New book in this changeling se­ries

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Ocean Light by Nalini Singh re­viewed by Fiona Frost, Hast­ings District Li­braries

Have you dis­cov­ered the phe­nom­e­non that is Nalini Singh? This pro­lific writer has writ­ten over 16 books in the PsyChangeling se­ries and be­cause she was raised in New Zealand we can call her one of our own.

Ocean Light (num­ber two in her PsyChangeling Trin­ity se­ries) is the lat­est of­fer­ing from Nalini. The story takes place in an al­ter­nate fu­ture where hu­mans, changelings (shifters) and psy (peo­ple with vary­ing psy­chic pow­ers) live to­gether af­ter a ten­u­ous peace ac­cord has been reached.

Bowen Knight wakes up from a coma af­ter be­ing shot by a bul­let meant for his sis­ter. The con­sor­tium which he is the head of has a traitor in its midst and it is up to him to try and get to the bot­tom of the mys­tery. So far, this could be any ‘who-dun-it’ story but the re­al­ity is far dif­fer­ent. When Bowen wakes, he is not in some city hospi­tal, but in­stead in Ryu­jin, the deep un­der­wa­ter base / habi­tat of the Black Sea Shifters.

This is his story of com­ing to terms with the fact that he has a tick­ing time bomb in his head and the ex­per­i­men­tal surgery he has of­fered to be a part of has a 50 per cent chance of ei­ther killing him or leav­ing him brain dead.

This is also the story of Kaia, a sci­en­tist turned cook who is a mem­ber of the Black Sea Shifters and whose blos­som­ing re­la­tion­ship with Bowen is cen­tral to the story. Kaia has no time for hu­mans who have caused her much heartache, and the last thing she wants to do is to fall prey to the dan­ger­ous charm of a hu­man who is a dead man walk­ing, but she sim­ply can­not stay away from Bowen.

When Kaia is taken by those who mean her harm Bowen will do any­thing to get her back even if it means strik­ing a devil’s bar­gain and giv­ing up his mind to the en­emy.

If you haven’t read other books in the Psy-Changeling se­ries by Nalini, this may not be the best place to start, as her sto­ry­lines and characters all in­ter­twine to cre­ate a to­tally sat­is­fy­ing read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever for fans of her book, you will not be dis­ap­pointed in this lat­est of­fer­ing.

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