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Thursday, June 20, 2013

REVIEW: "Heart of Obsidian" by Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling #12)

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For Ages 18+
Paranormal Romance
Berkeley Sensation -- June 4, 2013
Hardcover, 360 pages
Purchased from Amazon

THEMES
Tortured Hero, Tormented Hero

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.

MY THOUGHTS
As a reader and reviewer, one of the hardest things to deal with is the hype surrounding a particular book (or series).  There are expectations to meet, which are sometimes set before the book is even written, and there is fear that the book cannot possibly do everything that readers believe it will do.

I think this is definitely the case with Nalini Singh's Heart of Obsidian.  The character of the Ghost has been prevalent throughout the Psy-Changeling series and, when it was revealed that he would be the focus of the next installment, the hype went through the roof.  But, as difficult and impossible as it may seem, I strongly believe that this book met all of my expectations and so much more.

Heart of Obsidian is a complex and dark story that takes an already wonderful series to the next level of awesomeness.  The hero is one of the most dangerous I've read in a long time and I appreciated the fact that the author did not skimp out on showcasing this aspect of his character.  With the heroine, Nalini Singh is in a unique position because so much of the hype has focused on the hero and she must be as fabulously written as he is, if not more.  She excels at writing complex characters and I think these two are some of her finest creations.

The love story in this book is surprisingly romantic despite the bleak overtones in the general plot.  These two are perfect for each other and it is shown throughout how much they rely on another for emotional, physical, and moral support.  I can do nothing but applaud Nalini Singh for how realistic she made certain aspects of this relationship.  Things are not easy for this couple and she is not afraid to delve into the darker sections of this love story.  

As for the Psy-Changeling world, I have mentioned in most reviews for this series that the world building is one of the most well-written I've seen in paranormal fiction.  Nalini Singh has thought out almost every aspect of this alternate world and it shows in every installment of the series.  Heart of Obsidian continues that trend, but also shows that she has been planning on this resolution since the beginning.
Overall, I was blown away by how wonderful this book was.  Everything felt perfect to me from the characterization of the hero/heroine to the development of their romance to the continuation of the overall series story line.  I am definitely impressed by Nalini Singh's talent (as always) and cannot wait to see where she takes the Psy-Changeling world now especially after that ending.

RATING
5+ STARS -- Absolutely perfect in every way! I will re-read this one for years to come

FAVORITE QUOTES
"You’ll have to be my conscience." He knew his flaws, and he knew the parts of him that were irrevocably broken. "Mine isn’t going to grow back."

"To fight evil, you have to understand the dark."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Slave to Sensation
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed by Ice
4. Mine to Possess
5. Hostage to Pleasure
6. Branded by Fire
7. Blaze of Memory
8. Bonds of Justice
9. Play of Passion
10. Kiss of Snow
11. Tangle of Need
12. Heart of Obsidian 

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