Today we've got two of our bloggers talking about who Nalini Singh might next write about in her imaginative Psy-Changeling series—Tori Benson, who kicks off the discussion, and Jennifer Porter, who joins Tori later on. Thanks, ladies!
Tori: Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series is one of my top ten YOU MUST READ paranormal romance series to date. I absolutely adore the world Ms. Singh has created and find myself rereading this entire series often; each book is filled with non-stop action, suspense and mystery, but is balanced nicely with hot steamy romance, and lighthearted moments. Dynamic characters and multiple interactions throughout the series allows us to get to know them intimately. It’s everything you could want in a series and more.
This series is set in a futuristic alternative Earth and populated by three groups—the Changelings, the Psy and humans. The changelings are shape shifters. The Psy are humans with psychic powers who have been taught from birth to suppress their emotions. The Psy is the largest and most powerful ruling body on Earth. The continuous arc tells of the battles and eventual war brewing between the three groups and the struggles within each group. Each story features a different hero and heroine who meet, fall in love, and commit to one another in all ways possible.
The much anticipated Heart of Obsidian, out this month, gave us the complete backstory of one of Singh’s most delicious and complicated characters, Councilor Kaleb Krycheck. Considered to be the poster boy for Silence, this deadly Psy has always walked in the shadows, leaving readers to wonder if he would become savior or destroyer in the coming war as silence falls and the changeling and humans prepare to take back their place in the world. We soon learn the extent of Kaleb’s duplicity and the one person in the world who holds his heart and acts as his consequence.
With Kaleb’s story told, this leaves us with five male characters (with whom we have had major interaction) who could each be the hero of Nalini Singh’s next book. Singh has been known to throw a wrench in the works so we could be looking for a major female character. Oh dear, the options are endless. What follows is a list of the heavy hitters not mated as of now:
- Nikita Duncan, Psy Councilor. Mother to Sascha who is mated to Lucas, alpha of the Dark River pack.
- Anthony Nightstar, Psy Councilor. Father to Faith Nightstar who is mated to Vaughn D’Angelo (Dark River sentinel)
- Alice Eldridge, human. Author of rare E-Psy designation. Lives with Dark River pack.
- Bowen, human. Leader of the Human Alliance.
- Xavier Perez, juman. Priest. Part of the triumvirate made up of the ghost, Judd Walker, and himself.
- Adeb, Psy-Arrow. Primary power is telepathy. Shares unique connection with Vasic.
- Vasic, Psy-Arrow. Powerful TK, with multiple sub designations. Shares unique connection with Aden.
So, I’m here with Jennifer to discuss who we think the next hero/heroine will be.
Jen, we’ve both read Heart of Obsidian and while Kaleb may be the ultimate hero and hard to beat, who do you think will be featured in the next book? I’m thinking Xavier. Mentions are made of his finally being ready to confront the woman he left behind and both Kaleb and Judd mentioned in HoO that
they had visited the small village she is rumored to be living in.
Jennifer: Tori, first of all, I want to second your recommendation for the
Psy/Changeling series. I might even go so far as to say that this is my all-time favorite paranormal series. Nalini Singh is a brilliant strategist and writer who pulled off something magical in a story arc begun in Slave to Sensation
and ending in Heart of Obsidian.
Aden and Vasic get a great deal of page time in Heart of Obsidian
as the internal leaders of the Arrow Squad who are instrumental in Kaleb’s grand plan. When I first thought about the next book, I was leaning towards Aden as the hero. But with the massive changes taking place in the world of the Psy and the PsyNet, I believe that Aden and Vasic will be major players for the next big series arc. As such, it doesn’t make sense for either of them to be next.
So, I agree that the human priest Xavier will be the next Psy/Changeling hero. The woman he left behind has been mentioned a couple of time in previous books, but we get more definitive information about her when Kaleb and Judd both confirm that she is alive. Both characters thought about helping Xavier deal with his past, but ultimately decided to let Xavier handle the situation on his own.
When Judd asks if Xavier was able to track down the woman, Nina, the priest replies:
“The information points to a tiny village in the mountains of my homeland. I am . . . afraid to go there. I must gather my courage to face the truth, and perhaps my Nina’s hatred.”
I am very intrigued about the relationship between Xavier and Nina and am hoping their story is next.
Tori: I agree, Jen. I originally thought Aden and/or Vasic would be next,
but like you, I now believe their story will be told towards the end with clues being given throughout the next couple of books. I think they will be a package deal as Vasic is tied to Aden in more ways than we originally thought. Dare we ship them together? *waggles eyebrows* I know that is nothing but hopeful wishing. Nalini has already shot that idea down multiple times. Boo. Hiss.
Xavier and Nina are a couple I’ve wondered about for quite a few installments and I believe the last of the triumvirate is ready for his story to be told. Let’s talk a little about Father Xavier Perez; we know he’s a human priest. He’s in his early 30s with strong natural shields. His village was destroyed by the Psy and that is when he lost (abandoned) his Nina. We first met him in Caressed By Ice. Having worked with Judd Walker for six years, he serves as an intermediary between Judd and the Ghost. He struggles between his vows and his natural inclination towards war. He is a born soldier. Both Judd and Kaleb have immense respect for him. I’ll be honest, while I’ve enjoyed his scenes, they have been few and far between. Do you think he has what it takes to carry a book?
Jennifer: Tori, you got the heart of my concern about Xavier as a hero with
your question. As an aside, my one complaint about Heart of Obsidian
was the fact that these three did not get more time together! But getting back to your question. Before reading HoO I would have answered that no, Xavier could not carry a book. But Singh did flush out his character a bit in HoO. I am now very curious about him, about Nina and about their relationship. I do think it could be tough for him to carry a book, but I believe that Singh could make it work. Plus, I would expect her to be laying a great deal of groundwork for the next series arc. How Xavier could fit into this, I have no idea. But I am intrigued by the possibility.
Additionally, Judd and Kaleb are now mated/bonded/in love—and Xavier needs to find his own peace. He was instrumental in helping save so many Psy from the cold of Silence. I’m hoping that we get to see more of these three together in coming books. It seems unclear if this will happen though. At one point in Heart of Obsidian, Judd mentions that it is too dangerous for Xavier to know Kaleb’s identity. Of course, Judd has known about Kaleb and his rebellious tendencies for quite some time. So, there are still some questions about these three and their relationship that I would love to get answered in a book about Xavier and Nina.
Tori: Regardless of who Nalini chooses to showcase in the next Psy-Changeling book, I know I will be first in line to buy.
Jennifer: I agree. In the end, it doesn’t matter whose story is next because
there is no way I will miss it!
Nalini Singh has said that she plans to reveal the characters of the next book in July. Who do you think will be next?