Friday, October 15, 2010

Visions of Heat

I enjoyed the first book in Singh's Psy-Changelings series, which is about an alternate world inhabited by humans, shapeshifters, and a race of beings called the Psy, who are gifted with powerful mental abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis.  This second novel focuses on a new main character named Faith, a Psy with the ability to forecast the future.  She is a valuable asset to her family, because her ability to foretell market changes and other financial information keeps the money flowing.  But those with Faith's particular ability also have high rates of insanity.  As the book opens, we see Faith grappling with this awareness, and wondering if small changes in her mindset are a symptom of the onset of madness.

Sneaking out of her isolated apartment where she has begun to feel like a prisoner, she braves the outside world in search of unanswered questions.  When Faith finds herself face to face with a shapeshifter named Vaughn, it seems unaccountable that she, a woman who hasn't been touched or held since she was an infant, could feel such attraction to him.  Faith's quest for answers leads her to some unpleasant truths about her own people, and she finds herself with difficult choices to make.

I continue to enjoy this series.  The characters are compelling, the world-building is intricate and fascinating, and I like the way that, while each of these books has focused on different characters, they both work to tell the larger story of a fragmented society struggling to find a more positive balance.

Books in the Psy-Changelings series:
1. Slave to Sensation
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed by Ice

4. Mine to Possess

5. Hostage to Pleasure

6. Branded by Fire

7. Blaze of Memory

8. Bonds of Justice

9. Play of Passion 


Visions of Heat (#2 in the Psy-Changelings series) by Nalini Singh (Berkley Sensation, 2007)

11 comments:

  1. I am sorry to say this is so NOT my type of book : )

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  2. that's ok Viginia Gal, this is more my type of book. I enjoyed this review. Thanks.

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  3. VA Gal - Yep, I don't think I'd recommend this one to you, not really your thing, I don't think! But don't worry, there are more coming that might suit you better. :-)

    Heather - Thanks! I'd love to hear what you think if you give this series a try. It's certainly a nice, fresh twist on things that have been done to death in other books.

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  4. I just read Slave to Sensation and loved it. But... I'm always a little sceptical about reading sequals when it's not about the original characters. It doesn't often turn out as I hoped.. Still, I'm really curious about this one, what if it adds up to my expactations. What do you think?
    :-)

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  5. Denise - I know just what you mean, and so many series are doing that these days! I just finished the second in the Immortals After Dark series, though, and I actually preferred the new character to the old one, so you never know! In this case, we get to see the other characters from the first book from a different point of view, and I enjoyed that, and I find the world really interesting, so yes, I think you'll end up enjoying this one as much as the first. Maybe you should wait a little while, though, so you won't feel as attached to the first characters!

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  6. Okay, I'll give it a try. I enjoyed the first one so much and like you, I think the world is interesting. We'll see how it all turns out :-)

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  7. Denise - I'll be interested to hear what you think. Do you read the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong? I read the first one, and the second one takes on a different character, one that I don't much like, so I've actually set it aside after getting about halfway through, because I just don't care that much what happens. I'm not sure if I'll continue or not.

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  8. I've read the first one, but haven't had the time to continue...(Too many other books!)
    And if you find it challenging to finish the book, I really don't think I'll make it through the first chapter.. I'm too lazy to read a book that doesn't appeal me ;-)
    But there is a series where I've read the first one, and I'm dying to read the second - even if it is about the first characters daughter. The Forest of Hands an Teeth..?
    :-)

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  9. Denise - Maybe you won't have the same problem with it. The main character is one of the witches you meet in the first book. I'll be interested to hear how it goes for you! I didn't know that the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth was about her daughter - not sure how I feel about that. I enjoyed the first one, and I'm planning on reading the sequel at some point, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll be looking forward on your thoughts about that as well!

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  10. I'll have to start giving those kind of books a try.. Maybe I'll be positively surprised :-)

    And I look forward to see if there will be a review about it here! ;-)

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  11. Denise - sometimes it's better to have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised. :-)

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