the degradation of his chip, plus sea-changelings disappearances, we have a brewing relationship which may not last more tnantjree weeks.
The novel deals to an extent with disability and how to cope when it first occurs, plus numerous race issues. And – tentacles- yes!! Not tentacle porn, don’t get your hopes up! But, we do meet lots of sea-based changelings and Singh introduces them with humour and vigour.
The core of ‘Oceans Light’ is that the vast majority of the Alliance membership understood that humanity couldn’t thrive in isolation. It had to find a way to stand on equal ground with changelings and Psy,’ so here, bridges are being built, almost a reflection of the current political world.
This was really a great book; fun, emotional and clever, though I did guess early on who was responsible for betraying BlackSea, though I didn’t discover all of the plot strands.
A great second step in the new triptych series.