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Overview

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.

A woman whose very existence has been erased.

A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.

A deadly price that must be paid.

The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

Dear Reader,

I'm delighted to have this chance to chat to you about HEART OF OBSIDIAN.

This is a book I've been making notes for over the past several years, adding material into the file with each new release in the Psy-Changeling series. Last year, when I sat down to write it in earnest, the words just flew. I was so incredibly excited that I worked late into the night for months, putting down scene after scene as fast as my fingers would move across the keyboard.

HEART OF OBSIDIAN is many things, but first and foremost, it's a love story between two people who've been through terrible darkness. They've survived, but the toll it's taken has been a brutal one, fundamentally altering who they once were. I adore both these characters and as I wrote, I wanted only happiness for them, but I knew their journey was never going to be easy, and that no matter if it hurt, I had to be true to them.

As I wrote, I saw through the eyes of the hero and heroine, learned of the scars that marked them both, smiled at the unexpected moments of laughter, felt my heart race at the heat that smoldered between them, and cried at the keyboard because finally, finally, it was their time. HEART OF OBSIDIAN ripped out my heart, shredded it into confetti, then put it back together a little battered, but stronger for it.

I think despite—or perhaps because of the darkness that has shaped both the hero and heroine—this may be one of the most deeply romantic books I've ever written, and it's one that continues to make my heart clench when I open the manuscript to read it. That isn't to say that the Psy-Changeling world is ignored here. On the contrary, this is the book that changes everything — the events that take place in HEART OF OBSIDIAN will color every aspect of the world going forward.

In the book blurb, it says "The day of reckoning is here" and that I think, is a potent representation of the story as a whole. The time has come not only for a staggering change in the world, but in the lives of the hero and heroine. Neither will ever again be the same.

I hope you find HEART OF OBSIDIAN as passionate and as romantic a read as I still do, and that you laugh, cry, and get angry right along with the characters.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me. I truly love hearing from my readers.

With the warmest regards,

Nalini

www.nalinisingh.com

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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
 
“Nalini Singh is a master storyteller when it comes to emotions and relationships.”—Dark Faerie Tales
 
“Sheer genius.”—The Romance Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101605196
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #12
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 15,066
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nalini Singh

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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Chapter 1

Kaleb Krychek, cardinal telekinetic and a man no one wanted to meet alone on a dark night, had been searching for his quarry for seven years, three weeks, and two days. Even while he slept, his mind had continued to hunt through the sprawling psychic network that was the heartbeat and the cage of the Psy race. Not for a day, not for a second, had he forgotten his search, forgotten what they’d taken from him.

Everyone involved would pay. He’d make certain of it.

Right now, however, he had different priorities, his search complete, his target huddled in a corner of a small, windowless room in his isolated home on the outskirts of Moscow. Crouching down in front of her, he held out a glass of water. “Drink.”

Her response was to crush herself impossibly further into the corner and tighten her arms around the knees she hugged to her chest. She’d spent the hour since he’d retrieved her from her prison rocking to and fro in brittle silence. Her hair was a tangled rats’ nest around her face, her upper arms bearing both fresh scratches and marks of older gouges.

She was still a bare five feet, two inches . . . or so he judged. She’d been in a huddled position pre-teleport, had only curled further into her shell in the past sixty minutes. Her eyes—a blue so deep they were midnight—refused to meet his, skittering away if he entered her line of sight.

Now she ducked her head, the matted waist-length strands that should’ve been a rich black interwoven with unexpected strands of red-gold, dull and greasy around her down-bent face. That face was all bone under pallid skin of palest brown, the nails on her hands gnawed to the quick yet embedded with dried blood that said she’d used the stubs to viciously scratch either her own skin or another’s, perhaps both.

At last, he understood why the NetMind and DarkMind, the twin entities that knew every corner of the vast psychic network that connected all Psy on the planet but for the renegades, had been unable to find her—regardless of how many times he’d made the request or how much information he’d given them in an effort to narrow the scope of the search. Kaleb had been inside her mind during retrieval, had needed to be to complete the teleport, and even then, he wouldn’t have known it was her if he hadn’t had incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. The person she’d been was gone.

Whether what remained was anything more than a broken shell was yet an unanswered question.

