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.
*Non Spoiler Review*
I love it when authors can produce quality after quality in series they write. It is a talent, better yet, if they can keep a strong over arching theme then nothing can stop them.
If you didn’t know already I am a big supporter of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling and Archangel series. The Last Guard is another sensational story that now introduces the Rao family to the Psy-Chaneling Trinity section of there series. You are introduce to Payal Rao the CEO of the Rao family organisation, well known for her impeccable silence. However, all is not what it seems as she is a powerful anchor holding together a large region of Delhi in the psychic mind of the Psynet.
Our other main character is Canto Mercant, head of intel for the Mercant family. He has been plagued throughout his life with the need to find out what happen to a little girl named 3K who saved his life. While the world around him is struggle to stablise he must work with Payal to find a way to stop Anchors from dying. Yet, Payal reminds him of someone who he thought head had let go of.
I confess I was hesitant about reading a story that wasn’t a direct connection from the other characters I have read. Canto’s character appear brief in Silver Silence, but otherwise he wasn’t a well known supporting character. But as always Singh ease me in and I get caught up in another fantastic story.
This book build heavily on the overarching theme, while slotting in new characters who I can see being strong support characters in future books. While this can be read out of order, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the trinity.
Overall, I happily devoured this book in one day. An essential to anyone’s PNR collection.