Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor's closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture.
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©2010 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"Consistent excellence makes Singh one of today's premier storytellers!" (Romantic Times)
This being the 8th installation of the Psy-Changeling series, I thought I'd gotten a handle on what "But he/she was Psy" meant. This time I was totally lost. This time, the actual drama around the love story was more interesting than the love story. They went from strangers to 60 in no time flat. They totally skipped into the realm of love and possession and the "Psy" issues they had to work around never realy connected. I actually found myself looking forward to other characters coming into play because I just couldn't get into the two of them.
Having said that, I believe they will be very useful in the next books. I'm sure their skills wil be very interesting put to use to help the others. Perhaps, we'll learn more about Max's father and get a better understanding of him.
Even though this is supposed to be about Max and Sophie, I was more into the bigger events in the book than their romance. It was way more believable/ interesting that the Dev-Katya pairing from Book 7, with the action really getting good. Normally when I listen to series' like these, my main interest is in the love story, even though I expect a good frame story. In this book, I was WAY more into the frame story. I also appreciated that even though there is a resolution of sorts, there was not a full-force deus ex machina to make everything better in the end. I mean, stuff gets resolved and technically there is a happy ending, but not the knock-down perfect ending we got in the first part of the series.
Yes, and if I had my way, only sleep and personal hygiene routines would have interrupted my listening. Stupid work!
I was a little worried when I was listening to book 6 that this series was going stagnant. Not so! This one pulled me right back in. This is guilty pleasure reading at its finest!!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I like these books very much some more than others. This one was a good one. I don't always like the characters and sometimes her story line is fast and then I'm scrambling to figure out what she's writting about. But I will defiently finish the series.
This book for me was more about building upon the layers of the previous books than it was about the actual couple. I liked the couple and watching them come together was nice but it was seeing the actions of the other players that really made me enjoy this. It gives more of a look into Nikita and the rest of the council and what is going on with "silence" overall especially considering the female half of the couple, Sofia, was a minor anchor in the net. I always find it fascinating to see the differences in the different designations of the psy and the J designation gives an interesting look into the justice system of this world. I love the continuing looks into the lives of the couples that have previously been written about and their interactions with the others. The evolution of our knowledge of the net mind is also fascinating and seems to be becoming a larger part of this story. This book did really pique my curiosity about Caleb Krycek and I can't wait to find out more about him and what exactly his goals are. Angela Dawe was, as always, a wonderful narrator and differentiates the characters well.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I liked Max in the previous book he was in Mine to Possess and I was happy to see him get his story. Sophia is a good match for Max and I liked the way their relationship developed.
Sophia is a J-Psy (a Justice Psy, they have the ability to not only read memories but also project them to others) and has been working in that capacity since she was 16 years old (and she's now 28). Sophia has a troubling past that messed up her conditioning at an early age but she's worked to keep herself together and avoid showing any signs of problems. Her conditioning is slowly unraveling though and she knows it means her end is coming.
Max is a human cop but happens to have a natural shield that protects him from Psys intruding in to his mind. He grew up in the care of a mother that hated him and then foster care so his life hasn't been the best. Max is a good cop but he hasn't made it as far up in the ranks as he should have due to the inability of Psy to be able to read him (they like being able to spy in the human police’s minds). Regardless of him being held back, Max does a very good job and takes his job very seriously.
Sophia is a typical J-Psy in her failing conditioning. J-Psy all have issues with their conditioning because of all the emotions they encounter regularly in their job. They’re constantly monitored and reconditioned but that only lasts so long. After a number of years, all J-Psy are completely reconditioned which wipes everything of them so they're no longer who they were which is basically the same as death. Sophia knows that her complete reconditioning is coming as her conditioning is almost completely gone. Sophia and Max don’t know each other but are pulled together in a case. The Psy counselor Nikita Duncan (mother to Sascha Duncan from Slave to Sensation) is having issues with her closest advisers showing up dead and they’re called in to find out what is going on. Sophia and Max have a connection from the start and Sophia is curious about Max and can’t help letting out snatches of non-Psy behavior. Max is intrigued by Sophia and is attracted to her. He sees the pitfalls of getting involved with her but he can’t help but dive in when the opportunity presents itself.
