Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Bonds of Justice by Nalini SinghBonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #8
Published by Berkley on July 6, 2010
Pages: 348 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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 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 a catastrophic mental fracture…

Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner…

I was so close on giving up on Bonds of Justice, so close. The beginning, I felt, started off so incredibly slow, but it wasn’t until I closed the pages to Bonds of Justice that I realized I had become spoiled with the upbeat beginnings that encompassed Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. For me the changelings always brought the excitement, but the story of Bonds of Justice didn’t focus on the Changelings for once, but on the human and Psy.

Echo of Silence (Wild Embrace) touched on this complicated relationship type, but it of course didn’t go into as much depth as Bonds of Justice did since it was a novella. But before Bonds of Justice we were introduced to the E-Psy, F-Psy, M-Psy, and Tk-Psy but throughout those stories the J-Psy were mentioned as either a cautionary tale or in comparison to who has it worse amongst the Psy. So you can imagine my anticipation in getting all the details of what makes this Psy designation so different amongst the rest.

To be honest I never thought that Max would get his own story, even though I thought that Blaze of Memory was to have been his. Something just felt so final with his storyline after Mine to Possess, but I am glad that we not only get his story but a more in-depth look into the Enforcement world.

What made Max and Sophia so great, and seriously made me pull my head outta my butt about Bonds of Justice, was the same background they shared, their core strength, as well as the code that kept them moving forward. To be even more honest, it was just something about these two and the overall story that captivated me and checked off all the boxes of what I look for in a perfect read.

Bonds of Justice, I feel, was the climax to the Psy-Changeling series. With each installment things have been building up to something huge, and Bonds of Justice was where decisions were made, alliances were forged (for some it was cemented and others I’d say it’ll stand for the time being), and rules were changed. Just think if I had given in to my feelings early on into Bonds of Justice I would’ve missed out on one of the best stories in this series!

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

  • I’m so far behind on visiting blogs. I’ve gotten way far behind on your Psy-Changeling reads. I love the J-Psy. I love where this story goes with the cop and J-Psy becoming a couple. You’re really making me want to do a revisit to the entire series. Don’t you understand that I’m way far behind and don’t have time for that?? LOL 🙂

    • LOL!! I’m really trying to diminish my TBR and this series is taking a huge chunk out of it lol.

  • Yep… I didn’t like this one very much. It was probably my least favorite of the series. haha.

  • library addict

    This is one of favorites of the series as well. I know a lot of readers are all about the Changelings, and while I do like them and count many of them among my favorite characters, I am more about the Psy.

    I think this book is the perfect blend of the romance and the ongoing rebellion arc.

    • Yes! That’s why I seriously felt that this book was the climax of the series.