Heart of Obsidian (Nalini Singh)

Heart of Obsidian is the latest novel in Nalini Singh‘s Psy-Changeling Series. [Here are my other reviews.]

Kaleb Krychek is one of the psy council. Or he was when that still existed. He is definitely one of the most dangerous people in the world. He’s been looking for Sahara for years. She has been missing, kidnapped because of her abiliteis. Now he finally found her, though he is not sure how much of her mind is actually still there. If it turns out that she was destroyed, Kaleb knows he’ll make the world pay for that.

Heart of Obsidian had a couple of things I didn’t like so much but most of it was awesome. I flew through the book and would have no trouble reading and enjoying it again.


What bothered me about the book was the way Kaleb’s sanity and his basic decency absolutely hinged on Sahara, especially since his powers are so big and he is so traumatized. Imagine being responsible not only for the sanity of the person you love but for the fate of the entire world. Imagine if she fell out of love. I mean, that’s just a whole lot to ask of a woman who spent her entire adult life being tortured in captivity. Some might think this is romantic, I find it mostly worrying.

And Kaleb was generally a little too brooding and tortured and dark for my taste. I mean, Singh’s men usually have some trauma in their past that gets healed with luuuuurve. But this time it was all a little too much in my opinion. On the other hand, Sahara was really quick to recuperate. Her being traumatized was mostly done with after a hundred pages.

But apart from that I really enjoyed the book. When it was revealed that Kaleb was the Ghost (which was a rather unsubtle reveal, btw), I did a little dance because I FUCKING KNEW IT! And despite my hesitations about Kaleb and the plotline, I gobbled it all up. And I loved it. It was exactly the right thing to read in my uni break. Also, the world building continues to be pretty excellent (despite the worrying fact that there’s apparently no homosexuality in this world. I’ll be waiting here for that).

Summarizing: Really looking forward to the next one.

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