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Alpha Night

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He killed with light but she lived in it.



Still can't get over the fact that I won an early copy giveaway.

Ever since Silver Silence, I was so eager to know more about Selenka Durev, not only because she's a female but THE alpha of the Moscow BlackEdge wolves pack who is mated to a PSY!!! I love strong females so an alpha will, of course, be strong. And Selenka didn't disappoint me. She was strong but selfless since she is the heart of her pack. She can be cold-hearted but also as gentle as a puppy. Her relationship with her pack was so heartwarming that I often wish I was part of it.

Ethan Night. He was surprisingly the sweetest and adorable arrow I've ever seen. Even under Silence, Ethan knows how to treat people, he knows kindness even if he never felt it. The way he was with Selenka and her pack?! I'm sorry but y heart couldn't handle it. I was literally in the recovery position. The dangerous man had done horrible things because he was forced to but could carry a pup with so much possessiveness. He was so devoted to the Arrow Squad, to Selenka and Aden despite everything he went through.

I was so happy when we got to see other characters such as Silver and Valentin. *Sigh* Ah, bears! You cannot not love them. Kaleb fucking Krychek (my favorite cardinal), my fierce Memory, and my sweet and devoted Aden. I was also so happy to see Nikki Duncan, damn I love that woman.

Unfortunately, even if I wanted to, I can't give 5 stars to this book because there were lingered moments of inner thoughts that kind of annoyed me, it was just dragging the story and I had to skip some paragraphs. But for sure I will continue this series!!!

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Another solid installment in the series. I'm not usually a fan of insta love between the two main protagonists but Nalini Singh always makes it work. And it's nice once again to see the role reversed with the female being the alpha and the male, albeit not less powerful male, take the beta role.
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FINAL DECISION: A fast-paced, action packed entry in the series. I was amazed by the end to realize that only a few days had passed. Loved the alpha heroine queen and her devoted knight. The only negative is that is hard getting to know another changeling group. Hopefully, we will have all the main characters of the Trinity series soon so that every book is not a new group.

THE STORY: Selenka Durev is an alpha wolf who meets Arrow Ethan Night and instantly knows that he is her mate. Selenka's pack is in danger as the Architect continues to make plans to disrupt the fragile peace of the Trinity Accord and build an empire for herself. Ethan believes himself damaged and operating on borrowed time before his mind becomes a weapon that must be destroyed. An mating between two strangers who have both been betrayed is difficult. There is something different about Ethan that the two must investigate while getting to know one another.

OPINION: Enjoyable entry in the Trinity series. This was an interesting combination of personalities. Selenka and Ethan were definitely not what I was expecting. Having a female alpha changeling was great with different issues. I especially liked that Selenka is definitely just as ruthless as an alpha as Lucas and Hawke but gives the alpha role a different twist. (Valentin is the softie of the group -- but bears). Ethan is a different Arrow than what we have seen before as well. Singh is expanding and breaking her own constructs which only makes this series more compelling and complex with every book.

Ethan's condition kept me interested to the end and I was not expecting what the resolution was. It was surprising and yet completely obvious once I knew the ending. Singh did a great job planting clues and yet not giving the game away.

My only slight disappointment/complaint is that once again we are introduced to another new group -- BlackEdge. I'm hoping that now that we have three packs, the books will begin to explore more deeply the characters and dynamics we have already been introduced to. Much of each of these books in the Trinity series has to take time to introduce the particular dynamics and characters which is understandable but keeps this spin-off series from really rising to the levels of the original. Let's have some more BlackEdge, BlackSea or StoneWater characters!

WORTH MENTIONING: There are some cameo appearances by beloved characters from the original cast, but they are only cameos.

CONNECTED BOOKS: ALPHA NIGHT is the fourth book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series. It is also the nineteenth book in the Psy-Changeling series. A reader could pick up the series at the start of the Trinity series. While the story here is mostly self-contained and the romance is completely self-contained, there is so much world-building and background that a newcomer to the series might spend a lot of time trying to catch up.

STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.

NOTE: I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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A long-time fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling Trinity novels, I picked this one up expecting a continuation of the global political plot and a solid romance, and it delivered. 

Alpha Night returns to Russia, where we've spent considerable time in the latest installments. Instead of focusing on "the bears," however, it focuses on "the wolves." Alpha wolf Selenka Durev's wolf unexpectedly mates at first sight of Ethan night, a troubled member of the Arrows assassin squad. While they investigate an unusual terrorist attack and some suspicious events surrounding the BlackEdge wolf changeling pack, they also discover more about their instant mating, Ethan's secrets, and each other. 

It's an instant mating, but it's not insta-love. Not entirely. The global situation comes into play as it has in the more recent novels, continuing the geo-political maneuvering alongside the development of another cross-cultural relationship. I think this book fits well in the series. If you're already a fan, you'll likely enjoy this one.
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This story will please fans of the series . This new couple ( Arrow and wolf alpha) Ethan and Selenka find love in the darkest of times, the dangerous situations and perils making it all the more precious . Sasha Duncan playing a part, as well as the defacto ruler of the Psy Kaleb Krychek most powerful Psy ever seen makes cameo appearance as well as others from past books – so please read books in order. Nice to see another Arrow find love and a home in this trouble time …
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Alpha Night kick right off and is fast paced. This sexy thrill ride has everything you expect from a nalini singh book. I was looking forward to the first novel with a female alpha and the heroine, I knew she was going to be bad ass. Selenka and was nunanced dominant as fuck and far more even tempered than what we have done to expect from alpha's in the mating dance. She knows what she wants and doesnt waste time. Ethan also doesn't follow the formula we have seen in the past for arrows in love. Overall this was a fun read and is keeping the paychangling series fresh.
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Hot, romantic, paranormal read!!
IF you never read Nalini Singh - you have to start now.
Everything in her books makes sense, it makes you sigh and it puts you on another planet.
Simply - what else do you need! 
I just need one more star to make this at least 6!
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Alpha Night is the newest addition to the amazing Psy-Changeling series from Nalini Singh. My absolute favorite pairing remains when the couple has on Psy and one Changeling. Add in the fact we had a female Alpha Changeling and a Psy Arrow, and Alpha Night was complete catnip for me!

Selenka Durev is the wolf Alpha of the BlackEdge pack. Ethan Night is an Arrow, who is damaged so he doesn’t really feel like a true Arrow. When they meet at a symposium in Selenka’s city, her wolf recognizes Ethan as her mate, and they have mating at first sight. I absolutely loved the journey Selenka and Ethan took in Alpha Night. Selenka and her wolf sense something is different about Ethan. I loved how quickly Selenka and Ethan accepted one another as mates, even as they each had much to learn about and from one another. Their courtship to HEA gave me all the happy feels.

With each new book in the series, I feel like we learn a bit more about how the Architect, Consortium, and the rapidly destabilization of the PsyNet are all intertwined. I also felt like we learned the Architect was a woman in the book..if it had been revealed before, I had missed it.

Alpha Night is another winner from Nalini Singh! The romance was filled with emotions and beauty, and there was just enough action to keep readers on the edge of their seats

Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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I love spending time in the Psy-Changeling world that Nalini has created. It's so unique. Her characters always have depth, even when they are supposed to be unfeeling Psy. I would have liked tondo more about Ethan's mystery power in this book, but maybe that will come in future installments. Selenka was a strong heroine, alpha of her pack. She said we a good example of how you can be strong and soft at the same time. The objective of the architect and problems with Psynet have also taken an interesting turn. I was late reading this one, so I'm glad my schedule finally allowed me to get some reading time in.
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Whew! This story was sinfully delicious, but what else can you expect from Nalini Singh? As a long time fan of her other series, this story was a surefire hit. Can't wait to read more!
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To be upfront I am very biased with this author. I tend to love everything she writes! I wasn't disappointed with this addition to the series. A strong heroine, Selenka is a great pairup with Arrow Ethan. I love that this author doesn't fall back on the "strong male must protect weaker female" trope. Selenka is her own hero but she is slso able to embrace loveand a partnership. Another great read to help us escape.
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I loved it. I've read 10 of the books in the Psy Changeling and Trinity series. Alpha Night is definitely in the top 3 along with Silver Silence and Heart of Obsidian. I love Selenka, the first female alpha protagonist, and Ethan, her broken knight. I love that they don't fight being together but grow towards each other.
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Nalini Singh gives readers another high-octane Psy-Changeling adventure! Alpha Night, the fourth story in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series (and book 19 overall), shifts the story back to Russia, home of the BlackEdge wolves and StoneWater bears. When an assassination attempt is made on the BlackEdge alpha, Selenka Durev, deception and betrayal surface among the Psys and wolves. However, when Selenka finds herself instantly connected to Arrow Ethan Night, the tables turn on the Architect’s plans.

Within Alpha Night readers finally start to get some answers in the overall story arc involving the Architect, Consortium, and destabilization of the Net. I love the intricacy of the plot and how the pieces are starting to come together, creating connections readers weren’t privy to before. I like how much we are learning about the mysterious Architect and her plans (did we know the Architect is a she?).

The romance between Ethan and Selenka is passionate and sweet. They experience an extremely rare mating, and I love how they both embrace it with their hearts and minds. They work together, trusting in the mating and one another. Each has many scars, and they allow the other to see them and help heal the emotional wounds. Even though they accept the bond from the start, we still witness a tender quasi-courtship, and by the end of the book, we know they are going to have their own HEA.

Even though this one took me a bit longer to read and digest, it’s because Ms. Singh gives us SO MUCH. Alpha Night (I love the title!) is a delightful romance filled with chewy plot bits and hardy action.

My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
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This book was amazing!!!!!

I was so excited for Selenka because Alpha female (whoot!) Singh never lets me down when it comes to strong, fierce, feminine females. Selenka is not a man with boobs, she is the leader of her pack with maternal instincts and desire to lead and protect. She doesn't need to prove anything and her pack adores her. Ethan was awesome. He is perfect for Selenka in all the right ways. I adored him. Ethan and Selenka make a great partnership and help each other balance. 

Memory makes an appearance and I think she might be my favorite. I just loved this whole book and I cannot wait to reread it many many times.
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Alpha Night by Nalini Singh  is the fourth book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity. An enjoyable read with some relatively new characters. I enjoyed reading it but in the end I found it forgettable. None of the characters really stayed with me. Honestly if you had read a majority of Singh's books from this series you know what you are getting from this series but the exception is the characters just did not have that pull others in the series usually does. I was excited because we were dealing with a female alpha and I just felt like the book never delivered. Three stars for an enjoyable if forgettable read. 

This was an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Company for the ARC.
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Okay, so I thought this was a very solid novel, but it kind of feels like a place holder. The main reason I read Nalini Singh is because her world building is so good. And that's true of this book, but it almost feels like this book is the set up to the next book. Does that make sense? Things happen in this book that make it feel like she's teasing out the bigger confrontation that will happen in the future, and it pulls you forward, and you want to find out what will happen next (which is basically why I read all of the books in this series in three months - WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?!) But, I wasn't QUITE as invested in the hero and heroine's story as I usually was, even though they are both interesting characters. I was more interested in the architect and what she's planning, and how everyone will react to it. I think that maybe one part was just a little too jarring  instant mating, because the hero was suicidal and the heroine's wolf was worried he'd off himself before they mated. And that instant mating made his previous (traitorous) actions okay, because her wolf wouldn't mate with anyone bad? That was jarring.  And the ending! Oh, what will happen next? So, I liked it. I loved seeing how the bears and the wolves work together. (Bears *sighs fondly*)
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This review will go live on The Blogger Girls on June 17, 2020. 