“Drink or I’ll leave you to wallow in your filth.”

He used words that would’ve once caused her to react—but he didn’t know if that part of her existed any longer. The file he’d so meticulously put together over the years, the file he’d studied until he could recite the contents in his sleep, was going to be useless. She was no longer that girl with her hair brushed straight and shiny and midnight eyes that seemed to see far beyond the skin.

“Perhaps you enjoy smelling like something from the garbage.”

The rocking increased.

Logic said he needed to get a Psy-Med specialist in here as fast as possible. But Kaleb knew he wasn’t going to do that. He trusted very, very few people and he trusted no one when it came to her. Since his current approach wasn’t bearing the results he wanted, he shifted focus with the ease of a man who had no emotional attachment to a decision.

“Your lips are cracked and it’s clear you haven’t had enough fluids for at least twenty-four hours.” In the split second that he’d teleported into the white-on-white room where she’d been held, the overhead light cutting in its torturous brightness, he’d seen the bottles thrown at the wall, the liquid soaked into the floor.

His initial assumption had been that the painful brightness was a normal part of her existence, but it may have been a punishment, her captors attempting to break her will. That it wasn’t already broken. . . yes, it said something about the woman who refused to interact with him on any level.

“If you wanted to kill yourself,” he said, watching for even the most minor response to the brutal words, “there are easier ways than dying of thirst. Or aren’t you intelligent enough to work that out?”

The rocking accelerated further.

“I can as easily pin you to the wall and force the water down your throat. I won’t even need to touch you.”

She hissed at him, dark blue orbs glinting behind the tangled mass of her hair.

He didn’t move, didn’t betray any reaction to the fact that she’d responded in some fashion at last, even if it was nonverbal. “Drink it. I won’t ask again.”

Still she resisted. Unexpected. Her mind might be broken, but it wasn’t—had never been—unintelligent. No, her intellect was so piercing, her teachers had struggled to keep up with her. She had to be aware that refusing him wasn’t an option. The power of a cardinal telekinetic was vast. He could crack every bone in her body with a fleeting thought, crush those bones into dust if he so chose. Even if she no longer understood that, she’d experienced his strength when he teleported her from her cell and to his home; she had to comprehend her precarious situation.

Her eyes flicked to the glass in his hand, teeth biting down on her badly cracked lower lip. Yet she didn’t reach for the water she so patently needed. Why?

He took a moment to think, consider the circumstances in which he’d found her. “It’s not drugged,” he said, talking to a face that held no recognition, no sign that she remembered their final blood-soaked encounter, an encounter where she’d screamed for so long and in such agony she’d caused damage to her throat that would’ve needed medical attention to repair.

“Infused with the minerals and vitamins that you need,” he continued, “but not drugged. You’re no use to me in a coma.” Holding her gaze when it finally connected with his, he took a healthy swallow of the water, then held out the glass.

It was snatched from him a second later. He’d teleported in another full glass from the kitchen before she finished the first. She emptied them both. Getting rid of the glass with a negligible use of his telekinesis, he rose from his crouched position in front of her. “Do you want to eat first or shower?”

She stared up at him, eyes narrowed.

“Fine, I’ll make the decision for you.” He brought in a plate of fresh, uncut fruit, as well as a thick slice of bread spread with butter and honey. It wasn’t the kind of food he ate—like most Psy, he lived on nutrition bars, for Silence thrived in the absence of sensation, and taste was a powerful one.

His guest’s Silence, however, had been shattered a lifetime ago. Sensation might well be the key to bringing her back from the mental wasteland where she’d retreated, her personality and abilities entombed. Teleporting in a knife, he sliced the bread into four smaller pieces, then, going down on his haunches, held the plate out to her. She stared for over a minute before selecting a piece not in the quick jab he’d expected, but with measured deliberation.

So, her captors hadn’t starved her. She’d chosen not to eat.

It took no effort to reach out with his mind, set the water to boil in the kitchen, prepare a mug of tea just hot enough that she could sip it. He dumped three teaspoons of sugar in the mug before bringing it in for her. This time, she didn’t hesitate, cuddling the mug to her chest.

Heat.

