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Heart of Obsidian: A Psy-Changeling Novel (Psy/Changelings) Mass Market Paperback – November 26, 2013
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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 really don't know how to talk about it without spoilers. One can read the synopsis but it won't tell you what this story is really about and if I do it, well, "spoilers, sweetie." Let' s say this novel, and evidently the entire series, take the question "what if" very seriously.
Singh can tell a great story, she understands how to develop characters so that we have sympathy for even the ones in the wrong.
I really want to read more by her but, oy vey, the expense.