Nalini Singh

A Psy-Changeling novel

Gollancz

ISBN: 978-0-5750-9566-3

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, an alpha male pack leader dominated by emotion but tempered by power. Sascha Duncan is a cardinal Psy, a woman with enormous Psy potential but hiding her fracturing nature in a world that does not permit her to show her feelings in any way. Thrown together in a business deal at a crucial point in Sascha’s struggle against her splintering psyche, Lucas and Sascha are drawn to each other in every way. As Sascha attempts to disguise her disintegrating emotional state, something that will get her “rehabilitated” by her race were she to be discovered, Lucas seeks to discover the Psy serial killer stalking his people, and both will find a great deal more than either could anticipate.

Having read and quite enjoyed Singh’s later Guild Hunter series this year, I had high expectations of this, the first book of her Psy-Changeling series. However, I had also thought I was slightly glutted on the paranormal romance genre and had put off reading this for some months. I’m glad I finally picked it up!

Singh’s world building is perhaps one of the best things about her writing – she makes the paranormal seem normal while still being fascinating, and it is always completely central to the plot and characterisation. The female protagonist, Sascha, is particularly interesting – she’s strong while being seemingly flawed, and the way Singh draws this out is engaging and powerful. I was fascinated by the relationships, the characters and the world itself, and can’t wait to read the next book. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of Patricia Briggs – Singh has a similar depth of storytelling and characterisation and has created a fascinating world in this series.