So Branded by Fire is the first look into the SnowDancer den. And we have a wolf and a leopard. Exciting stuff! This is probably my favorite book out of the series (so far) and I’m so glad you joined me for the discussion!
Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.
But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…
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|
The Human Alliance is starting to grow stronger and stronger, but it’s starting to tear itself apart. The command arm of the Alliance basically wants to use any means necessary to become a major power in the world. But the military arm is starting to question what they are being asked to do.
The Psy Council are also starting to split into two factions, those that are fully behind Silence and those that think the Psy need to evolve.
Riley – Senior Lieutenant of SnowDancer (brother to Andrew and Brenna). Riley is very dependable and family oriented. Because of what happened to his parents he has decided that he wants a submissive for a mate. But he has no problem with playing with the DarkRiver liaison to SnowDancer, Mercy.
“Got an itch, kitty?” – Riley to Mercy
Their personal relationship is going to cause a few complications when they go on the hunt for the Human Alliance agents that are causing problems in their territory. So now he has to help hunt down the humans trying to hurt his pack.
“Can you two keep from tearing each other’s throats out…?” – Lucas to Riley and Mercy
The Psy are starting more problems too, mostly in the form of suicide bombers. And when he decides he wants to keep Mercy? Well, he needs to remember that leopards have claws too.
“You’re my mate. End of story.” – Riley to Mercy
Mercy – Mercy is a DarkRiver sentinel and the DarkRiver liaison to SnowDancer. She has to work closely with Riley, whom she warmly refers to as Mr. Stick in the Mud. And Mercy has been alone for a quite a while now…for so long that even tangling with Riley sounds like a good idea.
“She was going so insane with need she couldn’t think of anything but the fever in her body, the hunger in her throat, the clawing want in every cell, every breath.” – Mercy
She’s wants one night of fun, but when the Human Alliance starts making problems by trying to kidnap changelings under DarkRiver/SnowDancer protection, Mercy has to deal with Riley on a daily basis and she’s not happy about it.
“If Riley wanted to mess with a cat, he’d better invest in armor.” – Mercy
And Mercy also has to deal with the reality that she might never find a mate because she’s so dominant. But what a leopard wants, a leopard gets.
“Mine, part of her purred…” – Mercy
Lucas & Sascha update – Someone’s pregnant!
|Dark River Sentinels||SnowDancer Lieutenants|
|Nate – Senior||Riley – Senior|
|Vaughn||Judd Lauren – Psy|
Tatiana Rika-Smythe – A member of the PsyCouncil, Tatiana is actively influencing the Human Alliance Chairman for her own needs. She also tried (and failed) to assassinate the other members of the Council.
Sienna – Sienna is having some major problems controlling her power, which we still don’t know anything about except that it’s very dangerous.
|Psy Designations||Psy Council|
|Tp-Psy – Telepathy|
|Tk-Psy – Telekinesis||Ming LeBon|
|M-Psy – Medical||Henry Scott|
|F-Psy – Foresight||Shoshanna Scott|
|E-Psy – Empathy||Nikita Duncan|
|Ps-Psy – Psychometric|
|Tk-Cell – Influence physical bodies on a cellular level||Tatiana Rika-Smythe|
|Tk-V – Teleport|
Bowen – The leader of the rebellion in the Human Alliance. He wants to break away from the command arm and get justice for the men they killed. He ends up taking over the Human Alliance and working on a treaty of sorts with DarkRiver and SnowDancer.
The Human Alliance is ripping itself apart. With a little help from the Psy Council.
A chip that could block Psy from human minds? What’s the catch?
Hints to the Ghost
Judd suspects he knows who the Ghost is but isn’t ready to say.
The Ghost has nothing against Silence, instead he’s fighting against the Silence Protocol that puts the Psy Council in power.
Has no problem spreading rumors about the Council which feeds the rebellion in the PsyNet.
The Ghost is male! (pg. 222)
“Because if the Ghost lost control, the Net would truly shatter.” Pg. 276
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.
- Hostage to Pleasure is now posted here.
- Branded by Fire is now posted here.
Alliance Chip – A microchip inserted into the back of the neck and connected to brain. The chip is supposed to block all Psy from reading the minds of humans, the only race with no blocks against the Psy’s mental intrusions.
- A wolf and a leopard…what do you think?
- How well do you think Nalini Singh navigated the DarkRiver/SnowDancer politics?
- How did you like the look into the SnowDancer den?
- What did you think about Riley? Mercy?
This marks our halfway point for the Psy-Changeling series and we’re changing up the giveaway associated with each discussion. 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.
Here’s today’s question: A wolf and a leopard…what do you think? What other hybrids would you like to see 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.