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Hostage to Pleasure

Hostage to Pleasure

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe


Hostage to Pleasure

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (28 Bewertungen)
Länge:
12 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Aug 9, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671970
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy-cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.



DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules.
Herausgeber:
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Aug 9, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671970
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Über den Autor

NALINI SINGH New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nalini Singh loves writing paranormal romances. Currently working on two ongoing series, she also has a passion for travel and has been to places as far afield as Tahiti, Japan, Ireland and Scotland. She makes her home in beautiful New Zealand. To find out more about Nalini’s books, please visit her website, www.nalinisingh.com.

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  • (3/5)
    Nalini Singh has got to count as a guilty pleasure. Her books look like romance or erotica, and are fileld with sexual tension - and a few saucier scenes, but they also have a genuinely interesting plot running alongside it, and are set in a futuristic paranormal world with an original twist. It's not werewolves vs vampires or angels vs demons, it's psys vs sheshifters. Psys are cold and emotionless, bred to do, not to feel. Any that experience emotion are considered flawed and must be brain-clensed. Shifters are the opposite - visceral, filled with emotion and touch and courage and strength. The series face on two packs - the wolves and the panthers, the books can be read in any order (this is the fifth, and I've only previously read the first) although I suspect there is a longer, coherant thread flowing through them. And the best thing? Shifters form long-term monogamous partnerships and will defend their mate to the death. Which is so much sexier than certain vampire hunters who will sleep with anything that looks at her the right way. Each book deals with a different member of one of the packs, usually finding his (or her) "true mate".
  • (5/5)
    This is my absolute favorite so far! Well, second best, because I hunk it would take a miracle to debunk Judd and Brenna. That said, I was so freaking immersed in this book and I loved every second of it: from the spiciness of the relationship between Dorian and Shaya to that beautiful epilogue. Loving every second of this series!

