SLAVE TO SENSATION
Book 1: the Psy/Changeling series
by Nalini Singh
Penguin Random House Berkley | Sep 05, 2006
Mass Market Paperback & E-Book | 352 Pages
Electronic galley provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind—and none of the heart…
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was….
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation… http://www.nalinisingh.com/books/psychangeling-series/shards-of-hope/
Until now, I had only read some short stories in this epic series from Nalini Singh. But, when I received SHARDS OF HOPE, the end of a storyline in the series, and was offered a copy of this re-release of the first book, my interest was piqued. I haven’t been reading a look of paranormal lately because I had kind of overindulged on it.
But I have never read a series like this one. And it is rare that a series comes into the world with its own world thoroughly developed in its creators mind. The were creature world is well-done. But it is Nalini’s imagined world of the Psy, the absolute understanding she has — obvious in the writing, that stunned me. She deftly travels this strange world with outstanding naturalness and continuity.
There’s no shilly-shallying about — when Sascha traverses the landscape of the Psy-Net, with complicated mental gymnastics, you feel there are already rules and laws that make this fantasy work. Also the physical attributes of the Psy are well described and that made them easy to imagine.
I loved how the mental and physical processes; the problems Sascha experiences, are developed and how the way her species structures family was so coldly put forward. How, the system that seemed like a solution at its start turned into its own form of horror.
I DID NOT feel as if I was being battered with information setting up a new series. What was learned was intrinsic to the story in this book.
The mystery and romance aspect of the story are pretty predictable; except the were-animals being such scientific pioneers (which is a novel twist). The humans really play little part in the story. Maybe I read too many books with mystery elements but I knew who the bad guy was the minute he walked onto the page.
This particular volume in the series, maybe because it’s the first and she is setting up the series’ world, felt somewhat expository, at least sometimes. It can make the characters feel shallow. Nalini really plays the omniscient and omni-present narrator; Like one of her Psy characters she can be inside anyone’s head.
Even though it was a little predictable, I really enjoyed the book and I was not sure of the ultimate outcome. WHat I was sure of was that this would be a quality paranormal series with great world-building and some very, very hot stuff between the characters. I appreciated the chance to get into the first book in the series in this repackaging.
Here’s the description of SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh
released June 2, 2015 from Penguin Random House/Berkely and book 14 in the Psy-Changeling Series.
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.
And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.
This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.