I finished Caressed by Ice – the third book in the Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh on Friday. Now I will have to wait until my great little Amazon package will arrive with the rest of the books… So you might actually get other content now!
Oh, these covers keep on getting better and better. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true…
And always the same blurb… But that doesn’t change the awesomeness that is this series. It’s the kind of awesome, only first rate pulp can give me. And I love it.
This is the first story written from the perspective of the Wolf Pack, who are the neighbours and allies of the Leopard Pack. It concentrates on Brenna, who was the last victim of the murderer in Slave to Sensation (do I need to mention that she survived? Probably… if there’s Changelings, there can be ghosts, right?). Since her rescue she’s been trying to heal, with the help of Sascha, who is an empath and Judd, a Psy living with his family (brother, nieces, nephews) in the wolf pack, who can give Sascha additional psychic energy.
Judd was one of the Arrows, the elite soldier-assassins within the Psy and he still struggles with the transition. He kept to the Silence Protocol (meaning he doesn’t feel) even after escaping the PsyNet and therefore continuously alienates the wolves with whom he lives.
When one wolf is murdered in their den and Brenna thinks that she somehow foresaw it, she turns to Judd as a Psy for help. Of course, they’re both drawn to each other…
Well, this was the first in the series where the guy was a Psy and it was interesting to see how Singh handled that. Especially since Judd has a kind of special relationship with the Silence Protocol. I also liked the way Brenna was portrayed; her reconvalescence from the horrible things she had to go through was very realistic. [Even if in the end it was a bit quickly resolved. But that’s why this are paranormal books, right?]
Judd and Brenna as a couple are really sweet, although Sascha and Lucas still stay my favourites. I would like to see a change though, in some of the other books – a dominant female, maybe, or a partnership that works differently would be nice. Ah well, I don’t think it’s that likely to happen, and as long as the dynamics fit – which they do – I don’t really have a problem with that.
I liked the thickening of the plot regarding the Council and the PsyNet. I have my suspicions who the ghost might be (Kaleb), but it’s pretty open. I might be wrong.
I would have liked more info on the NetMind, but with these main characters, it wasn’t going to happen.
I can’t wait to get my package. These books just make me smile uncontrollably.