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Lord of the Abyss

(Royal House of Shadows #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,222 ratings  ·  479 reviews

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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin Nocturne
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Lord of the Abyss is a bit different from the Nalini Singh books that I'm use to reading. This creative love story reminded me of a fantastical fantasy you read to children. It was a wonderfully whimsical story that was well written, enchanting, romantic, passionate, and featured a lovable cast of motley characters.

However, as much as I enjoyed the author's storytelling, I did not enjoy listening to it. In fact, the narrator almost ruin the story for me. I felt she read the boo
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 boo ...more
This book is fabulous! I loved everything about it! I wish it was longer! Micah and Liliana were both wonderful!
Mimi Smith
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 heir
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
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 h
Book 4

4.5 stars

Clearly 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 toget
Fani *loves angst*
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
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,
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
Now I recall why I’d chosen to skip to book 4 of this series. I have no issues whatsoever reading any series out of order!

The reason? LOVE Micah! From his name (this was the name of my first boy crush from Russia) to his virginity (MEOW!) to his looks (my darling Mr Blondie Bun!) to his personality and the fact that he loves the h for HER personality, not for her looks, which were pretty unattractive at first.

What’s not to love?

Why not 5 stars? Bc there were bits that moved a bit slow I guess. T
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
Laura V.
Me encantó esta historia, me gustó la relación entre ellos (él como el temido Guardián y Señor del Abismo, ella como su cocinera), me gustó esa esfera en la que viven, con ese castillo lleno de fantasmas...

Micah desapareció cuando tenía cinco años y cuando despertó era el Señor del Abismo, un hombre hecho y derecho sin recuerdos pero con una magia poderosa. Micah es un ser solitario que lo desconoce todo, Liliana le da eso. Le da alegría, le da las experiencias que le han sido robadas, le da ese
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
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,
This was my first book to read in this series, and I'm happy to report that the great writing style made this easy to read as a standalone.

The things I loved most:

* I am usually not a fan of book virgins.........but in this read, it was so beautifully and well portrayed. The little touches the hero and heroine shared, the kisses, they melted my heart!
* I adored each and every character in this read.
* The plot was fast paced and never dull. Full of adventure
* I loved how the hero was direct wi
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.
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
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!
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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Sorcery Stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was a great read. It had a interesting story that kep me hooked wanting to finish just to find out what happened to the beautiful realm of Elden. Mika and Lilianna were a great pair with sexy chemistry. I loved how she would tell him stories of his childhood just to help him remember and how they would have childish arguments. I found myself laughing at their little bickering. Great story. It left me wanting more so I am off to the next book in this series!! Great wor ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this is the last book of the Royal House of Shadows series. I really enjoyed reading all of the books in the series and found Micah and Liliana's story very interesting. The other siblings were all old enough to remember their past and knew they had to get home to stop the blood sorcerer but Micah was only 5 years old when it happened and only knows the Abyss as his home. He is the Lord of the Black Castle, guardian of the Abyss who is charged with collecting the dark souls that ultimatel ...more
What'd happened if the daughter of a cruel Blood Sorcerer falls in love with a man whose parants is killed by her own father?

Liliana has the secret to keep and it hurts inside. But she wants to do the right thing, taking the lost prince to 'Kingdom of Elden' before deathline comes or the kingdom will fall forever.

Micah, the Lord of the Black Castle is arrogant and stubborn, but he is also lonely. I love when Liliana ( or his 'Lily' ) *giggles* made Micah smile or laugh. It's hard to see as this
I didn't read the first 3, but the last one was really really good. I loved the heroine, but then again, I tend to like sympathetic heroines who are sweet and not huge egotistical beauty queens. It was a good beauty and the beast -- but with a bit of a twist; the hero is beautiful, but acts beastly-ish. The heroine is ugly, but acts like pure beauty. The way the relationship plays out is magical.
I love this author but didn't really love this book that much, I dunno. It's so similar to a few other books I've loved (see my review of Master of Crows , that it just wasn't at the top of the heap of books like this I've read. Oh wellz. The cover is hilarious though, BARNEY WITH ABSSSSSSSS
Wow, I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did.
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“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.”
“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.”
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