Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy: cool, calm, emotionless... at least on the surface. Inside, she’s fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety but to the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.
DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard’s rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian’s agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2008 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"One of the greatest pleasures of these books is their ability to deliver both an intensely personal love story as well as a riveting societal drama. Singh is on the fast track to becoming a genre giant!" (Romantic Times)
One thing I have to say about this series that sets it apart from others of the Paranormal Romance genre is that the bigger events happening in this world are actually important and play a big part in the stories. Ms. Singh also introduces delicate situations and moral quandries that are great food for thought. (It's not every day you read a standard issue romance that deals with the complexities of caring about a sociopath. I'm just saying.) In that sense, this book is a great natural progression of thoughtful issues that are brought up in this series. I found myself questioning what I would do in the same situation, and that kind of reflection is always a good thing in a book, even if it makes me uncomfortable or if I don't agree with the thoughts or actions of the characters. As such, it made it very compelling reading, especially adding in the romance between Dorian and Ashaya, which was totally believable and hot. So yeah, continued awesomeness. Worth the money and the listening time, no doubt!
These books have an overarching storyline that is getting more complicated. At first they were books about the Changelings vs. the Psy and now they've added the humans. I really enjoy knowing that even though the main storyline between Dorian and Ashaya is done, we'll be seeing them in future books. These are books I will definately revisit in the future. I especially liked the interactions between Dorian and Ashaya's son. The narrator did a fine job as always.
yes, the story comes to life as the reader tells it
Dorian, I could picture this tall, great-looking man batteling his fears and hurting from his limitations
I am obsessed with these book, it was by far the better. Having a child introduced in the book made it even better..it was about love, devotion and family
While "Slave to Sensation" will always be my favorite, this one come in a close second and probably the best in Psy-Changeling relations. Ashaya was the first one who seemed strong enough and ready for what was happening with Dorian.
I am totally loving how each new character is weaved into the lives and drama of DarkRiver and SnowDancer packs.
Say something about yourself!
This book, like the previous one, was still too angsty to me. The main male character is all torn apart by guilt and treats the female character fairly badly. It becomes somewhat hard to believe that they could fall for each other given the way they act toward one another.
The use of the word 'however' is also becoming annoying in these stories. I get that there are a lot of details and positions that need to be represented and all that really does add to the story and the world, but the editing needs to be cleaned up and the use of a thesaurus is highly recommended.
I would like to see more integration of the upcoming main characters and previous main characters in these books. We get to know the characters and then they just become very very peripheral. It's like we're missing part of the story without knowing more about the lives of those who have come before.
Anyway, aside from some specific flaws that are fairly easy to overlook, the series is still one of my favorites and I can't wait to get the next one and start listening.
I listen to audio books because I don't have time to read the book but can listen as I work or as I sew and quilt.
The mail characters are another part of the Psy/Changeling community.
If I could listen to the whole book in one sitting I would.
It you like any of the Psy/Changelng books then you need to listen or read the whole series.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This is a good one in the series, keep on reading if you like them.
The written story was much better than the audio edition. My listening experience was not nearly as enjoyable as reading the book. Angela Dawe is quite awful.
The whole IAD world. Kresley Cole knows both character and world-building.
A talented, more experienced narrator should have been selected, preferable a man. Angela Dawe reads in a monotone, flat voice. Compared to Robert Petkoff who read A Hunger Like No Other, she reads like a sixth grader.
Many laughs, and several crying jags. A wonderful addition to the series.
Another great addition to the Psy-Changling series. But putting up with monotone narrator Angela Dawe is just about more than I can bear. There are some great narrators out there, and I wish the publisher/author would have engaged an effective narrator.
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I loved listening to this story, it came together so perfectly. So far my favorite of the series. The narrator does a great job bringing the characters to life. I couldn't stop listening. I really enjoy that this series has the same narrator for all of the books and that characters from previous books are brought back into each book.
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