I love everything Nalini Singh! And in her latest book, “Heart of Obsidian” Singh doesn’t disappoint. For fans of the Psy/Changeling series, we have been waiting with baited breath for Kaleb Krychek’s aka “The Ghost’s” story. He has been an integral figure in the series, sometimes swooping in to save the day, but mostly making decisions with typical calculated, and sometimes devastating, Psy logic. We’ve known, however, that he has been searching for something, or someone, and that each cold decision has brought him one step closer to her.
The story starts with Kaleb confronting a woman, starved from neglect, with no understanding of where or who she is. Sahara Kyriakus has been tortured for seven long years. And in order to protect her sanity and the secret ability that could destroy even the strongest of Psy, she has escaped into a labyrinth in her own mind. The construct has kept her mind safe but it comes with a terrible price. Her mind is lost to madness and Kaleb is convinced he will never again know the young girl who was the only person on the planet to show him an ounce of kindness.
Singh has weaved a complex and riveting tale that works on multiple levels. Many questions are answered while new ones are posed. The main characters are not only trying to navigate through Sahara’s torture but they also have to battle the rot attacking The Net while simultaneously battling Pure Psy, a fanatical group dedicated to total Silence.
Without giving away too many spoilers, Singh successfully explains why Kaleb is who he is. And let’s be honest, he is definitely a sociopath and maybe even a borderline psychopath who only exists or cares for one person in the world: Sahara.
If I had one complaint, it would be that because Singh is focused on so many major conflicts, like the total destruction of the Psy Net, the conflict between the characters is sometimes lost. I would have liked to see a few more of the conflicts introduced between them explored a little more. He can’t be touched because he might destroy them or the Net but then he just shuttles some extra strength to his shields and he’s fine. She suspects he’s a mass murderer but when he says he isn’t, she’s like, ok.
But really, these are very small complaints. I really enjoyed the book, and considering the MASSIVE stunner Singh drops at the end of the book, I can’t wait to read Shield of Winter, the next book in the series, to see if the Psy Net will survive. A MUST READ!
4.5 out of 5 Whatzits!