This one is definitely one of my new favorites of the series. In fact, as soon as I finished it, I read it again! I honestly am not sure how to review this one because I loved it so much and couldn't get enough of these two. The chemistry between them is so potent, it leaked off the pages. I loved that this one was slightly different than the others in the series with the mating at first sight. At first, I wasn't sure how the mating at first sight could happen because of how the females are the ones that have to accept their mates in the other books before a mating can take place and female shifters are very hesitant on doing that until they're sure about a mate. However, I soon stopped worrying about that because Selenka and Ethan grabbed all of my attention immediately.

My absolute favorites of the series are the Arrows because they're so deadly but they have such a sense of honor and it's interesting to see them adapt with their new way of life and new emotions. With Ethan, he's different because he's doesn't really feel anything so he does things hoping that he'll feel something but nothing works. Until he meets Selenka and he starts feeling things he never knew he could feel, which brings on an almost obsessive protective instinct in him. With Selenka, as a female alpha wolf, she already possessives those instincts but when she meets Ethan, her wolf immediately recognizes him as her mate and triggers the mating bond. Neither know what's really happening because mating at first sight is not a 'thing' but I loved seeing them navigate the waters of their new bond.

What I really loved about this one, though, is how easily Selenka and Ethan fit together. Not many can take Selenka but a no nonsense, blunt Arrow definitely can. Selenka can let her claws out and Ethan won't back down but he has her back 100% (even if he doesn't agree with something she does) when he needs to support her in front of others, which is what Selenka has always wanted and I loved seeing Ethan, unknowingly, knock down the walls Selenka has built up with that blind faith in Selenka. Plus, Ethan won over not just Selenka but Selenka's family and her pack very quickly with his softness for those weaker than him. I also really adored seeing Selenka bring Ethan back from the edge and help him through a possible new power that he knows will kill him. It was intriguing seeing Ethan fight those feelings while also fighting to keep Selenka safe and Selenka trying to figure out how to save her mate from a psychic problem.

All in all, this was an amazing story that I'm already wanting to read a third time. It is definitely one of my favorites in the series because I love the deadly Arrow mixed with the deadly she-wolf. I loved the push/pull between them, the chemistry and the easy way they fit together. I also loved seeing them deal with both wolf and Psy problems and how both of them were able to contribute to those scenarios. It was a phenomenal story and I loved being back in Russia and exploring the wolf shifter side of things. I l adored everything about this story and everyone should definitely read it but I wouldn't advise reading it unless you've read the entire Psy-Changeling and Psy-Changeling Trinity series or you may be slightly confused.
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A symposium threat and a brutal Changeling murder brings together a fiery alpha wolf female and an icy, broken Arrow who must navigate the ties to each other, the devious minds behind the attacks, and the count down to Scarab Syndrome taking over his mind.  There is no doubt that any new story in this series will be enjoyed.  The surprise is always going to be how much.
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Alpha Night is the fourth in the Psy-Changeling Trinity second season and the nineteenth overall Psy-Changeling book.  Though this is a paranormal romance series, it really works best read in order so the strong series arc and large cast of character connections make sense.

Selenka Durev is a powerful alpha wolf of a pack that shares Moscow with the bears under Valentin.  She thought that bear was something when he mated powerful Psi, Silver Mercant, but after having an Arrow with a strong, dangerous gift save her life and the lives of everyone at the E-Psi symposium and his brutal honesty and loyalty to the tie that forms between them, she can now see the attraction. Her Arrow may be broken and their mate bond abnormal, but Ethan is hers and she knows that he will never abandon her or feel threatened by her alpha strength and nature like her bitter father.  She will make the male see his own worth and as she wraps him up in wolf pack care and her own acceptance and desire.  She will fight for him when he won’t fight for himself though for her, she knows he is willing to kill.

