Published by Berkley on September 5, 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Also by this author: Archangel's Prophecy, Allegiance of Honor, Visions of Heat, Caressed By Ice, Kiss of Snow, Play of Passion, Branded by Fire, Hostage to Pleasure
THE FIRST PSY/CHANGELING NOVEL from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian...The book that Christine Feehan called "a must-read for all of my fans."
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation"--the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion--and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities--or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation...
Never say that re-reading a book isn’t beneficial because in my re-reading of Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh, after reading the Psy-Changelings prequels, I somewhat looked at its story a little differently. Not differently bad but differently as in more critical.
When I first read Slave to Sensation I didn’t know what to expect, let alone what the world that Nalini Singh created would entail. Singh’s Guild Hunter series, since that’s the series I started Singh’s writing with, could not have prepared me for the complexities and addiction that her Psy-Changelings series would become.
The first time around it took me a few chapters to finally grasp, somewhat, the ins and outs of the Psy world. The Changelings world was easier to comprehend because its paranormal elements were very familiar to me. This time around I found myself diving deeper past the first layer I was able to previously peel back. I was able to gain a better insight into why it was so dangerous for Sascha to feel emotions, when at first try the conflict I focused on was learning the intricacies of the Psy Council. Even better I saw some new sides to the Changeling world.
Understanding the basics of the Dark Rivers’ plight and constant struggle against the Psy Council was made so much easier with having both prequels under my belt. In a lot of ways the Psy are harmful to all they encounter and because they have closed themselves off from feeling emotions, both good and bad, they have opened themselves to fall victim to becoming the worst possible being. So since they no longer “feel” they no longer care and their apathy is harmful to everyone and everything they cross paths with. But it’s in light of this harsh truth that the forbidden romance between Sascha and Lucas becomes that much more potent.
The battle of wills between Sascha and Lucas was full of so much angst and steam that at times I found myself taking breaks because of its intensity. These two were so compatible that with every interaction between them the fact that they were mates kept flashing in bright lights. The only complaint I have, which I think I was blinded to during the first read, was that when the battle was over and both came out the victor there wasn’t much of a transition period. In actuality it was more of Sascha was injured, she looked up and Lucas had claimed her. I knew their mating was inevitable and the situations surrounding Sascha’s injury fell along the same lines but I wished for more one-on-one interaction between them before the actual claiming and acceptance.
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh simply blew me away and did and amazing job of setting the stage for the books and stories to follow.