  • (4/5)
    The more I read this series the more I like it. I always like Dorian so it was great to see him with a happy ending. It was also good to see Ashaya get a happy ending after what she did for the kids in the last book.
  • (4/5)
    The Psy-Changeling series seemed to have really picked up pace since the first two books. I went into this book highly excited after the pace of the last one, however, I had reservations about the female Psy character. All of the previous ones we’ve had have really failed to give us a real energy kick in their story. I enjoyed the fact that she had become a mysterious character in the last book and bringing her to centre stage allowed the connection to cement and really engage the reader (me) in the storyline! The main characters. Ashaya. She wasn’t the typical Psy we’ve met previously because she was more deeply embedded into the danger and action. She wasn’t a push over and certainly held a strong, imposing mother-figure that we’ve lacked in any of the previous characters. She wasn’t the super ability Psy who could do everything, but she worked on an intellectual level that was highly advanced and engaging. I always like the intellectual female protagonist of the story and she was undoubtedly. Dorian. Sympathy for Dorian has been a major focus since his sister was taken and his inability to shift into Leopard form have hurt him deeply. Dorian has been on the edge of falling into an abyss he won’t return from and there is an edge of predictability that he will fall for his ‘enemy’ and bring him back. We have the danger, edge, seduction and wildness of the male lead that entices us into the storyline and his witty, sexy and a character you can’t help but fall in love with. Things I loved: ■The characters. ■The little excerpts from Ashaya’s diary, Dorian, or letters of mysterious groups that added to the mystery and anticipation in this book. ■The danger of this novel was more prominent so the anticipation really built up. ■The interlinking of characters and new plots where we see more of the three races: human, psy and changeling. ■The secondary characters are incredibly developed in this story, especially over the series they have become more prominent and taken a seat at the back to remind you of their duty. There on-going subplots adds to the style and quality of the story and this is much better, the more you read into the series! Things that annoyed me: ■The mystery became too confusing at times to be able to follow and it left me feeling like I could put the book down and abandon it at times. ■The predictability of the happy ever after that comes about in many paranormal-romances. ■The cover and the title. The cover and the title didn’t really fit with the story because Ashaya wasn’t really a hostage because that implies she’s been taken, when she stumbled upon the DarkRiver clan. The cover felt unnecessary compared to the other brooding, darker covers we’ve seen previously. It also made it embarrassing to have in public if people saw the cover. The other books do all have similar titles of sexual meanings, but this one felt too explicit and raunchy to really make me feel comfortable taking this book out in public. Overall this book has a good mixture of everything, from romance to sex, teary-moments and action. The darkness is really starting to creep into the series and as ever the intermingled perspectives really built up the story. I’d recommend this book to anybody who enjoys paranormal romance, especially the wild animal instincts and futuristic settings, but I suggest buying/borrowing the book with the other cover because it’s much more conservative!
  • (4/5)
    I'm really enjoying the Psy/Changeling world that Singh has created. However her latest entry, Hostage To Pleasure, lacked some of the "umph" that I've come to expect from this series.HTP does an excellent job of giving us more insight into the workings of the PSY/Changeling world, but in doing so the author sacrificed some of the character development that actually drives a series for me. I couldn't help feeling this one fell more on the side of Urban Fantasy rather than a Paranormal Romance because of all the threads the author had to tie together in her world building- although it certainly is not Urban Fantasy in it's purist form.In HTP we get Dorian's story- the one Changeling from the DarkRiver pack who is unable "change". He's been with us from the beginning of the series and suffered a great tragedy in the loss of his beloved sister to a psychopathic Psy who brutally kidnapped and murdered her. These two aspects keeps him separate yet part of the pack- because he needs them to keep him sane. (A top notch sniper/ sentinel, he continues to protect the pack above and beyond to compensate for the fact he can't transform into the leopard who resides inside him who is also so overcome with bitterness over his sister's death, it's eating away at him.)Enter Ashaya. A beautiful bronzed skinned Psy who secretly defied the evil Psy Council to help rescue children in captivity connected to Dorian's pack. Ashaya's been under the thumb of the Psy all her life- but she's hidden her true self from them. When it became clear that the Psy Council will use any means