Friday, July 17, 2009

Mini-Review: Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

The Psy Changeling Series

When a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track the young man - before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire.
Many wonderful reviews have been posted for Branded by Fire -- Lurv A la Mode , The Book Smugglers, Book Binge, to name a few -- I figured I would just post a short, mini-review outlining my final thoughts.

Nalini Singh continues to deliver with her latest installment in the Psy/Changeling series. In Branded by Fire, the romance was the center of the story and it was one of the most sizzling romances in this series, so far. Mercy and Riley set the pages on fire.

The pairing of these two dominant changelings turned out to be both hot and tender. I loved the way Ms. Singh consistently maintained Mercy's alpha characteristics throughout the story. Mercy gave of herself without ultimately loosing herself. Her dominant female characteristics and self-assurance were not lessened to give Riley, another alpha hero, the spotlight. Reiley as an alpha hero was also a winner. The give and take between these two characters made for a balanced and well done romance, gifting us with a strong and passionate pair.

Ms. Singh also delivers on the world building front. The overall arc in the Psy/Changling world stays tight and the story moves forward without sacrificing the romance. This world keeps getting better and it absolutely has my attention. I'm looking forward to learning more about Kaleb, the Ghost, the Net and of course, the Forgotten. Blaze of Memory should give us more on that front and I can't wait.

As you can see, I loved Branded by Fire. Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series maintains its place at the top of my Paranormal Romance list. Maintaining the romance focus without losing the tight world building, this installment gets a Hot A

Visit Nalini Singh here. Read an excerpt here.


  1. Great book wasn't it? I'm sooo happy we don't have to wait too long for the next installment :)

    Love Mercy and Riley, they are a great couple :D

  2. Yes, loved this couple. I don't think they were the most "romantic," but I definitely think they rank high on the "hot" scale. ;P

    I'm really happy we don't have to wait a whole year for the next one. We'll get a double shot of Psy/Ch this year... I'm very curious about the Forgotten.

  3. I agree with you Hilcia, they weren't the most romantic, but they were a great couple :D I love their interaction :P

  4. I really need to get my hands on this, but last time I looked for it it wasn't in my local book store. Maybe it's there now. The excerpt for it was scorching, I can only imagine what the whole story was like.

  5. Hi, nath... yes to dialogue and interaction!

    Brie! I hope you find it soon. Can't wait to see what you think of this installment. :)

  6. I've been wanting to read the Psy/Changling series for a while now, and definitely even more so now!

  7. Hi, Belle! This is my favorite PNR series, it hasn't let me down yet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. :)