Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Heart-of-Obsidian_Nalini-SinghWhen Silence was initiated, it was a beacon of hope in a world in danger of succumbing to a madness stained blood red. It is the greatest of ironies that, after a century where emotion was eradicated with vicious exactitude, the icy obsidian that Silence has become is feeding a virulent contagion in the Net, introducing it’s own kind of mania. The black of decay and rot merging with the scarlet of madness and death. Purists continue to create terror in defense of Silence, fanatically devoted to it in a way that merely serves to demonstrate the breakdown of the protocol. And shows its greatest flaw.  For there are some who are born Silent.  Monsters who feel joy in the agony of others, find pleasure in the sight and scent of blood.  Only one person stands in the way of total chaos. And only one thing restrains him. If the leash breaks, or is broken, the world with drown in seas of darkest crimson.

This is where we stand at the beginning of Heart of Obsidian.  The world is on the brink of catastrophe, with the Psy Council gone, Pure Psy continuing to use death and destruction in an attempt to initiate a reign of terror and complete Silence, and Kaleb Krychek, former Councilor and double cardinal, has finally found that for which he has sought for so long.

This is an awesome book.  I’ll try to be as vague as I can so as not to spoil it for those who haven’t finished it yet.  Let’s just say that at the heart of the obsidian is a pure, brilliant gold that sends a warm glow into the icy dark.  But even the hardest, most adamantine, obsidian has flaws, faults and shards sharp as the best honed blade.  It takes a special kind of courage, and the deepest devotion to tame, or wield, something so dangerous.  The scenes where this devotion, that courage, is built are wonderfully written and show the heart in splendid detail.  How’s that for vague?

Despite the answers Heart of Obsidian provides, and they are huge (the identity of the Ghost, for example), I’m still left with questions.  I am even more curious now than I was before about Aden and Vasic.  I really want their books.  Especially Aden.  I know, most of you want Vasic, but Aden’s just so enigmatic, dangerous, but oddly sweet, that I can’t resist.  How will they and the other Arrows cope with the world as it is becoming at the end of the novel?  What’s going on between Nikita and Anthony?  There’s some intriguing subtext going on there.  And Mercy’s babies.  However many there are.  Inquiring minds want to know.  Can’t wait for the next book.

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

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