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)