Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Title: Heart of Obsidian (A Psy-Changeling Novel, #12)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz (6th June 2013)


A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained blood red.

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.

They 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.

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

HEART OF OBSIDIAN is the twelfth book in Nalini Singh’s brilliant and exciting A PSY-CHANGELING NOVEL series. It is a game changer of a book, with the Psy-Changeling world hanging on a knife-edge. If you’ve kept up with the series so far, then you’ll know how volatile the world is. All that’s needed is a single spark to launch a firestorm. We’ve been on tenterhooks for the previous eleven novels, wondering when and if that is going to happen. As the blurb says, ‘The day of reckoning is here.’

It’s really hard to talk about HEART OF OBSIDIAN without risking spoilers, so whilst I’m going to try my hardest not to venture into spoiler territory I’m also going to apologise in advance in case I go there. I really enjoyed reading the previous eleven books in this series; I loved the characters and Singh’s world-building. So when I saw a signed hardback copy of HEART OF OBSIDIAN I had to buy it. I didn’t dive into it straight away because I wanted to save it for one of those rainy book days when you need a trusty series. I’m so glad I did; once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it in a matter of hours. HEART OF OBSIDIAN is a brilliant and complicated addition to the fantastic PSY-CHANGELING world.

HEART OF OBSIDIAN is a little different from previous books in the series. Singh usually pairs Psy/Changeling, Changeling/Changeling, or Human/Psy. That is not the case in this book. For the first time Singh writes about a Psy/Psy pairing. I was really excited to see how things would play out in the book; what it would mean for the PsyNet and for the Silence Protocol. Singh did not disappoint me at all with how things played out through the book. There was as much chemistry and heat as I would expect from a PSY-CHANGELING NOVEL, and Singh did not skimp on the political background of the overall series either. In fact, she capitalised on it. I don’t want to go into detail in case I spoil anything, but I think that this book was one of the most exciting books in the series to read. The stakes really get raised. The ending of the book blew me away, and I’m really looking forward to book thirteen which comes out in 2014.

If you have been keeping up with the series, then you should definitely add HEART OF OBSIDIAN to your to-be-read pile ASAP. It will not disappoint you. If you’ve not read A PSY-CHANGELING NOVEL series yet, then if you’re a fan of paranormal romance with a little twist and just as much plot as romance, then you should really give this series a try.

7 thoughts on “Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

  1. I’ve actually dipped into this series a couple times, but I’ve never been organised enough to work my way through them properly. I’m glad “the most highly anticipated novel of her career” lived up to your expectations, those books can go either way – I was a bit disappointed by Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Archeron novel. Do you think I could tackle this one with only a tiny bit of ‘world’ knowledge? I quite fancy seeing what’s coming up next for this series! 🙂 Awesome review honey, glad you enjoyed this one.


  2. I haven’t read this series (yet). I know a couple of people that really liked it so I think I’m going to have to sit down with the first novel soon! I’m glad you enjoyed the latest one (I had no idea there was so many of them!)


    • Yes, there are a suprising amount. It always surprises me a little when I come to put the number when I write the post for this series. It certainly doesn’t feel like there are quite so many!


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