RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh


Title: Heart of Obsidian
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication Info: Berkley June 2013
ISBN: 978-0425263990
Genre: Paranormal

Book Heart of Obsidian This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Lulu. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Paranormal Romance category.

The summary:

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.

And here is Lulu's review:

Mea culpa: I am a huge Nalingi Singh fan. Every book in her series gets a good grade from me – and this one gets an ‘A+’.

Nalingi Singh’s Heart of Obsidian is the 12th novel in her outstanding Psy-Changeling series. This is one of my favorite series: Singh created a world peopled by Changelings (part animal part human), humans, and the Psy, who each have specific psychic powers.

And – wow. That was hard to explain. And there is lots of ‘splainin to do here. But seriously, there is no way to tell the whole backstory. It’s a complicated universe, and you need to read the earlier books in the series to understand it. If you haven’t yet read them? Get ready to completely check out for the next week. You are in for a huge treat, and some seriously hot reads. All are good – some are truly great. Singh created some memorable characters: Lucas; Judd; Drew; the oh-so-hawte Hawke. And yeah – strong, memorable females, too, but right now I’m thinking about the hot factor. And adding Kaleb to that list.

Heart of Obsidian brings a lot of information to the table. Questions are answered about Silence – about the revolution – and about the most powerful Psy alive. Until this point in the series, Kaleb was portrayed as “the perfect graduate of Silence. Ruthless. Cold-blooded. Without mercy…without conscience.” Kaleb is ice cold and brilliant. Raised by a sadistic serial killer, his actions in past novels are ambiguous; it is unclear whether he will come down on the side of good or evil.

Sahara wakes up in Kaleb’s home, as much of an enigma to herself as she is to the reader. Kidnapped at a young age, she twisted her mind into a constantly changing labyrinth, locking herself into madness to keep from revealing her Psy skills to her tormentors.  Kaleb searched for Sahara for seven years. Singh shares their past in time-skips throughout the story – something which can be very irritating if used too heavily, but Singh owns it. We completely get why Kaleb has searched – why Sahara ‘unlocks’ for him – and where their very deep connection is rooted.

And?  We get this awesome line:

“Sahara!” A rage of sound. “I’ll come for you! Survive! Survive for me!” They were the last words she heard before her mind went black.

If that doesn’t send you into a Daniel-Day-Lewis-jumping-over-the-hedge-chest-gleaming-locks-flying-SWOON, then you gotta go get your Last of the Mohicans on.

Like I said before, I am a fan. Nalingi Singh regularly delivers smart women, seriously hot sex, and men who respect. Highly recommend.

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    library addict says:

    Loved this book, too. So bummed it didn’t win the RITA :(

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