necessary to keep her working on a secret project that would destroy anyone exhibiting emotion- including using her son as leverage- she decides to get out. She calls in her marker with DarkRiver pack and fakes her own death to escape. And it works. Until she decides to expose the Psy's plans to the world for the good of the people and thereby exposes herself to those who want what she knows- no matter what the cost.Dorian's appalled. He's assigned to protect this cold Psy who's motives are muddied at best- but she's of the race of the man who destroyed his sister. How can he do his job when everything in him screams for him to avenge his sister's murder? Of course there's another problem- he's helplessly attracted to her.And Shaya is not what she seems. She's an ice maiden for a reason. When Dorian discovers why, he's even more determined to protect her and her son- despite what he feels.In the meantime, not only are the Psy making plans to eliminate her, but other factions as well. And as the Silence (the total suppression of emotions) crumbles around the Psy, they become even more desperate to end Shaya's life. For what she knows will be the key to their undoing.Although I did enjoy HTP, I was a bit disappointed in the love connection in this novel. Oh I liked both Shaya and Dorian tremendously- I just felt like their story took too much of a backseat to all the explaining that had to be done to make Singh's world fit.So, in the end, it gets a 3.5 from me. Not bad- but not my favorite.
  • (4/5)
    Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth full-length novel in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. It pairs latent leopard shifter, Dorian, with Ashaya, a Psy scientist with a major ax to grind with the Psy Council. When she escapes from captivity, where she was being held by the Council against her will and forced to work on dangerous experiments that could mean the end of any autonomy for the Psy, she winds up in DarkRiver territory. Since the leopards were already caring for her son who they’d rescued from the Psy, she is also placed under their protection with Dorian as her main bodyguard. As the two get to know one another, Dorian realizes Ashaya is his mate and she’s very attracted to him, too. But she’s keeping some pretty big secrets, which if revealed, could make Dorian hate her. Overall, I enjoyed this installment, mainly for the progression of the series story arc, which is inching closer and closer to a full dismantling of Silence and of Psy control over much of business and politics, although it’s looking like a war may need to be fought to make all of this happen. However, where I felt the story faltered a bit was in the romantic relationship building. So Hostage to Pleasure ended up being a good read, but not one of my favorites in the series so far.The Psy Council has been holding Ashaya’s son, Keenan, hostage in order to get her to cooperate with them. She’s an M-Psy (which is their medical designation) and one of only a couple of scientists who have the ability to see DNA at the molecular level. As such, she’s very valuable to the Council, who is forcing her to work on Protocol I, an implant that would take away individuality and turn all Psy into a true hive mind. Ashaya has been projecting the veneer of Silence to the outside world for years. But in reality her conditioning broke in her teens due to a traumatic experience, and she hasn’t been able to maintain Silence ever since. She doesn’t want Protocol I to go into effect, and the only way to prevent it is for her to disappear, something that isn’t so easily accomplished. In the previous book, Mine to Possess, she helped two of her child subjects escape the lab, and in return, she asked for a favor, which she calls in at the beginning of this book, requesting that DarkRiver rescue Keenan. Once she’s fairly certain her son is out of harm’s way, she then fakes her own death, and with assistance from the rebels, she escapes. DarkRiver then offers their protection and helps her get her message out. Ashaya had briefly met Dorian when he nearly killed her during the previous operation to rescue the kids. Although she wasn’t really able to see him, she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him since, and meeting him face-to-face is a visceral experience that makes her long for something deeper. However, Ashaya has an identical twin sister, and she’s harboring a whole lot of secrets that revolve around her sibling that could threaten her newfound relationship with Dorian. In spite of her sister Amara’s misdeeds, Ashaya loves her anyway, and although she fears that things may not end well for her sibling, she tries to do everything in her power to save Amara. She also harbors a deep love for Keenan and would do anything to see him kept safe. I love super-smart characters, and Ashaya is definitely that. I liked her very much and think that she makes a wonderful addition to the DarkRiver pack and that her scientific mind may be of great use to them in their future conflict with the Psy Council.Dorian is a latent Changeling, meaning that, while the leopard still lives inside him, a genetic anomaly makes it impossible for him to shift into animal form. He hasn’t let