Friday, 25 November 2011

Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh

Title: Blaze of Memory
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23111-1
Pages: 373
Series: Psy-Changeling #7
Type: Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

When Dev Santos finds an unconscious battered woman on his doorstep, he takes her into his care. Katya has been stripped of her memories and programmed to carry out an unknown task. All she knows is that she is dangerous. Dev feels duty bound to eliminate any threat to the safety of his people but is irrevocably drawn to Katya. Together they must work to discover who Katya is, and what her captors programmed her to do.

This is the seventh book in Nalini Singh's incredible Psy-Changeling series, and the first to not include a changeling as a lead character. Instead this book focuses on the world of the Forgotten, the psy who refused Silence when it was introduced and abandoned the Psy Net. Both Dev and Katya have had small roles in previous books, and I didn't really like them that much and I think that impacted my enjoyment of this book.

Dev is the head of the Shine foundation and a key part of protecting the Forgotten from the Psy Council. He's pretty standoffish and I found I missed having a changeling as a lead. Katya has no idea who she is at the beginning of the book so it was interesting to see her discovering who she was, and deciding who she wants to be. I really liked watching Katya's journey, especially as uncovering her secrets also led to the discovery of other hidden facets of the Psy world.

The book does give greater insight into the Psy Council, and Ming le Bon in particular. It also looks at the Forgotten society as a whole and reasks an old question from the series - are some psy designations safer with silence? There are more hints about a mysterious X-Psy designation, which will most likely affect Hawke and Sienna's book (the tenth in the series Kiss of Snow). Sherrilyn Kenyon did a similar breadcrumb trail when she was building up to Acheron so I hope the pay-off is as good.

All in all, this was a interesting read and I'm looking forward to Bonds of Justice.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
Cover: 7/10

Overall: 45/50

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