"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
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