Friday, October 21, 2011

Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

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.

Ooh Nalini Singh - your words speak to my soul. I haven't read any of the other books in the Royal House of Shadows series but this one fantastic. It makes me want to track down all the earlier books even though I know those haven't been written by her and probably won't be as good. 

Liliana has escaped from her father to find Micah, to try and bring him back to Elden and save his siblings and the kingdom. Unfortunately Micah's lost his memory so she has to navigate not only the secrets of her past but the journey with Micah back to knowing who he is. I have to say though that in this, similar to other great romances, it's the relationship between the two of them that I loved the best. Yes there's a lot of great action and a particularly horrifying villain, but the sparks between these two were unbelievable.

Micah is not just the Lord of the Abyss and his feelings for Liliana prove this over and over. Yeah he can be a bonehead, and sometimes his arrogance was a bit much, but when he's so shaken by her tears that he orders her to stop and tells her she can only do it 4 times a year - and only in his presence - you have to love him. And I have a deep appreciation for the fairytale roots that had Singh writing Liliana has a woman who wasn't typically beautiful - and Micah as a man who saw through to the courageous woman underneath. 

The ending is filled with battles between good and evil and the introduction of some very cool and some very disgusting creatures. Even without the rest of the series as background this story did great as a standalone and I highly recommend it. 

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - 1) Lord of the Vampires 2) Lord of Rage 3) Lord of the Wolfyn 4) Lord of the Abyss (Dec 2011)

**Title requested from NetGalley from Review**