"The most emotional and the best book in the Psy-Changeling series yet. Read this book!"

Set in the future, the Psy-Changeling series is part science fiction, part paranormal romance, and part urban fantasy. Katya is a Psy, a population that has psychic abilities. After having her mind raped and developing a severe case of amnesia, she is delivered to Dev's doorstep. Dev is the leader of a foundation to protect children with an inclination towards psychic abilities, but are not completely Psy, which places his foundation and the Psy in an invisible war. Dev does not know if Katya is a Psy spy or if she is truly injured. On the other hand, Katya considers herself dangerous, as she does not know what suggestions may have been implanted into her mind.

Dev is torn. He wants to watch over Katya and is drawn to her strength and beauty. But, he wants to keep her at a distance since she admits she is dangerous to herself and others. Together they must discover what Katya harbors within her mind and must do so quickly.

Honestly, I had a difficult time getting into this book. The first fifty pages or so were confusing for me, as the story begins immediately, and the plot simply could not keep my interest. I was saddened, thinking that the series may have lost its edge and dreading reading a mediocre book by one of most talented storytellers writing at the moment.

Holy cow, I was proved wrong! Sadly, this doesn't happen often, but when it does, I absolutely love it.

After the initial confusion, the pacing picks up tremendously and the plot flows seamlessly. The story pushes towards the end, and I had a difficult time putting this book down, even when falling asleep with the book open because I desperately wanted to know what was to happen next, but my eyes would not stay open any longer.

Since Katya had amnesia, her character was difficult to understand. Interesting, the readers and Katya both learn more about her as she remembers who she is and her past. Therefore, both the character and the reader share the same experience as Kayta discovers more about herself, which is an imaginative device for the reader to be able to relate to Kayta.

At first, I did not know if I liked Dev. He seemed too cold, too detached. As with Katya, Dev's story becomes more apparent and the reader understands why he has become the way he has. Of course, Katya turns Dev on his head, leading to a romantic relationship that is beautiful and extremely well told.

Blaze of Memory is excellent and quite possibly one of the best books released this year. The mysterious and suspenseful aspects of the story blend well with the romantic portions, which together encompass an incredibly well written story. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Katie Seely
Posted December 25, 2009


Nalini Singh returns to the Psy/Changeling world and its “breathtaking blend of passion, adventure, and the paranormal”* as a woman without a past becomes the pawn of a man who controls her future…

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 drawn to a woman who might yet prove the enemy’s most insidious weapon.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor, and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity itself. 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…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Blaze of Memory
(Psy/Changelings: Book 9)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
November 1, 2009
Available: November 3, 2009
ISBN #0425231119
EAN #9780425231111
400 pages
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior

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