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    Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
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Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
A review by Kati Dancy
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3, 2009
4.25 stars of 5

Regular readers of Nalini Singh’s marvelous Psy-Changeling series might remember Dev Santos. He was an ancillary character in Singh’s fifth book, Hostage to Pleasure. So, when Nalini announced that Blaze of Memory would be about Dev finding his love, I was stymied. Why on earth would she write about Dev when there are so many Psy (Kaleb, anyone?) or Changeling (Hawke, Hawke, Hawke, Hawke) stories that I so desperate for. What I should have done, is had more confidence in Nalini as an author. Once again, she delivers an emotionally charged, gripping and well imagined love story that enhances the mythology of the world she has created and propels ongoing story lines ahead.

Dev Santos comes home one day to find an unconscious, beaten woman on his doorstep. He knows she’s Psy and is immediately suspicious of the why of it, but also can’t seem to help himself from helping her. When she awakens, his worst fears are confirmed. She is dangerous to him, and the all important mission of the organization that he runs. He knows she’s dangerous, because she flat out tells him. Her memories may have been stripped, but she is certain of her mission: to kill Dev Santos. However, as he spends time with her, he finds a woman of strength and character and finds himself very attracted. Katya Haas knows that her Psy blocks are failing, she knows that she’s been programmed to do something terrible, and she is bound and determined not to carry out her orders. But that fight is stripping her of her mental blocks, weakening her, and making her even more of a threat to the man she’s been ordered to eliminate. As Dev races to find answers about how to fix Katya’s issues, he finds himself overwhelmingly attracted to this strong, determined woman who is nothing like he first thought. Will he be able to help her?

As always, I gobbled up Blaze of Memory, even though I began it with a lot of trepidation. I wasn’t sure why Nalini had chosen to write this book. Plus, Dev is human and Katya Psy. Where were my beloved Changelings? And how could I care at all about a character that I barely knew anything about? I should have had more confidence in one of my very favorite authors. Although human, and certainly not a physically strong as the Changeling heroes I adore, Dev is every bit as powerful and ruthless when his woman is endangered. As far as Katya goes, she is an interesting character who is fighting tooth and nail against the mission she’s been assigned. As a general rule, I don’t connect as strongly with Singh’s Psy heroines as I do with the Changelings, and this is true of Katya as well. My only other niggle is a scene right at the end of the book where Singh employed a literary device that I felt was unnecessary. But within the scope of the mythology it works, although I very much hope she doesn’t go to that particular well again. Readers should be advised that Blaze of Memory is not a good starting point for the series. They should begin with the first Psy/Changeling book, Slave to Sensation, mostly because the mythology builds slowly and in a complex manner throughout the seven books. But for those who know and love the series, Blaze of Memory is another incredibly strong entry in the Psy/Changeling series, my very favorite in paranormal romance.

10 Responses to “Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh”

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  1. Mandi
    on Sep 30th, 2009
    @ 6:56 am

    I say I’m not super excited to read about Dev, but like you said – it is Nalini Singh. I know she will bring it;)

    I love how each book builds on her wonderful world…just a great series!!

  2. Virginia Kantra
    on Sep 30th, 2009
    @ 11:01 am

    I love Nalini’s work, and I can’t wait to read a strong human hero!
    Really looking forward to this one.

  3. Pam Pellini
    on Oct 1st, 2009
    @ 7:42 am

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I was interested to know more about Dev from his previous appearance, doesn’t have to be a Changeling to get my interest, lol, not that I don’t love them, but I like some of the Psy, too. Judd is a favorite, Caressed by Ice my favorite of the series so far, just edging out some of the others.

  4. Samantha
    on Oct 1st, 2009
    @ 4:16 pm

    Who is Katya? Is she Ekatarina, the “deceased” research assistant of Ashaya, who was in Ashaya’s lab that was destroyed by Ming (book 5)?

  5. Kati
    on Oct 1st, 2009
    @ 6:45 pm

    Samantha – Yes, she is.

  6. Kate
    on Oct 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:38 pm

    I’ve been trying to psych myself up for this one since I love Nalini but also wanted a changeling! I hope I am also plesantly surprised by this. Side note, re: this series – IF I’M PUTTING IN THE TIME, HAWKE’S STORY BETTER BE THE BOOK TO END ALL BOOKS.

  7. Sayuri
    on Oct 4th, 2009
    @ 7:27 pm

    It’s Nalini. She has never let me down yet.

    Waiting with baited breath for this….

  8. stephanie h
    on Oct 4th, 2009
    @ 10:10 pm

    i adore this series and can’t wait to read this new twist in the ongoing saga of the Psy-Changeling & Human worlds. Absolutely absorbing!

  9. Tiona
    on Oct 12th, 2009
    @ 12:07 pm

    OMG! I simply cannot wait for this book! Yay! No spoilers, please. I have been stalking, I mean, following Nalini and both her Psy/Changelings and her Guild Hunter novels relentlessly since I first read “Carressed By Ice” and totally fell in love with Judd and Nalini’s fascinating, wonderful world! Can’t wait for the next one!

  10. slw1964
    on Nov 2nd, 2009
    @ 4:06 pm

    this book is excellent it is a tie with judds and brennas book with lucas and sachas book being the best

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