Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #5
Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Adult, Were-shifters
Published: September 2nd 2008 by Berkley
Plot: Ashaya Aleine was separated from her son, forced to create a neural implant that will forever enslave her psychically gifted Psy race. After fighting a desperate battle to save her child and escape the PsyNet, she’s lead not to safety, but into the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.
Review: 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!
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