Author: Nalini Singh
Page Count: 373 pages
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy
Copy for review was from my personal library
50 words or less: The Psy-Changeling series continues with the story of Katya and Dev, a Psy assassin and the head of the Shine Foundation, as they try to figure out their next move in the fight against the Psy Council and the growing unrest. Oh, and they can't keep their hands off each other!
I think I've finally figured out what it is about this series that keeps me antsy for more. The plotting of these books is incredibly tight, and each book feeds effortlessly into the next installment without underhanded pitches ("he's so dark and terrible, nobody could ever love him") or soap opera-esque story elements (like how nobody's ever really dead until they're sliced and diced and fed to the fishes.) The vivid characters and detailed relationships are just icing on the cake, and delicious icing at that.
The strong foundation of this series is what allows Blaze of Memory to work so well and to play such an important role in the series, even though its hero and heroine haven't previously held central roles. I get nervous when characters in a series are introduced just in time to have their own book, as it seems like we're kind of treading water instead of moving forward, but I'm pleased to say here that my concerns were unfounded and that the story continues to blaze along at a good pace.
Dev and Katya are a good match for each other. Both are stubborn, loyal, independent almost to a fault, and both have a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility that means they're butting heads right up until the end of the story. Even though there's really no reason at all that they should trust each other (Dev represents the Forgotten, Psy who've dropped out of the net and are now developing powers and abilities waaaay different from the traditional ones recognized by the Psy, and Katya is a killing machine, programmed to destroy Dev by the Psy Council member who tortured her,) they do, and it makes for excellent sexual and dramatic tension.
At this point, I really can't recommend this series strongly enough; there are two more full-length novels and a novella (in the Burning Up anthology) coming out later this year, and you owe it to yourself to start this series at the beginning. Inexplicably, it took me awhile to get around to reading this series, but Nalini Singh is now squarely on my auto-buy list.
Overall Grade: A+