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Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4)

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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 b...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
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 h

4.5 stars

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...more
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

You 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 was...incredible. 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 a...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 flames

This 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, 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...more
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 hi...more
Lord of the Abyss is Nalini Singh’s contribution to the Royal House of Shadows series. This fourth and final book focuses on Micah, the youngest child of King Alfric and Queen Olivina.

I did not read the first three books in the series, but I did not feel as if I had missed anything. The background of the series is recapped well.

Micah was taken from his family at a young age and was ensorcelled by the blood sorcerer. Micah is now an imposing figure: He is the Lord of the Abyss. He is a large man,...more
A sacrifice by their dying parents magically sent four royal siblings to safety when an evil sorcerer took over their kingdom and its now up to the daughter of the enemy to bring the final prince back home in order to free the kingdom from the blight of her father's reign...

I only have read two and a half books of the four-author/four-book Royal House of Shadows Continuum, but Lord of the Abyss, which completes series, is definitely my favorite of the three books at this point. Like the previous...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Lord of the Abyss is the last book in the Royal House of Shadows series and it was by far my favourite! Singh crafts a stunning visualization of The Guardian of the Abyss – black armor that covers him from neck to ankle, gauntlet arm with sharp talons, blonde hair with winter-green eyes. This man can only be Micah, the youngest of the Elden heirs and he is definitely my favourite of all the heroes in this series!(sorry Osborn!). I loved his arrogance and his determination. They were admirable bu...more
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 s...more
The 'Royal House of Shadows' series has been a little choppy for me - while I enjoyed Jill Monroe's 'Lord of Rage', I really didn't like Showalter's 'Lord of the Vampires' or Andersen's 'Lord of the Wolfyn' books... but Nalini Singh has brought it!!! 'Lord of the Abyss' was spectacular (I only wish the others were of this exceptional caliber) and an amazing finale for this somewhat confusing series.

All of the books in this series are loosely based on well known fairy tales - Alice in Wonderland,...more
Audio Update: Top Notch narration by Isabelle Gordon. I have read this book a few times, and now am listening. Her voice is easy on the ears. Her inflections are right, and characters are distinctly portrayed.

I love this unique paranormal by the talented Nalini Singh. I loved the hero. Big old human hound, guarding the gate to Hades. Happy he found his HEA. Liked the heroine, too, and some of the secondary characters down in the Abyss.

It is slightly erotic, with pathos and some good chuckles....more
Angela James
Standing alone, I give this book high marks. It's a unique, highly sensual tale. Nalini Singh is an author who always delivers something special.

But when considering as part of the 4-book series, and the series finale', and discussing the conclusion of the series as a whole, it comes as a disappointment because we get no sense of WHY all of the siblings had to be present at the end. We see only Micah and Lily's scene, battling the Blood Sorcerer. We don't see the other siblings as a part of wha...more
Tiya Rosa
5+++ shining shimmering stars

I just want to turn off my phone, light some candles, and cuddle with this book for a while. A long while.

I love you, Nalini Singh. Other people might profess the same thing, but right at this moment, I love you more than all of those other people combined. All because you gave me Liliana and Micah. There are no faults to this book. Sure, some time in the future I might see some things that could have been better or I'd adore the heroine or the hero less, but I don't...more
Lady Heather
Great version of 'Beauty & The Beast'... but the 'Battle Scene' was really anti-climatic.
I was kinda hoping for all the siblings and their mates to have a huge glorious battle, where all their powers would come to full force, and defeat the Blood Sorcerer once and for all.
... that's just what I was expecting and hoping for!
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: November 15, 2011 (Paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Nocturne
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Royal House of Shadows Continuity
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Twenty years ago, the evil Blood Sorcerer attacked the Kingdom of Elden. Before their death...more
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4,5 stars!

The final book of Royal House of Shadow series, and the best book of this series, from story, plot and characterization.

I have major nosebleed when read this and definitely need a big box of tissues! Again Ms. Nalini never disappoint! A fact she again make a swoon worthy hero that is Micah. Are you sure, you're a virgin, Micah? For a virgin hero, you're so talented..and such a wicked, wicked beast! =)).

The ending is a little bit abrupt.I would love to know...more
Andrea(CatchTheFever) Daniels
I have always enjoyed Nalini Singh's books. (Especially her Psy-Changeling series.) So I was very excited and pleased to hear that she was going to be writing a book for this series. And let's just say overall; that I was not disappointed with it.

I just absolutely adore Micah, he's definitely my favorite character out of all of them in this series. I think it's the whole "I'm Lord of the Black Castle and I'll do and say whatever I want." attitude he had going on that gets me. (And yes, he act...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By: Jen
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley

This book is by far the strongest of the series. The fairy tale featured here is Beauty and the Beast, with the roles reversed. Micah is the youngest of the royal children scattered to the ends of the kingdom to be spared from the Blood Sorcerer who conquered Elden. And Liliana is the daughter of that evil sorcerer, but she's nothing like her father. The story sets out with Liliana on a journey to find Micah to help him fulfill his destiny to de...more

This is a wonderful ending to the quartet of books which makes up the Royal House of Shadows. There is a heroine who is smart, lovely and loyal, but "ugly" with eyes too close together, a hooked nose, small breasts and large bottom. He is an incredibly handsome fellow who has been trapped in with no memories of his childhood by an evil sorcerer and his black suit of armor has almost completely entrapped him.

