Saturday, 26 November 2011

Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Title: Bonds of Justice
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23544-7
Pages: 348
Series: Psy-Changeling #8
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Purchased

Max Shannon is a good cop but hasn't progressed far in his career within New York Enforcement because he has a natural shield, leaving his thoughts protected from the Psy. Sophia Russo is a Justice Psy able to see into the minds of criminals and extract relevant memories. When Psy Councillor Nikita Duncan's advisors begin dying in accidents and apparent suicides, she hires Max and Sophia to investigate because of their unique skill sets. But as Max and Sophia start work on the case they are irrevocably drawn to one another, and Sophia is forced to fight to preserve what is left of her mind.

This is the eight book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, and while I am a big fan I approached this book with a little trepidation. I really missed having a changeling central to the previous book (Blaze of Memory) and was worried that this would be the same, especially as Max was introduced briefly like Dev in Mine to Possess. Thankfully I was wrong, and this book is a real return to form.

J-Psy's have been mentioned in previous books and it was great to see more of their world. I'm used to the author developing the world in each book, and I really liked how she portrayed the two approaches to justice - that of human cops alongside the J-Psy approach. I like cop-based storylines so the secondary story of a psycho killer was just as interesting to me as the main investigation.

I really like Max and Sophia, and I also like how Sophia is unique to the other Psy from the series. She is told at the beginning of the book that she has a month before her mind is totally wiped, and this means that she has more reasons to begin living her life the way she would like. As most of the book takes place in San Francisco, the DarkRiver changelings make frequent appearances which I really enjoyed.

All in all, this was a great read and I can't wait to get stuck into Play of Passion.

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

Overall: 49/50


  1. This is probably the most understated book in the series but it’s one of my favorites. I loved that the hero is human and yet comes across just as powerful as the changelings, both physically (even though he clearly isn’t as strong) and intellectually. And the heroine was such a sweetheart, another departure from the previous psy heroines who were so weary of being touched and of stepping outside of silence.

    And we get a deeper look into Caleb and his evil (?) hotness ;-)

    Great review!

  2. Thanks for commenting Brie! I totally agree with you. I'd seen some pretty bad reviews of this before I read it but it's ended up being one of my favourites. It stands out from the rest of the series in lots of good ways.

    Plus Caleb is oh-so-hot!


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