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I loved this book and devoured it from start to finish Although it s the 4rth book in a series, I had absolutely no problem understanding the world building or the dynamics between the characters The story starts straight away with the heroine landing on the hero s castle after casting a spell She means to warn him of his legacy and convince him to return to fight the evil sorcerer who happens to be her father before time runs up The hero doesn t remember anything about his childhood and so she has to bring it to him gradually, without presenting him with her role in the whole situation Micah, is the Lord of the Abyss, the place where all the evil ones are exiled That means he has to be ruthless, terrifying and powerful It also means that because of these attributes, he has been terribly alone since everyone who meets him fears him Not so Lilliana, who is the first person to stand up to him She intrigues him and soon, this intrigue turns into attraction despite her uncomely looks.Lilliana is afraid to believe that such a beautiful, sensual, powerful man would want her when he can have his pick between much lovelier lasses than herself She s also afraid what he ll do when he realizes that she s the daughter of his enemy, the man who killed his parents and took over their land She tries to keep her distance, but that seems harder and harder.The attraction between those two was sizzling hot and I enjoyed every minute of it I loved Micah, he was sweet and honorable and oh, so frank about his feelings I also loved Lilliana she was strong enough without being bitchy, aware about her looks without being a cry puppy, doubting herself without being annoying and kept her secrets just as long as it took to make things interesting without delving into sheer stuborness or stupidity They were just so perfect together, I was very happy to see them get their HEA.There was also enough action and suspense to keep the story going anyway The battle against the Black Sorcerer ended a little abruptly than I expected and Micah s reuniting with his family didn t take than a line or two, but these are minor complaints compared with the romance which was beyond satisfying ARC provided by NetGalley 4.5 starsYou know what, I figured out recently that I label a lot of really good books 4.5 stars, meaning it was great, but I have some issues with them Sorry, irrelevant here, moving on.Before starting, I should mention that I have read only the first book in the series, the one written by Gena Showalter and found it to be just ok, but this one wasincredible It was sweet and in many ways light, and I really loved the characters.Story goes like this Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a princess whose father was the evil king of the realmWell, not exactly a princess, but you get my drift Liliana has had the misfortune of being the daughter of the Blood Sorcerer, who has treated her cruelly She has known only the tiniest bit of kindness, but she is determined not to be like her father She isn t beautiful, on the contrary, which I actually liked, because it s different and it shows, in this book, she didn t have to be to be loved.One day, the princess decided to escape the dark, evil castle and go looking for the long lost Prince of Elden, with the hope he will save them allBasically, time is running out for everyone If all four siblings who have been lost for decades don t return by the time their magical clocks show midnight, Elden will be forever lost The three older siblings have been found and they have married and are ready, the only one left is the youngest Micah.The long lost beloved prince has become the lord of The Abyss A man who deals in evil and death He doesn t know he s a prince, all he knows is the darknessMicah is hands down my favorite character He s stubborn and arrogant, but as Liliana said not corrupted He s never had a childhood so seeing him starting tolaugh and tease and love all the while growling, lol was so amazing and sweet He doesn t care about physical beauty, Lilly is beautiful to him because she is brave and she is kind and she is right for him.The princess has found the prince, but can she make him remember and make him accept who he really is She tries with stories she tells like fairy tales Slowly making him see this isn t the only person he has ever been She tries with sweets from his childhood All right, those sweets were only so he doesn t throw her in the dungeon, but so what And they slowly start feeling The princess and the prince fall in love and they defeat the secrets and the lies, for love defeats allI loved the romance part, too Here is one scene I loved, which shows how sweet and different Micah is, and how much he cares, and how he has no clue how to handle womenDon t cry A snapped order.She sniffed, fought to hold back the tears It had never been difficult before She d learned early on that her father fed on her fear, and so she d given him nothing But today, the tears kept falling I ll get you another red dress She wiped the backs of her hands over her cheeks at the snarl You will He glared down at her Yes But you must not cry I won t get you any dresses if you cry I don t normally cry You will never do it Well, I m afraid I may sometimes, she said apologetically Women need to cry Lines formed between his brows How many times in a year Maybe five or six, she said, thinking about it But really, it s usually a very small cry and not in front of anyone Always she d hidden her tears, curled up in some dark corner of the castle.At that, his scowl grew even darker I will permit you to cry four times a year And you will do it when I am hereAnd the lost prince remembered and together they defeated the dragons and the evil king and the royal family was finally together againI actually thought the scene of the reunion should ve been something I kind of expected after twenty years away from each other and all they ve been through.There is one other thing that bugged me view spoiler her becoming beautiful, I didn t feel it was necessary at all, since she accepted herself, Micah came to love her and it was justunnecassary IMO, too perfect hide spoiler @READ DOWNLOAD × Lord of the Abyss × 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 EnemyLiliana 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 This book is fabulous I loved