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Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12 | [Nalini Singh]

Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.
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In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

©2013 Nalini Singh (P)2013 Tantor

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    Cheryl Colorado Springs, CO 06-25-13
    Cheryl Colorado Springs, CO 06-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An Amazing Edition to the Series!"

    I loved this book far more than I had expected. How Nalini Singh was able to take a character so unlikeable and untrustworthy and turn him into an amazing hero is a testament to her talent. What I really liked is how she didn’t use the typical angst or games to bring these two together. I knew early on they belonged together and was excited to see it all evolve.

    The heroine was rescued by the hero after years of torture and he painstakingly brought her back to life and sanity. As he did the story of their past was revealed and how it had irrevocably shaped him. While his image of their future and the future of the world at times seems harsh, you quickly learn that his every decision in life was/is determined by his love for her. Her character was equally compelling. Her Psy conditioning was fractured which allowed her to feel things from an early age. This ability allowed her to reach out and touch the lives of those who desperately needed love and care. That gift brought them together in the past and will keep them together in the future. At the beginning I was worried she would be a weak character, but in the end she was the strongest character.

    The rest of the story was fantastic as well. All the characters from the past came together to save lives and save their collective futures. You always knew the changelings had a future due to their love and loyalty, but it was hard to imagine how the Psy future could be a positive one. I think with the changes revealed in this book the Psy future has the potential to be better than it ever had a chance of before. I can’t wait to see where Nalini takes this series. Initially I thought I would stop at this book, but there’s no chance of that happening now.

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    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 06-16-13
    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2003
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    "OMG....Best one yet!!!!!"

    I love thei series and this author and narrator just do it for me. I was unsure a story about two Psy would work but should have known Ms Singh would not only pull it off but make this story my favorite !!

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-11-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Great addition, keep em' coming."

    A little slow to start up, but it picks up after a while. This book is about Kaleb Krychek and Sahara from the Nightstar clan, it drove me nuts that it didn't tell in the summary. I missed the changelings in this story. It refers to them but they didn't show up till almost half way through. As usual this book delivers just like the others. This wasn't my favorite in the series but it was far from the worst and a lot of loose ends are cleared up nicely. The Psy-Changling series is an automatic download for me, although I am not a fan of the Angel series. Do not start out with this one if you are a new comer, these books need to be read in order.

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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 06-09-13
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "She did it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Obsidian to be better than the print version?

    If you have the right performer audio is always better than print. I can hear the different nuisances and you can't read that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that the main characters have a history. I don't want to give too much away, but you would have never thought that 'he' would have a history with anyone. His silence was pristine. But with dogged determination he sought out his prey.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Hawke is always my favorite although he is not featured much in this book. I also like the way she performs Ming, however, the Ming in this book did not the Ming in the past books. The one in the past books is the one I like the best. I think that she nails his calculated personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOT to be missed!!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy this series so much I hate when I finish the book. I am impatient for the next release. I know it will most likely be a year before the next installment.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-05-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this series and this book."

    I know the author has said she has more books planned for this series but this book brought so many things to a close that the next arc will have to be awfully good. This is a great book with a very good ending.

    As always Angela Dawe does an outstanding job.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-16-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great addition to the series! :D"

    5 stars

    I loved this story and I didn't expect that..really I didn't! This book has Kaleb Krychek as the hero and considering he's a member of the Psy council (that is now pretty much defunct) and has seemed like a bad guy with plans to take over the whole Psy-net I wasn't sure what to expect in this book but Singh did a great job.

    Because lots of unexpected and interesting events in this book it might be hard not to let stuff slip during this review (although I'll try not to let anything too important come through). I wont hide the entire review but if you read this be warned that you may be confronted with a few spoilers. :D

    Sahara is a member of the NightStar family (she's a cousin to Faith, the heroine from Visions of Heat). She has the gift of backsight (seeing past events) but also has an little-known and rare gift that allows her to get in the mind of any Psy. Sahara was kidnapped and held captive for 7 years (since she was 16 years old) by people that tried to force her to use her gift for them. She made a labyrinth of her mind as a matter of self defense and it thankfully kept her safe until she was rescued.

    Kaleb is a hard man that's been through hell. He is a very strong Psy that's a cardinal in both telepathy and telekinesis (being that strong in 2 different areas is unheard of and makes Kaleb pretty much the strongest Psy out there). Kaleb was the (unwilling) pupil of the former Psy Councillor Santano, who was a psychotic killer that was killed by the Changelings in Slave to Sensation. Santano had a certain amount of control over Kaleb as he was growing up and Kaleb wasn't completely free until Santano was killed.