that hold him back, though. In fact, he pushes himself to be the best he possibly can be at everything he tries. He realized his dream of becoming a DarkRiver Sentinel and is very serious about protecting his pack and their interests. However, he harbors a great deal of guilt over not being able to protect his own younger sister from being kidnapped and brutally murdered by a Psy serial killer, an event that occurred in the very first book, Slave to Sensation. As a result, he’s vowed revenge against the Psy, and while he’s made exceptions for a handful of Psy rebels who’ve either joined their pack or the SnowDancer wolf pack, he largely still hates the race as a whole. When he’s tasked with keeping Ashaya safe, he isn’t entirely sure what to think of her at first. On the surface, she seems cold and unfeeling, but then he gradually gets glimpses into a softer side that appeals to him. Not to mention, he’s very physically attracted to her. As he battles between his head and his heart, he slowly comes to accept that the leopard has chosen her as his mate, but he struggles a bit with looking the other way when she finally reveals all her secrets to him. Dorian is a character who has intrigued me from the beginning, perhaps because of his inability to shift. However, it’s doesn’t end up being quite as much of a vulnerability for him as I thought it might be. Ashaya mentions several times that she can sense his hurt over it, but I was having trouble sensing that myself, maybe because I felt like it was being more told than shown. Otherwise, he’s a pretty good hero, though not one of my favorites. I think this is because he was a bit too pushy for my taste. All the guys in this series are alphas with assertive tendencies, but whether I like them in spite of it depends on the circumstances and how they come off as I’m reading. In this case, Dorian’s overbearing nature didn’t quite resonate with me in the way some of the others have.As is typical for this series, Hostage to Pleasure is chock full of supporting characters, many of whom have their own stories. DarkRiver alpha, Lucas, and his mate, Sascha, (Slave to Sensation) head things up. Vaughn (Visions of Heat) is there to provide protection, and his mate, Faith, makes some dire predictions. Clay and Tally (Mine to Posses) help out a lot, too, and Judd (Caressed by Ice) assists with the rescue of Keenan. Nate and Tamsyn (“Beat of Temptation” from Wild Invitation) offer protection and healing respectively. Mercy is the only female DarkRiver sentinel but she’s every bit as protective as the males. She becomes the heroine of the next full-length book, Branded by Fire. SnowDancer wolf, Drew (Play of Passion) shows up in one scene. Kaleb (Heart of Obsidian) is still the enigmatic Psy Councilor who I think is much more than meets the eye. Many other series characters are mentioned in the background, and Faith’s father, Anthony Kyriakus, ends up being a valuable ally. Then, of course, there’s young Keenan who is a sweet child and also very smart for a little one of only four and a half. I thought it was cute that he wants to marry Noor, and it made me wonder if someday, Nalini Singh might write a next-gen series for the kids.IMHO, the main strength of Hostage to Pleasure is in its plot additions to the overall series story arc. A lot happens in this installment that I’m sure will have repercussions throughout the rest of the series. There are many factions rising up, including a new Psy faction and a human faction that’s tired of living under Psy rule, all of which could be future threats. For these reasons alone, this is a must-read book. However, I just wasn’t as engaged in the romance between Ashaya and Dorian as I wanted to be in spite of generally liking them both as characters. I think where things broke down for me in this respect was that neither Ashaya nor Dorian really trust each other when they first meet, and yet they slowly begin to reveal their respective pasts. This is a good thing and typical for a romance, but at the same time, I simply couldn’t identify exactly how or when they came to trust one another enough to make such confessions. Also, their lustiness is very readily apparent, but the actual romance is a bit harder to define, as is the how or why of them falling in love. I just didn’t feel the deep emotional connection between them that I wanted to. All that said, though, it was still a good read. The next novella in the series is also about Dorian and I look forward to discovering if it might add new insights to his character.
  • (2/5)
    I didn't care for this one as much. The romance couple is a female Psy and a leopard changeling. Her son has been a hostage of one of the Psy council as she works on a project to bring about the Psy to have one hive mind. She was previously introduced when she helped free some of the Shine project kids in a previous book and covered up the fact that they were rescued and were not killed in the attack on the base. Maybe I read too many of these in a row but this one wasn't much on the overall plot that I read the books for and not the romance factor.
  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This doesn't have any true spoilers, but I do allude to a few things.

