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Reader Review: I enjoyed the story; it was one of the few romance novels where the heroine really is conventionally unattractive and doesn't just have low self-esteem. The main characters had good chemistry and their longing for each was really sexy. I enjoyed watching Micah's armor melt as he interacted with Lily. The fun part was watching two scarred characters be happy with each other and communicate their feelings clearly. Even when Micah is angry with Lily he is never intentionally cruel and I like the way his naivety influenced their relationship. I wanted it to be longer and I felt kind of felt like the end was a cop out, even though I was happy about how it would make life easier for the main characters. I only read this book in the series so I know it is good as a standalone even without reading the others. The only con was that the ending was a little anti-climactic and the journey to defeat the Blood Sorcerer didn't really interest me that much, even though it might interest someone who has read the rest of the series.
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 knowsthe 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.
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|Title of eBook: Lord of the Abyss|
|Release Date: 12-01-2011|
|Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne||Store Sales Rank: 2782|
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Title: Lord of the Abyss December 8, 2013 Original, original, original. This story took me by surprise, because I expected a paranormal romance that I will eventually forget or confuse for another. Instead, the story got my attention. The heroine is ugly, ugly, ugly on the outside and the hero is gorgeous and rude. A dark fairytale where everything isn't what it seems.
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A Dark Fairytale
December 8, 2013
Original, original, original. This story took me by surprise, because I expected a paranormal romance that I will eventually forget or confuse for another. Instead, the story got my attention. The heroine is ugly, ugly, ugly on the outside and the hero is gorgeous and rude. A dark fairytale where everything isn't what it seems.
Book Review: Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4) by Nalini Singh
March 10, 2013
Lord of the Abyss follows the youngest lost sibling, Micah. He unfortunately was punished the worst. He was just a toddler when he was separated from his family and land in Elden. Now 20 years later, he is cursed as the dark Lord. He is the dark Lord who sends souls into the Abyss. He is so dark and cold, he is consumed by armor that is impenetrable. He is feared by everyone, no one dares to cross him, except for Liliana.
She is a strong woman who knows how to take torture. Her father is the Blood Sorcerer himself, who has abused her since the day she was born. He is also the man who cursed Micah and his entire family. Liliana knows Micah is the key to stop her father's terrible reign because he is powerful enough. But she has to help Micah remember who he is; that he is a Prince of Elden. She doesn't have long to convince him though because Elden is about to truly fall.
YEEEEESSSSS!!! I have read all the previous books in this series and while they were good, they were missing something. And that something was Nalini Singh. I was counting on Singh to give me that oomph I needed and she didn't disappoint. I had to wait a while until I got this book from Netgalley and I just ended up buying it instead. And since my life is a sitcom, the day I bought it was the day I got approval from Netgalley. Oh Life, you never cease to amaze me. Nonetheless, this was money well spent.
Singh always creates characters that leave you in awe. Micah was just WOW! Great vocabulary there. But I can't think of anything else. He was scary, I mean scary to the point I couldn't find him attractive sometimes. But you slowly see there is something in him and it was quite the journey seeing him get pulled out of the darkness. Liliana isn't your typical PNR heroine. She isn't the standard gorgeous. It is described that her nose is pointy enough to look like a beak and she is a little thin. Even though both characters have their flaws, I love how they saw something in each other.
I love how Liliana stands up for herself in this book. After suffering so many years of abuse from her evil father, she doesn't take crap from anyone. I love that even though she is the daughter of the Blood Sorcerer and tortured by him day-in and day-out, she is incredibly gentle to everyone and everything. Micah likes that she doesn't treat him like a monster even though it is what his job entails. I love this amazing take on Beauty and the Beast. Singh, you have done it again.
The story flowed well. We have plenty of life from our lead characters and side characters I loved Jissa, Micah's former cook who he saved. I love all the back story we get; well mainly through Liliana. Micah can't remember his past and every time he does, he goes nuts. But still, Liliana and Micah are characters worth rooting for. The plot is well paced. I love how this was both about the fight and the romance. The book was well balanced. My only complaint was the final battle. I wish it lasted a little longer, but I am so satisfied with everything else.
This series overall was good, but didn't knock me out of my seat. This did however. They definitely saved the best for last in my opinion. I love Nalini Singh and her work, if you haven't caught that by now. I was depending on this book to wrap this series up on a high note and it did. It was sexy, made me smile, and I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. If anything, just jump to this book, they go over the story in this anyway.
lost of love
February 2, 2013
This is the final story of four and while very good it didn't tie up the other stories that are tied to it. I also think these four stories should have been one complete book. This book had a mix of both the Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast fairy tales. Cinderella because Liliana became a little like a servant for a bit and she was able to communicate with animals. And Beauty and the Beast because Liliana was a captive, Micah at times could turn into a four legged beast, and Micah is extremely attractive and Liliana (to everyone but Micah) is lower on the attractive scale.
Excellent ending to a lackluster series
September 17, 2012
The Royal House of Shadows has been more miss than hit for me (book #1 is simply awful although #2 and #3 are quite entertaining). That said, Nalini Singh's installment makes it all worthwhile.
The story is a refreshing rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale in which both hero and heroine are fundamentally flawed (Liliana is far from drop-dead gorgeous and Micah has been cursed with a monstrous alter ego) but able to see beyond surface appearances, fears and superstitions to the beauty, innocence and purity that lies beneath.
Lily (for some reason Christina Ricci in "Penelope" keeps coming to mind) has a will of iron and an innate courage that allowed her to withstand her father's physical and emotional cruelty. This is very appealing to Micah (and me) as she challenges him in ways no women ever has (mainly because they are terrified of him) and he is drawn to her - the fact that he is completely oblivious to her physical imperfections makes him particularly endearing.
Micah and Lily have an amazing connection. Singh certainly knows how to write emotional and poignant not to mention sensual and sizzling scenes and this is no exception.
The conclusion is exciting and the Blood Sorcerer's demise quite satisfactory. My one small nitpick is the lack of a coordinated effort between the siblings in the final battle.
Overall an excellent conclusion to a somewhat pedestrian series.
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