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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series but two dimensional characters, 13 July 2012
This review is from: Bonds of Justice: The Psy-Changeling Series (Psy-Challenging Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
It has taken me a week to read through the first nine books in the psy-changeling series and while I am enthralled by Nalini Singh's intriguing world I am continually frustrated by her utter lack of ability at characterisation. Every single story is the same romantic entanglement between an abused, fragile-looking woman with 'a spine of pure steel' and an 'over- protective, dominant', but somehow flawed male. It's gotten to the point where I can't tell the characters apart. Lucas, Judd, Vaughan and Dorian are practically the same, never mind the characters of Tallin, Ashaya and Katya and the stories of Sasha and Faith are so similar it's almost as if she shouldn't have bothered with the second book. It is a struggle to identify the back stories of the distinct characters when they all interact. Despite this immense irritation of mine, the world she has created is undeniably fascinating and, although the sex scenes and the development of the relationship between the main male and female characters is utterly predictable (she is abused/damaged in some way and craving touch and he is also damaged in some way and overly protective and utterly dominant) the need to know what is happening certainly overrules the desire to stop reading out of utter frustration with the predictability of it all. I suggest Ms Singh takes a leaf out of the books of Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong, who are experts at building fascinating worlds with an intriguing set of different characters without letting plot suffer along the way, because - while she is excellent at building tension through her plots - her characters are so two dimensional it makes you wonder whether you are going to have to wade through the same tired sex scenes and relationship development to find out what the Council / Changeling packs / Shine Foundation is doing next. Despite all of this I have to admit to genuinely enjoying the series, I think the world she's built is immensely interesting and her books are getting better and more intriguing each time. But please, Nalini, do something about the characters, because this series could be so much more than the same repeated love story it is each and every time.
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