Here it is! First of all, I want to apologize that this is so late. I seem to have my work schedule and my read-a-long schedule mixed up. The good news is that my paperwork for work was turned in a week early. *grin*
I hope you’re enjoying the read-a-long so far. And remember we are assuming you’ve read up to Caressed by Ice so there are spoilers. But please no spoilers for any book that comes after.
With that out of the way let the fun begin! We can’t wait to hear from you!
– Courtney and Casey
As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins—cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…
Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted—and had her mind violated—by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…
Here are the past discussions!
|Slave to Sensation – the discussion||Blaze of Memory – the discussion|
|Visions of Heat – the discussion||Bonds of Justice – the discussion|
|Caressed by Ice – the discussion||Play of Passion – the discussion|
|Wild Invitation – the discussion||Kiss of Snow – the discussion|
|Mine to Possess – the discussion||Tangle of Need – the discussion|
|Hostage to Pleasure – the discussion||Heart of Obsidian – the discussion|
|Branded by Fire – the discussion|
In Caressed by Ice we see that some things are changing on the PsyNet. There is even talk of rebellion. And the Ghost is popping up on the Council’s radar more and more. The Councilors are also becoming more polarized, with Nikita on one side and Shoshanna and Henry firmly on the other.
In the Changeling world SnowDancer and DarkRiver are becoming closer. They share information and make plans together. They are still two separate packs but they are becoming more and more powerful.
Judd – Judd is a part of the Lauren family who dropped out of the Net to avoid rehabilitation. He was an Arrow in the PsyNet and his unique ability, that of a Tk-Cell, make his view on Silence different than that of Faith or Sascha.
“Silence had been invented for those like him–the brutal killers and the viciously insane…”
Judd was also on the team that helped rescue Brenna from Enrique. Judd does not want a relationship with Brenna and breaking Silence for him is not an option.
“That was why he was never going to do what Sascha had done and end Silence in his mind. It was the only thing keeping the world safe from what he was…the only thing keeping Brenna safe”
While looking for the person in the SnowDancer den who is trying to kill Brenna however, he finds he doesn’t have much choice.
Brenna – Brenna was kidnapped and tortured by Santano Enrique in Slave to Sensation. She has recovered but she’ll never be the same again both mentally and physically.
“Eyes that had once been dark brown were now a mix he’d never seen on any sentient being… Brenna’s pupils were pure black, but surrounding those does of night were bursts of arctic blue, vivid and spiking.
And now Brenna is starting to remember how she was kidnapped and that Enrique had help. Unfortunately for her, his helper is closer than she thought was possible and is now out to kill her. And it doesn’t help that Brenna no longer trusts herself or her mind. While hunting for the kidnapper, Brenna finds herself drawn closer to Judd.
“Oh yeah, she was definitely ready to tangle with Judd Lauren, Man of Ice…”
What she doesn’t know is that Judd can’t completely break Silence because of his Psy abilities. Doing so would put the whole den in danger.
Dieter – A traitor to SnowDancer, he kidnapped Brenna and delivered her to Enrique for drugs. He was behind the attempts on Brenna’s life.
Walker – Part of the Lauren Family. He’s a telepath that taught some of the younger children in the PsyNet.
Ashaya Aleine – Scientist in charge of Protocol I.
The Ghost – An unknown rogue in the PsyNet who is determined to save his race.
The Ghost is introduced!!!
X-psy? What’s that?
Protocol I is introduced.
Henry and Shoshanna are turning into the bad guys.
How Silence came into being is finally revealed with talk of Mercury and the Arrows.
Hints for the Ghost:
Part of the Council’s superstructure.
Isn’t afraid to kill. Wants Silence to fall. Anti-Council.
No one knows who the Ghost is. Not even Judd who has met him/her before. Judd refers to the Ghost as male. True?
“I have no conscience, Judd. I’ve got so much blood staining these hands nothing will ever wash it away.” – The Ghost
Glossary of Terms
Vocabulary from the previous novels can be found on their discussion pages:
- Slave to Sensation is now posted here.
- Visions of Heat is now posted here.
- Caressed of Ice is now posted here.
- Wild Invitation is now posted here.
- Mine to Possess is now posted here.
Protocol I – An initiative to make Silence a biological level instead of a process that is learned. Psy children would have an implant put in their brain so that breaking Silence would not be possible. Dissidents believe that it will turn the Psy into a hive mind by linking all the Psy minds together.
What do you think about Judd and Brenna?
How about how the Lauren family fits into SnowDancer?
What do you think about the bad guy being a SnowDancer? Loved it? Hated it?
Do you think Silence could be a good thing?
What do you think about Kaleb?
Caressed of Ice Giveaway Winner
Last week we gave away a copy of Caressed of Ice to anyone who answered the question While the Psy Council is made up of several individuals, it becomes obvious that each member has their own unique personality. As a group that believes any emotion is a disease that needs to be destroyed, what emotions do you see the Councils members displaying? Everyone had some really fabulous ideas, and the winner is:
MARY who said: I actually have the audio book version of this one, and the narrator has a soft voice for Faith. When I listened to the book for the second (and this third) time, I kept in mind that she’s not soft. Faith is strong. She handles those visions, she left the compound which is the only place she had ever known, and she took on a jaguar. ;)
Thanks to Nalini Singh and the wonderful people at Penguin, I have a couple of every single novel in the Psy-Changeling series, and while some of them have been claimed, all of them haven’t. So this is what we’re going to do – we’ll be giving away all the books in one shot at the end of the Read-Along. That means you have 13 different chances to enter for any one of the Psy-Changeling novels. Join in on any of the discussions and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: This is the first time we’ve seen the Ghost, without knowing anything more, who do you think he is? Not necessarily his name, but his role in the Psy Culture. Is he someone important, a former Arrow, or could he be a complete unknown that no one could have seen coming? Don’t be afraid to answer any of the discussion questions above either!
The contest will stay open until July 1st, at which time we’ll determine the winners with help from this snazzy plug-in that Jackie has.