Realizing she was cold, he adjusted the thermostat to further warm up the already warm room. She didn’t react except to take another quarter of the bread. As she ate with slow neatness, he had the sense he was being evaluated. It would’ve been easy to jump to the conclusion that she wasn’t as broken as she appeared, that this was all a clever act, but the fleeting moments he’d spent in her mind told a far different story.

She’d been splintered from the inside out.

The intelligence that judged him at this instant was more akin to the primal hindbrain that existed within every civilized being, the part that knew how to identify predator from prey, danger from safety. It wasn’t the level of function he needed from her, but it was better than total catatonia or actual physical brain damage.

Her brain was fine. It was her mind that was broken.

Picking up an apple, he went to cut it, but her eyes flicked left to the grapes. He didn’t say a word, simply put down the apple and turned the plate so the grapes were close to her hand. She ate four, took a sip of tea, and stopped.

Half a slice of bread, four grapes, two glasses of water, and a sip of tea.

It was a better result than he might have initially predicted.

“I’ll leave this here for you,” he said, rising to put the plate on the small table on the far side of the bed. “If you want more, or something different, you’ll have to get it from the kitchen yourself.”

That got her attention.

The subtle rocking that had restarted when he rose to his feet stopped, and he knew she was listening. He had read Psy-Med Journals in preparation for the eventuality that she was broken when he found her, had even sat in remotely on countless lectures on the subject, but where the specialists recommended quiet, calm, gentle interaction, he knew the primitive mind behind those eyes of midnight blue would see right through such an act.

He was the monster that stalked nightmare, and they both knew it.

“You can move around the house as you please,” he told her, calculating how many years it had been since she’d been allowed any kind of freedom. The entire span of her captivity? If so, in this he could understand the impact on her psyche better than any stranger with psycho-medical training.

“The reason this room has no windows,” he said, answering the question she hadn’t asked, but that had to be at the surface of her consciousness, “was to negate the possibility of panic on your part at being removed from a closed environment.”

Her shoulders stiffened. Perhaps, he thought, there was more than an animal mind present within the fragile shell of her body. Perhaps. “If you prefer another room, choose it. For now, the bathroom is through there.” He pointed to the door on the other side of the bed, having deliberately chosen the smallest suite in the house for the same reason he’d given for the lack of windows.

He’d built the suite for her, for this exact possibility.

It was impossible to predict how she might react to the wide-open vista that encircled the house. He had no neighbors within screaming distance . . . further. The one side not bounded by grassy fields housed the terrace—and it was flush up against a jagged gorge. A terrace, he realized all at once, that had no railings, and could be reached by any number of rooms in the house, including the bedroom across from this one.

He was already retrieving the supplies to fix that oversight as he spoke. “If you wish to continue to smell like a pigsty, that’s your choice. However, when I get sick of the stink, I’ll simply teleport you into the shower, clothes and all, and turn on the water while pouring liquid soap over your head.”

The rocking had stopped totally by now.

“There are civilian clothes for you in the closet.” Not every piece would fit her emaciated frame, but she’d have enough for the time being. “If you’re attached to your institutional uniform”—a white smock, white pants, both filthy—“there’s a clean set in the dresser.” He’d sourced it a few minutes ago from a medical facility that would never notice the lack.

The woman in the corner remained mutinously silent.

Turning, he walked to the door, his fingers playing over the tiny platinum star in his pocket. “It’s after midnight. Sleep if you wish—if not, the house is yours to explore. I’ll be on the terrace.” He left without further words. This chess game was the most important of his life, each move as critical as the next. Those who’d held her captive had treated her as one might a dumb animal, but she was not that. No, she was far more gifted a prize. One he would do nothing to jeopardize.

As he would make no final decisions.

Not yet. Not until he knew how much of her they’d broken.

Kaleb could’ve built the barrier between the terrace and the gorge using his telekinetic abilities, but he stripped, changed into thin black sweatpants designed to keep the body cool and took on the task manually. As a Tk, energy was his lifeblood, but right now, he had an excess of it—not on the psychic plane, but on the physical.

