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Bonds of Justice


Official information

Bonds of Justice Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changelings


Publisher: Berkley

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor's closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture...

Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max's liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people's nightmares, other people's evil, she's standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury...and executioner...



My review

It is not easy to compare Bonds of Justice with other books in Psy-Changeling series. In some regards it is very similar while in others very different and though I can't seem to stop trying, I came to realize one crucial thing - it doesn't matter where it stands among others, it's worth every last penny and more.

Normally, I would say I want more changeling characters for the hero role. I have to admit I wasn't overly exited after hearing the hero of Bonds of Justice was human. And especially someone who hadn't impressed me much (there still are so many characters I'm dying to read about). However, I am not ashamed to say how wrong I was. First, Nalini Singh's brilliant writing is more than enough to leave a reader satisfied. Changeling hero or not. And second, Max, despite being the member of the race considered to be the weakest, without mental abilities, or superior physical strength and senses, is a character to be admired of. Loyal, honest, smart, protective, strong and sexy. A true hero in every sense.

A heroine was also a strong, intelligent and likable person. But then again, it is very rare for Nalini Singh to create a weak character.

I could probably pick nits if I really wanted to (the heroine's recovery was somewhat on a miraculous side for example), but "strangely" - I won't. The few small flaws (and I really hate that word here) didn't do anything to lessen the impact of the book.

The romance is not based on conflict, where one or both characters fight each other or themselves. It is a relationship based on mutual trust, growing feelings and not an instant carnal experience. The story has such a slow emotional build-up, the suspense is a killer. The tension - thick enough to cut with a knife. Add an intricate world full of twists an unpredictable turns, a mysterious storyline, a much loved secondary characters (Lucas, Sascha, Vaughn, Clay, Nikita, Kaleb, etc.) and we've got a fantastic read. With Bonds of Justice written on the cover. A highly recommended book!





Rating 5




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