Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: Lord of the Abyss

Book Description:

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.


The final book in The Royal House of Shadows was far and away my favorite of the series, and I'm sad to see the series end. How much fun did we all have reading these books, like a monthly installment plan, with each author creating a new spin on the classic fairy tale, embellishing the paranormal elements to create a new type of storytelling? I loved everything about this concept and hope that The Royal House of Shadows series was successful enough that maybe we will see this type of collaboration again. The consistency within the world was amazingly good throughout, with one highlight being the voice changes from book to book.

Lord of the Abyss was a Beauty meets the Beast retelling, with both characters sharing the roles of each because Micah wasn't entirely beastly and Liliana wasn't exactly your classic beauty. This role reversal worked very well for me and it was the one element that endeared me to the story in much the same way that the Disney version did. However, that is where I'd say the Disney comparisons should end. As with all of Nalini Singh's romantic couples, Micah and Lili are expertly written with plenty of passion and heat.

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My only complaint is that the ending of the book felt rushed and the Blood Sorcerer was defeated quite easily. One one hand, this doesn't matter a whole lot if your focus is the relationship between Micah and Lili, and if that is the case then you are plenty satisfied because of all the endings this one felt the most complete in regards to the happily ever after that we associate with fairy tales. However, if you focused more on the curse of Elden, defeating the Blood Sorcerer, and the relationships of all the siblings, then you might feel that the ending was fast and lacked closure. I would have liked to see everyone together, battling and defeating evil, powerful and complete because love conquers all. That might just be me.

Website info:
Royal House of Shadows
Gena Showlater
Jill Monroe
Jessica Andersen
Nalini Singh

Books in the series:
Lord of the Vampires
Lord of Rage
Lord of the Wolfyn
Lord of the Abyss

Reviewed by Anna Dougherty
This book was obtained from NetGalley for review purposes

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