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)
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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.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I'm new to this writer. I have been enoying her books, but some have gotten a bit too mushy for me like this one. I think the characters are great and the basic story line is great it's the mushy bits that get dragged out a little
Yes, I would listen to this book again, It has a great storyline. Some books, I have the ability to play computer games while listening to them. Not Nalini Singh books. They require/insist on all my attention except for driving. My subconscious handles that.
It has a unique story. I have no comparisons.
The second time she took Lucas in what she thought was her dream.
Yes, I cried when Sasha was at deaths door.
I love listening to audio books because I have little time to read. Faves are paranormal/sci-fi, with romance & inspirational thrown in.
After being an Audible subscriber for more than 2 yrs, I have lots of audio books in my library. 586 to be specific. I've listened to more than 500 and I've gotten really picky about buying a series. Well, this series is definitely a keeper. The characters are strong and the erotic scenes are not as graphic as some authors. I purchased this book and several others after purchasing book 2 on sale. I have not been disappointed.
I like both of the main characters, Sasha and Lucas. So many books have lead characters that I think are either weak or dumb but these two are neither.
I know a few people have been unhappy with the narrator but I think she does a fine job.
So, the author's premise seems to be that people (especially women) are being driven slowly mad by societal pressures to conform and pressure to ignore their innate talents. Her solution is to find the most domineering, badass, alpha male and to retain just enough sense of self to ensure constant discord for the rest of their time together. This is made more tolerable by chapter long episodes of hot sex. Really? Fast forward 10 years and 3 cubs later, and that bad boy won't be so gentle, and our heroines will be frantically searching for a domestic abuse hotline. I guess the writing was not nearly good enough to help me massively suspend my disbelief during this story.
The Dragon Mother
This book is a very interesting and complex version of opposites that attract each other. On one hand we have a Psy woman named Sascha who has been trained to have no emotional responses (think Vulcan) and on the other hand you have a man who is a leopard changeling (think shape shifter) ruled by instinct and emotions. Both have their own hidden agendas but have to work together.
Our changeling, Lucas, needs to use our Psy woman, Sascha, to help them find a psy murderer and will go to any lengths necessary to get her to help, even (oh gasp) seducing the cold fish. Sascha needs to prove she is a capable business partner in the Psy world and will do everything she can, including working with this changeling who is spouting off with sexual innuendos at every turn, to prove she is adept.
This was a great story and I enjoyed it very much. The author did a great job of drawing out our characters so you could almost feel their responses to each other. Even though this was the first book in the series, I didn’t feel bogged down with the world building and character setup. This story flowed very nicely from beginning to end and you were not left with a giant cliffhanger leading to the next book. Even without a cliffhanger, I am very interested in where we go in the next book in the series.
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Angela Dawe. Although I thought she did a good job on the voices, I felt like she was rushing through the book. There were no pauses for sensations or feelings, just reading on through. I don’t feel that it took away from the story, but would have preferred a more relaxed read.
Yes, it's written well and has a great description of the worlds the characters live in. Perfect romance - great read.
When sasha opened her mind to the possibility of a relationship with the changeling.
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