September 14, 2013

Blaze of Memory

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Blaze of Memory                   Psy Changeling # 7
Nalini Singh
Published: Gollancz 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 373
Genre: Paranormal romance
Source: Local library

Summary from back cover:
Dev Santos discovered Katya unconscious and battered, wih no memory of who she is.  All Katya can tell him is that she's dangerous.  Charged with protecting his people's most vulnerabl secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate any and all threats against them.  It's a task he's never hesitated to complete....  until now, when he finds himself drawn to a woman who could prove to be the enemy's most insidious weapon yet.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her very sanity.  Dev is her only hope.  But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target?  For, in this game someone is going to die...

My thoughts:
This book is about Dev who is one of The Forgotten, and Katya who is a Psy scientist, Katya had been working with Ashaya in the medical lab overseen by Ming a Psy councillor - a very evil person! When he blew the lab up, it was thought that Katya died in the blast, but in this book we find out - not so.  We do not see so much of the changeling clans in this story, as it is set on the opposite coast of America.  They were there in parts of the book, but most of it centred around Dev and Katya.

In Blaze of Memory we learn more about The Forgotten's capabilities.  They are Psy who opted to leave the Psy network when Silence was imposed.  Many of them have developed different and extraordinary abilities as the generations have progressed.  Jon, for example has an ability to talk people into anything.  These Forgotten are therefore sought out by the Psy councillors as they want to harness them for their own purposes.  Dev heads up Shine, a group that care for people like John and ensure they do not fall into the wrong hands, or go mad from misunderstood gifts.

While I did miss the changeling clans' life, I was fully engaged by this story and eager to follow the ins and outs of the plot.  So much to pick up and remember, knowing that it falls into what has gone before and what is to come.  A very intricate world!

As I read and enjoy these books I find myself wanting to get back to this world.  I try to read a different book by another author in between.  I probably do a disservice to these books as I am always looking forward to the next in this Psy/Changeling series.
4 stars

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