Title: Blaze of Memory
Author: Nalini Singh
Copyright: 2009 (Berkley); 373 pgs.
Series: Psy-Changeling #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From Good Reads.com: Dev Santos finds a woman with amnesia-and all she can remember is that she’s dangerous. Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to kill, Katya’s only hope is Dev. But he could very well be her next target.
Comments: I was a little wary about reading this book because I’d noticed that some fans of the series didn’t like it as much as the others. I needn’t have worried because it turned out that the book really worked for me. I loved it just as much as every other book since Visions of Heat.
What made it work for me is that it focused on the Forgotten, descendants of the Psy who fled Silence. The author gave us a glimpse of their struggles and the challenges they are facing — unusual Psy powers; re-emergence of Psy talents that haven’t manifested since fleeing the Net; and the continued threat of mental meltdowns. The fact that some of the Forgotten are seriously considering the return to Silence to save a loved one is pretty significant and added to Dev’s burden as the head of Shine.
Since the Psy are at the heart of this series, to me it was only natural that the author present a Psy couple. Of course, neither are “normal” Psy — Dev is one of the Forgotten and Katya was broken and remade to fulfill a mission she doesn’t really remember, but she’s pretty sure it’s not a friendly one. I really liked this couple. Their hurdles were different from what the other couples have gone through — and though I knew everything would work out in the end, the last part the book did get to me. The surprise wasn’t so much of how it worked out, but who facilitated it.
Though they didn’t have much page time, I liked seeing how the others were brought into the story. Several have important roles and they really come through for Dev and his charges.
Start: 17 September 2011
Finished: 18 September 2011