Also by this author: Rock Hard, Shards of Hope, Archangel's Enigma, Allegiance of Honor, Archangel's Heart, Silver Silence, Archangel's Prophecy
Also in this series: Shards of Hope, Silver Silence
Published by Berkley, Penguin on September 5th 2006
Genres: Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
THE FIRST PSY/CHANGELING NOVEL from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian...The book that Christine Feehan called "a must-read for all of my fans."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 coexistence, 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…
When my son was little I didn’t read much, as he is an only child and someone had to play Legos, Laser Tag, Tonkas, explore undiscovered lands down by the creek, and be his mom too. I was one of those mom’s who believe in play, like when I was a kid. No, I didn’t have laser tag, but we were in the twenty-first century, so he did; I rocked at laser tag. He even wore my Vintage 1969 Star Team Moon Boots, as every astronaut needs the correct gear. Then I fell into bed exhausted. Every night we had family reading time, which consisted of age appropriate books, amongst those our favorites Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, The Spook’s Apprentice (The Last Apprentice in the U.S., I actually bought the books from U.K. booksellers as they published there first) and Children of the Lamp. Once in one of our many trips to Barnes and Noble, note this was before Amazon had invented the Kindle, I went down the paranormal isle, and I found a book for myself, Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. I read it and I was hooked. The book dealt with a future, where humans, and two other species inhabit our planet the Psy race, those who have eliminated emotions from their lives, and are link mentally in a collective net. Plus the Changelings, beings who could become animals, and trust me their emotions are not hidden. I haven’t read the book since my first reading, but I can remember it still, as this musing is from memory. YIKES. I want to give you more my impressions of the series. It was like nothing I had read prior, as this was urban fantasy, in a future where people are divided not by the color of their skin, as the world Singh has created is a true melting pot, which I loved, but are divided by those who use their emotions and those who have their emotions under a very tight control. Singh brought me into her brave new world, and that world was on the cusp of great change. S Slave to Sensation’s story centers around Lucas Hunter head of the Changelings in the San Francisco area and Sasha Duncan the daughter of a very powerful Psy leader. The worlds of the Psy and Changelings collide and because of Sasha and Lucas’s meeting neither race was ever the same. The individual stories are full of romance and the ongoing story arcs about the world of the Psy-Changeling has kept be captivated for years.
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.
The series has always kept me on the edge of my seat, as it is one of the best urban fantasy series ever written. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but the series as a whole is so rich in texture I do recommend reading it from the beginning.