Title: Lord of the Abyss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Royal House of Shadows, #4
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Date Published: November 15th, 2011
Source: eARC via 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.
When I originally opened up this ebook from Netgalley my first thought was that it was super long! Especially compared to the previous books in the series. But then I thought perhaps it was longer since it was wrapping up the whole series. I think this was one of the main reasons why I didn’t end up enjoying this as much as everyone else did. Imagine my surprise when I was only at 53% and the book ended! I didn’t realize that there was actually a bonus book by Nalini Singh at the end of the ebook (which I didn’t read). But basically I was kind of still in gear for more story when it ended.
That aside, I really liked Micah and Liliana. They’re a very sweet couple. Micah was kind of this sweet (to Liliana) yet oblivious man. He hasn’t really been around too many women in his lifetime so when Liliana comes along he is mostly innocent and his feelings towards her are fairly new to him. I thought this part of him was really sweet. He would be super blunt about his feelings all the time and it was sort of endearing.
Now, while I liked Liliana’s personality and I thought she was a good person and perfect for Micah, I did have one problem. I’m not a huge fan of the hot guy loving the ugly duckling kind of stories. I’m not really a shallow person I don’t think, it’s just that it doesn’t really happen too often in real life so it makes it seem unrealistic to me. Of course I don’t think all heroines in books have to be supermodels. But in this book Liliana is basically the town ugly person — right down to mean whispers whenever she would walk by. So I just didn’t really like that part of it. Of course it obviously made Micah seem like a more genuine person because he still saw her as beautiful, but it’s just not my thing.
The story was kind of fun. There was a bit of adventure going on and I enjoyed the time at the castle. But there wasn’t much to it. I guess after seeing everyone’s raving reviews for this one, coupled with the fact that I really love Nalini Singh’s writing, I think I was expecting more from it. I also kind of expected the face off with the Blood Sorcerer to be more climactic and was a bit disappointed with how all that played out.
So overall this was good, but for me it wasn’t really as good as I was expecting. It was a good wrap up, but I think my favorite from the series is definitely still Jill Monroe’s story, Lord of Rage. It was a pretty interesting concept and world, but I think that overall it wasn’t really a very strong series despite the awesome authors who played a role.
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