Reviewed for the British Fantasy Society.
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
Changelings, humans and the Psy occupy Earth, 2080. None of us are good at sharing. The Psy are emotionless psychics, connected and controlled through the PsyNet. Changelings look like humans, can turn into animals and their animal’s characteristics are present when they are in human form – heightened senses and urges. Oh, the urges. Sexy futuristic animal SF? Indeed. And it’s great fun.
Mercy is a leopard and Riley is a wolf. Mercy has the urges of a cat in heat, but worries she’ll never find a mate who can handle her dominant, alpha-female ways. She has lots of sex with Riley, spends the intervening pages brooding that he won’t be able to handle her strong femininity (even though he’s clearly fine with it) and then sleeps with him again. In between encounters, while the scratches on their backs heal, Mercy and Riley lead military-style Changeling packs who are trying to protect their communities – and all of civilisation – from the latest threat. Someone’s targeting the implacable Psy and turning them into suicidal killers. But who? And can the PsyNet ever recover?
Full review here.