Please enjoy a series spotlight…
Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling books offer a hefty dose of suspense, careful world-building, and the comfort of knowing that not only do the bad guys get what’s coming to them but that there’s a happy ending for the main characters.
While the overall arc builds towards one consistent turning point, the individual books mainly dwell on the relationships and how those involved handle the issues facing them in classic paranormal romance fashion. (Yes, there are those with psychic powers, people who can change into leopards, wolves, and other creatures, and regular humans in this future-set series. This will either intrigue you or you’ll stop reading. Either reaction is fine.)
Knowing that there is comeuppance is a great comfort to readers, because Singh does not shy away from portraying the worst of human nature as well as the best. The villains, most of whom are otherwise outside the reach of justice, do wind up either checkmated or excised from the world. Her heroes and heroines are, more often than not, haunted by the past and are healing from traumas, but also possessed of the ability to not only survive but to grow in the aftermath. In this sense, the books hew to romantic suspense guidelines.
The setting is futuristic, but mildly so; most changes are technological, such as cars being able to hover as well as drive on wheels, and the power sources being primarily solar and hydro-electric. Most of it is, if not actively possible now, at least theoretically possible within our lifetimes. For all that shape-shifters may be considered fantastic, Singh places both the Psy and the Changelings on a continuum from humans.
Although the series can be read in order, it isn’t strictly necessary. If you’d like to start with a taste, we have a short story collection, Wild Embrace. If you’d prefer to dive into the action, we have book 10 and books 12-15, plus the first in the Psy-Changeling Trinity, what the author refers to as ‘season 2’. Should you prefer to begin at the beginning, our neighboring libraries have the rest; you can either take a short trip over and register your RML card with them before checking out a stack or you can ask us to get them for you via inter-library loan. (Having started with what we had and then going back to read the rest, I can vouch for the effectiveness of each method.)
Do read the summary of each book to decide if it’s right for you. They are usually upfront about potential issues, and if that doesn’t give enough information, the first few pages usually will. If you love romantic suspense and thrillers, give these a try, ideally in your coziest reading spot with something to sip when you need a pause in the action, and possibly something to fan yourself with when things heat up between the main characters.