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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Lord of the Abyss

Title: Lord of the Abyss
Author: Nalini Singh
Page Count: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review obtained via NetGalley in anticipation of an honest review

Synopsis:
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.
Once upon a dark time, they were the only hope to bring their kingdom back to the light! 
*****

I was super excited to find out that Nalini Singh was writing a book in the Royal House of Shadows series! As the author of my favorite paranormal romance series
(yeah, I think I have to finally admit that the Psy-Changeling series has edged out Immortals After Dark- sorry!) pretty much anything she writes is on my OMG-read-it-right-now list, and even though this is a separate book from any of her other series, it definitely earns its own way on the list and wraps up this series in a most excellent way.

First off, it's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Micah is the youngest of the Elden princes and was sent to the Abyss, where he recaptures evil souls trying to escape their yucky fate. He's resigned himself to life as a necessary evil, and when Liliana shows up, he sends her to the dungeons and tries to get on with life as the Dark Lord.

Liliana has had a crap life up until now, and she's not about to let a grumpy Micah stop her from achieving her goal. Being the Blood Sorcerer's daughter sucks, there's no doubt about it, and not being physically attractive causes its own share of problems, since she's fully aware that people think that she's less than a person but kiss her ass anyway, to make her dad happy and try to garner his favor. She is not fooled, and she knows her own worth; she has a moral code that guides every action and a beautiful spirit that shines even under the worst adversity. If anyone can save Elden, it's her, and that's a good thing, because if she doesn't get Micah to remember who he is and get him back to Elden to face the Blood Sorcerer in the last hurrah, hope is lost!

The romance is very spicy, and it was refreshing that even though there was an overarching story involving rescuing Elden and beating the clock, Micah and Liliana totally made their own decisions and did what was right according to their own beliefs. Micah's time as the Dark Lord has shaped him into a hard man, but a fair one; he encounters evil every day and knows that Liliana isn't it. Liliana has always put the needs of others above herself but like I said, she knows her own worth and understands honesty since she's had so little of it. She understands that Micah says what he means and means what he says. They're a great couple.

As enticing and enjoyable as this book was, I have to stress that you need to start with the first book in the series, Lord of the Vampires, and read in order. The stories build upon the previous installments and add elements, until this, the final showdown. This book doesn't come out until December 2011, so take that time to get caught up and be ready!

Overall Grade: A
 
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