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Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changelings) Hardcover – June 4, 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 652 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the Psy/Changelings Series

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Editorial Reviews


"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

About the Author

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she's traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She's beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Product Details

  • Series: Psy/Changelings (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425263991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425263990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rating: A ... Heat: Warm

**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.
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This is the book I have been waiting for. After the first two books in this excellent series, I was convinced that Singh had managed to come up with a killer template for the rest of the series: passionate romance in the midst of intense political games and violent clashes between ideologies set in a unique and sprawling fantasy world. However, the majority of the rest of the books in the series haven't fully done all that for me though.

Especially the recent ones just seem focused on the romance aspect between two lesser characters and haven't really seemed to push the overarching plot to the series. The thing about this series is though, I think the question of who the ghost is, and what's going to happen to the twin Net Minds, and whether a full on war is going to explode--are all more interesting than the romance of the week. Singh has simply created far too a wonderful world for these important matters to be pushed to the background. Therefore, I was hopeful that both we would soon get a book about Kaleb (as he is inexplicably one of my favorite characters even though it's been intimated many times that he's a sociopathic killer) as well as a book that would really push this series into a high gear regarding the series plots.

This book changes everything.

From the first page, you know big things are going to happen. Kaleb as a Councilor is simply too big a major player in the Psy world for his actions not to have massive consequences. We do find out who the ghost is, and without completely spoiling it for everyone, it's not wholly unexpected. In fact, it makes more sense than if she had picked another character-still it wasn't the big surprise that I was kind of hoping it would be.
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--------No Spoilers Ahead ----------
One of my biggest fears in any series that have ten or more books in it, is that the story line becomes exhausted and all you get are a formula romances where everything is predictable. Repeatable even. It is not the case with Nalini Singh.

I think all the books before this were necessary for the Psy/Changeling world to come to a place where this was possible. I won't mention the details, as many of the people are yet to read, but it's suffice to say - the book is explosive.

It's not just romance that drives it; it's not a case of few, predictable events generated simply to highlight the romance part. The overall plot of the series (which picks up speed immensely in this book) works hand in hand with the love story one furthering another to the point where a reader is sitting on the edge of his seat desperate to find out what happens next.

And there are many things to find out, many things that will leave you speechless and awestruck. Many details that make Heart of Obsidian into one of the most thrilling, intense rides of your life.

I mean any author who could turn a character such as Kaleb into a likable, relatable lead without destroying what he is, without changing him fundamentally, must be a genius. She manages everything nicely: lets him stay true to himself and gives us a glimpse into the darkest corners of his soul. Furthermore, Nalini Singh pens Kaleb and Sahara as a couple it's not possible not to adore. Because despite of their flaws, they complete each other.

I must admit I waited for this book so much, I paid 18 bucks for my kindle edition just to put my hands on it as soon as possible.
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