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Devraj Santos feels like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, being the Shine director and a leader for the Forgotten. He is barely warmer than a full-blooded Psy, using his affinity for metal to go cold any time he is feeling stressed, which is most of the time these days. Especially now that his cousin is leading the charge for the Forgotten to embrace Silence as the Psy did; an outcome that Dev would do just about anything to avoid.
Ekaterina used to work at the lab with Ashaya before Councilor Ming destroyed it. It was thought that he had also annihilated everybody within its walls. But that theory was disproved when a tortured and starving Katya was dumped on Dev’s doorstep. He knew that her presence could be a trap to destroy his people, but he can’t turn away from a woman in need. So he chooses to keep watch over her personally, waiting for any sign that she’ll need to be eliminated. He just never expected to grow such an attraction to her.
When they discover the extent of the damage that Ming inflicted on Katya it becomes clear that her days are numbered and they must treasure every last minute they have together.
This book takes us away from DarkRiver territory and the leopards that we’ve grown to love. We do get appearances from some of the pack, which are my favorite scenes of the book, but it’s not quite the same.
This installment centers around two characters that I had honestly forgotten about. And, after reading this book I kind of wish that I hadn’t been reminded of them. I found this book to be extremely boring and I just couldn’t relate to the supposed romance.
I didn’t like the main characters at all. I found Katya to be too much of a victim and quickly realized that she will always play the role of the damsel in distress. She’s a fading away waif of a character that I just couldn’t get behind. Dev isn’t much better. He wants to be a good guy, but his fears for his people and his past get in the way and he comes off as a total jerk for the majority of this book. Dev keeping Katya captive made it really hard to like him and the romance just wasn’t believable for me because if I had been in Katya’s shoes I never would have fallen for him! It’s pretty bad when I’m wishing Katya would off and die already, even when I know it’s unlikely.
The ending of this book was pretty emotional, which you all know I love in a book, but even that wasn’t enough to pull it from the abyss of hopelessness.
I love Nalini Singh, which made this disappointing book a hard pill to swallow and made writing this negative review even harder to write. I hope we get back with the Changelings soon and can put this book far back into the recesses of our minds, never to see the light of day again.