Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)
by Nalini Singh | Gollancz (March 2010)
Paperback: 334 pages | Paranormal Romance
Slave to Sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. I was very much looking forward to starting this series, although I will admit I was a little cautious, worrying if it would meet my expectations having read and absolutely loved her ‘Guild Hunter’ series.
Of course there was really no need for any apprehension. I was hooked from the first page. Singh’s vibrant writing shines and I was so happy to be off to a fantastic start.
And to be honest, Slave to Sensation just didn’t let up, from the scorching scenes between Sascha and Lucus, to the thrilling underlying story of the psy-changeling world. There’s also a little mystery thrown in for good measure, with the murders of several Changeling women, which just adds to the excitement and intricacy of these two races.
Sascha Duncan is a cardinal Psy, living in a society that doesn’t feel any emotions and are plugged into a central Internet system. Since she was a child she has felt very different from the other Psy as she can feel emotions that should have been removed by conditioning when she was young. She thinks she is broken and has to put in place many psychic shields to prevent any other Psy from finding out her secret. It doesn’t help that one of the most powerful Psy is her mother.
I liked Sascha. I enjoyed seeing her open up like a butterfly to different sensations and stimuli after hiding behind her shields for so long, to act like the unemotional Psy around her. But when she meets Lucus Hunter, she finds it increasingly difficult to keep her emotions in check.
Lucus is a Changeling and Alpha of one of the most powerful Leopard packs. However, he is a panther, strong and powerful. Lucus is just gorgeous. Typically an Alpha and wanting to take control, but it was lovely to see Sascha fighting back and Lucus liking his feisty mate, enjoying when Sascha took control and challenged him.
The supporting cast of characters are just as vividly drawn, each with a history that gives them depth and makes them interesting to read. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the characters again in their own book further along in the series.
The emotions that emulate between Sascha and Lucas is just magical. I loved it when these to joined together as mates. It was a very happy and satisfying ending and I just wished I could continue reading and living in their world. I wasn’t ready for it to end.
Another fantastic read from Singh. I loved the characters, the complex world building and the tender but steamy romance. It’s obvious I just can’t go wrong with reading Nalini Singh – she’s without doubt my favourite author of paranormal romance.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Slave to Sensation
- Visions of Heat
- Caressed by Ice
- Mine to Possess
- Hostage to Pleasure
- Branded by Fire
- Blaze of Memory
- Bonds of Justice
- Play of Passion
- Kiss of Snow
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