ARC Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Posted June 4, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Heart of Obsidian
by Nalini Singh

5 Stars


Released: June 4, 2013
Published by Berkley Sensation
Pages: 360
Format: ARC

“I wish I could give this book 10 Stars!  Every single page of this book is packed with intensity.  It’s enthralling, all consuming, and mind blowing.  Yes, I was thoroughly blown away! ” ~Under the Covers

Highly anticipated books like this always scare me.  What happens if the author can’t take the pressure of writing such an anticipated story and it falls flat?  What if it doesn’t go the way I WANT it to go?  There are no guarantees and I was both extremely excited and extremely scared to start reading.

Another fear of mine was the fact that knowing this book had the big Ghost reveal, this story would be centered around the Psy.  In the past, the psy-only books have not been my favorites.  They lack some of the intensity that the changelings bring to the world.

I shouldn’t have worried.  I was hooked from the very first line.  I wrote my review with names in it and then have changed them to HERO and HEROINE in case people don’t want to know.

There are some series that always have a tough leader, a guy that makes those sometimes ruthless decisions that go against most morals.  He may seem heartless but there is always a purpose to his actions.  The last one I remember that caught my interest as much was Jonas from the Breeds series by Lora Leigh.  But after that, it’s been the HEROThe HERO, who should be psy and Silent, but has so much bottled up passion he could melt you at his feet.  The HERO, who is ruthless in the pursuit of what he wants and won’t leave anything or anyone who gets in his path standing.

Then focus all that intensity on the woman he loves.  OMG!!!!!  Ms. Singh, I am in awe of what you’ve done with this story.  From all the layers to the HERO we get to unfold, to the story of his one true love.  This is a second chance at love story.  The girl he fell in love with as a kid and was taken from him.  Brutally.  The one he’s been searching for since.  For such a hard shell on the exterior, I couldn’t help but melt at the softness inside of him.

The HERO is, in one word, INTENSE.  There’s so much he has learned to keep bottled up and as that shell cracks and all that intensity spills out….. Be prepared to fall in love.  Changelings have nothing on the HERO.

The HEROINE was also perfect for him.  The perfect balance to his intensity.  Nurturing, soft, but strong at the core.  Able to stand on her own.  Able to fight for her man.  Able to heal him.

Then there’s the Ghost.  On this subject, I’m keeping my mouth shut.  However, I will say that I found the big reveal a bit….anticlimactic.  After waiting to find out who the Ghost is for so long, I was expecting bombs going off, cities collapsing and the Ghost riding in on some white horse to save the race.  I don’t know.  I wanted something epic.  Instead, we find out as almost an afterthought.  And that’s all I’m going to say.  No more.

Nalini Singh’s writing has the ability to paint a picture in my mind.  Beautifully crafted words that flow and let the imagination run wild.  And for the span of time it took me to read this book, I was living it.

I wish I could give this book 10 Stars!  Every single page of this book is packed with intensity.  It’s enthralling, all consuming, and mind blowing.  Yes, I was thoroughly blown away!  This will be one I want to re-read and hold dear.

Favorite Quotes:

The bed slammed back to the ground.
So did every other item in the room.

“I’d line the streets with bodies before I’d ever hurt you.”

“Why are you holding me?”
Closing his hand over hers, the tanned skin of his shoulders warm in the sunlight pouring through the window, he said, “Because you belong to me.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Aly P
Aly P

Awwww, you changed the names here as well. So sweet 😀

I love your review and agree with everything in it… Can you Imagine that we have to wait another YEAR for the next book?

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca. I need to read this series.

Maria D.
Maria D.

Thanks for the review – can’t wait to get my hands on my copy


Thanks for the review Francesca!

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