I loved the new things Nalini Singh introduced into the series: more on the Implant Protocol, more Psy disruption, and The Forgotten. The Psy-Changeling world is growing so much and becoming so diverse and complex.
Tally’s upbringing and struggles with life were very hard to read about; you can’t help but feel for her. I loved reading how she came to find acceptance in herself and how she’s worked to overcome her struggles and help others like her.
Up to his point Clay has been the strong, stoic type and we haven’t gotten too much on him. In this book, we see why Clay is so dark and surly. He wasn’t my favorite changeling but his care of Tally and his desire to make her a part of his life again was sweet. The changelings have dominance and possession written deep into their bones but Clay was a little much for me. He was by no means the worst I’ve read in paranormal romance but his possessive nature did push the line quite a few times. Clay struggles with Tally’s past and the things she’s done and it gets a bit judgy without the reciprocal judgment being placed on Clay. The one thing that makes up for it is that, for the most part, he’s not an asshole and his devotion to Tally is crystal clear.
References to past child abuse and rape
Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed…and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life – the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows…
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past…or lose everything that ever mattered.
Published by Berkley on February 5, 2008