Had he been human or changeling, the sudden spike in his energy levels might’ve been put down to excitement in achieving the goal that had been his driving force for seven years, in having her in his home and within reach. But he wasn’t a member of the emotional races. He was Psy and he was Silent, his emotions conditioned out of him when he’d been a child. His path to that Silence had been erratic at times, but the end result was the development of a coolly rational mind that held no shadow of fear or hope, anguish or excitement.

He had once had a large structural flaw in his conditioning, a bone-deep fracture in his Silence, but that had been in another life. The fracture had sealed to adamantine hardness, the weak spot morphing into the strongest part of his Silence, but he knew that behind the stone, the fault remained.

The day it no longer did . . . it was better for the world if that didn’t come to pass.

Wiping the sweat off his brow with his forearm, he turned up the voltage on the outdoor lights and began to drill in the screws that would ensure the metal barrier he was putting in place wouldn’t collapse even in a major earth tremor. He hadn’t searched so long for his quarry to lose her through a lack of preparation.

Even as he concentrated on the task, he kept an ear open for his guest. Some would say “prisoner” was the more apt term, but the words didn’t matter. Only the fact that she was in his grasp.

CRASH!

Drill abandoned, he’d teleported into her room before he consciously processed the violence of sound.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is the 12th book in her Psy/Ch

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is the 12th book in her Psy/Changeling series. I never thought I would love a book just as good or better with the hero being Kaleb Krychek, especially in competition with Hawke or Lucas. But Heart of Obsidian was simply amazing. Nalini Singh continues to prove that she is a master storyteller, and in this book she has created a fantastic masterpiece..

    Heart of Obsidian is Kaleb Krychek’s story, as we knew it would be after the end of Tangle of Need. We did not know who was the woman he had found, and what did she mean to him? We learn early that Sahara Kyriakus (Nightstar) was that woman, someone deep in his past, who turned out to be a fantastic heroine. This book belongs to Kaleb and Sahara, in so many ways.

    The book picks up immediately after Tangle of Need, with Sahara transported to Kaleb’s home, where he slowly tries to get her out of a labyrinth shell, which she herself put together during her 7 years in captivity. Right away you are surprised how gentle, but firm Kaleb is with Sahara. We know from the start she is important to him, but Sahara does not remember Kaleb. This is a surprise, as Kaleb has always came across as the most powerful psy; cold, calculating, and extremely dangerous. With Sahara we begin to see a different side of Kaleb, and Nalini does such wonderful job in salvaging him.

    This is not to say that Sahara wasn’t equally as wonderful as Kaleb. She was awesome, and possibly one of the best heroines in this series. She sees the goodness in him and together they will discover each other, as their love grows, and each will heal in their own way. This was such a beautiful romance, with two damaged people, who lost and found each other.

    It is Sahara who will get Kaleb to reveal his past, and how he came to be what he is. We learn the horrifying truth of Kaleb being trained by the evil Santano Enrique, and the things he had to endure. The fact that Nalini can get us to care about Kaleb is something, but we got to love him, as much or then many of the other psy/changeling heroes. Since all the heroes in this series are awesome, this was an amazing feat by Nalini.

    Kaleb and Sahara’s romance is so emotional on every level. As always, the sex scenes were hot and steamy, Besides this wonderful romance that pulled on our heart strings, not to mention the intensity, Heart of Obsidian continued the ongoing civil war with the Pure Psy against the Psy Council and Changelings.

    The ending was very exciting, with some resolution, as it is a game changer. However, much is left open to see how this change will affect the Psy & Changelings, and most of all…Silence. There is so much more to learn, and more enemies to defeat, but I can’t wait for what Nalini has in store for us as she reaches the final few books to end this arc.

    Heart of Obsidian is an emotional roller coaster, very intense, exciting, and an amazing romance. It is this romance that totally surprised me, being so beautiful, so much emotion, and very passionate. I can’t say enough of Nalini Singh, who has become one of my top favorite authors, how great a writer she is. Not only can she take a character seemingly unredeemable, dangerous and make him someone we would fall in love with; but she continues to amaze me how she keeps all the details of this complex world so precise, flawless and brings us to an exciting climax still to come.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “I wish I could give this book 10 Stars! Every single page of this book is packed with intensity. It’s enthralling, all consuming, and mind blowing. Yes, I was thoroughly blown away! ” ~Under the Covers

    Highly anticipated books like this always scare me. What happens if the author can’t take the pressure of writing such an anticipated story and it falls flat? What if it doesn’t go the way I WANT it to go? There are no guarantees and I was both extremely excited and extremely scared to start reading.

