Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

book coverHardcover: 360 pages 
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: June 4, 2013
ISBN: 9780425263990
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Psy-Changeling #12
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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.

Nalini Singh has done it again! Heart of Obsidian was AMAZING--it may be the best in the Psy-Changeling series, which is saying A LOT since all of the books in the series were excellent.

Heart of Obsidian is the long-awaited, much anticipated story of Kaleb Krychek. The details of this book was very mysterious before it came out--there was no synopsis and we didn't know who the main character was until about a week before its release, and the heroine's name was not revealed at all--other than it was a real game changer in the series. There was a lot of speculation among the fans of the series (especially after it was said that the identity of the Ghost will be revealed here), which made the waiting all the more fun and increased my already high expectations.

Well, all the waiting and speculation was worth it because Heart of Obsidian went above and beyond my expectations. It took me about five days to read this book, but only because I wanted to savor it. I wanted to stay in the world Nalini created longer, spend more time with Kaleb and his heroine (who was so perfect for him--the sunlight to Kaleb's darkness) and to really absorb the story and bask in the awesome that was Heart of Obsidian.

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead.

I gotta admit I was unsure of Kaleb Krychek as a hero. I mean he was a fascinating character (if somewhat scary) and I wanted to know more about him and how he became the way he was. He had some flashes of humanity throughout the series but he was too dark, impenetrable, and cold. He had his own agenda that called for destruction of the Psy world and had no care for the casualties. I wondered how will Nalini Singh portray this seemingly unsympathetic, cold blooded character to one capable of deep love (because, after all, this is a romance series). Will there even be a heroine who will be able to take him on?

Oh, Nalini why did I ever doubt you for even a second?

Heart of Obsidian opened with Kaleb finally having found the person he had spent seven years searching for. We do not immediately learn the identity of this person, who arrived at Kaleb's home in a catatonic state because she had been abused both physically and mentally by her captors. Kaleb needed this person's mental abilities for his plan to seize control of the Net, but the most curious thing was that Kaleb cared for her almost tenderly, conscious of her fragile state--not something you would expect from someone so deep in Silence (without emotions) that he's practically ice.

We soon learned that the person Kaleb rescued was Sahara Kyriakus (she was first mentioned in Visions of Heat as the cousin of Faith who was kidnapped when she was sixteen and possibly dead). She does eventually start to heal but she had lost a lot of her memories. But she was not afraid of Kaleb and she sensed that they share a history. I'm not going to go on deeper because it will spoil the story too much but read this excellent post from Heroes and Heartbreakers that discussed Kaleb and Sahara's relationship and if you want a very, very spoiler-y review read this one from Goodreads.

Oh my gosh, ALL of the **feels** in Heart of Obsidian hit me in the gut and left me in a puddle of goo by the end of it. It left me breathless. Kaleb and Sahara's love story was dark but so, so beautiful. And, yes, steamy and smexy. If you've read the series, think Judd but, like, more--Kaleb replaced Judd as my favorite Psy hottie.

Coupled with Nalini's writing that is always spot-on, the superb world building and fascinating secondary characters--well, Heart of Obsidian is pure perfection. And speaking of the Psy-Changeling world, there's still some loose ends by the end of this novel, but much of the overarching story line that ran throughout the series was tied up here and some pressing questions were answered (i.e., the Ghost's identity). So, this is a MUST READ for all Psy-Changeling series fans.

As Heart of Obsidian is the 12th book in the series, I do not recommend you jump into it without reading the previous books first. But if you haven't already, pick up this the Psy-Changeling series. I promise you, you won't regret it even if you think you're tired of paranormal romance--this series is so much MORE than most paranormal romance series out there. And don't be intimidated by the number (there's 12 so far, including this book) of books in the series, there's no bad read in the bunch because Nalini Singh gets better and better with every book. 

I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm hoping it'll be Vasic or Aden's book--those two need their own HEA.

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