    Hostage to Pleasure was pretty good, though I had a couple of issues with it. Dorian is a DarkRiver Sentinel who does not have the ability to shift into his leopard form. He hates all Psy because a sociopath Psy murdered his sister and he feels a lot of guilt and rage. Ashaya is a Council scientist in charge of developing an implant that will make the PsyNet a hive mind. Ashaya is slowly breaking down from Silence and needs help to free her son. He's been kidnapped by the Council to make sure she cooperates.

    Dorian and Ashaya met at the end of Mine to Possess and haven't been able to stop thinking of each other in the three months that have past. I really liked Dorian and Ashaya; they were perfect together and I thought their romance was sweet, in spite of the many issues they had to work around. Ashaya was the first female that I felt empathy for in the series so far. I liked the other women (except for Tally; I couldn't stand her), but she seemed more real to me. I think it's because of she was never really conditioned in the first place. Dorian was a great male without being overbearing. As much as he doesn't seem to want it, he loves fiercely and will do anything to protect what belongs to him. I did like the fact that the author introduced a new threat to the Changelings, keeping the storyline fresh and intriguing.

    One of my issues was the surprising lack of passion between them. I just couldn't see or feel it. As I mentioned, it was sweet, but I was expecting more. Singh tends to get a little repetitious, which is probably my biggest pet peeve. I did find it a little distracting, but she eased off of it as the story progressed. My last issue was the ending. Without giving anything away, I didn't think it was necessary. I understood the need and desire for this to happen, but it seemed a little convenient and a little false. I would have been OK if it never happened or if it happened a few years later. Overall, it was an entertaining read and a good addition to this series.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Another instalment I couldn't put down. This instalment seemed to have action all the way through and I loved the way Dorian and Ashaya's story moved the series arc forward. And the world this series is set in, I find it so intriguing with the amalgam of human, Psy and changeling and I felt like we got to see more of it in this book. We are finally starting to see something of the humans in this world in this boo and it will be interesting to see where that storyline progresses to overall I loved every bit of it and had to give it 5 stars!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    This was an extremely well written relationship book. The two characters were both interesting and well developed. It certainly wasn't steamy by any means, but you felt their love develop and it felt real. The plot regarding her twin was also very interesting and suspenseful.
  • (4/5)
    Hostage to Pleasure
    4 Stars

    Synopsis
    Forced to work for the Psy Council's implant program, Ashaya Aleine will do anything to rescue her son - even die... After a daring escape, Ashaya finds that she is still far from safety as the Changeling assigned to protect her is Dorian Christensen, the deadly sniper who hates all Psy with a vengeance.

    Review
    A vast improvement on Mine to Possess but still lacking the perfection of Caressed by Ice.

    Dorian and Ashaya are likeable as individuals and as a couple. Their romance is sweet and passionate but their chemistry is a little off and the sparks never really fly.

    Ashaya is an wonderful heroine - courageous and single-minded. Seeing her facade of Silence crumble with Keenan and Dorian is one of the best aspects of her personality. Some readers may find her cold at times but her intense love for Keenan (I saw the twist in her relationship with Keenan coming a mile away Amara is his biological mother) and her need to keep him safe from the beginning negates this. Dorian is fierce, loyal and protective but his anger issues come to the fore often and seem unresolved at the end.

    Amara and Ashaya's twin connection is interesting and the correlation with the NetMind/DarkMind dichotomy is very cleverly done. Amara is one of the most compelling villains in the series so far. She is truly diabolical and to be honest, I never completely understood Ashaya's need to protect her and the way in which her storyline is resolved is ambiguous.

    The overall story arc needs further development and seems to be stagnating. The appearance of new factions is interesting but none is fleshed out sufficiently and the various agendas of the Human Alliance, the Pure Psy and the Rebel Psy remain unexplained.

    The writing is good and the snippets at the beginning of each chapter add another dimension to Ashaya's characterization but their connection to the contents of the chapter are superficial at best.

    Overall, an OK addition to the series and I will be continuing on to Mercy and Riley's book. It should be interesting to see the fur fly.
  • (4/5)
    Love, Love, Loved this one! It has it all. The tension in this book is palpable and engrossing. I read and enjoyed Dorian as a side character throughout the series. Not that pretty boys are my style... and he shouldn't talk in bed... but the depth of character beneath the facade made me eager to know more. Ashaya is a darker Psy and wonderfully written. Great installment in the series! ( I am re-reading the series in anticipation of the next release in June of 2013. I am not much for re-reading as there are so many good books out there to be read, that I hate to spend time rehashing old reads. That really speaks to how wonderful this series is.)
  • (3/5)
    I've been waiting for Dorian's story but I have to say that Hostage to Pleasure was a little disappointing. Sure it has a hot alpha and a head strong heroine. But really this series as very predictable formula like so many PNR books do.

    I'm just not feeling this series at the moment. It's not the writing I just this it's my mood. I think I just need to take a break from it. And come back to see if it can get my attention again when my reading mood has changed.

