Nalini Singh is Paranormal bliss. She writes books in two series, the Guild Hunter series and the Psy/Changeling series. They’re both really amazing.
I only discovered her a few years back. I’d heard her name but didn’t read her stuff. Paranormal can be hard to get into. Complicated worlds where things are different…it’s all a little intimidating. Ms. Singh changes it in a flash. She has that gift of being able to grab the reader’s attention with a couple of sentences. Before I know it, not only am I hooked, I’ve figured out her world. Turns out, it wasn’t that complicated after all. Instead, it was awesome!
And her worlds are. I want to live in them. Plus, and I can’t emphasize this enough, there’s a wonderful love story. She writes heroes that intimidate and compel and heroines that I want to befriend and cheer for.
Better still, she’s consistently good. She keeps delivering one great book after another. I was suspicious of her new series, the Guild Hunter series…until the second sentence in the book. No joke. Elena is just awesome and Raphael is an intimidating, awe-inspiring hero. l could actually feel the excitement and thrill start and, as soon as the first chapter ended, I had to read the rest of the book.
Her books are, of course, all keepers. I just re-read the Guild Hunter series and sighed with renewed contentment at the end. So good. Can’t wait for the next instalment.
There is one more thing I should add. Something she does with words. I can’t explain exactly what it is but it’s almost poetic. She has these expressions about her characters, like she said of Dmitri that he ‘still danced with a blade’, meaning he fought with a sword. I know I’m not doing it justice, but, in her books, the words lift the story up. They’re almost magical. It’s really something. Not cooky or too much but edgy and impressive. I want to say cool but I’m afraid of what that might sound like.
Paranormal is not everyone’s cup of tea and some worlds are so complex you need to take a course to understand what’s going on. This is the complete opposite. Easy to like, strong characters and a wonderful love story. Add in a bit of super-powers and you’ve got a great book.
The only thing I regret about Nalini Singh is that I didn’t pick up her books sooner. I’d recommend her to anyone.