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"A must-read for all of my fans."--Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Scorching hot."--Dear Author
"I don't think there is a single paranormal series as well planned, well written, and downright fantabulous as Ms. Singh's Psy-Changeling series."--All About Romance
"Paranormal romance at its best."--Publishers Weekly
"A fast-moving, heart-pounding, sexy-as-hell thrill ride."--Joyfully Reviewed
"Sheer genius."--The Romance Reviews
Praise for Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling Novels
“A must-read for all of my fans.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Scorching hot.”—Dear Author
“I don’t think there is a single paranormal series as well planned, well written, and downright fantabulous as Ms. Singh’s Psy-Changeling series.”—All About Romance
“Paranormal romance at its best.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fast-moving, heart-pounding, sexy-as-hell thrill ride.”—Joyfully Reviewed
“Nalini Singh is a master storyteller when it comes to emotions and relationships.” —Dark Faerie Tales
“Sheer genius.”—The Romance Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of novels, including the Psy/Changeling series and the Guild Hunter series. Born in Fiji, she grew up in New Zealand, where she currently resides. To read free short stories connected to Nalini's books, visit her website at nalinisingh.com.
Angela Dawe is originally from Lansing, Michigan, and currently calls Chicago home. In addition to audiobook narration, she has worked in film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy.
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**May contain minor spoilers. Spoilers aren't my intention. I mention who the hero is - but not who The Ghost is. You don't know 100% who it is till 2/3 in. There's so much going on in this book that it isn't the focus.**
This is the book all Psy-Changeling fans have been waiting for! Well, other than Hawke's book, which was one I desperately wanted from the very beginning. In Heart of Obsidian we get answers. Big answers. So many things happen that I'm hesitant to say anything at all. What should you know? Nalini Singh is pure genius--dark, twisted, and brilliant--and in Heart of Obsidian her genius really shines through.
Singh took a character I wasn't fond of and, in some instances, despised, and made him... well, not human, but... understandable. Relatable. She managed to keep him unapologetically true to character, a very dark sort of character, and made me feel for him. Care for him. Fall deeply, madly in love with an unscrupulous and ruthless man.
Kaleb Krycheck, former Councilor, is cold and inscrutable. A man known for his unconscionable deeds and his mercenary attitude. Kaleb is dedicated to one cause so completely he'd end the world for it. And, as a dual Cardinal with off-the-charts Tk abilities, he could - and would - end the world. Kaleb is a man so full of darkness, you don't want to like him. I actively fought not to like him. But the more you know, the deeper you fall into his darkness. He's a man capable of anything. So when he kidnaps a woman, who was previously kidnapped years ago and held captive - and steals her for himself, his motivations and reasons aren't obvious.
That woman, Sahara Kyriakus, is lost in her own mind. In a labyrinth of her own making. She turned her mind into a puzzle that her captors could never solve. The only person who can is Sahara herself. When she finds her usual windowless cage is swapped with another, and a new jailer is introduced, she remains on guard. Except nothing about this man who's taken her makes sense. He allows her freedoms and concessions and gives her truthful answers. Its disarming, confusing, and causes her defenses to begin unraveling all on their own.
Kaleb and Sahara... left me breathless. A broken Psy and a Silent Councilor. From their very first interactions, I was in their thrall. There have been cold men in the Psy-Changeling series, Jude was made of ice till Brenna thawed him some, but with Kaleb--there is no thawing. He's too powerful. He's too... much. His chill is to the marrow. And Sahara never tries to change him, because she knows the consequences would be too dire. To have a hero like Kaleb... he might not melt, but he sure as heck finds a way to melt you. Sahara stood no chance against a man so... impressively tenacious. The truth is a very powerful thing and he gives it to Sahara when no one else would. Even if it means she'll run from him.
And all of this takes place in the midst of the Psy civil wars that are bleeding out into the other races. Pure Psy is amping up their destruction and the casualties are piling up. Things are racing toward a big, big final showdown between Pure Psy and... well, everyone else. Inter-species relationships will never be the same. The Psy will never be the same. Good or bad, this book is a game changer.
Heart of Obsidian is intense on all levels--the romance, the action, the emotions, the drama. Nalini Singh has written a book that's savage in its intensity. It will rock you. The Psy-Changeling world is already impressive, but this book will leave you awestruck. I can't wait to see were Singh takes it from here.
SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers for the earlier books in this series. I can't really avoid it.
Kaleb is the most powerful Psy there is. He is a Cardinal telepath and telekinetic (to be a Cardinal is to be off the charts powerful, and he has that ability times two). He was also raised to be the protege of one of the most corrupt Psy to have ever existed. This makes him also the most feared Psy ever. He as the ability to destroy the PsyNet as well as the planet should he so choose. However, there is another person he has been linked to for years who has a say in what he does, if he can ever bring her back to him.
Sahara Kyriakus was kidnapped at the age of 16 and held captive for about seven years. In order to survive, she had to give up her sanity. She always knew however she did need to survive, just not why. But when someone from her paths finds her and brings her to safety, she begins to change.
Kaleb isn't a nice person. He's cold, pragmatic, and he wants to rule the world. He doesn't care who dies, he just wants those important to him to be safe. Everything else around him lines up with those goals. He's not a gentle hero. But what he is is loyal and willing to do whatever it takes.
