There was a great deal of secrecy surrounding Nalini Singh's Heart of Obsidian, book twelve in the Psy-Changeling series. The cover and synopsis reveal were hyped to ridiculous levels given that they gave away nothing. And some people wanted to read Heart of Obsidian completely blind, which is fine. If you are one of those people, do NOT read this review because it contains "spoilers" - if you consider the names of the main characters to be spoilers.
Any reader paying close enough attention and remembering enough details would have realized who the hero of Heart of Obsidian would be based on the synopsis - the second line gives it away. It is, of course, Kaleb Krychek, the most dangerous Psy on the planet. The former councilor is as ruthless and cunning as we've come to expect but with a vulnerability that was hidden until now because he could only show it to the woman he'd been searching for since we met him, the woman who owns his soul.
That mysterious woman is Sahara Kyriakus - yes, she is related to Faith - a Psy whose Silence never took hold. Sahara is nearly broken and her memory is spotty at best after seven years of captivity and torture but she still sees Kaleb clearly - both the danger inherent in him and the vulnerability of a child trained by Santano Enrique. Sahara has a different and very powerful ability, one that hasn't ever been seen before and she may be the only Psy who has ever had it. She is naturally wary and suspicious after her long captivity but she is also inherently trusting of certain people and completely open to joy and experiences.
As Sahara's memories return and we see Kaleb's thoughts and memories, we learn more about who Kaleb is and how he came to be the most feared Psy in the world. While the book focuses on the couple, characters from past books are worked in fluidly, particularly Sahara's family members Faith and Anthony. I always enjoy revisiting characters from previous books and seeing how they related to new characters.
Singh definitely lives up to the hype with Heart of Obsidian and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the series.
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.