Wednesday, June 30, 2010

review: SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

Psy-Changeling #1
Penguin: Berkley Sensation
released September 5, 2006
source: bookstore
352 pages


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 co-existence, 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…


Sascha Duncan is a psy, having been trained since birth to feel no emotions whatsoever. But she has a secret - and it's becoming more and more difficult to contain the feelings that mark her as flawed.
Lucas Hunter is a changeling. Emotions and sensuality have been bred into his kind. He needs Sascha in order to break into the upper ranks of Psy society and find the killer who is preying on his kind. What he can't figure out is why she intrigues him so much. He should be turned off by her icy demeanor, yet instead he finds himself increasinly drawn to her with every passing day.
As Sascha enters Changeling society and begins to understand their ways, will she be able to let go of everything she has ever known to follow her heart?
I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! My copy has the original, very cheesy pink cover, not the lovely UK cover, and it was tough to get past that roadblock. However, many people from my online book groups have recommended the Psy-Changelings series, and I finally broke down and read it.
Pretty much the only thing I have against this book is the distinct lack of commas, but beyond that it is fantastic. Singh introduces the reader to this alternate world but doesn't overwhelm us with too many details all at once, which is a common mistake with first-in-a-series books. Written mostly from Sascha's point of view, we are also given an insider view of Changeling society from Lucas's perspective. The interplay between a supposedly frigid Psy and a sensuous leopard Changeling is simply captivating.

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