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Just okay but it is the first in a series
on 3 December 2010
I am very late in coming to the Nalini Singh books, but they keep coming up on my Amazon recommends list so I have finally given them a try.
I found the world that she has created for this series fascinating. I love the contrast between the Psy and the Changelings and I was interested to find out more about how they interact. It was a very good premise to have a Psy character who has been hiding her imperfections from the rest of her race for some time. The Psy are well-written. Their coldness and lack of emotion really comes off the page when you are reading. Similarly the warmth and family orientated attitude of the Changelings is clear to the reader. Lucas is the perfect domineering male shape-shifter character and Sascha is well-written as a cold Psy who secretly feels emotion.
Where the book falls down is the large amount of "glossing over" that Ms Singh is keen on. Lucas and Sascha's relationship happens before your eyes but has little or no explanation throughout. At the end, I had no real idea what sort of relationship they were having. The contrast between Lucas' world and what Sascha is used to is touched upon but not expanded in any detail. We have no clue as to how the sudden change affects her. There is some heat between the characters but nothing to get excited about. I was interested in them but I wasn't really willing them to get together which is surely the point of the book?
In short, I think that this is okay for the beginning of a series and an interesting world has been created. However, I would expect a great deal more from any future books in the series. There particularly needs to be a lot more detail in the relationships between all the characters. This was far too brief in that regard. If you are used to the way other writers in this genre write their characters' relationships and emotions (Kresley Cole, JRWard, Gena Showalter for eg) then you will find this sadly lacking in detail. A good start but serious room for improvement.
NB/ Kindle buyers- this Kindle version does not have any major problems with formatting or typos etc :)