    Another fear of mine was the fact that knowing this book had the big Ghost reveal, this story would be centered around the Psy. In the past, the psy-only books have not been my favorites. They lack some of the intensity that the changelings bring to the world.

    I shouldn’t have worried. I was hooked from the very first line. I wrote my review with names in it and then have changed them to HERO and HEROINE in case people don’t want to know.

    There are some series that always have a tough leader, a guy that makes those sometimes ruthless decisions that go against most morals. He may seem heartless but there is always a purpose to his actions. The last one I remember that caught my interest as much was Jonas from the Breeds series by Lora Leigh. But after that, it’s been the HERO. The HERO, who should be psy and Silent, but has so much bottled up passion he could melt you at his feet. The HERO, who is ruthless in the pursuit of what he wants and won’t leave anything or anyone who gets in his path standing.

    Then focus all that intensity on the woman he loves. OMG!!!!! Ms. Singh, I am in awe of what you’ve done with this story. From all the layers to the HERO we get to unfold, to the story of his one true love. This is a second chance at love story. The girl he fell in love with as a kid and was taken from him. Brutally. The one he’s been searching for since. For such a hard shell on the exterior, I couldn’t help but melt at the softness inside of him.

    The HERO is, in one word, INTENSE. There’s so much he has learned to keep bottled up and as that shell cracks and all that intensity spills out….. Be prepared to fall in love. Changelings have nothing on the HERO.

    The HEROINE was also perfect for him. The perfect balance to his intensity. Nurturing, soft, but strong at the core. Able to stand on her own. Able to fight for her man. Able to heal him.

    Then there’s the Ghost. On this subject, I’m keeping my mouth shut. However, I will say that I found the big reveal a bit….anticlimactic. After waiting to find out who the Ghost is for so long, I was expecting bombs going off, cities collapsing and the Ghost riding in on some white horse to save the race. I don’t know. I wanted something epic. Instead, we find out as almost an afterthought. And that’s all I’m going to say. No more.

    Nalini Singh’s writing has the ability to paint a picture in my mind. Beautifully crafted words that flow and let the imagination run wild. And for the span of time it took me to read this book, I was living it.

    I wish I could give this book 10 Stars! Every single page of this book is packed with intensity. It’s enthralling, all consuming, and mind blowing. Yes, I was thoroughly blown away! This will be one I want to re-read and hold dear.

    *ARC provided by publisher

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Excellent Read

    I so love this series. This story definitely speaks of hope during the darkest times.

    If you are a reader of this series you HAVE to read this book a long awaited secret is revealed. Won't say anything more to ruin it for others.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

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    Under the covers book blog needs to keep her plot spoilers at her blog site. Plot spoilers are rude and inconsiderate to other readers here. This is a review site. What you do is dissect a book which ruins it for other readers. Just because you got it for free does not give you the right to ruin it fir us.

    5 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Intense

    Sad i just finished it. Discussing with my friend if there will be more....there must be more i need my psy changelings fix. this one brings together some of the big players we have met.
    Give it a day and i will reread it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Heart of Obsidian is an awesome novel. My task is to describe th

    Heart of Obsidian is an awesome novel. My task is to describe the story without spoiling it for future readers. I will do this by posing a series of questions.
    How does an act of kindness impact the future of an emotional and abuse boy as he grows into manhood?
    Does capture and torture have to remove our humanity?
    Do leaders of a society have the right to impose restrictions on that society forever?
    Is change and adaption necessary or even right?
    Are we all flawed and just doing the best we can under the circumstance that influence us?
    Is love only for the perfect?
    Nalini poses these questions to her characters and those answers are what make this novel great.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Wow wow wow

    What a love story. I believe this is the deepest love story that Ms Singh has written. I have read all her books. This one is even deeper than the stories of Raphael and Elena. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a story involving Kaleb, I was under the impression that he was one of the very bad guys. But he isn't, wasn't. And Sahara is the perfect heroine for Kaleb. This was intense from the beginning to the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Oh how the loooong wait was worth it!