The hero sees the heroine as fascinatingly attractive. He adores her. They see each othe...more
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This book was wonderful. Why did I wait so long to read this book? Lord of Abyss is the fourth book in this series with Ms. Singh as the final writer. Even though it was the last one and I know the ending, I'm so enthralled I'm going to have to read the first three in this series. In this one, Micah is the youngest child of a beloved King and Queen who have been slaughtered by an evil sorcerer. He has no memory of his past. All he knows is his job as the Lord of the Abyss.

Determined to save the...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 28, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR fans
No review to come, but I will say that this book can stand alone. (I didn't read books 1-3 in the series.) Grade: B- or 3.75 stars ...probably me but I got bored a few times
Once upon a time… il Blood Sorcerer decise di ridurre in schivitù il Regno di Elden, conquistando e distruggendo tutto ciò che incontrava nella sua scia. La regina, per salvare i suoi quattro figli, invocò una potente magia, creata con la sua stessa energia vitale che stava scemando, e li trasportò lontano dal regno, riempendoli del desiderio di sopravvivere. Il loro padre, il re, imitò la compagna, e li rimpì del desiderio di vendetta. Sono passati 20 anni da quel fatidico giorno, e ora solo qu...more
Mrs. Badass
Listen up all my readers, and listen well, for I have got at tale to tell.

Once upon a time, long, long ago
There was a King and Queen with four happy children
But one day when the youngest was not but five, evil stalked and claimed
He killed and destroyed, butchered and maimed
Sent as far apart as their mother could reach, each man{ok and woman}-child awoke from a dreamless sleep. {OK, well Micah did lol}

The tale I tell is of Lord Abyss,
youngest prince of Elden.
Alone in a castle, black as pitch
Jen (Red Hot Books)
This was definitely my favorite book in the Royal House of Shadows series. It focuses on Micah, the youngest prince of the magical world of Elden. He was only five years-old when the evil Blood Sorcerer attacked and killed his parents. Just before they died, the couple used the last of their powers to spirit their children away to safety. But the Blood Sorcerer twisted the magic, and it landed Micah in the realm between the living and the dead.

He now serves as the Lord of the Abyss. He collects...more
This is a wonderful fairy tale.

The story begins when Liliana, an ugly but and powerful sorceress goes to meet the mythical Lord of the Abyss. She is determined to defeat her extremely evil father. The Abyss is a terrible place where the evil souls find its fate. The Lord is in charge of collecting them and bringing them, through a veil, to their eternal fate. The Lord does not remember that he once was a boy loved by parents and siblings, who lived in a wonderful land full of magic and that all...more
I haven't read any of the other books in this series, and I still understood what was going on in this book so I agree with the other reviews and will say this is a great stand-alone book.

I liked the story and I found it different than Singh's other books in a few ways and also very similar. This one was about an old myth of four heirs coming back to their homeland to save it from an evil blood sorcerer. This story focused on the youngest heir, Micah who is now the Lord of the Abyss. Meaning he...more
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

In the final book of the Royal House of Shadows series, Nalini Singh voices Micah, the youngest of 4 siblings who were all separated years ago when their home, land, kingdom was attacked. The King and Queen, Micah’s parents, were killed, but before they died they cast spells to help protect each of their kids. In doing so, the spells went slightly wrong, and the kids were all separated and put into positions of having to, in some cases, figure out who the...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
*4.5 of 5 stars*

Lord of the Abyss is the final book in the Royal House of Shadows series, and is the story of the fourth sibling, the youngest brother, Micah. This story was a bit different from previous books, when the Blood Sorcerer takes over Elden and kills the King and Queen, the Queen casts a protective spell over the four kids. The difference in The Lord of the Abyss is that instead of the King casting a contradictory spell, the Blood Sorcerer himself casts his own spell on Micah. The her...more
This is the fourth and final installment in the House of Shadows series, however, because each book was written by a different author this book can be read as a stand alone novel.

The romance between Liliana and Micah was such a delight to read regardless of the overarching plot of the Blood Sorcerer and all the evil he creates. Even though I read the other books in the series and knew of the main plot, the way Nalini Singh laid out this story was beautiful and unique. The only issue I had with t...more
"Once upon a time," she began as he poured Jissa's pretty-making lotion onto his palm, there were three princlings and one princess. They were named Nicolai--"

A kick of his heart, his mind burning as his hands worked the lotion into Liliana's tangled locks, the sharp points of his armor having retracted themselves.

"--Dayn, Breena, and--"

"--Micah," he found himself saying, his hands fisting in her hair. "The third prince must be called Micah. You will do this."

When the royal kingdom of Elde...more
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“Take her to the kitchen,” came the order. “If she lies, throw her in the cauldron."
“He was jesting about the cauldron, wasn’t he?
You cannot have a cauldron big enough for a person?”
Bard halted, sighed, looked at her with those wide, liquid eyes.“We,” he said, “have knives.”
“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
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 here.”
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