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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 31, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2006
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0023EF9H0
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Book's been in my list for awhile and a few of my friends have recommended I read it. Lots of great reviews. As a whole I liked the book. I mean there are some flaws in it. Some of the plot was a bit here and there. At the end I didnt really feel full-filled. Hard time accepting the end. It ended on a good note or HEA or HPN however you want to slice it. This had a little bit of UF feel but it wasnt an UF. This is a romantic suspense with a little PNR. I gotta be honest it was hard to get into and hard to get through to the end. I didnt particularly have problems with the characters or most of the story but it felt like it was missing something. There was talk of humans but we never saw any. Jaguars and wolves and psys were the main focus. Psys being people with psychic abilities but not human or they were "conditioned" to be non human and their minds worked differently. Bottom line. Did I like enough to continue the series? No. I dont like enough to invest into the series.
Over the years I’ve moved away from reading primarily Romance novels (usually fantasy/paranormal based) to reading more Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi. Though I love my happy endings, the sickly-sweet or too-erotic turn that most of romance has taken lately just leaves me … apathetic. I’ve always said that characters are my first and foremost, and I still believe that, however, just behind character is world. I need the world to be intriguing, deep, and feel almost like some place that I could visit, someplace that could be real, in a slightly different time and place; maybe even in a parallel universe.
This is what Nalini Singh gives me, time and time again.
Don’t misunderstand, this is a Romance, with a capital-R. And it has the ‘instinctive-mate’ thing going on, which is only half a step away from ‘fated-mate.’ Looking at the timeline I’m forced to admit that the romance develops quickly, however it doesn’t feel like it’s too fast. It feels like Lucas and Sascha take the time to get to know one another, that they understand each other, and that they genuinely like one another. The crucible in which they come together serves to heighten the emotions, quicken the pace of their romance, but I never doubt that they are good together. They belong together, and whether they came to that conclusion in a couple of days, weeks, or months, I believe in them as a couple. The ‘mate’ instinct is there for Lucas (though it doesn’t really come into play until more than halfway through the book), but it’s not what decides their interest in one another. It doesn’t drive them to be with the other, only serves to reinforce the fact that he loves her and always will. And that makes my romantic heart sigh in happiness.
None of that would matter so much if I didn’t connect with the characters – and I won’t even get into the plethora of characters that populate this world because I’ll end up talking about them in their own books, except to mention a couple: Hawke, Judd, Mercy, and Indigo immediately intrigued me. But it’s Lucas and Sascha that drive this story. Lucas’ need for the truth, his need to avenge his Pack, and his need to protect those he loves and is responsible for. It’s hard to find fault with an Alpha that’s everything an Alpha should be. Is he sometimes autocratic? Sure, but he also answers to his Pack, and to his mate. There’s no decision that he makes that isn’t open for discussion with his trusted advisors – who will call him on it if they think he’s doing something wrong, because they’re strong and awesome, too – and that makes him even stronger that the despots that many ‘Alphas’ become in other novels and series.
Sascha. Often in hetero-romance novels I’ve connected and been more interested in the male half of the couple, but here it was Sascha that I connected to most deeply. Without getting into spoiler territory too far (I know there are some of you out there that haven’t read this series yet) I’ll say that her psy-talent is one that I find incredibly relate-able. I love everything about her. But most especially, I love how her emotions make her strong. I love that she’s independent and able, that she can take care of herself. That she’s curious about the world around her.
This is already long, but I can’t end it without talking about the world that has intrigued me for nearly a decade. Nalini Singh has created a world on the brink of revolution. The Psy, cerebral, intelligent, incredibly powerful gifts of the mind (including telekinesis, telepathy, and foresight – and many more that come up over the series), are without emotion. They feel no rage, no jealousy, no pain. There’s no joy or happiness or love in their lives either. But they rule the world. And the Psy Council works hard to ensure that remains the case – no matter what lies they have to tell.
But no matter what the Psy think, the Changelings – those that can shift shape between animal and human (including wolves and leopards) – are not content to let the Psy run roughshod over them. They’re not the ‘dumb animals’ that the Psy often relegate them to, and the world is changing. No longer can the Psy assume that they’re the most powerful beings on the planet.
There are also humans in the mix in this world, and I’ll only say that they don’t come into play a lot in this book, but do later in the series. This world, the characters in it, and the story itself continue to evolve and become ever deeper as we continue through the series. And I love that. I also really, really, really love that there’s such amazing internal consistency that I can trust every single thing said, hinted at, and revealed. On many of my re-reads, I’ve caught hints of events, characters, or story foreshadowing that still amaze me.
After a 100-years of this status-quo, we’re thrust into this world and in Slave to Sensation we see the very beginnings of the evolution that is about to happen. Over the course of the next fourteen books the change is realistic, believable, and consuming. I’ve become incredibly invested in the characters and the world they live in. It’s not an easy thing to change the world, and I continue to be absolutely enthralled with how Nalini Singh shows it to be done in this Psy-Changeling series.
I’m not the hugest fan of fantasy as a genre with the extensive world building it often requires and I’d say this book starts off a little slow because of that world building and establishment of the Psy-Changeling world. For that reason, it took me weeks to get through the first 30% of this novel because I kept seeking out other reads instead of sticking to this one. That said, if you like fantasy, that probably wouldn’t be a problem for you and I can see fantasy fans breezing through the world development.
For me, this novel really got kicking just before the halfway mark when the characters began to actually interact properly and live inside their heads a little less. Obviously the whole premise of the Psy world involves a lot of living inside one’s own head but it was to me, not particularly interesting to read. Once this novel got kicking however, and the world was established, it was fantastic. I enjoyed the secondary characters and the changeling community and rivalry, but I also enjoyed witnessing how Sascha and Lucas found each other and sacrificed for each other.
This isn’t my favourite paranormal fantasy romances I’ve read, but what it has done is set up a world I’ve become fascinated with and characters I care about and want to read more about so I’m definitely reading Vaughn’s book next. I believe that this book probably nicely sets up the entire series and in so-doing sacrifices some of its own strength in the beginning (I’m guessing, not having read the other books in the series yet). I recommend this for all fans of fantasy romance and for anyone looking for a unique plot in a paranormal fantasy romance.
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To those Neto Nalini Singh this is what is called season 1 and she has just begun season 2 great books you just have to read over and over.
Fantastic read with a new world with new species its like a breath of fresh air in the paranormal theme. Lots of possibilities can happen in this series the doors are wide open for anything to happen which makes it hard to predict what can happen next.
Nalini Singh is fast becoming a favourite of mine. 💖
Our main characters for this instalment are Psy Sasha and Changeling Lucas. Sasha has always known how different she is from the other Psy and learnt from a young age to keep her feelings closely hidden - even from her mother who would never understand her behaviour. As the daughter of an important Council member Sasha knows more than most just how dangerous it would be if anyone found out just how different she is and she knows that not even her mother would protect her if she is discovered. Lucas is the alpha of the DarkRiver Leopard pack and he is working to track down the Psy who has been brutally murdering Changeling women. The latest victim was a member of his pack and he will do whatever it takes to make them pay, even if that does mean working with Sasha and trying to use her to get the information he needs.
I absolutely adored this book, I loved the world building, I'm fascinated by the Psys (although I wouldn't want to be one!) and I always enjoy reading about different kinds of shapeshifters. Above all I loved the relationship between Sasha and Lucas, Nalini Singh takes the time to develop their relationship slowly and I enjoyed every minute of it. The way Lucas cares for his pack is heart warming but it was so good to see the way he began to care for Sasha and how determined he was to protect her and keep her safe from harm. Sasha had never been allowed to freely express herself so she finds it hard to even understand all the emotions that Lucas brings out in her, she instinctively knows how to love but she is so used to locking all her feelings away that she finds it hard to express herself. Lucas never pushes her beyond what she is prepared to give though, he understands how hard it is for her and he teaches her how to care for him and his packmates. One of my favourite things about the couple was the banter between them and when you have conversations like the one below it is very hard not to laugh out loud:
"I could turn your mind to mush if I wanted"
"But then who'd lick you to orgasm?"
Slave to Sensation was a fantastic start to the Psy-Changeling series and one that has left me very excited to find out more. We have been introduced to a great range of side characters so I'm happy that each book focuses on a different couple but I'm also interested to see how the ongoing storyline of the political relationship between the Psy and Changeling races will play out. If Nalini Singh wasn't already on my list of favourite authors this would have earned her a place there so if you haven't read any of her books before then you really should do as soon as possible!
