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Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling Series #7)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Well-worth waiting!!

Are you already a fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, like me? If your answer is "yes", I´m sure that you have been eagerly waiting for "Blaze of Memory", book 7 in the series.

To avoid the suspense, let me tell you first that this book is well-worth t...
Are you already a fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, like me? If your answer is "yes", I´m sure that you have been eagerly waiting for "Blaze of Memory", book 7 in the series.

To avoid the suspense, let me tell you first that this book is well-worth the waiting period. As the other books that come before it, this is a well-written paranormal romance novel that combines action and interesting characters, fitting seamlessly with the rest of the series, and the original world that Nalini created. In this case, the main character is Dev Santos, the Director of the Shine Foundation and a man whose main task is to protect the gifted children that some in the Psy Council seek to destroy. But what will he do when this need to protect clashes with his attraction to Katya, an amnesic Psy woman that might well be a covert assassin sent to kill him and his people?

If you don`t have the faintest idea what that very fast summary was about, you are new to the series. If that is the case, don`t worry, you can always catch up, but I suggest you to begin by reading the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, "Slave to sensation". I suppose you could read "Blaze of memory" as a standalone, but by doing so you won`t be able to appreciate the textured world Nalini Singh created, or understand so well dynamics that are explained in the part of the story arch covered in previous books.

On the whole, "Blaze of memory" is a great book in an excellent series that deserves to be read in order, so that you can fully understand and enjoy it. Highly recommended...

posted by bel_78 on November 4, 2009

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I love Nalini Singh's writing. I am enthralled with this series. I, though, tried to love this book. It was tough. I was not successful. I found it formulistic and very strange in a negative way. It is the first book in this series that I did not enjoy and have in...
I love Nalini Singh's writing. I am enthralled with this series. I, though, tried to love this book. It was tough. I was not successful. I found it formulistic and very strange in a negative way. It is the first book in this series that I did not enjoy and have in fact not reread. The story line was so hard to believe. I know that sounds strange but the author has set up her own world in this series and there are rules to this world. The plot was not enthralling and I think I have come to expect excellence from the author and it was not found in this book. I know authors can have books that are not so stellar and I feel this is one. I find this book unnecessary and easily skippable. I will buy her next in the series.

posted by Avid-Reader21 on December 28, 2009

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Stockholm Syndrome Written All Over It

    Expect review 5/31/2010 on my blog http://www.reenajacobs.com/blog

    Nalini Singh uses several POVs to tell the story. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I say this because she shows two sides of the story. In order to do that, it’s necessary to show the various POVs (in my layman opinion, that is). There’s the Hero/Heroine side of the story (Dev and Katya’s POV). Then there’s the Council members side of the story (too many to name). I’m actually okay with this. All those POVs drive the story forward.

    It’s the Stray POV which gets me. For instance, at one point we skipped into Judd’s POV. I love you Ms. Singh, I really do. But I have to say, the switch to Judd’s POV wasn’t even smooth. I wasn’t even sure who’s POV we were in at first. It happened several times in the story with Stray POVs, each scene starting with: Even as main characters did important things, not so important characters took over the show. Gives me the “meanwhile back at the ranch” type feel.

    When I first picked up this book, I expected the typical Psi/Changeling scene—cold Psi meets hot blooded changeling. Boy was I surprised. Katya, the Psi, was full of vibrant emotions. One would never know she’d been silenced. Dev was also a Psi…kinda. He was member of the Forgotten race, psi who broke away from the main group before silence and intermingled with other species. Though not pure, he was able to turn his emotions on and off at will. I have to say, the freshness of the story kept me reading.

    I did have a difficult time investing into Dev/Katya relationship though. It had Stockholm syndrome written all over it. Not my thing, but to each their own. Ms. Singh relied on lack of trust much of the novel to build tension. The relationship was on and off at the drop of a hat. After awhile, it got rather old in my opinion.

    Not until the end of the book did Ms. Singh add a twist which put everything on the line. I always love the ticking time bomb! The idea that the hero and heroine won’t get their HEA totally excites me. Am I bad? Even though every romance has a HEA, I spend a lot of time rooting for the villains. When it seemed like all hope was lost for Dev and Katya, I couldn’t put down the book!

    Alas, I got to the ending. It surprised me. Not because it was outstanding, but because it was so simple—contrived even. I’d hope for more. Oh well.

    My overall opinion is this wasn’t Nalini Singh’s best Psi/Changeling book. In fact, I liked it the least. Still, the plot continues to thicken between the Psi counsel and the rest of the world. I’m looking forward to learning how everything works out.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    Good but not the best in this series

    This was decent, but not my favorite. The love story was nice, and I did tear up at parts, but the rest of the plot wasn't as complex or interesting as I've come to expect from this series. And while it was nice see more of the Forgotten, I definitely missed the Changelings. I didn't mind Devraj's possessiveness and what-not, but given that their not Changelings I found it a little much when other Forgotten would say "she belongs to you" or "she is yours" and stuff like that. I allow my shape-shifters much more leeway when it comes to silly statements of ownership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    Boring, disappointing, BUT DON'T SKIP IT!

    I adore this series, but sadly couldn't connect with the love story. But don't skip it because it sets up things for the continuation of the story.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Slow Start

    I had a difficult time getting into this book. In the end I did like Dev and Katya's relationship but I think it is one of the weaker in the series.

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