Friday, May 27, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Branded By Fire

Title: Branded By Fire

Author: Nalini Singh

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $22.99

ISBN: 978057510053

Release Date: May 2011

Pages: 368


Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series returns with another stunning novel.

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat and they're both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley 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...


Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan and travelling around Asia before returning to New Zealand now - although she's always plotting new trips. She has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, not necessarily in that order. Some people might call that inconsistency, but she calls it grist for the writer's mill.


Branded by Fire is the sixth book in the Psy Changeling series by author Nalini Singh. If you are a follower of this paranormal series already, then you know what to expect and won’t be disappointed at all. Singh continues the storyline and plot of the series with focus on particular characters in each book. Branded by Fire starts out with some fireworks as Mercy, a top sentinel in the Dark River leopard pack, has a hot forbidden interlude with Riley, the second to the alpha of the Snow Dancer wolf pack. She is a dominant alpha female in her pack which makes her fear that she will never find a mate because she would need someone more dominant than her and she doesn’t think she would be able to submit to a mate the way she would need to. Riley is a stubborn, protective, by-the-rules man who is helplessly drawn to Mercy’s fiery personality. He grew up taking care of his younger siblings and is now the highest ranking lieutenant in the Snow Dancer pack, so he can’t imagine having a mate like Mercy who insists on taking care of herself.

This is also the instalment with more information about Sienna and Hawke so it's just impossible not to love it as we have been waiting to read more about them since the beginning. Many surprises and huge turns develop as well. I believe this is the most important book in the series as what plot is concern. Many changes are coming and you can see how things are not going to be the same any more.

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