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.
Book 0.5: Beat of Temptation (See Wild Invitation Review)
Book 0.6: Whisper of Sin
Book 1: Slave to Sensation
Book 2: Visions of Heat
Book 2.5: Echo of Silence (See Wild Embrace Review)
Book 3: Caressed by Ice
Book 3.5: Stroke of Enticement (See Wild Invitation Review)
Book 4: Mine to Possess
Book 5: Hostage to Pleasure
Book 5.25: Dorian (See Wild Embrace Review)
Book 6: Branded by Fire
Book 7: Blaze of Memory
Book 8: Bonds of Justice
Book 9: Play of Passion
Book 9.5: Declaration of Courtship (See Wild Invitation Review)
Book 10: Kiss of Snow
Book 10.5: Texture of Intimacy (See Wild Invitation Review)
Book 11: Tangle of Need
Book 11.1: Partners in Persuasion (See Wild Embrace Review)
Book 12: Heart of Obsidian
Book 12.1: Flirtation of Fate (See Wild Embrace Review)
Book 13: Shield of Winter
Book 14: Shards of Hope
Book 15: Allegiance of Honor
I didn’t have words enough to write a proper review of this the first couple of times I read it. And I’m not sure it’s going to be much better this time. The problem that I’m having is that I refuse to spoil who the heroes are. No one knew prior to cracking open the book and diving in – did we have our suspicions? Heck yeah, and I was happy that I was right – but I think the joy of each reader discovering that for themselves is something beautiful.
I’ll do my best though. With everything fresh in my mind, I think I can manage something other a bit more specific than my previous thoughts.
For eleven books now we’ve been watching as the battle for the very lives of the Psy in the PsyNet was fought – in shadows and secret, against humans and changelings and even the Psy themselves – this war was touching everyone, every group, on the planet.
It all comes to a head in Heart of Obsidian.
Nalini Singh skillfully brings us to the main resolution of the overriding story-arc that’s driven each story in the books (including this one). There’s still story to be told – have no fear – but this is the climax. Everything comes to a head, loyalties are tested, results are gathered, moves are made and nothing will ever be the same.
I’ve always loved Nalini’s ability to build such an intricate and real world that I’m invested in it completely. How they’re all tangled up together and actions taken by one can affect so many. There’s no isolated group that’s not affected, but a whole – depending on the careful and fair balance of the world that is their own as well.
The main characters are amazing – probably my favorites of all time. My heart broke for them many times – as expected – but was also filled to bursting as they came closer together, healing each other and themselves of hurts that were previously thought to go too deep.
We get a lot of little glimpses of other characters that we fell in love with in previous books, but even saying much more than that will be a hint as to whose story this is.
If you love the Psy-Changeling world, you’re going to read this and you’re going to (likely) be as excited as I was for it…and you’re going to love it.
If you haven’t read the Psy-Changeling series – why not? Give it a try, it’s well worth it.
I guess this isn’t much better than my previous review. I may as well end it the same: Nalini Singh’s best novel yet. My favorite book in the series. Period. No contestation. I loved every minute. Easily in my Top 10 favorite books of all-time.