In Bonds of Justice we finally see what would happen if a Psy couldn’t leave the PsyNet. And I know there have been some spoilers floating around about who the Ghost is but I for one DO NOT want to be spoiled. And I’m sure there are a few other people that don’t want to be spoiled either…so please respect our wishes and don’t give anything away in the comments.
-Casey and Courtney
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…
Here are the past discussions!
|Slave to Sensation – the discussion||Blaze of Memory – the discussion|
|Visions of Heat – the discussion||Bonds of Justice – the discussion|
|Caressed by Ice – the discussion||Play of Passion – the discussion|
|Wild Invitation – the discussion||Kiss of Snow – the discussion|
|Mine to Possess – the discussion||Tangle of Need – the discussion|
|Hostage to Pleasure – the discussion||Heart of Obsidian – the discussion|
|Branded by Fire – the discussion|
It’s official, the PsyCouncil has officially split. Nikita, Anthony and possibly Kaleb are against PurePsy and understand that Silence is falling. They are ready to make plans for when Silence actually does fall. Henry, Shossanna and Tatiana are still in support of Silence and want to do everything to ensure it lasts. A Psy civil war may be on the horizon.
Max Shannon – Max is one of those rare humans who has a natural block against the Psy. As a police officer this ability lets him catch the bad guys the Psy don’t want caught but it also means he won’t ever advance beyond detective. Max is very good at what he does and but he knows that the Psy don’t like him so when he gets a request to work for a Psy Councilor he is very surprised. But if it puts him back into contact with the sexy J-Psy he just met he’s all for it.
…He’d almost missed the lush softness of her mouth. Except he hadn’t.
Max’s goal is to find out who is killing Nikita’s advisers and he has a lot of obstacles in his way. The first being that he doesn’t trust Nikita. The second being he doesn’t trust Psy at all. But Sophie begins to change his view on the Psy.
You’re a J. Cops and Js have always gone together. – Max to Sophie
And while Max and Sophie are on the hunt for the killer, the serial killer Max locked up is on the hunt for Sophie. It’s a matter of life and death, but Max is not going to lose his Psy when he just found her.
I’ll make sure she’s never alone. – Max about Sophie
Sophie Russo – Sophie is J-Psy , meaning she can go into the minds of criminals, get information out of them and then project it to other people. There also tends to be a nasty side-effect of being a J, one that only criminals ever suffer. Most J-Psy have a very short expiration date under Silence. And Sophie’s getting closer to the time when she will be rehabilitated.
The next time she walked into a Center, only a shambling, empty-eyed shell would walk back out.
Unfortunately, Sophie made quite the impression on a serial killer she helped interview. And now he’s escaped and he means to have her. And Sophie knows she won’t survive the encounter if he succeeds.
What would happen if someone disturbed touched your skin?If I was lucky, I’d go into shock. More likely, the avalanche of images would…kill me. – Max and Sophie
Sophie has had time to get used to her fate. But being partnered up with Max to work for Nikita has made Sophie believe she might be able to have a life. And she’s willing to fight for it.
I’m not giving you up. – Sophie to Max
|Dark River Sentinels||SnowDancer Lieutenants|
|Nate – Senior||Riley – Senior|
|Vaughn||Judd Lauren – Psy|
Ryan Asquith – Nikita’s assistant whose Silence is beginning to fracture. He began to work for Nikita because he hoped she would ‘go easier’ on him because her daughter (Sascha) broke Silence completely.
Andre Tulane – An adviser of Nikita’s. It is hinted that Andre’s Silence might be beginning to fracture.
Quentin Gareth – One of Nikita’s advisers, he had secretly joined the fanatic Psy cult, PurePsy.
|Psy Designations||Psy Council|
|Tp-Psy – Telepathy|
|Tk-Psy – Telekinesis||Ming LeBon|
|M-Psy – Medical||Henry Scott|
|F-Psy – Foresight||Shoshanna Scott|
|E-Psy – Empathy||Nikita Duncan|
|Ps-Psy – Psychometric|
|Tk-Cell – Influence physical bodies on a cellular level||Tatiana Rika-Smythe|
|J-Psy – Justice Psy|
River – Max’s kid brother who disappeared when they were both just kids.
Gerard Bonner – A serial killer, the Butcher of Park Avenue, who has developed a deadly fixation on Sophie.
Kaleb is searching for someone. But who?
Nikita seems to attract Psy who are having problems maintaining their Silence.
Hints for the Ghost:
No new real clues.
Glossary of Terms
Sensitive – A Psy who can pick up thoughts through touch.
Vocabulary from the previous novels can be found on their discussion pages:
- Slave to Sensation is now posted here.
- Visions of Heat is now posted here.
- Caressed of Ice is now posted here.
- Wild Invitation is now posted here.
- Mine to Possess is now posted here.
- Hostage to Pleasure is now posted here.
- Branded by Fire is now posted here.
- Blaze of Memory is now posted here.
- A Psy who can’t drop out of the Net but has still broken Silence? What do you think it means?
- And what about the NetMind and the DarkMind? Do you like how that was expanded on?
- What do you think Nikita’s evolving? Do you like it?
- We also got a bit more background into those that decided to follow Silence, and we’ve heard about the Psy serial killers, but this is our first look at a human serial killer in this world? Did you like it? Was he a scary enough villain?
Thanks to Nalini Singh and the wonderful people at Penguin, I have a couple of every single novel in the Psy-Changeling series, and while some of them have been claimed, all of them haven’t. So this is what we’re going to do – we’ll be giving away all the books in one shot at the end of the Read-Along. That means you have 13 different chances to enter for any one of the Psy-Changeling novels. Join in on any of the discussions and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: what do you think about our first Psy who can’t leave the PsyNet? Don’t be afraid to answer any of the discussion questions above either!
The contest will stay open until July 1st, at which time we’ll determine the winners with help from this snazzy plug-in that Jackie has.