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Last Guard, by Nalini Singh

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now_booking's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The harder the fall and the more I love them! I absolutely adored Canto and Payal and the drama surrounding them and this new-to-us designation of Anchor “A”-Psy that underpins the net. The premise is that Canto and Payal had a shared childhood trauma and subsequently their lives took different turns. While Canto was nurtured back to life by a loving family, Payal faced decades of abuse that made her ice cold and believed to be a sociopath in order to survive. Now a successful businesswoman and the head of her toxic family’s conglomerate, she’s shocked when Canto reaches out to her with a plan to save the PsyNet.

This book is fantastic in the way it features two main characters that are not differently abled- Payal is neurodivergent and Canto is paraplegic and  wheelchair-bound and both are from a Psy society that eliminates children with both characteristics but yet both have made it to adulthood and are thriving and it’s amazing to read their journey. This is probably one of my all-time favourites in the Psy-Changeling series. In addition to the absolutely gorgeous love story between Payal and Canto, it was great to see old favourite characters in this. At this point, this sees is pretty much an ensemble production with some focus on the two main characters. I’m pretty troubled by “The Architect”’s story arch and this whole thing with the scarabs which keep attacking the net but it contributes to the suspense of the series and is why I would recommend reading this as part of the series rather than as a standalone. Highly recommend this!!! I loved this addition the the series.

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sabrinz's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

After waiting ages for the right paperback version of this to be published, I finally caved and read the hardcover :)

We finally delve depeer into the Mercant family and we get our first proper look at what it means to be an Anchor (and what Designation A is actually doing) with the main characters both being As.
I don't want to talk too much about the plot, but the collapse of the PsyNet is still imminent and the Council's plan to cut it into pieces is being discussed. The book is, in my opinion, more focused on the main characters and their relationship as well as their contrasting families, but we do get a great side dish of world-building (amazing as always) and a few glimpses of well-known and loved characters.

The story is a fast read as you can't put it back down but also because it's just a really nice read. There was nothing major that kept me at the edge of my seat with anticipation or dread. And then came the last half page of the Epilogue ...
Suffice to say that I am eagerly awaiting the next book.

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