Review: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh
Series: Royal House of Shadows (# 4)
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley

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.

Review:   This book is by far the strongest of the series.  The fairy tale featured here is Beauty and the Beast, with the roles reversed.  Micah is the youngest of the royal children scattered to the ends of the kingdom to be spared from the Blood Sorcerer who conquered Elden.  And Liliana is the daughter of that evil sorcerer, but she’s nothing like her father.  The story sets out with Liliana on a journey to find Micah to help him fulfill his destiny to defeat her father.  What she doesn’t expect is to find a gorgeous young man who seems to look past her disfigurements and sees what’s beneath, but doesn’t know anything about his family and the quest he must undertake.

I really did like the idea of this series.  But I think by having different author write each of the stories, the series as a whole fell short for me.  However, this book was the highlight.  I enjoyed getting to know both Micah and Liliana and watching their romance play out.  The overall arcing plot was continued and concluded in this tale.  I think the only thing that didn’t give this book a better rating from me was the lackluster ending.  I expected some grand finale battle, but it didn’t really happen.  And of course, the prologue was a nice added bonus.

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