    But in any case Dorian was hot and his Psy woman was like the others, cold until he melted her panties. Meh. I don't have anything else to say about the book. But I think I enjoy the wolves in this series more than the cats.
  • (4/5)
    ironically, I felt the most for Amara. a definite product of her society. she knows she's wrong inside but can't do anything about it. and having the darkmind influence pathways in her mind…
    I find myself sometimes getting distracted by the spellings of names in these books. they're close to something sort of familiar, but different enough that they occasionally jar me out of the story.
  • (4/5)
    Ashaya Aleine, has been separated from her son, and as a Psy, she is emotionless atleast to the Psy, but she has a great love for her son. So now because of that, she is forced to create something for the Psy that mean enslavement for her people. Then she manages to contact DarkRiver and they manage to get her son out and safe and integrated into their web. Now Ashaya has managed to hide herself from the other Psy, except for her twin sister, where Ashaya is met up with Dorian Christensen, a sentinel for DarkRiver. Dorian, a sentinel for DarkRiver, is out for revenge for the Psy, after his sister is brutally killed. But then he meets with Ashaya and knows that she is very different from the other, and there is a heated desire that is firing up between them that he can't deny, and realizes that she is his mate. Ashaya is overwhelmed with all the emotions that she is starting to feel, especially for Dorian whom at first she viewed as a enemy, but now is the one man that she knows she can't resist and doesn't want to let go of, but there is a danger that is rising that will put them all in danger.Hostage To Pleasure is the sixth installment to the Psy-Changeling Series. I have just loved reading this series, I have always loved shifter series, but this one is one of my favorites to read. I found Hostage to Pleasure to be a sensational read, with such delightful characters. Ashaya, is a twin, but her sister is in a way demented, but has not much Psy power, but Ashaya is the only one out of the two that has broken "Silence". Even though her sister is her son's biological mother, Ashaya is his mother in every true way that matters. Ashaya is willing to do everything she can to protect her son, no matter the cost. Dorian, even though he is bitter at the beginning toward Ashaya, his manner toward Ashaya we see soften, where he starts the process of healing. Dorian even though he is part of DarkRiver, he has never been able to fully shift into animal form, he is one of the strongest of DarkRiver. As I was reading this one, I found myself taken on a ride of sizzling passion, alluring characters with a witty exchange, and a plot that will have you grabbing the hold of your seat to hold onto this mesmerizing installment to the Psy-Changeling series, that will leave you eager for the next installment in the series!
  • (4/5)
    Ashaya Aleine has escaped from the Psy, she's trying to keep her sanity, keep her child safe, keep the Psy from imposing a device that will make most of the Psy into slaves. Dorian Christensen is a DarkRiver sniper and lost his sister to a Psy psychopathic killer, he hates psy and cannot see a future for himself anywhere near a psy, but plans have ways of changing when (authors) and romance get in the way.It's pretty predictable, I wish there was more about the background and why people sleepwalked into this control and vulcanlike supression. It's pretty close to bending my suspension of disbelief beyond my usually flexible tolerance, it just doesn't feel real enough for me.The story is entertaining enough and I'm curious to know what's going to happen, but I don't really care about the romances, it's pretty clear where they're going during the story.
  • (5/5)
    I have had a soft stop for Dorian for sometime. The loss of his sister effected him so badly that I wanted him to find someone who could love him and pull him back from the darkness that was eating him alive. I should have known that he would in up with a Psy and not just any Psy but an M-Psy that specializes in genetics. To think that she, Ashaya, might be able to free Dorian's leopard intrigued me throughout the story. The additional developments to the destruction of the Silence were also exciting and distrubing at once. With more and more sociopathic crazies getting loose you have to wonder how the Changelings and the Human are ever going to handle the problem on their own. There is also the Council that someone needs to lock up and experiment on like all their victims. I continue to wonder what will happen to all of them. None died in this book but that doesn't mean someone isn't looking to put a stop to their unacceptable behavior. I love this series and I am not looking forward to getting to the last book that has been released. To many unanswered questions and so many stories yet to be told.
  • (3/5)
