"Singh\'s fresh take on the world of paranormal is as gripping as ever"
Nalini Singh's fresh take on the world of paranormal is as
gripping as ever,
with strong action and a cast of interesting characters.
Visions of Heat
continues somewhat the original plot of the first book,
Slave to Sensation. The
Psy are a race known for their cold aloof facades and the
deadly minds they
cloak beneath. Thanks to a rigid race determined to
conceal their slightest
imperfections, killers are born, and it's up to the
changelings once again to
protect not only their own but the Psy as well.
Faith Nightstar is the embodiement of a sheltered Psy. As
an F-Psy able to
predict the future, her talents are coveted by her family.
Cocooned against the
outside world, she's tucked away in her own compound,
where she can predict safe
things, things that make the PsyClan Nightstar very
wealthy. When dark,
disturbing visions begin to plague her at any given time,
and a particular
murder cuts too close to home, she knows she cannot ignore
them...no matter how
fragile her mind might be.
Drawn to the enigmatic and unusual Psy, Changeling Vaughn
D'Angelo uses his
abilities as a jaguar to encroach on Faith's territory. He
must tread carefully,
for too much contact with the delicate Psy could send her
senses into overload.
He's determined to make her feel though and it's going to
be on his terms. He
sees strength in Faith and that's what he plans to draw
forth in her, till she
can handle exactly what he wants to give her. When visions
of the killer cut too
close to home, and the Psy come for her too, Vaughn will
be there to catch Faith
and dispense the remorseless justice changelings are known
so well for.
Vaughn's story was one I greatly looked forward to and
came out pretty pleased
with. An aloof character in the first book, it was
interesting to read exactly
what made up this single jaguar member of the DarkRiver
leopards. As a sentinel
for his adoptive clan, he's fierce, loyal and dangerously
cunning. When he sets
these talented sights on Faith it's an instant animal
attraction that roars to
the surface, ready to claim the confounding woman. Faith,
knows her boundaries,
and while she thinks there's no place for her in Vaughn's
world, she proves
herself to be invaluable to him and it's not for the cold
reasons her Psyclan
wants her. Their interactions make this installment worth
the read. While the
villain this time didn't stand out the way the previous
book's baddy did, I
found myself not minding in the least by book's end. Ms.
Singh is a master at
dishing up the details at just the right intervals,
allowing her plots and
subplots to flow beautifully amongst one another.
Stay tuned for more from this fascinating new world. Next
up is Caressed by
Ice, this time starring a Psy member as the hero. It
releases September 4, 2007.
Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted April 23, 2007
Go deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future-a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind...
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.
Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn...
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics
Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.
- Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
- Visions of Heat (March 2007)
Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
- Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
- “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
- Mine to Possess (February 2008)
- Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
- “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
Free short story: A Gift for Kit
- Branded by Fire (July 2009)
- Blaze of Memory (November 2009)