This isn't an easy love story to read, but it's strong and very emotional and I love it. The strength of personality Sahara and Kaleb have are very glorious, and watching them find their way is beautiful. This is a phenomenal book. At least to me.
I loved this story and I didn't expect that..really I didn't! This book has Kaleb Krychek as the hero and considering he's a member of the Psy council (that is now pretty much defunct) and has seemed like a bad guy with plans to take over the whole Psy-net I wasn't sure what to expect in this book but Singh did a great job.
Because lots of unexpected and interesting events in this book it might be hard not to let stuff slip during this review (although I'll try not to let anything too important come through). I wont hide the entire review but if you read this be warned that you may be confronted with a few spoilers. :D
Sahara is a member of the NightStar family (she's a cousin to Faith, the heroine from Visions of Heat). She has the gift of backsight (seeing past events) but also has an little-known and rare gift that allows her to get in the mind of any Psy. Sahara was kidnapped and held captive for 7 years (since she was 16 years old) by people that tried to force her to use her gift for them. She made a labyrinth of her mind as a matter of self defense and it thankfully kept her safe until she was rescued.
Kaleb is a hard man that's been through hell. He is a very strong Psy that's a cardinal in both telepathy and telekinesis (being that strong in 2 different areas is unheard of and makes Kaleb pretty much the strongest Psy out there). Kaleb was the (unwilling) pupil of the former Psy Councillor Santano, who was a psychotic killer that was killed by the Changelings in Slave to Sensation. Santano had a certain amount of control over Kaleb as he was growing up and Kaleb wasn't completely free until Santano was killed.
Kaleb and Sahara met as children and Sahara was the first person Kaleb could ever remember showing him any kindness. Because of this, Kaleb finds ways to come back to visit Sahara for years and they develop a bond, an emotional bond, making plans to be together when they're grown and able to live their lives. During this time, Kaleb is being put through a lot of bad crap by Santano and poor Kaleb doesn't have much choice about it. Kaleb tries to hide his relationship with Sahara from Santano but he finds out. There's a traumatic event (Santano) that ends up tearing Kaleb and Sahara apart. Sahara is kept captive somewhere that Kaleb can't find her, not even once Santano is dead. Kaleb keeps searching and eventually (at the end of the previous book) he finds her and rescues her from her jailers. As I noted above, Sahara made a labyrinth of her mind to protect herself from her captors so when she's rescued her mind is still in a state that leaves her without most of her memories. Kaleb nurses her back to health and tries to gain her trust. Their previous relationship isn't clear at this point so it's hard to figure out what Kaleb wants from her but it's very apparent that he is extremely protective of her and doesn't want any harm to come to her. Sahara feels a connection to Kaleb and feels safe with him but she doesn't remember him (or much of anything). Once she's safe, Sahara's "mind labrynth" unwinds itself and she comes back to herself with some time. But even with her mind getting back to normal, Sahara worries that her feelings towards Kaleb are indications that her mind is permanently damaged (since she seems to trust him without reason).
Kaleb and Sahara spend time together as she recovers and she finds that she's very attracted to Kaleb and want to touch him. Her silence was never the best as a child (hence the bond that formed between them) and her captivity broke what was left of it. Kaleb has been obsessed with getting Sahara back but has closed off the rest of him for years and has a hard time returning her feelings but he doesn't push her away, wanting her bonded to him so she'll never try to leave him. Sahara doesn't really understand what he wants from her though, she just knows that he's claiming her as his and he wants her to stay with him for good. Fortunately, Kaleb also doesn't want to hurt her in any way, so when she asks to be allowed to go see her family and stay with them, Kaleb allows it (although he's unthrilled to be letting her go). This actually helps things though because it helps Sahara feel more comfortable with him and her feelings toward him since he's not her captor any more. Things start growing more intense between them and they start in to a true relationship. I have to say that I really liked the way their story came about. It was a little confusing at first because you don't know their complete background or what exactly Kaleb wants from Sahara but it works out well. While Kaleb and Sahara are getting to know each other again there's a lot going on in the action plot. The series storyline that's been growing has finally hit a culmination point and the Psy war spikes. The "Pure-Psy" group is out killing Psy, Changeling and Humans as they've basically become mindless fanatics that believe that they need to kill off everyone they can so the strong will rise to rule the Earth (which they automatically assume will be the Psy..minus the weak Psy of course). Kaleb, the Arrows and a few others try to stop the Pure-Psy movement and mitigate the damage from the multiple attacks all around the Earth. There's a lot of drama and trauma but the war is stopped and a few of the good Psy (Kaleb, Nikita, Anthony and the Arrows) band together to lead the Psy in to an uncertain future. The book concludes with the Psy facing major changes as they try to figure out how to live new lives and Kaleb and Sahara starting their well deserved HEA.
This was a great book. I loved Kaleb and Sahara and thought they were great together. Kaleb is still a hard man after all he's been through in the past but I loved how Sahara got through to him and made him a better man because he wanted to be that for her (she's his conscience). This was a great addition to the series and I think this book is now my favorite of the series. I can't wait to see how things go in the next book...so many things to look forward to! I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
* note - I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a very good job.