    Ashaya was introduced in a previous book and I found her very intersting. I liked Clay in the previous books too. So what went wrong? This had all the elements for a good story. But I couldn't connect with the characters. He hates her but wants her, read that before. Also a lot of time was dedicated to ploting what the Council was doing and I felt that took time away from the couples love story. Still it was well written.
  • (5/5)
    Hostage to Pleasure - nalini SinghParanormal Romance; Psy/Changeling, Book 5; 9/10Nalini Singh continues to develop the characters and world of her Psy/Changeling series. This time the book focuses around Psy Ashaya Aleine and Changeling Dorian (can't remember his last name). When we first met Ashaya in the previous book, I didn't think I was going to like her. She seemed cold and harsh and I couldn't see how Singh was going to turn her into a sympathetic character for her own book. Of course, I should have had more faith. Ashaya turns out to be a fascinating character, one way on the outside and another completely on the inside. She needs to learn to integrate the two and slowly does so over the course of the book. What is different about Ashaya is that she has chosen Silence (or an approximation of it) for herself and Dorian has quite a job to convince her the alternative is an option for her. As for Dorian, the Changeling who cannot change, I loved him the first time I met him, way back in Slave to Sensation and I love him just as much here. He's carrying a lot of rage and guilt and to find himself attracted to a Psy just exacerbates both, meaning he too has a significant journey to make before he can find a happy ending. Singh does her usual wonderful job of blending world-building, outside plot, character development and relationship development without going to extremes in any particular direction. I also loved the ending of the book. She had a choice to make on whether or not to allow Dorian, latent since birth, to gain the ability to change shape. To have him learn to shift would really have been too pat considering he'd been latent all his life, but while making him stay latent would probably be more realistic, it would also be desperately sad for Dorian (and for me the reader, who wanted him to learn to shift, but didn't want it to feel like Singh was tying up the resolution with a pretty ribbon for the sake of it). Again, I should have trusted more. Singh finds an alternative solution that works perfectly. Now I'm hanging out for her next books - Angel's Blood, which is the start of a new series that sounds like it has an equally unique spin on the world-building, and Branded by Fire the next Psy/Changeling book, both due out next year. (Although I do have to say that the think the titles to the Psy/Changeling series are pretty awful.)
  • (4/5)
    Ahh...I love this series. It's such a nice blend of SF/dark fantasy and romance. I have to agree with many of the reviews that say the romance is a bit weaker here, but overall the story is really good. I like that there's not a lot of black and white in this world. I can't wait to see where this series goes next. The over-arching plot is almost more exciting than the romance, which honestly, works just fine. If you haven't read this series, you definitely should. Just don't start with this book as I really think a person needs to start at the beginning to really appreciate it all.
  • (5/5)
    I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series – some more than others. I gotta say that so far this one is my favourite. It is REALLY good!So – what makes it so good you ask? Well first off the hero Dorian is great. Although a sentinel in the Cat Clan, he has never been able to ‘change’. Although this is hard for him to accept, he has and in doing so, has made himself better in all other areas. He is still reeling from the loss of his beloved sister and is horrified that he is strongly attracted to a Psy – and not only a Psy – but one who has been a member of the hated Council. At first he is almost cruel to Ashaya after he saves her and is made her guardian, but Ms. Singh writes his character so well, that we don’t really blame him for his treatment of her. He still manages to be charming with her at times. He makes for a wonderful wounded hero who is really thrown for a loop. But once he accepts his feeling for her, he is all alpha protective of both her and her son.Secondly Ashaya is a great heroine. She never really fell victim to The Silence – something that all Psy’s are forced to partake of in their youth. She is a very complicated character and Ms. Singh unveils all her fascinating layers slowly until we see the vulnerable, strong rebel underneath – the woman who has had to hide her basic nature all her life. She is very loyal to those she loves including her psychotic and truly frightening twin sister.The suspense with it’s twists and turns in this book build upon themselves and it got to the point where I could hardly bare to put it down as Ashaya is torn between her growing and passionate love for Dorian and her loyalty to her sister, twisted and broken as her sister is. As we progress in this series, we see that there is so much going on in this fascinating world that Nalini Singh has created.