Date: 2011. 1st published 2008
Source: Local library.
Summary from Back Cover.
Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed... and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day that she, too was dead.My thoughts:
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life - the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart, and steels herself to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her is a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must fact the violent truths of their past, or risk losing everything that ever mattered.
Again I was caught up in reading this next book in the series. This time the story is about Talin - who is human. This is the first time that the human species has been integrated fully into the Psy/Changeling series. Up until now they have had walk on parts only, I wasn't sure if they were going to come to centre stage. However trust Nalini Singh, she knows how to mix this series up.
Clay and Talin both have a past that haunts them and leaves them vulnerable and at risk. Clay has debated going totally rogue, giving up his humanity and becoming fully animal. It is his relationship with the pack and then of course Talin who enables him to come back from the brink. As more is revealed about Talin we realise that there is more to her than at first you might think. The children who are being kidnapped hold a special place in her heart and also have other things in common with her.
There is mystery and further revelations. There is plenty of drama with a thrilling rescue towards the end. The Psy council is never far from the drama, and the dwellers under the city - in the tunnels also bring a new dimension, it will be interesting to see what part these dwellers bring later in the series.
Another great book in this series!