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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.

Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor

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"When it comes to delivering stories that grab you by the throat and don't let go, Singh is in a class by herself!" (Romantic Times)

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After Reading Reviews, I'm Surprised I Liked It

After reading some of the negative reviews about his book, I was apprehensive about this title, but I'm committed to the series, and so there was no way around reading it. I'm glad I did read it, because I really enjoyed it.

In the psy changling world, there are three main "races": the psy, the changlings, and humans. The author has pair them up in several combinations, and granted, some work better than others. However, I enjoyed the combination of a female who has spent her life inside the psy net, free of emotion, while the hero has spent his life as part of a group of outsiders who can feel emotions.

For those of you following the series closely, this book gives a first person account (in the form of a mother's journal written for her son) of how silence came to be among the psy, and how a group of those who opposed silence broke away and formed their own enclaves, later assimilating with the human and changeling populations, passing an altered version of their psy genetics down through the generations. In "real time" many of the recipients of these genes aren't even aware that they carry them.

The hero, Dev, is the leader of the Shine foundation, whose objective is to track down children with psy DNA and teach them how to handle their gifts. Consequently, we learn more about some of the special children in this book, and that's a big bonus.

I really felt the relationship between Dev and Katya. I felt his struggle between doing the "right thing" and doing what his heart was telling him to do. I felt the horror of Katya's experiences with Ming, I felt Dev's guilt over holding Katya prisoner, but I could also understand his reasons for doing so (Katya, incidentally, understood why he did it as well). If anything, the conflict that threatened to keep the two lovers apart was more believable in this book than it was in most of the previous books.

If I have one complaint, it is the same as other reviewers have mentioned: the author didn't expand on Dev's power with metal. I thought that was going somewhere, or perhaps would show up in a final showdown, but no such luck. I will reserve judgement on that though, because there are still more books in the series that I haven't read, and perhaps we will see more of it then.

The narrator did a great job with the material. I enjoyed her interpretation of the work very much. She has read the whole series thus far, and I like the continuity. Her voice is like that of an old friends by now, and at this point I don't think another reader could do it justice.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 01-20-13

GREAT SERIES!!

Psy-Changeling is an amazing series! I love everyone of these books. I recommend these books to everyone I know!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeannett
  • Vallejo, United States
  • 12-31-11

Do not trust this review!

Where does Blaze of Memory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book had all the usual ingredients for greatness and lived up to it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main characters were perfect and evolving as a they should.

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

No real favorites in this book. I still enjoy Sasha overall of the series.

Any additional comments?

Previous reviews lead me to believe that this book was unworthy. But it was a bad review. I am glad I did not believe it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M
  • 06-17-13

Transition stories are always tough

What made the experience of listening to Blaze of Memory the most enjoyable?

I appreciated that this story wasn't focused on a changeling, but a psy and a forgotten (aka psy-human hybrid). It's a testament to her stronger writing points that Ms Singh was able to transition away from the changeling world into the other aspects of this alternate universe she has created.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked learning more about the forgotten, and getting different perspectives on the happenings of this psy-changeling world.

What aspect of Angela Dawe’s performance would you have changed?

Real talk I wish she had more variety. There are no varied accents, only rough, rapsy or age-specific variations. I have wondered before if this is as Ms Singh envisioned. If it is, that's a bummer. On paper having a unified accent (for lack of a better term) might make sense based on the development of her world, but from an auditory perspective it makes things a little flat.

Any additional comments?

I had a hard time getting into the love story between Dev and Katya. Why, you ask? Let me tell you! Ok, so I get that Silence clearly is a construct that psy hide behind (it becomes more obvious throughout the books that most psy are big fakers about having no emotions), but it felt like the dynamics between these characters fell into a recognizable pattern: "psy breaking silence meets dominant possessive male; sexual tension ensues." So I guess what I'm saying is that, for all intents and purposes, it didn't feel like it had any new aspects to the romance, when it should have. But at the same time, the bigger story got way more interesting in this one, so I didn't really care as much about the lovers anyways. Not sure if that's a good thing for a romance, but it didn't bother me. I want a good story - well played to Ms. Singh if she can slip in a fantasy adventure story when I thought I was going for something else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R.
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • 06-20-12

Yikes, this reads like bad fan-fiction

I guess one positive thing about this book is that it made me realize how good all the other books in this series actually are. In the other books, the characters are real people with clear and believable motivations, relationships develop gradually over time for understandable reasons, and the author creates something that's a cut above the standard romance novel formula. But everything in this book was just a little bit... off. The setup really just boiled down to, "he's a hot guy who's pushy and inexplicably possessive; she's a hot chick with amnesia." And then they have some kind of out-of-nowhere adventures, he pushes her away several times due to being kind of an indecisive jerk, and then they fall into bed together. It's like Nalini Singh outsourced the writing to a fan-fiction author: it's set in the psy-changeling world, and the characters get from point A (stone-cold alpha male, damsel in distress) to point B (happily ever after), but the story was driven by poor logic and the unjustified emotions of the characters. So, I've realized how well the author handles narrative logic and character development in the other books which are, at least by the standards of this genre, rock-solid. I hope this was just a misstep and the next book is better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 04-20-12

Not one of her better ones.

This was not my favorite with the psy-changling. I didn't like the main lead male "dev." I kinda thought he was a jerk. But in the end it ended good just like all the rest in the series.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 09-01-11

Perfect story, perfect narrator

This is the best of the first 7 books. So romantic and interesting. Ms Dawe does an amazing job as a narrator. Loved it!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 07-27-15

Just read a whole bunch of psy changling, GREAT!

I don't know why I took a break from these, I think the reviews on this one scared me, but it was still great to me.

Dev Santos, head of the sunshine foundation is a dangerous man and several people wish him dead. When he finds a helpless woman at his doorstep who has obviously been savaged he knows she is a trap...but he can't stop falling for her anyway.

If you haven't started this series what the heck is your hold up?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Still addicted, but...

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

She is a really great narrator and I enjoy listening to her, but I do have to say that there isn't enough pauses between chapters and changes in scenes. A small break to indicate a situational change would really help with understanding and the overall flow of the story.

Any additional comments?

The series is really addicting. I love how there is so much more to the books than just sex. The story line is solid and intriguing. I want to know more about this society almost as much as I want to know more about these characters. I will however say that the series is getting a bit repetitive. Strong Alpha male, "weak" confused female, danger and then a nice happy ending to wrap everything up. I will definitely keep reading these books, though I may take a break for a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good

So this wasn't exactly what I was expecting from the reviews. I loved it because I liked the characters of Dev and Katya. They were both strong in their own way and needed each other. I liked seeing more of the Shine Foundation and this other facet what the psy could be. It was also nice to check in with the characters we've gotten to know in the previous books. Angela Dawe did a fantastic job as always with these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful