Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2006 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"This book is a must even for those uninitiated in the paranormal genre." (Romantic Times)
Didn't care for the characters, seemed lacking. The plot seemed weak. Saw the ending from a mile away...
I prefer the Archangel series she has and was let down by this one. Not continuing the series. Can't put my finger on it, just didn't care for the plot. I really wanted to like it because I enjoyed her other series.
Full of stupid cheesy lines like "she made his inner panther purr like the alpha he is" this book was an interesting backstory ruined by sleezy horribly done sex scenes. I laughed out loud and some of the ridiculous dialogue. I finished the book to hear what happened with the backstory but I fast forwarded A LOT to get there.
I love Romance and Urban Fantasy
I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when Audible.com was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it.
While I didn’t love the narration of the book I did enjoy the story and the idea behind the world that Nalini Singh built. It felt like a mix between Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series and the Matrix.
Within the Psy-Changeling world you have three races; human, Changeling (weres/shifters) and the Psy. The Psy are engineered beings that have over the years learned to live without any emotions. They only live by what is logical. (Think Vulcans from Star Trek)
PsyNet made me think of the Matrix where people plugged into each other but as where a person that dies in the Matrix will die in real life; a Psy will die without being connected to the PsyNet. Their brain will not work without.
So when Sascha starts feeling emotions she is afraid that her shields in her mind that she has made over the years will break and the rest of the Psy will learn that she is “broken”. And because the Psy believe they cannot leave the Net, she knows that her days are numbered.
After Sascha is paired with a Lucas, the alpha of a Changeling Leopard pack, her emotions really start to take off. Lucas shows Sascha the ways of lust and passion. After she learns what it’s like enjoy the feel of Lucas’ touch she learns what it means to be pack and to get a different kind of touch through the other Changelings.
Over all the plot and characters were descent, I’m hoping that Slave to Sensation just fell into the first book in a series trap and that I will enjoy book two, Visions of Heat, more.
Great series!!!! This is my favorite series. Each book builds on the overall world while keeping you interested in the individual romances. A few of the book were about secondary characters that I didn’t care about at the beginning and absolutely loved by the end. This review applies to the first 9 books in the series.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I have now read up to book 9, although I like all of them this one is one of the best of the series.
I tried listening to this book several times but just couldn't get in to the story. To me, the book seems to start out in the middle of the story line. I felt like I was missing something and that there should have been a book before this one to explain more about the characters.
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Bought for Myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.25
Audio Rating 4.50
Note: Alright all my friends that have read this series, swore to me that I would want to devour it, and made fun of me for not jumping on the Psy-Changeling Train---YOU WERE RIGHT! I am now buying my ticket (aka the rest of the books) on the Psy-Changeling express!
What I Loved: What a fantastic opening to a series! Slave to Sensation held all the things I loved in a series opener: good groundwork, introduction of characters outside the main couple, interesting world building, and just enough unresolved issues to keep you coming back for more. The world in which the controlled Psy exist with the very feeling Changelings is one full of rich possibilities and introducing those through Lucas and Sascha was a perfect way to go. I don't want to give away the story but I think both of these character were great reflections of the two races that we will see in this series or at least I hope so.
What I Liked: Just about everything else: the tracking down of the serial killer, the dealing with the council, the striving to come to terms with accepting who you are, and the connections made/broken are all really well done. The pacing was spot on and I really didn't feel any kind of lag at all in the story.
Audio Specific: Angela Dawe did a fantastic job on the narration! She had good pace, great voice technique, and made sure to make each character unique.
Why I gave this a 4.25: Fantastic freaking opening to a series. I was not disappointed at all.
Very good story with
Angel Knight's Mageverse series is very similar
The world-building was interesting and well done. After finishing the book I do have some questions about the psy-net, but overall the descriptions and explanations for the world were excellent. Lucas and Sascha were likeable, well-drawn characters who grew and developed as the story moves forward.
I had a few, albeit minor, problems with the story and the writing. For one, the author tends to be repetitive. The reader endures Sascha thinking about her brokenness and the possibilities of death or rehabilitation a couple of dozen times, for example. Of more import was the conclusion of the suspense plot toward the end. Without giving spoilers, I can only say it was less than satisfying for the majority of the action to take place "off camera." The summary of events felt like an afterthought. I'm assuming the fall-out from that event will be part of the successive stories of this series.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, has a curious lack of tonal inflection in her delivery (she rarely drops her voice at the end of sentences) which took some getting used to. However, her character voices are excellent and I never thought "Oh, that's a woman reading a man's part." Overall 4 star narration.
I grew up with books....not television.
I had to restart this book several times in order to "get into it" as there is a lot of internal monologue and character development but it's a little light on action and environmental visualization. Because of the complexity of the "Psy" world and the lack of the explanation of how it worked, I found it difficult to really live it through the story. It's a very interesting concept but this book didn't leave me with any feelings for the main characters....at least not enough to venture into the second book of the series. It's well written and narration is great but frankly my tastes lean towards something a little less cerebral. It is a good book for someone who enjoys a "coming of age" story told through the internal turmoil of the characters. This story simply did not invoke any emotions from me.
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