Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling, #7)Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she’s dangerous. Charged with protecting his people’s most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It’s a task he’s never hesitated to complete…until he finds himself draws to a woman who might 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 sanity. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die…

Talk about an emotional roller-coaster. This book actually made me cry. Now I won’t give away the plot since I hate it when reviewers do that, but I think it’s suffice to say that this instalment concentrates on some of the more complicated issues of loss and love, as well as trust and honour.

It’s a great story which centres on Shine Director Dev Santos. He’s not Psy or Changeling but something all together different. He’s a descended from the “Forgotten,” those Psy who defected from the Psynet before Silence was sanctioned. Along with other members of the Forgotten, he has some Psy abilities, but he is lead by his emotions – the strongest of which is his devotion to and protection of his family and his people. Naturally, being a lead in Singh’s world his drop dead gorgeous too.

Katya is Psy, but a Psy with a difference. She’s been imprisoned by Ming Le Bon (who definitely needs to die now) since Ashaya’s defection, had her mind torn apart, lost her memory and had a psychic prison installed in her brain. She can’t remember anything about who she is, least of all why she was dropped on Dev’s doorstep. Nor can she properly access the biofeedback she needs from the Psynet. Ming’s hold on her mind is slowly and irrevocably damaging her brain.

Its a recipe for disaster but Dev can’t resist a damsel in distress and refuses to accept that she might be a plant by the council or that the “prison” inside her mind is slowly killing her. Her motor skills are first to be affected and it’s just the start on a very slippery slope. She knows she has a task to do and as her memories start to come back to her and she realises that either she or Dev will die.

What comes next is a fantastic story of love against all odds and a battle of epic emotional proportions. We learn more about the Psy-Changeling world with a better insight into the Forgotten to make our world more complete and when some of the forgotten start displaying amazing yet deadly capabilities, we come to understand why, for some, Silence was the only option.

You will not be disappointed.

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