Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomanceHeart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12
Published by Berkley on June 4, 2013
Pages: 360 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased

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.

I was hoping for Kaleb’s story but the actual details of what his story could’ve entailed never would formulate in my mind. Thank goodness I’m not a writer because I have a feeling that if I would’ve wrote Heart of Obsidian it would’ve went something like this:

“Kaleb was a bad mama jamma and since no one wanted to fight him because he was too powerful it took a special someone who had already captured his heart to come and regulate his badassness so that he could be welcomed back into society and not try to kill everyone. The End.”

But in all seriousness, I never would’ve imagined Heart of Obsidian turning out the way it did on top of what it added to the overall Psy-Changeling series. With all of that said I can’t say that I was completely blown away or pleased with the execution of Kaleb’s story.

Knowing from previous stories how Kaleb wasn’t like the other Psy on the Council it wasn’t a huge leap to believe that he could completely dismantle the structure of the Psy that has been in place for hundreds of years. My confusion came from how Kaleb started, and succeeded in pushing Nikita and Anthony out of the spotlight, when for a good while there they were the focal point because of their ties to the changelings and the power they themselves wielded.

On a side note, a lot of things about Heart of Obsidian left me puzzled because it reconstructed a lot of the constants that had been part of the Psy-Changeling series for 10 plus books. Heart of Obsidian didn’t’ feel like it was part of the same Psy-Changeling series I was used to reading.

Now that Kaleb has shown himself to be so freaking powerful what does this mean for the rest of the Psy and who would really be able to go against him and win other than Sienna. Heart of Obsidian left me so many questions and not enough answers, although it was good to know that suspicions of who Kaleb’s alter ego was were correct (hehe I’ve been shouting my suspicions of who he was since book 3 in my head).

I’m not sure what’s in store further down the line for this series but I trust Singh’s writing so I will just have to hold on and see.

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

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  • “With all of that said I can’t say that I was completely blown away or pleased with the execution of Kaleb’s story”

    Yep. That was me. I was disappointed with the whole Ghost aspect. There had been such a build up of that character and then… it was such a disappointing reveal.

    I agree that this book turns things a bit, and it was supposed to. The next two books all tie into this one, and I feel like they are basically the transition from Silence and the first several books to what comes next (I have Silver Silence on my kindle). While I like these three books that start with HoO, I felt they became a bit repetitive. I look forward to what comes next.

    • I actually loved Ghost’s character better than Kaleb’s but yeah this one and the two stories afterwards are somewhat in their own bubble within the bigger bubble that is the Psy-Changeling series.

  • library addict

    You have to remember that Kaleb is a very unreliable narrator through most of this book . It also helps to keep in mind his POV scenes as his alter-ego in earlier books which help round out his character.

    I think once you’ve finished the next two books and/or you reread the series it will all make more sense to you. (I hope that’s not a spoiler for you).

    But I admit to being biased. I love this book and Sahara & Kaleb are one of my favorite couples of the series. I loved the way there were so many call backs and resolution to seemingly unrelated little threads introduced in numerous other books all the way back to Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat. The book is so multi-layered.

    It was a change from the last 8 or 9 books in that the focus was very much Kaleb and Sahara’s romance, so the scope seemed smaller in some ways. Yet being set against the backdrop of the final weeks of Silence before Kaleb seizes control of the net also meant it was a book big on events. Everything in the series has led to this point. But while a ton of stuff was “paid off” in this book, the fall of Silence opens up a world of possibilities.

    I binge-read the earlier books for the first time in the 12 days before Heart of Obsidian released. I then immediately reread Heart of Obsidian after reading it the day it was released.

    It was a long year before Shield of Winter came out (lol). So I reread the entire series just before before it released. I think that helped gel all the puzzle pieces together. I’ve reread the series so many times now but I still have moments when I’m rereading the early books where I think “A ha!” Nalini laid out so many bread crumbs in the early books and then all along that you simply don’t realize are bread crumbs the first–or even second and third–time you read the book(s). So there are a lot of pieces to fit together.

    • I’ve always known or assumed about Kaleb’s alter ego but I have to admit that once everything was out in the open I enjoyed his alter ego’s character more than his. I’m sure if this was another couple’s book and Kaleb and Sahara were the secondary couple I probably would’ve liked this story more, but maybe a reread will be needed to better understand everything that happened in Heart of Obsidian.