Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on February 29, 2011
A new year brings a new series readalong hosted by Anne @ Books of My Heart. I’ve already enjoyed the Psy Changeling series, but as with the series last year, I was hazy on many of the earlier books. I was eager to go back and get the beginning. To really get a fresh start, I am re-reading in audiobook version for the first time and enjoying a new to me narrator in Angela Dawe.
So, Slave to Sensation…
Sascha Duncan, a member of the Psy race, is placed in charge of her family’s business interest, a deal to build homes targeted to sell to Changeling race in the Dark River Leopard Changeling pack lands. Psy are cold and unemotional or they have their minds erased in rehab. Sascha has hidden the fact that she is a broken Psy who not only feels, but feels deeply and sometimes others’ feelings. She has hidden her issues behind the most amazing mental shields of her race and the fact that all the Psy believe her a low level psychic power and disappointment to her ambitious Cardinal power telepathic mother who is on the leadership council. Sascha has no idea why she was slated to head up this deal, but she will do her best and it also makes a great excuse to avoid a certain council member who seems suspicious of her. She knows her time is short. When her shields fail, she will be exposed and plans to die. But, what of the rascally panther who has taught her to really live and to play?
Meanwhile, a Psy serial killer is leaving a blood, broken trail of Changeling bodies and Dark River Leopard Alpha, Lucas Hunter has taken the lead in the hunt for the killer. They know they are after a Psy because the Changelings of his pack and the nearby wolf pack smell the icy metallic stench of that race on the victims’ bodies. The deal his company makes to build for the Duncans is his in. He needs to get inside the Psy hive mind called the Psy Net through one of their own to hunt down the culprit even though the Council has been blocking the investigation. But, Sascha is a surprise. He senses she is not as cold as she would have others believe and several memorable encounters lead to further surprises. In the end, they are from opposing races and lives, but there is something powerful connecting them. Can he get her to help hunt the killer who has stolen another Changeling? Can he get her to be with a Changeling?
This was a fabulous intro to the world of the Psy Changeling series set in near-future earth where humans are joined by two other races- one psychic and one shifter of many varieties in an uneasy peace. The peace is about to be broken when the Psy secrets start crumbling and also a forbidden love affair between a Changeling alpha and a Psy who is more than she seems occurs.
I loved my reunion with so many old, favorite characters and with the way the series was set up. I forgot a great deal so there was much that was fresh. I enjoyed seeing some of the early hints for what is to come and also the little details that are still important later on. Sascha and Lucas are an engaging pair, but the brilliance of the series is that all the characters are and I felt a new eagerness to keep going through all their stories.
The near-future setting is interesting with some tech, but also the way the adding of the other two races changes the course of things. The Changelings are a combo of back to nature and cutting edge tech while the Psy are all business and tech with the humans falling somewhere between. National borders are there, but the world is a smaller place.
Angela Dawe is so suited to this series and it was obvious from her opening lines. I had not listened to her work before though I’ve heard much praise. Well earned. She voiced a large and varied cast and kept many distinct voices. Her husky male voice and the playful way she had when Lucas spoke to Sascha was brilliant. I didn’t want to quick listening each time I had the audio on. Glad to have her doing the whole series.
All in all, it felt like a new book to me in many ways and I’m eager to keep going through the series.
Library Love #14
About the Book
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…
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