Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh: A Book Review
WARNING: This book review contains MAJOR spoilers, so if you want to read Heart of Obsidian spoiler-free, turn back NOW!
First of all, I have to thank Wicked Scribes, for being awesome and hosting a Heart of Obsidian giveaway that I actually won. Thanks Kaleigha, you are wickedly awesome! 🙂
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.
My book arrived June 6 and I spent the entire day and half the next day reading – nay, devouring – the novel. The novel really lived up to its hype. Nalini Singh’s world building was as perfect as always – I could really imagine myself living in the Psy/Changeling universe, even as the devastation of the events in the novel wracked the world to pieces. This was not a tame novel by any means – some of the descriptions of dead bodies were horrific and the story was really as dark as the blurb implied.
Okay, so here come the spoilers…
If you’ve read Nalini Singh’s blog lately and the posted excerpts from Heart of Obsidian, you probably know that the anti-hero is Kaleb Krychek and many of us had guessed that the heroine is Sahara, Faith’s missing cousin. However, what we didn’t know – and could only speculate on – was the history between the two characters. We know from the ending of Tangle of Need, that Kaleb had been looking for Sahara for seven years.
I’ve wanted to know what happened to Sahara ever since she was mentioned in Faith’s novel, Visions of Heat – I know, of course, that Nalini Singh would not have dropped her name without actually planning out a story for her. Plus, we knew there was more to Kaleb – he isn’t a usual Psy. He smiles – which he claims is an act, and he rescued Annie from the bullet train accident, in “Stoke of Enticement” (most recently in the Wild Invitation anthology).
Plus, there was the added fact that Kaleb was Enrique’s apprentice/protege. (Enrique, if you remember, is the kind of guy you’d want to shoot.)
I had wondered if Keleb (given his past) would be a hero, anti-hero or a very good villain. (Personally, I was leaning towards villain.)
Personally, I’m still not sure if he falls under the anti-hero or villain category – after reading the novel, I think he’s still a villain to some, but a hero to Sahara. (Which is awesome in its own way – I hate it when a perfectly badass character becomes good.)
Kaleb and Sahara’s history is likewise complicated due to the fact that she’s locked away her memories and he’s unsure of how to approach the topic. Kaleb feels guilty for his involvement in what happened to Sahara and she’s been traumatized by her experience, blocking out her memories of the day she was kidnapped.
When I got to the part in the novel where Sahara and Kaleb’s shared past is revealed, I thought it was the most romantic and heartbreaking thing I had ever read. (I also concluded that Kaleb’s never been Silent in the normal way of the Psy – or Sahara for that matter.)
Kaleb shook his head at the unexpected question. He’d lain bloodied and broken in from of Santano and his pet medics, but not one had ever looked at him like Sahara was doing – as if he was a person and not a thing.
But what I was really happy about was the chance to catch up with Faith and Vaughn – it’s been a while since their novel and they rarely make cameos in the other Psy/Changeling books. And I was pleasantly surprised when so many of the Changelings made cameos in the novel – most reviewers had mentioned that we don’t get to see much of the Changelings, but I’m glad I still had the chance to catch up, even if they came later in the novel. It’s true we don’t get to see Changelings interacting in their packs, which is always interesting, but it was nice to see DarkRiver accepting Sahara into their pack and interacting with her.
You’re too good looking for this,” she said to Vaughn. It was happy chance that he’d already been at DarkRiver HQ when she’d requested an escort. “That woman alost missed her skytrain, she was so busy eating you up with her big, brown eyes.” Sahara fluttered her lashes as the hapless brunette had done.
Vaughn shot her an unsmiling look, but she saw the amusement that prowled behind it. “Get to work, Ms. Kyriakus.”
Finally, we find out who the Ghost is – very late into the novel.
So who is it?
Kaleb, of course. (I should have figured this one out after reading the blurb, but the Twitter chat with the Ghost made me have a few doubts. The Ghost/Kaleb is really good at manipulation tactics.)
If there was one thing that I didn’t like about this novel, is that it had an ending. Honestly – and I’m not really trying not to gush here – this book was so good. A lot of times hyped up books don’t live up to reader expectations, but this one did! So go out and find a copy!
Conclusion: Kaleb is now a part of my alpha male book harem! 😉
I can’t wait for the next Psy/Changeling novel, which I’m really hoping will be about the WindHaven alpha because he’s been mentioned a few times and Kaleb made a particular note about him in this novel (and I think he’s harem-worthy, but I won’t know for sure till I read his novel) – but next novel/novella might end up being about Father Xavier.
But speaking of Nalini Singh novels, how many of us are looking forward to catching up with Elena and Raphael in Archangel’s Legion (October 2013)? And what are your thoughts on Heart of Obsidian? Did it live up to the hype in your opinion? Which character’s story – from the Psy/Changeling universe – should be told next?
(aka The Book Reviewer)
Disclaimer: All book quotes used in this review are the property of Nalini Singh © 2003 – 2013.
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This entry was posted on June 10, 2013 by Rika Ashton. It was filed under Book Reviews, Favourite Authors and was tagged with alpha, Archangel's Legion, changeling, darkriver, Elena, faith, ghost, heart of obsidian, kaleb, lucas, Nalini Singh, novel, paranormal romance, psy, quotes, Raphael, review, romance, sahara, santano enrique, sasha, snowdancer, spoilers, tatiana, vaughn.