Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review -- Bonds of Justice

Bonds of Justice
Psy-Changeling Series, Book # 8
by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 6, 2010

“He took up more space than he should, the heat of his body inescapable in the confines of the vehicle. She’d felt as if he was touching her with each wave of that starkly masculine heat – and for a woman who hadn’t been touched in years, it had been an experience that left her scrambling for escape.”

The latest offering in the highly acclaimed Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh is Bonds of Justice. Some may believe the eighth book in a series might leave a reader less than satisfied, but not in this case. Ms. Singh is truly in a league all her own. Her writing once again leaves this reader wanting more from the series and anticipating the next installment. Now THAT is the sign of a brilliant writer . . . she leaves you desperate for the next book.

Having experienced a less than stellar childhood (never knowing his father and dealing with a mother who showed no love), Max Shannon has learned to rely only on himself and listen to his keen sense of intuition. Combined with a natural shield to protect his mind against Psy mental invasions, Max is known as one of the best Human cops in New York Enforcement. His latest case is that of sociopathic serial killer Gerard Bonner. Determined to find every one of Bonner’s murdered victims, a J Psy is brought in to retrieve memories from Bonner’s mind.

Sophia Russo is a J Psy – a Justice Psy. Born with the ability to retrieve memories from the minds of any individual, Sophia is used to working on the most heinous criminal cases and the Gerard Bonner case is no different. However, Sophia cannot handle too much contact with Bonner as her Psy mental shields are deteriorating from the years of memories she has extracted from others. The liability for being a J Psy is the eventual collapse of one’s mental shields and thus comprehensive rehabilitation, which will effectively eliminate memory and personality.

Chosen to work together by Councilor Nikita Duncan to investigate the mysterious deaths of several of her top advisors, Max and Sophia are thrown into each other’s company. Intrigued by the prime and proper Sophia, Max soon discovers the fragile state of Sophia’s mind and his protective instincts kick into overdrive. As he slowly pulls away the layers of Sophia’s stern exterior, Max unearths a Psy like no other Psy. One who is ready to feel. With every stroke of Max’s finger, Sophia is shocked by the myriad of sensations confronting her. As the treat of comprehensive rehabilitation lurks closer, Sophia is anxious to form a bond with Max, someone who will remember her before her mind is wiped clean.

“We fit, you and I,” he whispered looking into that haunting gaze. “Two broken pieces making a whole.” It wasn’t the most romantic of statements, but it was torn from his soul. “I am not losing you.”

As I said before, this is one fantastic book! Max and Sophia are damage and incomplete as individuals, both in need of someone to care about them. It was a joy watching them stumble through emotions and eventually find love, passion and their very own happily ever after. This novel continues the secondary theme of the continuing story arc and gives the reader a glimpse of what is to come in the Psy-Changeling world. I love a well planned arc and Ms. Singh provides just enough information to leave the reader questioning the future of the Psy, Changeling and Human races. I have no idea how all the pieces are going to come together, but I can’t wait to find out what Ms. Singh has in store for us readers. If you love this series, then you are bound to love Bonds of Justice!

If you have never read this series, I would highly recommend that you start at the beginning with Slave to Sensation. Each book builds the Psy-Changeling world and to experience the full flavor of every book you need the back information.

~ Buffie


  1. I loved SLAVE TO SENSATION but read when it was out, so I want to re-read and then catch up. I know I'm missing so much good with these books!

  2. I love series, but when the get this long it makes it hard to catch up and keep up, It does sound good. I'll have to check out the first book in the series.

  3. I love series, but when the get this long it makes it hard to catch up and keep up, It does sound good. I'll have to check out the first book in the series.

  4. Buffie

    I love this series and finished Bonds Of Justice last week whoo hoo I do so look forward to the release of new books in this series

    Have Fun

  5. Wasn't SLAVE TO SENSATION just fabulous?? Yes, Caffey, I would suggest you re-read it and then catch up on all those wonderful books. It would be a great way to spend a vacation!

  6. Hi Pat! I know it sounds like a lot, 8 books so far in the series, but Nalini Singh makes the reading effortless. You will just breeze through and then demand more :-)

  7. Hey Helen! I can't wait for the next one either. And of course #10 is Hawke's book -- WOOHOO!!!!

  8. Buffie - I just started this series this and I'm doing a Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling Marathon this summer. Right now I'm reading Mine to Posses and I'm loving it. It's a great series and Singh is an amazing writer. Can't get enough. Lucky me I get to read all the books in a row!

  9. Terrific review, Buffie! You keep telling me I need to read it and one of these days I will. Though, it'll probably be a 15 or 20 book series by that point! LOL

  10. I have Slave to Sensation in my TBR pile---guess I'd better get started. :-)

    I hear nothing but rave reviews about this series.

  11. Oh Marisa, boy do I envy you. To read this series back to back to back to, well you get the point, will be utterly delicious! Lucky you!

  12. Andrea and Gannon -- YES, get started on this series!!!!!! I think once you start, you will not want to quit.

  13. Love this one, too, Buffie. Girls, this is my favorite series, worth starting and catching up with if you haven't read them yet.