Sunday, 6 December 2009

[Review] Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Series #1) - Slave to Sensation

Facts //

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Date: September 5, 2006
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Sci-Fi
Age Rating: 18+


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…

My View //

Date Read: 01/12/09
Enjoyment level: 8/10
Characters: 8.5/10
Worldbuilding: 9/10
Plot: 8/10

The year is 2079 and the Psy rule the world, but the Changelings are beginning to see another way of life. Within this conflict in the Psy woman Sascha, a woman who is ice on the outside, but blazing fire inside, and the Changeling Lucas who will show her it's okay to feel.

What better way to start off my blog than with one of my new favourite authors. I discovered her through a search on various supernatural romance series after having become too used to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. I decided I needed something new to read that wasn't Christine Feehan (I can't stomach her first book - maybe I'll try again later). So Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter, J.R. Ward and Lynsay Sands all found their way onto my reading list. But more on them later - now I'm hear to talk about Slave to Sensation.

Slave to Sensation is the first in the Psy-Changeling series about a world ruled by the emotionless Psy who keep a tight rein on everything. The leaders of the Psy are the Council who, in Sascha's own words, are 'above the law.'

Singh's worldbuilding skills and character development are astounding. It didn't take long for me to delve into her playground and her characters are some that will forever stay with me. The prominent characters in this novel, Sascha and Lucas, are both lovable, especially Sascha whose development within the story is a major focus in the plot. Her secondary characters are not left wanting however and I was desperate to read more about Judd and the Laurens, along with the Sentinels and Hawke.

In Slave to Sensation we are given a woman who believes herself broken because she is not a typical Psy, she has feelings. She is a compelling character who wants to rely on reason and reason alone but is constantly pulled to feel differently, both from outside influences and her own emotions which begin to betray her more strongly as the novel continues. Her strength is also astounding and I wanted only the best for this woman who only wanted to live.

The best came in the form of Lucas, a Changeling, but also the Alpha to his pack DarkRiver. The relationship between the two of them is emotionally uplifting and hot hot hot! The merging of beast and man within the Changelings is expertly handled and Singh portrays her characters as the savage animals they are, not tame housecats but animals that are possessive, aggressive and who growl when you look at them the wrong way.

Her excellent vision, worldbuilding and character development make this a delight to read and I highly recommend her if you want to try a new paranormal romance story and are tired of all the vampires out there! Give Changelings a try and put Singh at the top of your pile.