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Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Bonds of Justice (2010)

by Nalini Singh

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Series: Psy-Changeling (8)

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Okay so this is a Human/Psy pairing but who cares because the political drama in this book was way more interesting! Nikita and Kaleb were the attention grabbers of this book. So many hints about the two of them were dropped you could drive yourself crazy trying to figure them out. Is Kaleb the Ghost? Is Nikita not as bad as we originally thought?

Nikita effectively pushed things forward by declaring the need for a council vote on continuing with Silence or breaking it. A big line was drawn and now the council is split. Only Ming has yet to decide which side he's on. Of course, I'm Team Anti-Silence and Anti-Pure Psy. I can't wait to see how things progress.

Nalini is making me nuts, not only can I not wait for Hawke's book but now I'm desperate to know more about Nikita, Kaleb and the Arrows as well as how the war between the two sides of the council will develop and what lengths they will go to, to achieve their goals. Bring it on! ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
I thought it was a really, really good instalment in the series. Max and Sophia fit with each other and made each other better. The plot thickens within the Council and it's making everything even more good to read. I love, love, how much page time the changelings are getting in these later books. Love them to death. ( )
  msralways | Aug 19, 2014 |
The more I read of this series, the more I am starting to put things together, even if it is a little like a jigsaw puzzle. I strongly recommend that those of you choosing to start this series do it from the beginning, and in order, not in the manner in which I have chosen to. However, the stories do work on their own, and the past is explained enough for the reader to piece together the gist of what has happened in the earlier books.

This one is a bit different from many of the others in that the relationship is between Max, a human, and Sophia, a J-psy. J-psy are one of the more pyscologically unstable of the psy, as their job basically is a mix between telepath and empath - they are asked to look into the minds of killers and extract from them information on their crimes. Most do not last long, and the Silence is always fragile within them. Sophia's mental shields are on the brink of collapse, and this job could well be her last before complete reconditioning, and so it is with bittersweet feelings that she forms a bond with Max. I enjoyed their relationship but was pleased that whilst the tension was there, this particular book was not so heavily focused on the sex as some of the other ones, but more on the fragile nature of their relationship. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
Oh my goodness, the slow, so slow buildup in this book almost killed me! And it set the stage for some very interesting future stories to be told as well.

Max and Sophia felt right from the very beginning of the book, and Max was one I had wanted to learn more about from prior books. Sophia has the possibility to stand up to the toughest of them, and with Max at her side, she can prove to be unstoppable.

Sasha and Lucas are still important, even when the story isn't about them. And Nikita and Anthony continue to have important places as well.

I really love this series, and look forward to reading more. ( )
  Lexxie | Apr 23, 2013 |
Bonds of Justice
4 Stars

Police detective Max Shannon and Justice Psy Sophia Russo are assigned to investigate the suspicious deaths of several advisers to Councillor Nikita Duncan. Born with a natural shield against Psy invasion, Max is immune to the Psy or so he thinks until meeting Sophia, the one Psy who may be able to get under his skin, and vice versa.

Good combination of romance, mystery and thriller.

While Sophie and Max are a likeable couple, their romance is not as engrossing as in some of the other installments. Their initial attraction doesn't make sense and their chemistry, although solid, is not that intense. The dynamic of their relationship is similar to that in the first two books, which makes it formulaic.

Nevertheless, Sophie and Max are engaging as individuals and as a couple. They are refreshingly direct and honest about their desire for each other and there are no secrets between them. They also have compelling back stories which add to their characterization and motivation. I do think that too much emphasis is placed on re-enforcing Max's masculinity and protective instinct. It is as if Singh was over-compensating for the fact that he is human and this was completely unnecessary.

The serial killer subplot is very good although it lacks that extra sense of nerve wracking tension that would make it excellent. The developments in the power struggle between the Psy- councilors are interesting, and the insights into Kaleb Krychek are very intriguing. He is rapidly becoming the most captivating character in the series.

In sum, an enjoyable if slightly predictable addition to the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
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When the Psy first chose Silence, first chose to bury their emotions and turn into ice-cold individuals who cared nothing for love or hate, they tried to isolate their race from the humans and changelings. 
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It was as she was sitting staring into the face of a sociopath that Sophia Russo realized three irrefutable truths.
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"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 to 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 catastrophic mental fracture."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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