Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

May Contain Spoilers

The pressure is on to catch up with the series before Silver Silence is released in June.  I think I’m looking at a July read date with the way things are going.  Anyway, I was a little disappointed that the focus was almost entirely on Kaleb and Sahara, with the supporting cast of changelings and Psy only making brief appearances.  This is almost entirely a Psy book, and they aren’t my favorite race in this world. The Psy civil war does get wrapped up, though, and there is a lot of intense action to keep the pages turning.

Kaleb has finally tracked down Sahara, his childhood friend who was kidnapped and tortured by several high ranking Psy councilors.  He has spent seven years searching for her, and when he is able to free her from her captivity, she is a shell of the girl she once was.  To endure the painful years of her captivity, and to survive having her mental shields ripped open, she created a mental labyrinth to hide in.  Emaciated and half mad, Kaleb patiently nurses her back to health, both physically and mentally.

The romances between the Psy almost never fully engage my attention.  I mean, these are beings that are trained, often painfully, from a young age to feel no emotions.  They are cloaked in the blanket of Silence, that emotionless state that allows the Psy to feel no emotions.  To save the Psy race, Silence was introduced to keep Psy from murdering each other, and it is rigorously enforced.  Sahara’s Silence was never stable, and after her traumatic imprisonment, her Silence is non-existent. 

Kaleb, raised by the psychopath Enrique Santano, was beaten and tortured whenever he had a break in Silence.  So you have a guy with no emotions and girl with way too many trying to establish some sort of relationship together, and in addition, there is Sahara’s PTSD to deal with.  I just thought that the romance was not convincing, though I guess Kaleb’s loss of control was somewhat amusing when he was overwhelmed by all the newness of everything, and the sudden passion developing between him and Sahara.

My favorite part of the series are the background plots involving the conflicts between the races, and the war between the Psy.  For a race that feels nothing, they sure do have a lot of negative energy for backstabbing and power plays.  It’s just human nature for the strong to try to take advantage of the weak, and not even Silence is going to change that.  I am looking forward to the next book to see how the Psy deal with their change in circumstances and how it effects their dealings with the other races.

Grade: 3.75

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

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.

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