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N is for Nalini Singh and the Fictional World I Want to Live in

This is one of my favorite books in the series.

Recently at a game night with my friends, we were playing a game where you draw cards that generate discussion on books. I can’t remember what the game was called, but one of the questions asked what fictional world we would want to live in. The answer was easy for me. Since I first began reading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series in 2010, I had fallen in love with the changeling (more often referred to as shapeshifters in much urban fantasy literature) culture in her world, particularly the big cats, although the wolves were pretty cool too.

This urban fantasy/romance series has some of the best world building I have found in any fantasy series. The level of complexity of the overarching storyline (spanning more than 20 books) is amazing and engaging enough that I have reread the series three times. I will reread them again at least once more in my life, I am sure. The only other series I’ve reread is the original Dune series. Although, unlike Dune, Nalini’s books are much more uplifting overall. Being under the romance umbrella, there is always a happily-for-now ending that will make you smile. Yet she tackles some bigger issues, albeit with less philosophical depth than Dune.

008I got to meet Nalini Singh at the RT Convention in 2012 long enough to get my picture taken with her and a book signed. She was kind enough to do so when we stopped her in a hallway.

What fictional world would you like to live in and why?

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