Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling, book 7) by Nalini Singh
A woman without a past becomes the pawn of the 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 prove to be the enemy's most insidious weapon yet.
Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity. 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...
Maybe I went into it with too many negative thoughts, there were no shifters as love interests this time around. But I don't think that's it. There was no fire between Dev and Katya. The whole I'm-stuck-in-the-Net-don't-trust-me stick has been done, but now add the twist of Katya being brainwashed by Ming turning her into a walking weapon. One designed to kill Dev. It just added a little too much to the same old story that seems to be the Psy female way of the romance. Plus, the fear that she might not be able to make it out of the Net is no longer a fear after Faith and Sascha safely made the jump. Of course Singh tries to make us guess by saying no Psy has ever entered the Net of the Forgotten . . . yeah. We still know what's going to happen.
The side plots where actually the most alluring parts of Blaze of Memory. Stepping into Sascha and Lucas's lives again, and it's made better by the fact that Sascha is preggos!! Yeah, our first baby in the Psy-Changeling series (you know what I mean). Other characters get to step in and it's great to see them. It bodes well that Singh is going to continue to utilize past characters to pull the story ahead. Readers aren't simply getting the evil villains' view point and the happy couples. Each book is a taste of the latest sizzling couple and visiting old friends.
My favorite part of Blaze of Memory is seeing how the Forgotten have evolved and the slow erosions of the Net. It's clear Silence has failed, and may actually be speeding up all of the issues that had driven the Psy to create Silence in the first place. The warfare and battle of minds is another interesting view point that is shared with readers. As Ming breaks Katya and basically kills the woman she was under silence. The true beauty of this story is how Katya creates herself and is basically reborn. And while I stated above that “there was no fire between Dev and Katya” their romance was sweet and by the end of the book I was warming up to them.
For me, after some of the more incredible entries into this series, this title just didn't have enough to bring to the table. Hunger pains kept hitting. It's with hope and fear that I look forward to the next book. Hope that they keep coming out with incredible new twists and developments because this series has somewhere to go! Fear that the series doesn't just fall back and slow down. For me this was probably one of the few weak titles in the series.
Sexual Content: The sex is a tad more kinky, not by much.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.