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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Amazing read, but be warned...
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.
- C. Mendez