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I really like this book and the earlier books in this series.
Familiar territory for the most part if you've read any of this series. Ashaya, the rebel psy scientist forced into working on horrible mind control and bioweapons for the council, may be one of my favorite characters in the series because she ... well, thinks and plots and plans. Does something. Continually does something because it's the smart move she comes up with or because it protects her son and sister and later in the romance aspect even Dorian. The science was wonky and didn't wash well with me when talking about her ability to "see" and analyze DNA with the naked eye.
As always, we're given some new twists with the overall worldbuilding/politics, more on council members and plots, more on Human Alliance, more on NetMind and the darker spinoff ...
I will be continuing the series. The sometimes fated mate bits and most books concentrating on a different couple -- as common in many paranormal romance series -- mean I know better than to read too many back to back. But, Nalini Singh's writing, the worldbuilding and sympathetic characters always draw me into these books.
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking. (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews. Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)