Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (Spoiler alert - maybe?)

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.

When going into Heart of Obsidian I was very deliberate: Yes to teasers and excerpts from Ms. Singh, NO to any reviews by other bloggers. As much as I love the thoughts of my peers there was just no way I was going to taint/influence my reading of what is probably considered the biggest game changer to date for this series. And WHAT a game changer this book was.

For the first time we're introduced to the inner thoughts of Kaleb, the mysterious Council member whose motivations could never be understood. He's been a big influence throughout the series but to finally get to read his thoughts, to figure out just who was the one person he'd been searching for was fantastic. Singh handles her characters with an adept hand, never straying from the heart of them  - Kaleb is never going to be good (in that flat lily-white definition of good) and honestly I found myself routing for his violence more often than not (but I'm a little blood thirsty). Even when he denies it, the connection between him and (SPOILER) Sahara can't be resisted, and their journey to a new future, one built on the people they are at this moment, after their years of separation and torture, is incredible. Don't read this without the backstory from the full series, but I loved this book.
Overall Feeling - A+

Series - 10) Kiss of Snow 11) Tangle of Need 12) Heart of Obsidian