Max and Sophia start working on the case and flowing the leads. They don’t have immediate luck and things are rather sketchy as they try to find clues that would lead them to the culprit. Max and Sophia dance around each other but not in a denial way, more in a cautious way. They both acknowledge the attraction and since Sophia knows she’s dead with her next conditioning, she wants to take what she can with Max before she’s gone. They start with brief touches and it evolves in to more as they continue to spend time together. They come to realize that they want more together and they discuss Sophia’s situation but since she acts as a minor anchor in the Psy web she doesn't think it’s possible to leave the web without wiping herself. There is a lot going on as the action plot heats up with danger from multiple opponents. I really liked how the Psy counsel story line is proceeding and Nikita is proving to be a lot cooler than I expected. With the way things were going on the romance side, I didn't know how Singh was going to pull out the ending but she did and did it well. With some unexpected help they're able to solve their case and figure out a way to have their HEA and I was very happy with the ending.
I really liked this story. Max and Sophia are both great characters and the storyline was interesting and engaging. It felt like there was more action/suspense in this story than some others in the series and I really got pulled in to it. The story left some good open threads of things for us to look forward to in future books. I can't wait to see how they turn out so I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
Teacher, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
This book adds depth to the world of the Psy-Changling-Human triumvirate, but I feel like more than any of the others, it **does require previous knowledge of the series**.
That being said -- very, very, very interesting twists in the storyline over the course of this book. Hmmm...
Full of Counselor politics and a subtle discussion of what "justice" really is, Singh took the series in a new direction with this book and I like the method which she chose. Granted, reality outside of these books would probably have left a very different ending than what the author wrote, but in the setting created by Singh, it works.
I did drop the performance down to 4 stars from 5, ONLY because with so many characters, there were a few places where I couldn't tell the difference between the "husky" voiced heroine and the "rough" voiced hero. That being said, there around 50 regular occuring characters with distinct voices and this is the 8th book that I have listened too in the series (all narrated by Dawe), so honestly it's still a great job on her part.
I love this series. Some of these books have gone onto my all-time-favorites shelf. So in the interest of reading the entire series, which you really need to do to understand some of the plot nuances, yes, I would reccomend it to a friend. On it's own though, no way!
I found both protagonists completely unsympathetic. There was a marked absence of most of the characters I've come to know and love from the previous books. I literally began reading this book at9 at night, slept through most of part 1, tried to finish the next evening and ended up skipping to the end to get the wrap-up from the last chapter. I didn't connect with either character and I found the sex scenes tepid at best.
As always, she did a fine job. The problem was not with the narration.
Nope. I slept through most of it and was so bored by the rest that I skipped chapters. There were some useful plot points related to the overarching series, mostly dealing with Nikita and the Psy, but other than that, what a snore!
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I can't stress enough how much I love this series but this book has the unfortunate placement of coming after yet another filler book. Two filler books in a row is dangerous but I stuck with it and was rewarded with books 9, 10, and 11.
There's not much to say about this one. It could have easily been a side book and as I write this, perhaps it wouldn't be so bad an idea to actually combine the books 7 and 8 so you have the necessary things in one book. In the end, I usually skip this one when re-listening. But as a first time reader, get it, it will entertain you, then move on to the next treasures.
Say something about yourself!
Maybe I just got use to the changeling factor...not sure, but this one fell a bit flat for me. I was excited to listen to the great detective Maz's story, he's a human...and he falls for a Psy! Not just any Psy, but a Psy whose job it is to go into peoples minds and strip them of their thoughts...she is a J-Psy, the J is for Justice, and she's got a way of dishing out her own.
It was nice to visit to world again, but this one just didn't tie together as nicely as some of the others. The explanation for the HEA was really kind of weak, but if you follow the series it's a must have.
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