Title: Heart of Obsidian
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy/Changeling (Book 12)
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 360 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425263991 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0425263990 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…
A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.
From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.
Quick & Dirty: Sensual romance set in an amazing world, answers a lot of questions but the ending was a tad anti-climactic.
Opening Sentence: Kaleb Krychek, Cardinal telekinetic and a man no one wanted to meet alone on a dark night, had been searching for his quarry for seven years, three weeks, and two days.
Heart of Obsidian is a game-changer in the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh. If you are a fan of this series you already probably know whose book this is. If you haven’t read this series yet you are missing out – but don’t start with this one – with eleven books before this one you would be missing out on a lot of wonderful characters and an amazing world/backstory.
Kaleb Krychek has pretty much been a villain up until now, a villain that you just knew had some semblance of a heart of gold plus a HUGE secret that he had been keeping. I have always been fascinated with Kaleb since he turned up in the novels and I am so happy that he got his own story. The beginning of the novel has Kaleb finding his secret and her name is Sahara. The only problem is is that Sahara is lost within the labyrinth of her own mind and Kaleb must find a way to break her out without her becoming a vegetable.
Kaleb must keep Sahara a secret and because of this he does keep her locked away from others. Her mind is sealed from the PsyNet and he has built her a home that is far away from other Psy. He doesn’t necessarily lock her in but he does try to keep her from hurting herself until she is better. Some people may have problems with this type of Stockholm syndrome type display but I think their backstory proves that their relationship began way before then. I loved the sensuality of their romance and how everything had to be taken slow because too much could go wrong.
I don’t want to giveaway to much more of the story but I really felt that Heart of Obsidian had the most terrible and tragic of any two characters backstories from this series. I absolutely loved that they had a history and how it caused them to be like they are currently in the story.
I genuinely liked Sahara. I think she had a raw deal in life and she paid for it. She was able to heal herself and move on fairly quickly from her troubles. She was still a little reluctant around people but telling her she could trust others is more than just knowing that she could trust them. (If I had been locked up for years that would be a problem too.) She knows that she has a place with Kaleb and at least tries to do something about it.
Kaleb is tough as steel. If you thought Judd was an unemotional force than Kaleb takes the number one spot. He still really clings to his Psy personality as the world changes around him. I think he undergoes the most transformations of any character even though it is more on the inside than what he shows on the outside.
The last few books in the Psy/Changeling series usually jumps around from multiple people telling different parts of the whole story but Heart of Obsidian didn’t really do that. There are a few jumps to other people but they were usually quick, the main story really focused on Kaleb and Sahara and I think it was a way better story because of it. I did miss the interaction with the other characters that we sometimes get but I enjoyed the mentions and cameos too.
Heart of Obsidian does solve a huge issue that has been plaguing the Psy/Changeling world and as a huge fan of this series, I did feel that it was a bit anti-climactic, just a little too easy and too good to be true. There is still so much that this series has going for it. Remember Alice? I can’t wait to see where that story leads with that angle.
Overall, an amazing and wonderful seductive romance set in an explosive world. One of my favorite series ever and I can’t wait to see what is next with Vasic in Shield of Winter. This series is so original and different, if you haven’t picked up book one in this series you really should.
Kaleb traced her cheekbone again. “He used a baton on you.” A whisper so soft, it was a creation of purest rage. “He shattered your cheekbone, left you unconscious. The memory is at the forefront of his mind. I only had to punch through the first level of his shields to get to it. A pity his mind is now destroyed, his other memories shredded.”
Nausea roiled in her stomach, flooded her mouth at the detached remoteness of that last sentence. “No,” she said, the echoes of the past dulled by the pharmaceuticals they’d dosed her with at the time, but the now terrible. “No Kaleb. He was no one, just a guard. There were—“ She caught herself before she made a horrible error.
The cardinal with one hand crushing another man’s airway kept tracing her cheekbone with his free hand. “Others. There were others. They’ll all die, one by one.” Then he turned, taking one look at the limp man in his grasp, and it ended.
The guard’s neck snapped, his body falling to the floor, a discarded bit of trash.
Sahara fought the urge to throw up, to back away. “Why?” she asked again, a shivering cold in her chest. “Why take vengeance for me?”
His hand dropped off her cheek, his eyes continuing to roil with a sinuous darkness that spoke of hidden places of madness and death. “He wanted to steal you.” And you belong to me.
10. Kiss of Snow
11. Tangle of Need
13. Shield of Winter
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Heart of Obsidian. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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