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Bonds of Justice: Book 8 (The Psy-Changeling Series) Paperback – 26 May 2011
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Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series returns with another stunning novel.
About the Author
Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan, and travelling around Asia before returning to New Zealand now - although she's always plotting new trips. She has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, not necessarily in that order. Some people might call that inconsistency, but she calls it grist for the writer's mill.
You can learn more by visiting www.nalinisingh.com or by following @NaliniSingh on twitter.
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The different characters and location makes for an interesting change of pace, and this book is darker than others in the series. I liked it a lot - and I think after 6 books it's a measure of Singh's talent that she can move out of the 'comfortable' world of DarkRiver and SnowDancers and still deliver a book which is cohesive within that world. It also moves the overall story arc forward as it deals with the fracturing of the PsyNet and the tension between emotion and Silence. It also brings us some interesting information about characters from other books.
I think some fans will find this a disappointment as it moves away from the changelings, and it's certainly not my favourite book in the series (currently jointly held by books 1 & 6) but it is a compelling read and I liked the bleak, dark tone of it. This book is almost the complete opposite of book 6 "Blaze of Passion" - but as I've said, I like the fact that Singh can switch pace and tone and not make each book from the same 'formula' - something which is unfortunately all too common in series like these.
This story gives us a lot more information on the history of the Psy and how Silence came into existence. Dev is the leader of the Forgotten Psy, decendents of the Psy who refused to accept Silence as an option and who left the Psynet determined to find another way. The Psy have hunted the Forgotten ever since and it is Dev's job to keep his people safe. He is ruthless when it comes to their protection and prepared to do whatever it takes but the more he blurs the lines the harder and colder he becomes.
When Katya is left on his doorstep beaten and bruised with no memory of how she got there or even where she came from Dev is immediately suspicious. He suspects that she has been sent as a spy for the Psy council and he is sure that she can't be trusted but no matter how often he reminds himself of that fact he can't seem to resist her. Katya has been through hell and only just survived to tell the tale, as her memories start to return she only becomes even more convinced that she is a danger not just to Dev but also to all of the Forgotten and she hates the thought that someone could be controlling her without her realising it. Katya is an incredibly strong woman, she had to be to survive her ordeal and we really get to see that strength as her memories come back and she starts to realise exactly what was done to her. She isn't the kind of woman who will give up and she becomes determined to turn on the person who programmed her - even if it costs her her life.
I don't want to say too much more about the plot but I found this was an incredibly fast paced story and I completely fell in love with both Dev and Katya. They go through so much and there were times when my heart broke for them - at one point I was having trouble reading because of the tears that were rolling down my face! This book is darker than some of the earlier stories and I definitely found it more emotional, everything feels so desperate and it really does feel like there is no chance of a happy ending. I'm not going to tell you how things end so I'll just say that there are some really interesting developments to the world as a whole and with some of the characters we've already met in the previous books. This series is definitely a favourite and I'll buy ANYTHING that Nalini Singh ever writes!
Perhaps this book suffers for being the second in a row taking us away from the key protagonists in the changelling packs and the characters we've come to know, and there's no doubt that 'flawed' Psy women are beginning to become a touch predictable. I enjoyed it more for the ongoing arc than the stand-alone story, although Singh continues to write her characters with warmth and romance which makes it a good, if not "un-put-downable read."
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