Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #2
Also in this series: Silver Silence
Published by Berkley on June 12, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Source: Received from Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love...
Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...
Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...
But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy...
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Ocean Light by Nalini Singh is the second book in her Psy-Changeling Trinity series. The Psy-Changeling Trinity series branches off of the original Psy-Changelings continuing into a second arc after a shift in the world. This shift is brilliantly done overall and I love the pace towards a (hopeful) unity for all races.
Ocean Light focuses on Bowen Knight, human and leader of the Alliance, and Kaia Luna. Kaia is a new character (as far as I can remember) and I really enjoyed her energy on the page. With her old-soul feel and playfulness, Kaia is an easy character for me to relate to. Bowen is back from the edge of death and his future is uncertain. This aspect created a little bit of a reluctance for me to become too emotionally attached to their future. Nalini Singh plays her cards carefully and well placed, but part of me consistently held back.
A unique feel flowed around Bo and Kaia’s romance. Unique and certainly unexpected with a lot of high risks across the board. Bo held a surprising reaction to Kaia’s “flaws”. The surprise was a good one and allowed a lot of the overall story to melt together between their romance and the bigger picture of the Trinity conflict.
My personal reluctance could be the reason I didn’t enjoy Ocean Light enough to brandish a perfect rating. Even so, the story is captivating and held a great layer of mystery. Revisiting established characters and pulling the series arc into place is well crafted and played nicely into Kaia and Bowen’s story. Ocean Light is a cold reminder that sometimes the enemy is too close to home and how abuse can cause long term trauma.
Ocean Light takes place on the floating city of the the water changelings, BlackSea. Reading about the tech and various parts of this underwater location is a real treat. It isn’t very often that this world takes us to a place which is wholly unfamiliar. Visual descriptions of this unique location added a lot to the overall feel of Ocean Light. If you have followed this series since the beginning, you know BlackSea has remained hidden behind a veil of secrecy. We finally get to learn more about this secretive group and it was well worth the wait!