• Last Guard

  • Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 5
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (603 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series. 

In a destabilized world with countless lives at stake, two people defined by their aloneness must stand together to stave off ultimate destruction.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Nalini Singh (P)2021 Tantor

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Weak Sauce

I am beginning to think Singh has gotten to the point where she is running out of ideas or is bored with her own stories. I am a fan of the series. A pretty big fan and purchased ahead of time without reading the (severely lacking) blurb.

Her stories worked better when there were was a community of characters in which her characters existed and drew support and dynamism. She had potential with the wolf-bear-psi thing she set up and then abandoned. The last four stories might as well be one offs with few connections holding them together other than existing in the same universe.

This is missing the story depth and interesting characters like Wolfes Rain, Silver Silence, or the original series. She dumps the reader into the characters lives without building any interest in them. There is very little of a hook. Just two miserable SOBS, who haven't seen each other since the were young children, angry at the world, showing only thier resting bitch faces and for whatever reason stuck on a childhood trauma they can't move past without the healing power of love.

I honestly stopped listening after an hour and a half. I just didn't care enough about the characters, or their lives. I didn't like them or empathize with their existance.

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Like those Mercants more and more

Before I even read the book, I wanted to smack whoever was responsible for the pi$$ poor Publisher’s Summary posted for this book in Audible. Shame on you Tantor! Berkley posted a reasonably decent summary in Amazon so there’s no excuse.
I’m so invested in this series - one of my favorites- that I always preorder Ms Singh’s books. Her Guild Hunter series is another fave.

Regarding the story: Well done. The story of Canto Mercant and Payal Rao somewhat mirrors Kaleb Krychek and Sahara as a Psy-Psy relationship but with a female TK. They met as children in an abusive school for Psy who weren’t perfect and now 30 years later as advocates for designation A Anchors for the PsyNet.

I don’t think Angela Dawe can do a poor narration. Whoever represented the author’s interests in picking Dawe gets multiple gold stars for leveling up her work.

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Perfection, as usual

The prior books, for the most part, took characters that we were at least glancingly familiar with to build the new storyline. This book introduces a new Mercant and an unknown in such flawless integration that you feel as though you knew them or at least of them all along. In fact, I will be going back to Silver Silence and listening forward again just to make certain they are not previously mentioned. (No burden, lol as it's my favorite one!) Absolute perfection.

Angela Dawe gives a wonderful performance as usual. After all of this time with all of these characters, you feel as though you know the major players by voice alone. It's wonderful. Only once did Nikita's voice slip into a younger, less raspy tenor for one line. Dawe is so gifted that the shock of it made me notice the slip. No complaints though. No one else could deliver this world to us with such care. Loved it!

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Disappointing

Although I'm invested in the characters in this series, perpetuating the "vicious pit bull" stereotype is a hard pass for me.

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The (A)nchor designation comes forward.

I enjoyed Last Guard. I like how the book moves the series forward and continues to show how important making emotional connections are to saving the Psy.
Payal and Canto are A's, Anchors in the Net. They are dedicated to saving Psy Net and each other.

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Not as exciting as previous books. but still good.

We still don't know who The Architect is. Although most of us have guessed who it is at this point. That kind of irks me. The storyline is dragging a bit for me.

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Enjoyed both the story and narration

The narration was one of the best I've ever heard. I also loved getting another look into the Mercant family. The story continues to further expand on the irony of the Psy - a race that is all about the mind, but does a crappy job of understanding and healing those in their ranks with "problems" of the mind.

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I am getting tired of still not getting to the bottom of the consortium and the still unidentified "architect". It's getting boring.

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Mercant Magic!!

Getting some Mercant info is just the best!! Love the storyline and narrator!! Nalini never fails to deliver with this series! I eagerly await Ed the release of this book and I'm not disappointed! Angela does an amazing job with the reading as well and just makes you truly feel the characters! I'll be listening over and over again!

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Another incredible, complex, brilliant story!

Nalini I Singh continues the story of the Psi/Changling/Human world the way she started it, brilliantly. The characters are realistic and deep. The flaws and strengths cause the reader to feel that this is a totally plausible alternate reality. We tend to fall in love with this world.
I find myself staring into the faces of the wild bears who visit my home in the mountains, looking for the shifter bears of Nalini Singh's world. Maybe some day?

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Yet another brilliant additon!

OMG once again Nalini Singh and Angela Dawe churn out another winner! I love the Mercant family and their progression and character development. For Psy they are actually amusing. This story really brought together the scarab story and confirmed for me who I guess the Architect to be, I am sure if you were paying attention since book 1 you would have figured it out too.

I really can not wait for the next book!