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Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh


Title: Lord of the Abyss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Royal House of Shadows,
book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.… 
As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy. 
Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.”
Lord of the Abyss is the fourth and last book in the Royal House of Shadows series, this installment is written by Nalini Singh.
Lord of the Abyss is Micah’s book. Micah is the youngest son of King Aelfric and Queen Alvina of Elden. When the Blood Sorcerer attacked Elden’s castle killing the sovereigns Micah was only five years old. The Blood Sorcerer failed to kill him and his siblings thanks to his parents intervention, they used their last effort to perform magic casting them away from Elden. The only problem was that their magic was twisted by the Blood Sorcerer and Micah was sent to the Black Castle at the edge of the Abyss where he became the Lord of the Abyss. The Abyss is where the the souls of evil people end. Micah’s job is to collect them when they are lost and bring them to the Abyss. 
Liliana knows better than anyone the malice of the Blood Sorcerer, she is his daughter. A daughter who has suffer as no other under his hands and who knows he needs to be stopped before it’s too late. For that reason she risks everything and goes to find Micah to bring him back to Elden before the 20th anniversary of the Blood Sorcerer’s take over the kingdom. If Micah and his brothers are not back on Elden on the night of the anniversary everything will be lost for them and for Elden.
Micah is curious about the woman who magically appeared in the middle of the court. She’s not a beauty, completely the opposite but she’s the only woman who has ever look at him at his eyes without fear and see him, not the Lord of the Abyss but the man. 
Liliana is worried she won’t be able to get Micah on time to Elden. He doesn’t remember who he is or where he came from and every time Elden or his family are mention he suffers of intolerable pain. 

Liliana has suffered tremendously under her father’s “care”, he wanted her to follow his legacy but she doesn’t have one evil cell in her. To him she was a disappointment and he has let her know over and over in the most painful of ways of his feelings. Still he hasn’t been able to break her. Her heart is pure and good. I loved her strength and her determination and how she cared for others. 

Micah is a sweetheart even though he doesn’t know it. The only thing he has known all his life is being the Lord of the Abyss and since his first memories everybody has feared him. His only company have been a brownie that is his cook and care taker and his second in command, a big man who doesn’t talk much. Micah didn’t know he was lonely until he met Liliana and started to spend time with her. 

I really loved how their relationship developed, in my opinion it was perfectly paced. There was an attraction since their first encounter and slowly they started to act upon it. I loved how playful Micah was and how he didn’t care Liliana wasn’t a beauty, for him she was perfect. *swoon* 

The secondary characters were also great, from the Jissa the brownie to Bard the loyal one. I loved how they cared for Micah despite of him being the Lord of the Abyss and how Jissa and Bard play around each other. Other characters I loved were the mouses and I loved how Mrs. Singh introduce them in the story as they are in the Beauty and the Beast. 

I can easily say Lord of the Abyss is the book I have liked the most in this series. I loved the characters, the world Mrs. Singh created and how she masterfully mingled the fairy tale of The Beauty and the Beast with the story. 

The only thing that was a bit of a disappointment was the abrupt resolution to the saga. We have been waiting for three books, four if I include this one, to get to the point of the reunion of the siblings after decades of being apart and to the big fight for the Kingdom of Elden against the Blood Sorcerer. The reunion with the brothers was very brief and lacking of emotion and the ultimate fight wasn’t a big deal, I really expected a lot more. 

Lord of the Abyss can be read as a stand alone book without any problem. If you are a fan of Mrs. Singh work or if you love paranormal romance you should pick this one up.


My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Lord of the Vampires
Lord of Rage
Lord of the Wolfyn
Lord of the Abyss

Other reviews Goodreads

4 comments:

  1. Good! another good review for this book, I'm looking forward to this one, I've been hearing good things about it and now you confirmed it. It should come on audio tomorrow.
    After the disappointment of Lord of The Vampires, I was a little hesitant to jump back in this series.
    And again, of course; excellent review!

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  2. Lupdilup, I know what you mean, I DNF-ed Lord of the Vampires, but this one is really good and stands perfectly as an stand-alone. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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  3. To read it alone...that is an interesting idea. I do like Nalini's writing and I like the Beauty and the Beast idea. I have heard that this was the best of the four books and you just confirmed that. :)

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  4. Great review! I'm so glad you liked this one! It was by far the very best of this series and I really enjoyed it myself!

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