everything about it I wish it was longer Micah and Liliana were both wonderful 4.5 flameshttp www.demonloversbooksand.coThis book was fantastic Absolutely one of my favorites this year Why not 5 flames you ask One thing this was the last book in the series The Royal House of Shadows, and I felt very little closure at the end The book as a stand alone could be a fiver, butit isn t a stand alone.But the parts that wowed me Let me tell you the heroine is the Blood Sorcerer s daughter Liliana She is also very unattractive And you know what, by a third of the way in, she wasn t so unattractive to me any I began to see her through Micah s eyes Micah, oh sweet, innocent Micah The best virgin hero I ve ever EVER read He maintains his childlike innocence throughout his horrible life as the Lord of the Abyss He is basically an angel of death to those evil souls who spend their eternity in the Abyss But through it all, he carves out his own life, and has two friends He is very solitary, and has never craved anything the way he finds himself craving this very brave, very ugly Liliana But he doesn t just see Liliana s features He sees a woman willing to look him in the eye, one who doesn t fear him, or who isn t only near him for the danger She is in earnest, she is humbling, and she is soft in all the right places.Liliana fears what Micah will do once he finds out she is the Blood Sorcerer s daughter, no, actually she knows what he will do he will hate her for eternity Pain she can handle, but she doesn t want Micah s hate Especially not after she s finally earned his trust The epilogue was nice, but I wish we d seen interaction between the siblings The action scenes were wonderful, the love scenes so so SO sweet and hot and I m running out of adjectives I admit I am new to Nalini Singh s writing as this is only the third of her books I ve read, but she has such a seductive style of writing and I can t put her books down The romance was than I d hoped for It was true, it was sweet, and it was so lovely After you see Liliana through Micah s eyes, you ll love her too.Thank you to www.netgalley.com for the ARC Micah is the youngest of the four children of King Aelfric and Queen Alvina of Elden When Micah was only five the evil Blood Sorcerer cast a spell on the children and Micah was torn from his parents and home With no memories of his past, he awakens in the Black Castle to become the Lord of the Abyss Within the castle is the gateway to the Abyss, where all evil doers are banished for eternity.Liliana is the daughter of the Blood Sorcerer She wants to bring Micah back to Elden as all four heirs must return before the 20th anniversary of the spell to defeat her father She uses her magic to enter the Black Castle where she comes face to face with the Black Castle s lord Liliana is no beauty, with her hooked nose, closely set eyes, matted black hair, pear shaped body and limp Yet Micah is captivated as Liliana looks him in the eyes as no one has ever dared to before This is a really wonderful story though quite short Lord of the Abyss is book 4 in the series Royal House of Shadows and is the only one I ve read It can be read easily as a stand alone view spoiler Both Micah and Liliana were virgins and it was sweet to see them together discovering love and each other hide spoiler Book 44.5 starsClearly the best on in the series Here we have a virgin hero and the author does well with this The h is a reverse beauty and the beast The story was wonderful I reduced 1 2 star because I felt the end got sloppy There were too many creatures, conflicts with them resolved too easily and too fast Overall take on series I felt that these should have been stand alones The siblings did little together with each other I was expecting them all to come together to kill the blood sorcerer as one The first 3 books didn t have an ending nor did I feel any of them were truly tied to one another which is what I was expecting. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book After all, I love Ms Singh, she s my favorite author and I have a surprisingly large number of her books on my favorites shelf True, I didn t like the first 2 books in the series much, but still Ms Singh, I m terribly sorry for doubting you, I promise it won t happen again Anyway, back to the book I really, really love it.Micah is a great hero, all grumpy and arrogant,powerful as hell, but he s just a marshmallow inside For all him being the Lord of the Black Castle AKA The Boogeyman of all magical creatures, he s not evil In fact, he s the polar opposite of evil He can t even understand it completely True, he has his rages, but even then, he behaves like an animal, no true menace in his actions.His life changes dramatically when Liliana appears.She makes him remember things better left forgotten But, at the same time, she brings joy to him.Liliana has an important mission to carry out make sure that Micah remembers his past, so that he could save Elden from a dreadful fate her father So she comes to Black Castle hoping to save the world Her childhood was a nightmare, she was tortured repeatedly by her father, simply for being of his blood As a result she s willing to do whatever it takes to stop him And then she meets Micah.He s not what she expected, not at all He sees beneath the surface of an ugly woman to her heart he sees a beautiful woman.I love how they are together the teasing, the conversations, no hiding behind walls, or from their feelings They see each other with no rose tinted glasses.Castle of Elden The only tiny thing that might have bothered me if everything else wasn t so perfect, is the ending The whole big battle thing was a bit anticlimactic for me But since I never really cared about the other royals, the prophecy and all that stuff, it was truly minor view spoiler And why did she have to become pretty in the end, it wasn t necessary But Micah reaction is perfect Arms wrapped around him, she kissed him, halting the flow of his words He decided he would allow the kiss, but since he couldn t make her naked here, he had to stop it Why did you change your face, Lily Liliana lifted her hands to her face at that quizzical question, terrified her father had cast a final vengeful spell Is it very bad she whispered to the man who held her in arms of steel I suppose I ll get used to it, he muttered, then kissed her again using his tongue and squeezing