Katya wakes up in a man’s arms, unaware of who she is or what she was doing. She’s hurt, physically and psychically, and knows one thing with clarity; the man holding her is important in more ways than one.
Dev runs a foundation for the Forgotten. He protects his charges with all he is and all that he has at his disposal. He’s just a man, but he’s ruthless and capable of just about anything. Even eliminating a defenseless woman. Or so he thinks.
While I’ve been spoiled that the books in this series pairs a changeling with a psy, this one paired a moderately talented man (or so it seems) with a psy. Katya isn’t a cardinal or anything special, either. But what she fundamentally is is broken, and the man who broke her implanted a mission that will kill her one way or another.
If you’ve not read any of the prior books in this series, stop where you are. You absolutely must read the books proceeding this one. The world is built in layers, and each book explains more, sheds light on shadows, but also illustrates a deeper mystery that runs in the background that we are all trying to unravel. As with all the other books in this series, it was difficult to put down. Visits with previous characters satisfied my desire for happily-ever-afters for them, while reinforcing the close knit aspect of the community in which the books' universe exists.
While there is lots of tension and uncertainty between Dev and Katya, there is also a deep underlying trust that develops almost immediately. Changeling recognize their mates instantly, and it seems that Dev and Katya recognize one another on a fundamental level as well. While Dev is no doubt alpha, the edge the changelings bring to the books was missing. Harsh and bleak at times, with a painful episode at the end of the book, this was a great read.
Nalini Singh returns to the Psy/Changeling world and its “breathtaking blend of passion, adventure, and the paranormal”* as a woman without a past becomes the pawn of a 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 yet prove the enemy’s most insidious weapon.
Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor, and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity itself. 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…