***This post contains very specific information about the Psy/Changeling world, which may be confusing to readers that aren’t up-to-date with the books.***
The 12th book in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling book is so series-altering that the publisher would not show the book cover or even tell fans the title of the June 4th release … until today!
It is official — Heart of Obsidian is the next Psy/Changeling book! And while we are loving the gorgeous book cover, we are reliev-trated (that is both relieved and frustrated) that it really doesn’t give us more clues in our ongoing quest to discover the identity of the Ghost.
First, our frustration: Who is that man dressed in all black walking towards the futuristic city? Is he the Ghost? Is he someone who knows the Ghost? Maybe he is the Ghost’s tailor? (After all, that is a pretty great jacket he has on.)
Then, our relief: We are totally having a blast with predictions, theories and debates flowing freely through our office and would miss it if the cat was out of the bag.
Over the past month or so, our discussions have led the RT editors to one conclusion: Kaleb Krychek is the Ghost. He’s got to be the Ghost, right?!?
Kaleb, the cardinal with telekinetic abilities, has played a HUGE part in the series so far, showing up in the series second, Visions of Heat. He may have started out as an enemy, with his oh-so-subtle threat to Faith, but after Kaleb became a Psy council member he has proven himself over and over again. He has his own agenda, separate from the corrupted council, one that includes helping out the Changelings on occasion. He can, and does, kill at will, transport and turn a person insane by just thinking really hard. Yep, definitely Ghost material.
But, on the other hand, Kaleb is so obvious. Surely Nalini has some surprises up her sleeve, so every once in awhile we consider some alternate possibilities for the Ghost. Other running theories that we have:
1) One of the renegade Arrows under Kaleb’s command is the Ghost. Sure Vasic, Aaron and Aden all seem to kind of blend together. We haven’t gotten to know them as individuals per se, but an Arrow is trained almost from birth to do anything to achieve one’s goal. And what better way than to hide in plain sight and taking on a non-leadership position as you control things behind-the-scenes.
2) Even though Nalini has slipped up and called the ghost a ‘he’, we are not discounting the fact that ‘he’ might be a ‘she’ (the author is super sneaky like that)! The number one candidate for a female Ghost is the woman that Kaleb has been searching for. At the end of book 5, Hostage to Pleasure, series book 5:
After his aide left, Kaleb took a small platinum charm from his pocket.
A single star. A marker.
The NetMind and DarkMind had both defied him in his search for the owner of the charm, but he would succeed. Failure simply wasn’t an option.
In a more recent book, Kaleb finds the link between him and the woman and he is going after her!
So just who is this mystery woman?
Our best guess: Someone Kaleb trained with as a child — someone with abilities compatible to his own. Perhaps be Faith NightStar’s cousin Sahara, the cardinal F-Psy who disappeared when she was only 16. Hiding in the Net is almost impossible so she has to be someone special. Someone … Ghost-like.
3) This next one is a little farfetched, but it is possible that the Ghost is from the older Psy generation. Nikita Duncan, Sascha’s mom, or Anthony Kyriakus, Faith’s father, could pull it off, but since a romance with these characters (even individually or together) is unlikely, the chance of either of them being the Ghost is slim.
While we could second guess, and third guess the Ghost’s identity all day long, we also realize that there is one thing that nobody has been discussing: What happens AFTER the Ghost is revealed? Fans have been so focused on discovering this character’s identity, that the repercussions of the revel have not been fully investigated. One thing we do know for sure is that just finding out who the Ghost is does not mean the end. In a blog post this summer, Nalini stated that there are between 2 and 4 books until the end of this story arc. That is a lot of story coming our way, so it looks like the big reveal is only the beginning of the Ghost saga.
You can read more about Heart of Obsidian over on the author's blog. Do you have your own theories about Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series? We would love to read them in the comments below. And for more genre news and reviews, check out our Everything Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Page!