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review 2017-12-23 00:00
Blaze of Memory
Blaze of Memory - Nalini Singh

Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh is book 7 in the series and it took me a bit to remember who these characters were! Dev and Katya are both introduced in book 4 and book 5 but they are very minor, secondary characters and so I really had to think hard in order to place them. Plus, it was stated that Katya died in a lab explosion. However, once I placed them, I was able to jump back into the story. Neither of these characters were quite as dynamic as some of the previous couples. Dev is a forgotten, a descendent of the Psy who left the Psy-net at the onset of the Silence Protocol. He isn't a full Psy, but he does have some residual psy powers. He runs the Shine foundation to help find children of the forgotten and ensure they are screened for any latent abilities. Katya was a scientist working with Ashaya, doing experiments on the children of the forgotten. She and Ashaya were not willingly doing the experimentation and now Katya has been programed by Counselor Ming to kill Dev.

Dev has a strange 'power' to interact with metal. You don't really get a lot of info about it until pretty late in the story. It plays very little role in the story so it just seemed a little odd. Dev was a difficult character for me to like to be honest. I just never quite connected with him.

Katya is very un-Psy like. I believe its because she has had her mind altered by Ming, but she craves touch. I actually liked Katya because she was a new take on the Psy in the series. Not only is she different in obvious ways, but she isn't a cardinal either. The previous Psy characters in the story are all very powerful. Katya is a mid level medic and telepath. It was nice to see a 'normal' Psy character.

Blaze of Memory was not my favorite of the series. I just didn't feel that the characters were as dynamic as the previous books and overall the story felt kind of static. However, I am so in love with the world of the Psy-Changeling series, I enjoyed just getting back into that aspect of it! I will admit, the way the story worked out in the end was not at all what I expected and had me serious worried about Katya!

You get more of Sasha and Lucas, Dorian and Ashaya, Judd and more. You find out more about Keenan and Noor, and you are introduced to William, a child of the forgotten with some major power. The story is really building towards a major revolution. I think if the story was more about all the developments, with Dev and Katya's story being a side plot, I would have enjoyed this more.

Narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Angela Dawe, the story really is performed instead of just read. Dawe does an amazing job and makes listening to these books a must!

  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: yes
  • Trope: amnesia
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: series
  • Cliffhanger: not for Katya and Dev but the overall arch of the story does still have lots of unanswered questions
  • HEA: yes

Books by Ilona Andrews, Danika Dark, Christine Feehan...then you will probably like Blaze of Memory!


Blaze of Memory

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review 2017-02-20 23:55
Blaze of Memory (Psy/Changling #7) by Nalini Singh
Blaze of Memory - Nalini Singh

Devraj is the director of the Shine institute, the organisation created to find, protect and help the Forgotten. The descendants of those Psy who decided to resist conversion to Silence and went into hiding to escape the Council


The Council still knows about them and plots against them – so when Katya turns up on his doorstep, broken, amnesiac, tortured and blocked from the Psy Net he instantly suspects a trap


Katya is considered dead by the Psy – which makes her a perfect tool for Ming LeBon, Psy Councillor, deadly telepath and ruthless fighter. He can use her to research the Forgotten… and if not? Well, she’s disposable. But as Katya starts to rebuild herself from the ruin he left, she is determined to find answers in her shattered memories – even if it means defying Dev’s control of her.



Let’s address that perennial problem with these books – the romance. I knew very quickly in the book who the romantic partners were


Was it because of how attractive they were? No


Was it because of how compelling they found the other? No


Was it because of them simply being the protagonists? Well, yes, but not the prime reason


No, I knew they were love interests the minute Katya turned up on her doorstep like a lost broken bird in need of sanctuary and protection and healing while Dev was the big, gruff, super dangerous-oh-so-dangerous man who needed to decide whether or not she was the enemy he may need to kill.


Because for some unknown reason there are apparently a vast number people who think “damaged, traumatised woman and the violent man who may murder her” is really hot. And my gods, WHY? Why does this storyline keep happening? Not just in this series but in general?! Who are these hordes of people who are gasping “ooooh, she’s completely traumatised and facing death, such a perfect candidate for romance!” or “he’s so angry and cold and unemotional – this is so haaaaawt!” or even “he just threatened to kill her for the THIRD time! It’s getting steamy in here!”


It boggles me, it really does, that this is not only seen as romantic, but it is so often seen as romantic it has become such a prevalent trope. This is problematic in its own right – the rigid gender roles that it promotes (women as weaker, as fragile, as vulnerable, man as tough, angry, aggressive, in control, domineering) as well as the very damaging dynamics it not only portrays but encourages (male as violent, threatening, controlling, possessive) and puts on a pedestal. These are not healthy relationships. These are not relationship dynamics we should encourage. These are not a template for a happily ever after.


But it’s also, frankly, getting boring. This is the seventh book in this series. And in all but one of the previous books, this is exactly the same romance storyline. Vulnerable/fragile/broken/breaking woman, facing collapse, implosion, menace, destruction meets aggressive, emotionally distant, uncommunicative, angry, dangerous man who may hurt or kill her and LOVE HAPPENS. Sasha, Faith, Brianna, Ashaya, Talin – all have the same story with Lucas, Vaughn, Judd, Clay and Dorian. Only Mercy and Riley have a different story and it’s still not that far from it. Change the record already. We even have a moment in this book where Dev is violently jealous for no good reason and this is even lampshaded as “normally a Changeling trait.” Yet, it is – but we’ve so strongly established the idea that a man in love is 2 seconds away from axe murdering any other man who comes near that it feels almost like love can’t be depicted without it.



