Book Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

The Psy-Changeling is a series of  adult paranormal romance books about an alternative society, where three different races find themselves at war.

1. The Psy own gifts of the mind. They are able to use their minds for telepathy, telekinesis, to cure the injured/deceased, and even to stop or start wars. Recognizing the dangers of their own powers, the Psy conditioned emotion out of their lives.

2. The changelings are shape-shifter, half human and half animal. They belong to a variety of species, wolves, leopards, falcons, sharks, etc. The changelings’ lives depend strongly on emotions, family, and affection.

3. Humans are perhaps the weakest race, but they are the most influential race of the Psy-Changeling world.

Interested? Check out my earlier post “Best of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series,” where I explain why I love these books.

Now, let’s talk about the latest book, Heart of Obsidian.

Warning: This review may contain some minor spoilers.

I love this book! The reasons why I love the Psy-Changeling world are all present in this book. Nalini brings us a universe incredibly built, diverse and in-depth characters, and a sweet love story. In this book, we finally discover the identity of the ghost (which I will not divulge). In fact, I’m afraid to say or write anything else. Thankfully, Nalini posted an excerpt on her blog some days before publication (after teasing us with an amazing cover), revealing the names of our new hero and heroine.

Kaleb Krychek is unyielding, powerful and lethal. The ex-counselor’s love for Sahara Kyriakus is his only and most powerful redeeming quality. Perhaps, this love is his salvation. In contrast, Sahara is a little dangerous, righteous, and driven. It’s through Sahara that we get a fresh view of the PsyNet. They share a heart wrenching history of sadness and happiness. Kaleb and Sahara’s story is one of the sweetest and the most complex of the series. Nalini unveils the love story slowly, like an intimate and well-kept secret.

Heart of Obsidian is a big push forward for the overarching plot. The author answers many questions in this book, and she leaves us wanting more. Hint: the PsyNet. I enjoyed the role the media played in representing the varying views of the Psy population. This is integral to the plot and representative of the use of media/social media in our present world.

There’s much to say about father and daughter relationships as well. The relationship between Faith and her father continues to flourish. We are given an insider’s view into the NightStar clan that we have not seen in other books. The alliance between Kaleb, Anthony, and Nikita is equally promising and intriguing. Just what exactly are Anthony and Nikita getting up to these days? What is going to happen to the PsyNet? I’m impatient to read about the aftermath of everything that happens in this book. There are still plenty of lose ends to explore.

What didn’t I like?

I would have liked to get a glimpse of the changeling’s and the Psy defector’s perspectives (Sascha and the Lauren’s in particular). However, I understand that Kaleb and Sahara are the main focus of this book and it’s a great story. Also, there’s one amazing “meeting” scene between alphas and counselors in this book, but I wanted to see more women sitting at the “strategy table.” Nalini writes about some strong female characters in this series, so I’m being extremely picky here.

My Final Opinion:

This is one of my favorite books in the series. I love this book. I would recommend this book to all Nalini Singh fans, as well fans of romance and paranormal genre.

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (June 4, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0425263991

ISBN-13: 978-0425263990

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