In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.
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This book contains the three elements that are always the key to a good read, in my opinion;
First, dynamic characters. Though due to the nature of Kaleb and Sahara's backstories, it takes a while to get to know them well enough to be truly invested in their happily ever after. Especially Kaleb, because with his past, and his motivations shrouded in mystery, he comes across as a morally ambivalent (at best!) character for most of the book.
Second, an intricate plot. Singh introduced Sahara's abduction waaaaaay back in Visions of Heat, but the mention was so brief you would almost certainly miss it. Is it possible she has been planning this storyline for several years? She has definitely been developing the mystery around Kaleb for the last few books. And even as far as halfway through the novel I was still not quite sure what-all was going on--a nice change from so many books where everything is laid out in the first three chapters and you spend the rest of the book just waiting for the characters to figure it out.
Third, an amazingly complex, evolving world to provide backstory, conflict and infinite possibilities. Without crossing the line into providing so many details as to be overwhelming, Singh has created a futuristic world to serve as a backdrop for this series that is vibrant, fascinating and unforgettable.
AD is a fantastic narrator. She has narrated the entire series and has kept her voices and character interpretations consistent throughout. Her pacing is good, and she dramatizes dialogue without overacting, which is always appreciated!
This is a fantastic book, worthy of Singh's talent and the grand scope of this series. However, be warned; do not read this book if you are only going to be able to lend it half an ear--you really need to concentrate, because the story moves quickly and there is a lot going on in every chapter. I tried to listen while grading my students' math tests and finally had to give up and rewind because I kept missing things!
Also, this story is not a light-hearted romantic comfort read. It is quite dark in places, as both protagonists have tortured pasts which effect them on every level. This novel is also distinctly short of those cute, amusing, funny pack interactions we are so used to enjoying in many of the other Psy-Changeling books. Be warned! You'll love the story,but this is definitely not the book to start if you're in the mood for a fluffy summer romance.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
If you're not a fan of the series, this probably isn't the book to start with. It is, however, a wonderful series, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves smart paranormal romance. Nalini Singh has created a complex paranormal world, each featuring a romantic couple, but with an ongoing back story and a world of such complexity that to understand it properly one needs to follow the series in order. Start with Slave to Sensation. You won't be disappointed.
I read book related blogs and book websites often, This book has been possibly the most highly anticipated book so far this year among paranormal fans. The identity of the main characters were kept secret until the release, only adding to the suspense. The lead male character is someone Psy-changling readers have been following with interest for quite a few books now, but his motives always seemed a bit opaque. Now we find out his motives and what drove him in past actions. Nalini Singh's genius really shows here, as she ties together a story line arc that has been ongoing through the eleven previous books. She pulls the threads together in a intricate weave and she does it with a fluidity that suggests she's been planning this story for a very long time.
Now, the big question is, did it live up to the hype? For me, it most certainly did. It was not an easy read. I admit to having to rewind quite a few times to listen again to a section where I didn't quite get the gist of what was happening, but that was a small price to pay. In the end, it was a glorious read, and a huge story line arc was tied up neatly.
Angela Dawe, if I'm not mistaken, has read all of the Psy-changling series, and she is amazing. The consistent narration definitely helped the series thrive, particularly since she's one of the best narrators out there, and I can't imagine anyone doing it better. She's a true professional, and it shows.
Nalini Singh is a master at bringing two people together in the most darkly, beautiful ways. With this book, the story is so far removed from the entire world. So isolated. You don't see, or hear, much of anyone else. It's just him and her while the whole world is falling down around them. The setting beautifully emulates their feelings toward each other. The simplicity made the perfect setting. It's so beautiful; I never felt like anything more was needed. I won't spoil anything for anyone. If you're even a teensy bit of a Psy/Changeling fan - this is a must read.
I just love this book so much. It's a masterpiece. The darkest love story I have come across and it's just perfect. Truly amazing!
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
This is the best of the series. I had originally had planned to wait and use my credits to get this book (the book came out the 4th and my credits on the 6th), that plan lasted until the morning of the book release and I was like "I can't wait." It was the best decision of my life. I couldn't stop listening!! It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
although in this book Nalini does go from one character's point of view to another's with no time to adjust that you are seeing the world through another's eyes.Other than that small draw back this book was divine! And I have every intention on re-reading this book time and time again. In fact I'm on my second go-a-round and it gets better with every listen.
I'm not going to tell any of the potential listeners what the book is about (that frustrated me that I didn't know what the book was about, but it made the book that much more enjoyable for me), so all I can say is get the book and you will know why I can't say ANYTHING about the book in this review. It is just that good.
This is one book you won't be disappointed in reading!
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.
So we've hit number 12 and boy, it's a doozy. You've been waiting since book 2 or 3 to see all of this go down and it'd finally getting started in a big way. I don't even want to write much because anything can spoil it so let's just say this is another exciting read from Nalini Singh and if you've made it all the way to this book, read it now!
I have been committed to this series, and I feel like this book was my reward. The planning that went in to this series is astounding and so many things come together in this book. Some of her pairings don't work so well (I had a particularly hard time getting through both Max's and Dev's books - cooincidentally two pairings which did not include much Changeling activity) and this book doesn't capture the Changeling perspective but was not lacking for it at all.
to all fans of the series: this is what you have been waiting for!
I didn't see how these two could get together. But it ended up being one of the best and deepest books of the series.
Story holds together well. Can't wait to see w happens at comes next. I'm very vested in this series.
The narrator works for this series given non emotional nature of the charaters. Bought a different book with same narrator and it was too painful.
Of course, I love the series and the author.
When Sahara and Kaleb discussed that fateful night, I won't mention it in detail to prevent any spoilers.
Both, and throw n some surprise, anger and outrage to the mix.
With all the mentions of Kaleb in the previous books, I knew Ms. Singh was going to write a phenomenal story for Kaleb. I was not disappointed, this story was so intense and Sahara and Kaleb are truly two sides of the same beautiful coin. Another well done job, and I cannot wait until the story continues in 2014.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I've listened to all of the Psy-Books and I've loved them all. I've been waiting for this story from the beginning and I loved hearing the story. I don't want to give away any spoliers but if your like me and have followed the previous stories then your going to be very pleased with this book. I think if you are unfamiliar with this series that you need to start from book 1 because this book is not a stand alone book. Allot of questions are answered in this book but it also leaves more room for many more great books for this series. This is a creditworthy purchase as are all the books in this series. In my opinion this is one of the best paranormal series out there.
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