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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: Bonds of Justice

Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling)Title: Bonds of Justice
Author: Nalini Singh
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Max Shannon, a human cop with the asset of strong mental shields, has to team up with Sophia Russo, a J-Psy who has her own rules of engagement, to stop a vicious killer, and maybe fall in love and save themselves in the process.

How have I not written a review for this book yet?  I read relatively quickly after it released back in July and really enjoyed it (I mean, it is an installment in the Psy-Changeling series after all) but somehow this review has just sat and sat in my pile of stuff to be written.  Maybe it's because I enjoyed the book and the reading experience- sometimes it doesn't feel as...urgent...to write about books that totally lived up to my expectations and that I didn't anticipate finding any fault with; I have no idea.

I will say at the onset, though, that this book is a little different from the rest of the series, for a couple of reasons.  One, the changelings and their world play a different kind of role than they have in the past- there's still plenty of appearances from past characters and a lot of interesting side information is shared, especially regarding Sasha and her pregnancy, but for the most part all of that takes place in the background of the story.  Second, this story reads more like a police procedural novel than other books in the series have (although the concept of catching a deranged killer targeting one specific population is not a new concept in this series by any stretch.)  That's probably because both the hero and heroine are cops, but for some folks that might be an unexpected element in the story.

Central to this book is the role and development that the different "races" (Psy, changeling, and human) play in the world that's rapidly becoming unstable.  Turns out that rumors of instability in the Psy hierarchy and the Psy Net have been actually underreported, and the violence and emotion that is so anathema to the Psy is actually pretty rampant and not in a good way.  I'm definitely interested in this arc of the story and what happens next.

Also, what's up with Kaleb Krychek, the newest member of the Psy Council and total man of mystery?  We learn a little bit more about him in this book and the little bit that we learn is definitely intriguing.  I sense a book for him coming at some point, let's just leave it at that.  Interesting, interesting.

As I've said in previous reviews of installments in this series, I really recommend starting with book one, Slave to Sensation, and reading in order.  Although the books are awesome on their own or in any combination, reading the series in order will definitely give the fullest effect.  The next book Play of Passion (Andrew and Indigo's book- squee!) comes out in November, and will be a release day buy for me, I can tell already.  Do yourself a favor and read this series!

Overall Grade: A


Carole said...

I love this book! It's awesome. I didn't read in order, and so now I'm going back to the beginning! Here's my review if you wanna read it.

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force-oblique said...

She is one of my favorites! Her way with words is amazing! <3

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