Ethan Knight was taken as a child, put in a dark hole, and formed by Ming’s brutality into a killer and a savage.  He knows he’s messed up and unlike even his fellow Arrows who all went through the vigorous and rough training to be formed into what they are.  Beyond that, he feels the pressure building in his mind of the insidious Scarab Syndrome that will eventually turn him into a crazed monster that must be put down before he takes out a bunch of people.  His Arrow Squad leader, Aden, and his fellow Arrows have tried to get through to him, but all those years of isolation took their toll.  It is only when a fiery alpha truly sees him, accepts him for who he is, and desires him that he comes to life.  He will do anything for Selenka including stand at her back while she leads her wolves and searches for the people harrowing the Trinity Accord and the scavengers who are attacking her pack.

This was another fabulous entry in the series that takes us back to Moscow where the first Psy-Changeling Trinity book took place introducing a new main circle of characters.  I was happy to see the bears and Silver back in this story acting as secondary to new characters from the local wolf pack.  The overall fight against the Consortium who are trying to undermine the new Trinity Accord and the desperate battle of the Psi to save the Psi Net are still going on, but this also includes a more specific conflict that involves the Arrow unit of the Psi and a strong local wolf Changeling pack.

The author has a wonderful gift of building up her character’s backgrounds and the development as individuals and their romance so that it comes in layers and not all at once while, at the same time, presenting a suspenseful action plot that builds to an exciting climax.  I enjoyed figuring out what was going on with Ethan’s raging psi gift and also working out what was going down in Selenka’s pack territory.

Alpha Night introduces a pair of improbable lovers who are opposites though both strong alpha powers in their own right.  Selenka and Ethan work so well as a team and as a growing bonded pair of mates.  Selenka is a dominant wolf and has been alone in the midst of pack and friends with whom she can never show them everything because she is their alpha.  Ethan is a gift to her because he is her equal, but he is not pack.  She can be just Selenka with him and, when she must take up her alpha mantle, he is not threatened and supports her.  Most of the time love at first sight doesn’t work well for me, but this was different.  The bond was right away, but the relationship came along steadily.  I liked how it was done.

There was an interesting twist in the situation with the Psi Net and I’m curious to see what that will mean.  Just like I am eager to get the master mind of the Consortium unmasked.  Each visit with the Psy-Changeling world is utter delight and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.  If you love a powerful world building, characters, suspenseful plotting, and romance in your Paranormal Romances then give this series a go.
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Sarah – ☆☆☆☆☆
This is another brilliant addition to the Psy-Changeling series. This book is set in Russia and the focus is on Alpha wolf Selenka and Psy Arrow Ethan.

I really enjoyed the gender flip in this book. I could be wrong, but Selenka is the first female Alpha I can remember and she is very special. Ethan isn’t quite as unique, but he is very loveable. This is a ‘love at first sight/fated mates’ romance that I actually believed in and enjoyed. Selenka and Ethan work beautifully together and I love that they still put in the work needed to move on from fate to a realistic life partnership.

The wolves in this book are quite different to the California wolves in earlier books and I really enjoyed the dynamics between the pack members. I also like that this book is part murder mystery – something that adds to a story that would otherwise be too similar to previous books.

I loved this book but I will admit that the ideas and situations in this book aren’t completely fresh. Series fans will recognise pieces of Selenka and Ethan’s story from previous books but at this point in the series, it is probably impossible to avoid some repeating elements. I’ll also admit to finding the wider series story arc a little more confusing after the fall of silence and I’m not sure I’ve fully got my head around the current politics and the role of the Architect yet. But I still fall in love with each new book. No one writes like Nalini Singh!


Erica – ☆☆☆☆
Alpha Night is the 19th installment in the Psy-Changeling series, as well as the 4th installment in the spin-off series, Psy-Changeling Trinity. Can this be read as a standalone or out of series order? Yes and no. I suggest reading a handful of the original series in order to get a firm grasp of the world building. After that, a reader can pretty much pick and choose which books they wish to read, depending on their tastes of which otherworldly characters sparks their interests.