    If you've reached this - the 12th book in the Psy/Changeling series - you know that Kaleb was only second to Hawke in the anticipation stakes...and, man oh man, did it live up to the anticipation and expectation! We finally get to see who he's been searching for and what he's capable of in his protection of her. Lots of questions are answered, so many that it almost seems like the end of a cycle and the beginning of a whole new phase in this fantastic series. Like Judd (Caressed by Ice) and Dev (Blaze of Memory), Kaleb is a very dangerous man, even more dangerously talented than Judd - maybe even more than Sienna! - but what he does with his talents is the true revelation of this Psy who had thus far been shrouded in mystery. Absolutely fantabulous. (Note to readers new to this series: it MUST be read in proper sequence to fully experience the slowly building revolution and the intro to the many players. But like with J. R. Ward' s Brotherhood series, you get to see the characters again and again...which is good because you don't want to give these characters up. Start with Slave to Sensation and go on from there.)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Wow

    Fantastic. The incredible focus on these two characters and their connection to each other, almost to the exclusion of anyone else, is amazing. The intimacy, and I do not mean sex though there is plenty of that, is so well written and vivid and just so damn, well, intimate. I can hardly wait to see the fallout of the events of this book in the next one.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    This novel was the most anticipated book on my TBR list this yea

    This novel was the most anticipated book on my TBR list this year - even more than the BDB, Midnight Breed, Dark Hunter and The League series. Heart of Obsidian is an amazing novel and ties up clues that have been sprinkled throughout the series. Nalini did a superb job in building the Psy-Changeling-Human world such that there is continuity between all of the novels (unlike many series that I love where the author changes facts to fit the circumstances).

    As I was reading Heart of Obsidian, I dragged out the earlier novels and checked out the clues. This novel answered so many questions about the Ghost, the break-down of Silence, people that were referenced in passing, NetMind and DarkMind. (Yes, there are still some unanswered questions). I was truly sad when the book ended as I could have read a couple of hundred more pages.

    I wished I was able to see more of the Psy, Changelings and humans that were the main characters in the other novels BUT Heart of Obsidian is a love story set in the backdrop of the upheaval in a world that is at war. I loved that the focus was on the hero and heroine and how love and acceptance is at the very heart of their relationship along with the ability to grow within that relationship.

    I am so looking forward to the next novels as the ending of HoO has a new world emerging from the rubble of the old world. I am going to reread this novel and then will go back to Slave to Sensation to begin looking at this series with fresh eyes. I wish I can give this book more than 5 stars as the writing, plot and characters stand heads above most of the books that I have read in the last year. Great job, Nalini, and now I get to look forward to Guild Hunter in the fall once I finish my re-read of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    verrrryyyyy good. the book could have used much less description

    verrrryyyyy good. the book could have used much less descriptions and conversations with the side characters and storyline but i adored the romance between the two protagonists. I also think the "deep dark secret" Kaleb waited for her to remember was a little anti-climatic. Could have been much more dramatic, more attention focused on resolving this secret. after the truth was revealed, it was kinda like 'oh. ok, that's it?'

    but good good story. finished in two hours. =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great book

    Wonderful story.....love all her books.......this however was amazing. You will not want to put this one down.....I didn't !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Wonderful story and strong characters

    I love the story of Kaleb and Saraha. Kaleb is complex enough to keep it interesting. Saraha's past is slowly revealed to her and the reader, allowing us to go on the journey with her from brutalized and lost to strong and capable. Her love for Kaleb is so strong that it brings hom out of the darkness. Excellent couple for eachother and for the storyline. The drama and conflicts keep you turning the page and rooting for a happy ending.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    When this book started I wasn't sure where it was gong to go.  I

    When this book started I wasn't sure where it was gong to go.  I've read all of the books in this series and clearly things were coming to a head for Kaleb but I never anticipated how.   This book was the culmination of the world building of the past books and it was excellent.  The writing was stellar.  Ms. Singh crafted her story, wove as a fine tapestry, never giving away too much and always keep her reader engaged.   The story got better with every turn of the page.  It was suspenseful, dramatic, romantic, and dynamic.  By far the best in the series.     This book was more than worth the read, it was worth savoring. 




