Lord of the Abyss, by Nalini Singh, is the final book in a series of four books in the Royal House of Shadows saga. Each book in this series is written by a different author (Showalter, Monroe, Andersen, Singh) but all the authors teamed up to create the shared world of Elden. This final story was, in my opinion, the BEST of the whole series!
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.
Nalini Singh is hands down one of the best female PNR writers on the market today; she has the ability to turn out some amazing stories that are action packed and emotionally charged. Our latest and final book in this wonderful series feels like it gets a lot of influence from the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast but as all the stories have proven, they are much steamier and ten times darker then the fairy tales we're used to.
Micah is the youngest of his family, with three older siblings. Ripped from his home at the tender age of five, Micah is trapped in another realm where he grows up to be the Dark Lord of the Abyss. As the Dark Lord, Micah takes people to the depths of hell and while also ruling over his lands. He's the darkest character shown thus far and by the undead gods I LOVED this man. He's got a temper and so much alpha male supremacy going on it's dripping right off of the pages. I want to lick this man up and never let go! Under all that gruff exterior and full body armor is the heart of a lion, a soul of pure innocence, and the power and strength to tear down a nation. He's fire and ice and I don't care which one burns me first! Micah is my male dream boat and I'm ready to hop on board! *boat horns sounding in the background*
Liliana is the daughter to our main baddy, the Blood Sorcerer. (boooo! Throws rotten fruit at Blood Sorcerer) And belive me, he's not going to win any father of the year awards. Especially if you count whipping your child, draining their blood and overall torture that exceeds any of the Geneva Conventions. The guy's a loser with a capital L, and I felt 100% for this young spirited gal. I loved seeing how she endured and how she turned out as awesome as she is a feat in and of itself. Truly the perfect match for our gruff Beast. These two are the best book couple I've read about in a very long time.
The only drawback to the series as a whole is the short length of each story. You have one amazing world being brought to life but you only get half the book in that world, the other half of each book is a work by the same author but a completely different story. In this one you have Desert Warrior (2003) I did read the story and while it's not PNR and not flashy or action based in any way it's a good straight feel mushy romance.
Lord of the Abyss is pure perfection and I'd eat the pages and consume this book in my soul if people would not look at me like I'm one can short of a six pack. (of Coke) I'm recommending this series as a whole to every PNR lover out there who likes a strong alpha male and action mixed in with there smutty romance. It's rare that I ever give a book a full Sheep rating but hands down this story deserves it! Check out the link below to get your copy of Lord of the Abyss.
Getting 5 "Lock me in Micah's dungeon and have your way with me" Sheep
Lord of the Abyss & Desert Warrior