Title: Visions of Heat
Author: Nalini Singh
Review Number: 40
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Stand Alone/Series: Book 2 of Psy/Changeling series
Why did I read the book: I read book one in the series and even though It didn’t knock my socks off, I was still intrigued enough to read book two. I am glad I did!
It may be because the groundwork for her stories had been set previously and being already acquainted with the Psy and Changeling way of life certainly helped the easy flow of the story.
Faith NightStar is a F-Psy, a Foreseer. Before Silence , the program that conditions Psy into not feeling, most F-Psy would go insane from foreseeing deaths, disasters, crimes, etc. But because the Psy world these days is free from those things, Psy are merely used for predicting business trends. Faith is said to be the most powerful F-Psy of her generation and she has generated millions for her clan. The life of a F-Psy though is not one to enjoy the money they make. F-Psy must live alone, apart from everyone, otherwise their fragile minds can collapse. They are kept in a safe house, constantly monitored and cared. Their way of life reminded me quite a lot of Minority Report – where the Foreseers are imprisoned and do nothing but to predict the future. It is almost the same here, expect that some of the F-Psy like Faith are more conscious. For now. For she senses her abilities are mutating, something is happening to her and she can’t explain: she is having visions of disturbing, violent things. When she predicts the death of her own sister, she decides to get some answers. And the only person she can think of that would be able to answer her truthfully and not send her into re-conditioning is Shascha Duncan, the only Psy to ever leave the PsyNet and who is now the Alpha Female of the DarkNight Leopard pack.
She sets off to try and find her but she is found first by one of the pack’s Sentinels, Vaughn. Vaughn is a Jaguar who was left to die as a child by his own parents along with his sister, who died in front of him. He was found by the leopard pack and brought to live with them. He is very dark and moody and his animal side is much more prominent than the human.
He and Faith form an almost immediate connection – it seems he can not keep himself from touching her and even though touch is something F-Psy are particularly weary of , Faith can’t help craving for it either. Pretty soon is very clear that these two have a special bond and that Faith has a choice to make: to keep on living a robotic life, where her own family use her to make money or to join Vaughn and the pack. But this choice is not easy – Psy life is the only life she knows, they are her people. There is a inner fight and conflict about who she is and who she wants to be.
I also liked how book 1 interconnects so deeply with book 2. Slave to Sensation showed us how the Psy tried to destroy all emotions and how they tried to thwart the development of the E-Psy, the Empaths such as Sascha. Visions of Heat expands the theme by making it clear that by attempting to destroy the Empaths they made it more difficult for the F-Psy to remain sane once the more emotional visions started to appear. There is therefore, a deep connection between E-Psy and F-Psy and between Sascha and Faith , even more now that they are linked in the Net created by the changelings to keep them alive.
I am looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen next!
“This Web had rainbows and sunshine, emotion and heart, predatory hunger and utter loyalty. Now those sparks healed the broken pieces of Faith and she never even knew that she’d been fractured. “
And the Wolves pack? Can not wait to read more about them. I think I may have developed a crush on Hawke, their alpha.
Additional Thoughts: The change from human to animal , from man to jaguar or leopard, reminded me of one of my favourite TV Shows from when I was a child. Do you remember Manimal?
Verdict: Interesting dynamics between the different races, hot relationship. Much preferred that than the first book in the series. And I believe the next books have the potential to be even better.
Rating: A solid 7 and I have the feeling further instalments will have higher grades.