    Nook Pages: 368

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    What a turn around.

    Councilor Kaleb Krychek always came across cold and ruthless. His hidden history with Councilor Santano Enrique caught me off guard. His getting involved with a cousin of Faith Kyriakus of the Nightstar family was a good way to reintroduce old characters back into the series. I like series to branch out but still bring in familiars from previous books.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    This is a great book written by a great author that makes sure t

    This is a great book written by a great author that makes sure to stay true to her world building and has an ability to draw you into her world and give you a wonderful book. This is the 12th book in the Psy/Changeling series and even though I am not a fan of the Psy I completely feel in love with this couple. 

    Kaleb Krychek was everything I expected him to be. He fought for his love emotionally and physically. I was never bored of him and the romantic scenes were more than I ever expected. 

    Sahara Kyiakus was a great heroine she was abused but not completely broken. She fought back and explored the new world but she knew who she wanted and she went back to him when she was ready. Loved the book it a is one of those book that you finish reading and you just want to start all over again. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    I am not sure which was more, the backstory or the current story

    I am not sure which was more, the backstory or the current story... Kaleb has a history. Its dark, bloody violent. Sahara was basically erased. But Kaleb found her, keeping his promise. The result is an emotional roller coaster that is gripping in its intensity...Take the time to read.. You will be glad you did !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    A Beautiful Love

    A tortured boy, a young man willing to suffer unimaginable torture for a young girl he loves without knowing it. A young girl imperfect in her Silence, but perfect in her love, determined to give it to the boy she loves. That is the love of Kaleb and Sahara. Beautiful. A must read.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    I was a little worried that so much of the book was kept secret

    I was a little worried that so much of the book was kept secret for so long.... but I should never have doubted Nalini's writing genius. The past few books in the series have had little bits and pieces that made me question if Kaleb Krychek could be the infamous Ghost in the Net. It's a relief to not only find out the truth behind his actions, but to know I wasn't crazy in my imaginings. Singh spins a story filled with twists and turns as changing as the maze Sahara once created with her mind. I couldn't put the book down once I began. In fact, I waited until I knew I would have several free hours before even opening the cover flap. I wanted NOTHING to interfere with my reading time.

    And I am so thankful I did that. From start to finish, this book had me hooked. I can't wait for the next book in the series, so we can learn what the shattering of Silence truly means to the Psy and their world. How many connections will be revealed once the stranglehold they have on their feelings is released? For my part, I believe there are already several (currently invisible) threads connecting families within the Net. After all, we know Nikita isn't as Silent as she pretends. Nor is Anthony or the Nightstar clan. Sophie is still hooked to the Net as well. The anticipation of what Singh can and will do next with the series is exciting; and the it will likely drive me crazy as I wait for the next book. Until then, I will content myself with rereading the series at least three times.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a simply wonderful romance novel. While most series te



    This is a simply wonderful romance novel. While most series tend to lessen in quality in the later books, Singh avoids the dip with this book
    and kicks this series into a new level of goooood. 

    What Singh does so wonderfully in this book is give us a romance focused book while forward the plot arc of the series. This book promises t
    hat in the rest of the books of the series we will be living in a new reality. In essence, we get a brand new series with new rules as the Psy
    come out of Silence. (I don't think this is much of  a spolier as it has been coming for ever) This is going to be so much fun!! 

    The heroine of this book is the one great love of the hero's life. His only love.  He gives her everything she needs even when it isn't what he
    needs. I am not saying his name in case you don't know. 

    The hero is divine. He is one of those hero's who is dark and dangerous and loves flat out. Love him.

    The heroine is wise and brave and has awesome superpowers. 

    How they love each other is aching, sweet, and  very sexy.  Psy and Psy love is new to this series and I love it! 

    We get to see favorite characters. 

    However, even if you have never read this series, you would still really adore this book. And if you already read this series, you are going to
    do a happy dance, it is that good.

    Engaging, emotional, poetic the writing really brings this world, the characters and this love alive. 

    The title for this book is perfect. It is an extended metaphor that connects all the strands of the sereis and embodies the romance in this book. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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