Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Book Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Book of the Week: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Book 1 in the Psy/Changeling Series
Nalini Singh’s website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/

Do you like a little bit of sci-fi with your paranormal? If so, you got it in spades with this series.

In a world where the smallest desire can brand you as flawed the Psy rule seemingly without emotion through the implementation of Silence. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the Psy aren’t as emotionless as they would like the world to believe. Sascha Duncan is a powerful Psy cardinal, her mother holds an influential seat within the Psy Council, and Sascha is hiding all evidence of her emotion for fear of being “rehabilitated”. But rehabilitation in the Psy world isn’t like checking into rehab, it is a “complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was”.

Lucas Hunter, Alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack, is a changeling that desires the sensations the Psy scorn. But after centuries of a troubled coexistence, the two races are on the threshold of war over the vicious slayings of changeling women at the hands of a Psy killer. Lucas is determined to find the killer and Sascha is his link into the secretive Psy society. A society that will murder and betray their own members to conceal the fact that Silence isn’t as effective as the world thought. Soon Lucas discovers that Sascha is not the typical ice cold Psy, but is a very passionate woman that fascinates his inner leopard.

I absolutely loved this fast paced book. From the moment I picked it up, I was immersed in this foreign world and was disappointed when it ended. The Psy world was a little confusing for me initially, maybe because it is so hard for me to envision being that emotionless, even toward one’s own child. The Psy do not even participate in sex because it’s too messy and too emotional, but rather enter into breeding arrangements to create the perfect child, which is in turn created in a tube. Like I said, sci-fi meets paranormal.

So, I think this is a must read for anyone that loves paranormal or sci-fi romance. Bravo, Ms. Singh for creating a fabulous world, with awesome three dimensional characters!

4 deadly screams:

Tierney O'Malley said...

Ooohhhh! I so love the title.

"Bravo, Ms. Singh for creating a fabulous world, with awesome three dimensional characters!"

What an awesome review. I wish you are referring to my book. :D

Sarah Mäkelä said...

I've heard a lot about this series. I'll have to check it out. =)

Gracen Miller said...

Tierney, I'd love to have someone say that about my book too! Thanks. I really loved this book and the rest of the series that has followed. I wish I would have thought of it.

Gracen Miller said...

Sarah, if you like shapeshifters, I think you'll like this series. They're all very alpha males, but they women are alpha females so it's a great combination.