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Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh

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Title: Blaze of Memory
Author:
Nalini Singh
Series:
Psy-Changeling #7
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasyParanormal romanceShapeshifters
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Gollancz
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: Since the day he’d realized he carried within him the seeds of the very violence that had shattered his life as a child.

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It took me a little longer to get full immersed in this story – there was little contact with changelings, and it was of a very different pace and tone to the preceding six books. However, when I did finally fall in love with Dev and Katya, as I have with every other Psy-Changeling couple, I fell hard. Hard enough to weep at moments throughout the story.

Blaze of Memory starts to tell the story of the Forgotten, those who abandoned the Silence at its instigation. Dev’s devotion to and suffering because of his position as one of these renegade Psy almost echoes that of the Psy from generations ago – before the implication of Silence. Although the Psy are often painted as the ‘bad guys’ throughout the Psy-Changeling series, seeing the decision to remove emotion from the point of view of those who are now going through the same thing is a great way to create sympathy for the ‘bad guys’. Things are never black and white, and Singh illustrates this beautifully with Dev’s plight and the story of his fellows.

Contrastingly, Katya’s torture and loss of identity was the direct effect of total Silence – a lack of conscience and compassion. The brutality of her story and memories, which slowly unfold are a stark contrast to the emotions and love which flows around the Forgotten. It is Katya’s story that brought tears to my eyes and her ability to find an inner strength that makes the journey all the more meaningful.

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