Speed Date with Kaleb: HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh

Posted 24 April, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 16 Comments

HEART OF OBSIDIAN (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance
360 pages, hardcover
Available now (June 2013)
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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.

First Date: Oh, sweet baby Jesus. This man, Kaleb, has my heart a-pounding and my stomach fluttering. He’s finally found the woman for whom he has been searching for seven years. She’s been abused and tortured to the point of madness and he’s furious. How dare anyone touch this woman? He’s going to hunt down each and every one of them and destroy them…with his brain. He is a Psy, after all, the most powerful on the planet and, like every Psy, he feels no emotion. (Supposedly. Well, yes and no. Mostly no. Except for this woman.) But first, he has to undertake the delicate task of leading her back through the tangled labyrinth that her mind fractured itself into. The tenderness of his actions towards her is completely the opposite of everything else the man stands for. Quite the puzzle, our Kaleb, and I really like puzzles.

Second Date: How could I possibly stop there? Truth: I couldn’t. Actually, I stayed up, late into the night as I devoured Kaleb’s story. He’s a fantastically developed anti-hero, one who skates so very close to the line that it’s blurred. Even as he’s tracking down his woman’s captors and torturers and do Very Bad Things to them (which they totally deserve), he’s using his skills to save hundreds from the major disasters caused by Psy who believe they need to purify their race. *swoons* Be still my antihero-loving heart.

Third Date: I feel a very strong need to go back to the first Psy/Changeling book and binge-read the entire series. (I skipped around a bit so, while I know the basics of the world and some of the characters’ stories, I don’t know or don’t remember them all.) Kaleb pops up from time to time in prior books, and I want to get to know him all over again. To be sure, Nalini Singh is a master storyteller, one who’s completely captured my own heart of obsidian and cracked it wide open.

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16 Responses to “Speed Date with Kaleb: HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh”

  1. HA! I just read this ENTIRE series for the first time back in October. The WHOLE series. Then I read the Archangel’s series too. Biggest binge-read I’ve ever done, I think 😉 I have an antihero-loving heart too, so I was beyond thrilled that this was the last book in the series at that point. Kaleb . . . sigh. Now I need to read Shield of Winter! Great review 😉

  2. KALEB!!!! I can’t wait to read this Mary! I have this and Vasic’s story on my list for next week and I couldn’t be more excited. I love me an anti-hero and I know Kaleb is going to walk that line so perfectly. *sigh* Nalini Singh is the best:)

  3. Wow Mary this sounds fantastic and I love an anti-hero. Your third date has me thinking I will start at the beginning of this series for the full effect, even though this worked well enough as a standalone.

    • It DOES work as a standalone. Nalini Singh does a great job of putting enough info about the world in the book without info-dumping. But I need the whole series, too. I’ve skipped around too much.

  4. I’ve read the first book in this series and then I just stopped for no reason whatsoever. I can be difficult like that sometimes. But I must meet this Kaleb, I desperately need a new hero to swoon over.
    Great review, Mary.

  5. I didn’t have much luck with Singh’s Guild Hunter Series (I think that’s what it’s called?), but now I’m definitely considering picking these up as they sound fantastic. Thanks for pushing Singh back onto my TBR, Mary!(:

  6. Wow Kaleb sounds like my kind of guy! I love antiheroes in general but one who is sweet to his love and saves innocent lives along the way? Yes please! I’ll have to pick this book up, or maybe the whole series. Lovely review!