her bottom as if his brothers and sister, and other people, weren t standing right there.An instant later, she decided she didn t care. hide spoiler There is a lineage of blood that ties mother to child, a lineage that can never be broken And it is this lineage the queen used to cast her children away from Elden, to safety, so they could one day return and reclaim their stolen birthright.It was a mother s last loving gift, yet the Blood Sorcerer boasts even now that Queen Alvina failed, that he twisted her magic at the end so that instead of finding safe harbor, the heirs of Elden fell into death There is no one left alive to contradict him From the Royal Chronicles of Elden, on the third day of the Reign of the Blood Sorcerer Lord of the Abyss is the fourth and final book in the Royal House of Shadows series and one of the sweetest, sexiest, most romantic books I ve read in a very long time It doesn t often happen that I find myself in love with both the hero and the heroine, but Micah and Liliana are amazing people who I couldn t help but adore Both tortured by pasts very different from one another are yet so very much alike in their single mindedness and honor, and they will do the right thing regardless of the cost to themselves They are, quite simply put, the stuff legends are made of.The world that Nalini Singh created in this installment of the series was awesome The creatures, the beings Mouse, Jissa and Bard, I loved them all, even the ghosts who roam the halls of the Black Castle And speaking of the Black Castle, the lore surrounding it and the Abyss is magically fairytaleesque and so vivid In my mind s eye I could see every room, every plant, every food, every everything and I couldn t turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next I was totally captivated by the entire tale and as I read I felt somehow honored to be privy to their thoughts and feelings.Now, about the story In the previous books, Lord of the Vampires, Lord of Rage and Lord of the Wolfyn, we learn that when their kingdom was attacked by the Blood Sorcerer, Aelfric and Alvina, the King and Queen of Elden, fought for all they held dear, willing to give up their lives if needed to protect their children, their kingdom, and all who dwelt there When they realized that they were going to die, their final act was one of love, one last effort to protect their children by weaving a powerful spell which sent the four royal heirs, Nicolai, Breena, Dayn and Micah, into different realms in hopes that one day they d find their way home and defeat the Blood Sorcerer Each book tells the story of one of the siblings and their journey back to Elden, not knowing exactly what they d find when they got there.The way the story develops throughout the first three books, I expected a battle of epic proportions in Lord of the Abyss, but when the battle actually takes place, it really wasn t much of a battle at all And much to my disappointment, there was little interaction between these siblings who are seeing each other for the first time in twenty years Twenty years apart and yet there was no celebrationOr at least, not one we were invited to So while I loved the story overall, truly lovedit, I was very disappointed that we didn t see some kind of grand reunion, or even a so so reunion but there was really nothing much at all, and that s my only complaint about the book Had it not ended so abruptly, this would have easily been a 5 star read, but even with the ending as it is, I m still rating this 5 stars, and adding Micah and Liliana to my Top Couples Of All Time shelf.The bottom line I still breathe a sigh of contentment when I think of Micah and Liliana, and how very happy their story made me Dark yet hopeful, tragic yet joyous, Lord of the Abyss is one of my very favorite stories and I know, without a doubt, I ll be reading it time and time again My sincerest thanks to netgalley.com and Harlequin books for providing me with a copy of this wonderful ARC ebook I was very reluctant to start Lord of the Abyss, to be perfectly honest I was simply tired of the disappointment, frustration, and rage that I felt during the whole experience of reading the Royal House of Shadows series I absolutely hated the first book, and disliked the second one And after skimming the first ten pages of the third book, I got bored out of my wits and shelved it I was at the point of giving up on the series altogether when I remembered my friend Erika s praise for this book, and because her suggestions have never failed me before, I decided to give it a shot.And boy, was I glad to have given this a try I absolutely loved it This was my first Nalini Singh, and her writing suits me perfectly succinct without being overly simple, impactful without overdoing things I am definitely going to read of her works because she is absolutely fantastic Granted, there wasn t really much in the way of character development, but it suited me fine I loved Prince Micah and Lily the way they were Okay, so Prince Micah was spoiled and a tad selfish, but he was also very sweet He was of a child, really, than a selfish asshole The difference here is that whereas a child may act selfishly at times, it s normally because he doesn t know any better there are no ill intentions On the other hand, an asshole acts selfishly despite being aware of his actions You see, Micah was only five when he was cursed, and he remained a child inside He was actually very adorable.Plus, he prioritised Lily s welfare above everything else He wouldn t hurt Lily Even when he was very angry with her, he wouldn t hurt her Maybe he d growl at her a little, but she seemed not to mind that very much.He also loved her despite her ugly appearance, seeing her true beauty within Sure, he was over confident, but if you analyse their relationship closely, you d understand that he was confident for the both of them Lily needed him to be like that If it were up to her, they would never have gotten together She was too insecure which was understandable, given the circumstances to have let their relationship progress further Thinking herself unworthy of happiness, she would never have had the courage to reach for the love she so clearly deserved There s no doubt in my mind that Micah and Lily deserved each other.Overall, this was amazing It was definitely worth the pain I had to go through reading about Nicolai and Breena.