I wasn't sure what to expect with the Psy Changeling series but am so glad I decided to give it a go. I loved the idea of the Darkriver Leopards, the Snowdancers werewolves and intrigued with the Psy and their way of life.
The story of Lucas who was the Darkriver Alpha and Sacha a Psy Empath, who was supposed to be damaged is a journey well worth taking. There isn't anything about this book I didn't like. The way it was all put together made for compulsive reading and I would fully recommend. After reading the Guild Hunter and now this, I am definitely a fan of Nalini Sighn and I am sure I will be reading all her books. Sorry if I am not giving away too much as I don't like spoilers and reading this after just reading the synopsis was sheer joy and I hope you feel the same.
I found the world that she has created for this series fascinating. I love the contrast between the Psy and the Changelings and I was interested to find out more about how they interact. It was a very good premise to have a Psy character who has been hiding her imperfections from the rest of her race for some time. The Psy are well-written. Their coldness and lack of emotion really comes off the page when you are reading. Similarly the warmth and family orientated attitude of the Changelings is clear to the reader. Lucas is the perfect domineering male shape-shifter character and Sascha is well-written as a cold Psy who secretly feels emotion.
Where the book falls down is the large amount of "glossing over" that Ms Singh is keen on. Lucas and Sascha's relationship happens before your eyes but has little or no explanation throughout. At the end, I had no real idea what sort of relationship they were having. The contrast between Lucas' world and what Sascha is used to is touched upon but not expanded in any detail. We have no clue as to how the sudden change affects her. There is some heat between the characters but nothing to get excited about. I was interested in them but I wasn't really willing them to get together which is surely the point of the book?
In short, I think that this is okay for the beginning of a series and an interesting world has been created. However, I would expect a great deal more from any future books in the series. There particularly needs to be a lot more detail in the relationships between all the characters. This was far too brief in that regard. If you are used to the way other writers in this genre write their characters' relationships and emotions (Kresley Cole, JRWard, Gena Showalter for eg) then you will find this sadly lacking in detail. A good start but serious room for improvement.
NB/ Kindle buyers- this Kindle version does not have any major problems with formatting or typos etc :)
I've read this book twice and I am as awed by it this time as I was the first. Nalini Singh has managed to create an incredibly unique world, something that is very hard to do given the sheer volume of paranormal romance novels available these days. Set at some point in the future (maybe 100 years or so) the world is populated by three species: humans, Psy who are cerebral and unfeeling and changelings who have the ability to take animal form. While shifters are a common theme in books, the Psy is something I haven't seen before and it's a brilliant idea.
The plot of the book is incredible and multilayered, with lots of twists and turns. Sascha is a great lead character and her struggle to contain her burgeoning emotions is well written and believable. The book can really be split into three parts - Sascha's emotional struggle, the potential romance between Sascha and Lucas and the hunt for the Psy killer.
A lot of supporting characters are introduced, and a quick check of the author's website showed that the main ones mentioned all have their own books out or coming soon. The author manages to avoid info-dumping and sets the world up so well with so much detail that I can't wait to see where she goes with it next.
All in all, this is an awesome read and I can't wait to read the next book Visions of Heat.
This series is creative, has many original elements and proves wonderfully entertaining - and i really couldn't ask for much more in a book. Its a rather light read with an easy to handle writing style and energetic characters. The world the story lives in is a clever mix of fantasy and sci-fi giving the book a very different feel to most supternatural/fantasy books.
I did not hesitate to buy the second book and the third and fourth... and even with work im finding it really difficult to put down these books now i have them. Addictive, fun and feel-good.
And in regards to the few horrible reviews... well... not sure what they expected but i find its best to go into every new series with an open mind and no expectations. Give it a chance.
If you want a good read then this is the book, and series for you. It has passionate and engaging characters, and thumping great plot which goes at a break-neck speed and an ending that will leave you satisfied and craving the next installment.
This series is right up their with JR Ward in that the world Singh creates is interesting, engaging and flawless in its detail. The characters are wonderful and all fit well with each other despite their massive differences.
A seriousley great series. 10 out of 10 *****.
The plot which brings them together is Lucas's hunt for a Psy serial killer, and that story isn't left unattended once the chemistry starts sizzling between him and Sascha. If Nalini Singh continues to write this well, I'm going to be forced to keep buying her books - which is fine by me!