As a fan of the original series, I must have reread the first seven or so half a dozen times, so there is a sense of comforting homecoming. I was emotionally invested during those books, but once there were so many characters, and we shifted to the Trinity novels, the connection I feel is ho-hum. While predictable in the sense that I know the author's writing style, the flow of how she does things, I have to be in the right mindset to enjoy it, or I find it frustratingly formulaic.

The Russian-based BlackEdge pack, their alpha is the narrator of Alpha Night. Selenka, an alpha female wolf changeling, is a strong voice, a combination we haven't read in the series as of yet. I was intrigued to see where she would take the story.

To add to the angst and my frustration, Selenka instantly mates with an emotionless Arrow. INSTANTLY. I need to reiterate this. Selenka's wolf instantly mates with Ethan. I N S T A to the Nth degree. Selenka was intriguing, but mated at first sight is a major pet peeve of mine, and a first by this author. It removes the tension for me, which has me become disinterested just as instantly.

When this happens before I'm able to get to know either of the characters, I have no emotional investment in them, nor do I care if they're together or not. When they are instantly in a relationship, I miss out in the organic unfolding of where the characters get to know one another, allowing the reader to understand them deeper too. When it's instant, it seems shallow, because no one (especially the reader) ever gets to connect.

We all read differently, so I tried hard to not have this affect my enjoyment or rating, because I realize others may enjoy it as much as I don't. But it needed to be stated as a heads-up.

Ethan saves Selenka's life, which is how they come into contact. Selenka is anything but a damsel in distress – honorable, strong, and protective of her pack. The bulk of the conflict is discovering what is wrong with Ethan, while fielding conflicts from many sources. This seems to be a norm in the series. The Psy always are on the edge of death due to a psy malfunction in their brains, something dealing with breaking silence, and this is where I stated it becomes frustratingly formulaic, yet also a comfort for those who are looking for the sameness/trust that the author will lead them down the same path.

No matter how intrigued I was with Selenka being an alpha female wolf changeling mated to a Psy, there didn't seem to be enough conflict or plot to support the length of the novel. I was losing interest while drudging through redundancy. Selenka sounded so promising, but it just fell flat for me.

To be honest, I wavered between 3 or 4 stars. The comforting sense of homecoming had me bumping it up. While I enjoyed the novel, I'm not left feeling curious as to where the series will go next. There is no drive to read about other characters to see their futures. No hunger to get my hands on the next as soon as it's available. Just comfort in the familiarity.

If you enjoy this series, I highly suggest you read Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series.


Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆
3 1/2 Stars

While familiar, there are a few differences in this book than there in the others in this series. Mostly, it felt comforting, getting back to the basics as it were. Back to the wolves, where it all began.

Selenka is the alpha of her pack, the granddaughter of the last alpha. Her father, while intellectual, is not the alpha she is, and I think harbors a grudge against her for that very reason. You can see it in the first interactions between them. Her mother, a non-changeling, left her father when she was young and raised another family. Selenka is very independent and chooses her inner circle wisely. Which is why she is confused why she's drawn to an Arrow who appears to be as closed off mentally and emotionally as she is independent.

Ethan is a tortured soul, having been taken by Ming LaBon as a child. His abuse as a child and the psychic gift he has, has created an emotionless killer. When he spots Selenka, something inside him alters, and he doesn't know how to handle it. After a lifetime of having to keep his emotions in check, he's afraid of feelings that will cause him to lose control and decimate everyone around him.

Their love story is inevitable, with just enough twists and turns that keep you interested.

For someone who has read the series, it's good to revisit old friends and see where they are and how they are interacting with the clans and Psy we meet along the way.
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Amazing as always, wow this series is so far the best long series with the best overall arcs i have read. Alpha Night was everything that i wanted and need by a Nalini book, i have been reading this series for Over ten years it feels now, and it just stays amazing.
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