Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.
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"Breathtaking." (Gena Showalter)
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.
It's a nice follow up to the first book in the series and gives you a better handle on the world built by Singh.
This book involves changelings, which are like weres and shifters, and a race of mental-powered people called psy. So if you haven't experienced a book like this, this series is a great one to start with. However, begin with the first book - this stands along, sort of, but it's not as good that way.
Angela Dawe has a great ability to sound somewhat robotic as a human, and while that has others complaining on different novels, it's perfect for this series. She does male voices rather well too.
Faith is one of the more delicate psy you will come across and Vaughn is a rather large jaguar with a serious dominant streak. Watching these opposites play against each other was fun.
I enjoyed this book but rated it compared to the others in the series - you can definitely see Singh grow as a writer, so this novel isn't as strong as others, but it's still a great story which will lead you to the amazing book 3.
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 on sale but it hooked me enough that I bought book number one (and several others). I have not been disappointed.
The plot of the book was very similar to the first book with regards to the two main characters. There were enough differences to keep it interesting and there was a lot more information given about the psy world. I really liked the way this book fleshed out the world of the psy and the changelings. The two main characters were likable and the differences in them from the couple in the first book were intersting. The knowledge gained in what is going on in this world in general and how it works was really fascinating and the world itself is very layered. The narrator did a good job, though I wouldn't say she's one of my favorites.
Yes, I do believe if you read the book, you'll love it. Listening does not give it justice. The narrator portrays all the woman and men the same. It takes a lot of talent for a story teller to get the male and female voices straight, and this one absolutely does not. I have to backtrack to understand which woman is speaking. And all the males sound the same. I understand that the population of Psi is supposed to have absolutely no feeling but the monotone interpretation seems to run through the story. The narrator is just ok.
I wonder if the other reviews came from the Amazon website because I noticed it kept saying "good read". And this book is probably a good read but it's absolutely a boring listen.
The Dragon Mother
I am really enjoying the Psy-Changling series. I can’t help but think of the Psy as Vulcans (I know my trekkie side is showing) with their non-emotional links to everything. The case of Faith NightStar goes beyond even the regular psy treatment as she is kept isolated from other people so she can sit in a monitored chair all day and give physic predictions. During some of those sessions, Faith has a prediction of a killer. Since psy are supposed to be emotionless it doesn’t seem possible that there is a psy killer. So of course, she thinks she is going crazy and that any day now she will be taken away to the funny farm.
Not only is Faith emotionally isolated from others but physically isolated also. That is until the changeling Vaughn stumbles across her isolated (but very well guarded) compound.
Vaughn, who is kind of a loner himself, takes it as a personal challenge to break in and see what is going on. Just as he is about to break in, he sees Faith breaking out. He is drawn to touch Faith at every possible moment. For a women not used to being touched it takes all Faith’s willpower (or won’t power in this case) to keep away from Vaughn. His closeness overwhelms her senses and sends her into an emotional overload. He is convinced she will get used to it, she is convinced it will kill her.
Although I enjoyed this story overall, I think there were some HUGE leaps made in this story. For example, if I was as emotionally and physically sheltered as Faith was, I don’t think one of the first places I would reach out to touch a guy would be on his ‘manhood’. I think that would be one of the last places I would be able to handle. Think about the emotional turmoil that goes with doing something like that during a regular relationship. Just saying ….
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Angela Dawe. Once again, I felt like she was rushing through the book. Maybe she had a time slot she needed to get this book into, I don’t know. I always find myself checking to see if I accidently set my iPod on 1 ½ speed. LoL
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
When writing fantasy, Ms. Singh does a great job of creating heroines you can really root for. Some are bad ass fighters and some simply possess the kind of internal strength that lets them meet the challenges they face with dignity and resolution. Faith doesn't have to be a kick ass super star fighter to face down the scary stuff. She does it with smarts and the support of her mate.
Having listened to the second book now, the first book, "Slave to Sensation", is more enjoyable. My biggest gripe was with the concept of a group of psychics choosing to become emotionally neutered. Human consciousness is emotion with a patter of reasoning wrapped around it. Deny the emotions and of course you're going to have serious mental breakdowns.
This book provides more insight into what drove that decision and the very serious consequences it's having in the story's larger world. It's the set up that the first book didn't get to.
There's a slight bit of spoiler in the second book if you haven't read the first, but clearing up that bit of world building made a huge impact on how much more I was able to enjoy the first book.
It's like a version of The Matrix with more sex and more explanations. Brilliant.
I totally enjoyed getting more background on the Psy world.
Plus, the love story is unique and surprisingly engaging as well.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Overall good story though very similar to the first installment. Faith is a foreseer Psy as opposed to Sascha's empath nature. Foreseers are rare & very valuable to the Psy community as one might expect. She seems to specialize in predicting investments which makes her especially sought after. Vaughn, a jaguar changeling, is enamored with her from the start and she eventually relents. Vaughn & Faith's experience is very much like that of Lucas & Sascha.
Angela Dawe's narration was good.
Great Paranormal Romance
Faith - foresight is always interesting, and I liked how it humanized her.
Eh. She does an okay job, just all the characters of similar types sound alike. Vaughn kinda sounds like Lucas, Faith kinda sounds like Sasha, etc. There are no accents to speak of, which may be what Ms. Singh envisioned, but it makes for less than noteworthy narration.
This was a great follow-up to Book 1. Although the 2 main characters are similar to Book 1, I think it was a good strategy to allow further development of the psy-changeling world without getting too complicated for a second installment. I was totally sucked in and power-listened, and even downloaded Book 3 before I finished listening to this one I enjoyed it so much!
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Oh boy, oh boy. Some of the scenes sure make me wave a fan in my face to cool down. Another good one.
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