More annoying is that this is actually damaging to the awesome storyline of this series (beyond the fact we have to approach the storyline while skimming past a copy & paste romance). The whole complexity of Silence – not just that it’s a terribad thing that turns the Psy to monsters, but also that it’s an essential tool that made so many Psy safe. That it saved untold numbers of Psy from death, insanity and tragedy which constantly haunted their people before Silence was imposed. One of the complexities of this series is that some Psy – and the world – need Silence for survival, safety and stability. We’re beginning to see more and more of that addressed with each book, including the excellent storyline of the Forgotten, Psy outside the net and Silence, which was continued in this book. Another point it made excellently was how many of the Psy fighting against Silence are Psy who are largely not at risk for it – dangerous telekinetics, for examples, are almost unknown among them



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review 2016-11-27 00:00
Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7): Psy-Changelings Series, Book 7
Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7): Psy-Changelings Series, Book 7 - Nalini Singh 3.5 stars

While I am still a huge fan of this series, I was not totally engaged in this installment. I just don't find the Psy characters as interesting as the Shifters. I am partial to the wolves, but the cats are a favorite, too. Thankfully there were cameos from characters from previous books - it's always fun catching up with them.

The Forgotten played a huge role here. I am warming up, gradually, to them. Their talents are more diverse and compelling than those of the pure blooded Psy. I can hardly wait until more of their abilities are put on display.

Amnesia stories are always hit or miss with me, so Katya's bout with memory loss was kind of meh for me. I just don't find this plot very interesting. I found Dev far more interesting - his affinity with metal would come in handy, and it made him powerful too. While this wasn't my favorite entry in the series, the world-building clicked along, introducing more elements to Singh's Psy-Changeling universe to keep me engaged in the world.

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review 2015-04-11 00:00
Blaze of Memory
Blaze of Memory - Nalini Singh
Since the very first time I read this Tyler Hoechlin was my Dev. He is not a perfect match by any means but it's who he is in my head. The biggest problem I had this read was that it's the first time I've read this since my Sterek addiction started. It's terrible but I really missed Stiles. I may have a problem.


2nd reads - 9 March to 11 March 2013
3rd read - 30 April to 2 May 2014
4th read - 8 April to 11 April 2015

Throughout this series Nalini Singh has given us more than just the world of the Psy and the Changeling's, she has shown us that humans should not be discounted and she introduced us to the Forgotten in 'Mine to Possess'. Book 7 and 8 of this series leave the Changeling's somewhat behind and concentrate mainly on Psy relationships with first the Forgotten and then Human.

We are definitely brought into more angsty territory here. Dev is the director of The Shine Foundation, an organisation which helps to identify and safeguard the descendants of the first wave of defectors from the PsyNet after Silence was implemented. He is ruthless in his role. In order to protect his people from the Council he feels he must be as cold and as unfeeling as them. To achieve this level of emotional detachment he embraces his gift, a gift that may very well turn him into that which he despises, a creature devoid of emotion but in order to protect his people he feels it is a small price to pay.

Katya is discovered by Dev abandoned on his door step. She has clearly been tortured both physically and mentally, she is also suffering from amnesia but the feeling that she is more than a victim and could well be a Trojan horse being used as a tool to either gather information about The Shine Foundation or eliminate it's director is voiced from the beginning. Also evident from the beginning is Dev's pull towards her, even in the face this potential threat.

Katya and Dev's story is one of my favourites. Katya is very much a victim at the start of this book, portrayed as weak and fragile but as the story develops we discover that she is anything but weak, she is a warrior who is fighting for what she thinks is right even if that means losing the small joy she has only just found with Dev.

Even though we might not get a huge amount of Changeling interaction in this book, make no mistake we still have a predatory male in our midst. Dev is no wallflower and he is just as demanding as any DarkRiver or SnowDancer male.

And as is the way with such men they can be stubborn and willful, there were moments throughout this though that Dev was just an asshole, I understand that he needed to protect his people and that no matter what way you look at it Katya was a threat but there were times he was just cruel.

This story definitely has a different feel to it then the previous books in this series and the first time I read it I remember being disappointed by the absence of my two favourite packs. But on the re-reads I felt anything but disappointment. I enjoyed getting a better insight to another group of people in this world, the Forgotten were fascinating and were made even more so by the diary entries/letters from a defector that were dotted throughout the story. These insights I think help us to understand the reasons for Silence, they also highlight what was both lost and gained by it's implementation and the fear, worry and hope that was felt by the very idea of Silence.

The end of this books absolutely slayed me, no matter how many times I read it I am a wreck afterwards. Nalini Singh has a way of ripping your heart out and stomping on it that is really rather cruel.

I love this book, I can understand why people might have been disappointed but I think once you accept that this is not a predominantly Changeling story it is just as enjoyable as the other's in the series.

Side note. I wasn't a fan of Ming in the other books but after this one?

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review 2014-06-17 00:00
Blaze of Memory
Blaze of Memory - Nalini Singh This one moved a little slowly for me and the ending was wrapped up a little too conveniently, but I did enjoy this book immensely despite all that. I was also surprised by how much I like it because the story didn't focus on a changeling hero or heroin. I loved that Lucas and Sasha were highlighted throughout the story though, and don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without them.
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