Audiobook Review: Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)(Psy-Changeling #20) by Nalini Singh (Narrator: Angela Dawe)

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(Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)(Psy-Changeling #20)
Nalini Singh (Narrator: Angela Dawe)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Science Fiction
Tantor Audio
July 20, 2021
10 hours and 52 minutes


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series, where two people defined by their aloneness hold the fate of the Psy in their hands…

Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful—and emotionless.

For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed "imperfect" by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few—and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel of the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an Anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilize the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it.

To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful Anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet…or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.


Nalini Singh is back with another exciting installment in the Psy-Changeling world. I’ve been a fan of the series for many years and I always look forward to a new book. This is true with Last Guard, the fifth book in the spin-off series Psy-Changeling Trinity.

This time around we focus on two Psy. The Psy are emotionless beings, but with silence gone some are waking up. I’m not a big fan of the Psy; because of this emotionless state, but this time around I enjoyed diving more into the Psy world. The author introduces use to a new designation, the anchors, which are a unique designation. We know nothing about them, but we get to explore that aspect and learning more about the virus that is affecting the Psy net.

The romance is a slow build, as expected, but it burns bright. I enjoyed Payal and Canto’s budding relationship. They were cute together even while still having spines of steel.

One of the things I really enjoyed in this installment is Canto and his disability. The Psy are known for removing those that aren’t perfect. It was a pleasant surprise to learn about him and see that his family, the Mercant’s, never saw him as less. It’s a powerful read and/or listen.

Singh’s writing is one of my favorites. She builds the world and characters bring out all the details and never skimping. The world has and still continues to blossom.

Audio: Angela Dawe continues to impress me with her voices. I was captivated from begging to end and enjoyed listening to Last Guard. The voices are distinctive and unique. The pace is consistent. I highly recommend the audiobook!

Last Guard was a compelling listen. I loved returning to the world and I look forward to the next installment. You can never go wrong with a Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling book.

Rated: 4.5 Stars

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10 comments on “Audiobook Review: Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)(Psy-Changeling #20) by Nalini Singh (Narrator: Angela Dawe)

  1. Great review, I love Last Guard, I am going to have to get the audio book, now!

    • Hope you enjoy the audiobook ^_^. Check your library they may have it. I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Thank you for visiting!

  2. Yes, the Mercants seeing the worth in Canto and all their clan is a breath of fresh air in the psy community. I loved this pairing, too.
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    • I agree with what you said and feel the same way. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I love this series. Sometimes the Psy all seem so much the same. So it’s nice when there is a very definitive difference for one, such as Canto’s disability.
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    • I agree in the beginning all the Psy seemed the same, but as we dive deeper into the Psy and now that silence is gone we see that their are variations and that some family’s keeps those that where different protected. I found Cano’s disability refreshing and liked that the Merchant clan didn’t see him as less. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I agree about Psy-Psy love stories not being my favorites, I love the passion of the changelings. But as Silence falls, Nalini has been writing all sorts of wonderful Psy stories. Lovely review!
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    • Yes, Nalini has been writing wonderful Psy stories. Thank you for check out my review and visiting!

  5. I really loved this one. I love how the Mercants are all about family
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    • The Mercant’s are a great family unit even in silence they kept to their motto. Thanks for visiting!