    Kaleb and Sahara met as children and Sahara was the first person Kaleb could ever remember showing him any kindness. Because of this, Kaleb finds ways to come back to visit Sahara for years and they develop a bond, an emotional bond, making plans to be together when they're grown and able to live their lives. During this time, Kaleb is being put through a lot of bad crap by Santano and poor Kaleb doesn't have much choice about it. Kaleb tries to hide his relationship with Sahara from Santano but he finds out. There's a traumatic event (Santano) that ends up tearing Kaleb and Sahara apart. Sahara is kept captive somewhere that Kaleb can't find her, not even once Santano is dead. Kaleb keeps searching and eventually (at the end of the previous book) he finds her and rescues her from her jailers. As I noted above, Sahara made a labyrinth of her mind to protect herself from her captors so when she's rescued her mind is still in a state that leaves her without most of her memories. Kaleb nurses her back to health and tries to gain her trust. Their previous relationship isn't clear at this point so it's hard to figure out what Kaleb wants from her but it's very apparent that he is extremely protective of her and doesn't want any harm to come to her. Sahara feels a connection to Kaleb and feels safe with him but she doesn't remember him (or much of anything). Once she's safe, Sahara's "mind labrynth" unwinds itself and she comes back to herself with some time. But even with her mind getting back to normal, Sahara worries that her feelings towards Kaleb are indications that her mind is permanently damaged (since she seems to trust him without reason).

    Kaleb and Sahara spend time together as she recovers and she finds that she's very attracted to Kaleb and want to touch him. Her silence was never the best as a child (hence the bond that formed between them) and her captivity broke what was left of it. Kaleb has been obsessed with getting Sahara back but has closed off the rest of him for years and has a hard time returning her feelings but he doesn't push her away, wanting her bonded to him so she'll never try to leave him. Sahara doesn't really understand what he wants from her though, she just knows that he's claiming her as his and he wants her to stay with him for good. Fortunately, Kaleb also doesn't want to hurt her in any way, so when she asks to be allowed to go see her family and stay with them, Kaleb allows it (although he's unthrilled to be letting her go). This actually helps things though because it helps Sahara feel more comfortable with him and her feelings toward him since he's not her captor any more. Things start growing more intense between them and they start in to a true relationship. I have to say that I really liked the way their story came about. It was a little confusing at first because you don't know their complete background or what exactly Kaleb wants from Sahara but it works out well. While Kaleb and Sahara are getting to know each other again there's a lot going on in the action plot. The series storyline that's been growing has finally hit a culmination point and the Psy war spikes. The "Pure-Psy" group is out killing Psy, Changeling and Humans as they've basically become mindless fanatics that believe that they need to kill off everyone they can so the strong will rise to rule the Earth (which they automatically assume will be the Psy..minus the weak Psy of course). Kaleb, the Arrows and a few others try to stop the Pure-Psy movement and mitigate the damage from the multiple attacks all around the Earth. There's a lot of drama and trauma but the war is stopped and a few of the good Psy (Kaleb, Nikita, Anthony and the Arrows) band together to lead the Psy in to an uncertain future. The book concludes with the Psy facing major changes as they try to figure out how to live new lives and Kaleb and Sahara starting their well deserved HEA.

    This was a great book. I loved Kaleb and Sahara and thought they were great together. Kaleb is still a hard man after all he's been through in the past but I loved how Sahara got through to him and made him a better man because he wanted to be that for her (she's his conscience). This was a great addition to the series and I think this book is now my favorite of the series. I can't wait to see how things go in the next book...so many things to look forward to! I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D

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    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 06-26-13
    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "One of the best yet!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heart of Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    It's been clear from several books back that there is more to Kaleb than being Stone-Cold-Council. Ms Singh has had him tagged for sometime as an enigma we should know more about so it was about time we got his story. And since I am a sucker for the tortured, silent type it was Game On from Page 1.


    What other book might you compare Heart of Obsidian to and why?

    If anything it reminded me of Mine to Possess (Clay and Talin), since we were dealing with characters who had a past together, but now need to navigate their way back to each other, and find resolution from drama in the past.


    Did Angela Dawe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think this book was a lot easier for her because there were fewer characters in the books, so she didn't have to do fifty shades of raspy voice to represent all the dogs and cats (in some of the other books in the series you couldn't have paid me to guess who was supposed to be talking because everyone sounded alike, men and women included).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I got really excited about how things are left off at the end of the book, and what that means for the next installment in the series. I see from the author website at least 2 more are slated for release. Fingers crossed one of them is about Aiden or Vasic, or both!


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's a reflection of the autonomous lifestyles of the Psy, but after all of the back-and forth in the last two books between the main love interest characters and the other relationships we kept checking in on, this book felt very isolated, for lack of a better word. We didn't hear about how any of the changelings were doing - this was all Kaleb and Sahara. I was totally caught up so this is not a complaint, more observation. But again, maybe there is a conscious decision based on the lifestyles of the main characters. (The previous two were Wolfy, and they are all types of intermingled with each other, so I can see why the structure of the novel would reflect as much.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    seth porterville, CA, United States 06-09-13
    seth porterville, CA, United States 06-09-13
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    "man what a waste"
    What did you like best about Heart of Obsidian? What did you like least?

    waited for ever for this book and could only get about 20 mins in......so boring.....i might not have given it enough time,so ill give her,her just dews....and ill revisit it after i finish black dagger brotherhood.....but the first 20 mins were a real bore...


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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