Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh
Series: Royal House of Shadows #4
Source: Harlequin / 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 oyal 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.
Once upon a dark time, they were the only hope to bring their kingdom back to the light!
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As always, I’m grateful to Harlequin and netGalley for an advance e-galley of this story. I’m a huge fan of Nalini Singh‘s work and I was thrilled to hear she was teaming up with Gena Showalter, Jill Myles, and Jessica Andersen for the Royal House of Shadows continuity series.
As I mentioned last time, I enjoyed reading Jessica Andersen’s entry in the series, Lord of the Wolfyn. But Lord of the Abyss was even better!! Nalini Singh is a truly gifted writer and it shows, particularly in this type of series where you can directly compare her work with the others. No slight intended, but I greatly preferred this one over Lord of the Wolfyn. The series premise is described in an extremely clear way that grabs your attention from the outset.
You can check out the series trailer here:
It was also really fun to have a female character who wasn’t gorgeous. In fact, Liliana is pretty unattractive, with a big nose and legs of different lengths, among other things. While Liliana may be lacking in the looks department, she is more than a match for Micah in terms of strength of character and stubbornness. She’s also got a good heart even though her father, the Blood Sorcerer, is responsible for destroying Elden, Micah’s family’s kingdom.
Micah’s a different sort of guy. He doesn’t really remember Elden since he was just a child when the Blood Sorcerer attacked; instead, he only knows his life as the Lord of the Abyss. He’s cold and tough but also very childlike in some ways — a really interesting mix of characteristics.
The love story between Liliana and Micah shakes out in a nice way. They’re also surrounded by some great supporting characters, like Bard and Jissa, two of the servants in Micah’s castle. I took to Jissa, in particular, because she’s so sweet. Liliana’s interactions with these two characters show different aspects of her personality and really made the story come alive for me. I also appreciated the fact that readers also offered some resolution in the siblings’ conflict with the Blood Sorcerer. With Lord of the Wolfyn, at least, the romantic storyline was concluded by the overarching story about the war with the Blood Sorcerer was not, so reading Lord of the Abyss has a more satisfying ending.
All in all, it’s a great book and I would encourage you all to read it!