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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. Now they must return and save Elden...and time is running out...."As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing b"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. Now they must return and save Elden...and time is running out...."As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden. Only one woman knows--the daughter of his enemy. Liliana sees past his impenetrable black armor to the prince inside. To help Micah remember, she must brave his dark, dangerous lair. Because they only have until midnight to save Elden....

Title : Lord of the Abyss / Desert Warrior
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ISBN : 9780373837755
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 493 Pages
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Lord of the Abyss / Desert Warrior Reviews

  • Joy
    2019-04-05 19:25

    I think that this was my favourite in the series. Nalini's writing style is just my cup of tea :) The kinks were ironed out, the seams mended, and one heck of a romance unfolded between the lost prince and the ugly blood sorcerer's daughter. I liked the setting change in Lord of the Abyss. The Black Castle was mysterious and full of danger. But having Lily choose to be there gave the story a whole new depth. Which brings me to the other thing I liked, the difference in Micah in comparison to his siblings. In the other three books the child of Elden is in need of saving, of someone to make them stronger or set them free - but Micah is this bad-ass Dark Lord with so much power and all he needs is to remember who he is. I loved the relationship that Lily and Micah form in the book, especially with both of them being so used to rejection and learning to accept the others attention. I thought the play off of Cinderella was subtle in the story, and I had more of the feel that Lily was both Cinderella and the stepsisters and it gave a great dynamic to the story - hated and ugly, with an evil father and an absent mother, never chosen for who she was, and fighting to race the timepiece before it hits midnight - genius!I'm still reading Desert Warrior (the bonus story paired in with Lord of the Abyss) and will update my review after I'm finished with it but I wanted to review the last of the Royal House of Shadows separately. It was a great read and really rounded out the series for me.

  • L.E.Olteano
    2019-04-11 15:47

    Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Dec 24 2011:It was a great surprise to see that the egalley from NetGalley had not only Lord of the Abyss inside, but Desert Warrior as well! Totally awesome xDDBut since they’re separate works, we’re going to talk about them separately, first Lord of the Abyss:.I so loved reading this novel!! Like, SO loved reading it!! This series was an interesting reading experience, as it seems I love it more and more as books from it progress. Right now we’re at the heights of my fangirlism, because I loved this one the most out of the entire series! It’s a gorgeous PNR, with a fairytale flavor and awesome atmosphere, totally awesome atmosphere xDDD Yes, yes, gushing about it is a must, this is the home run of the series for me.The plot was, just like in the case of the other books in the series, lovely; a fairytale with a paranormal twist, complete with ravishingly smexy princes and one awesome princess, great royal leaders, evil sorcerers, magic creatures, adventure, trials – a complete treat. From the plot’s point of view, they were all awesome books and I loved them I could say equally.What made the difference for each one though were the characters. Before reading this final novel, I was wondering which of the couples from the others I liked best, the real contest being between the couples of book 2 and 3, but right now my absolute favorite couple is Micah and Liliana, hands down. And they’re my favorite characters on their own, too, but together they had this insane chemistry mixed with such emotional intensity, a truly memorable relationship.Admittedly this novel most of all caters to my darkish delight of darkish, strong male characters, sort of bada$$ and unrepentant, and intense, and boy oh boy, is Micah one of those treats! A total treat, yummy. I mean, the man (vampire prince turned Guardian of the Abyss, whatever) even wears the uber-hot black sort-of-living armor, he has dungeons and a volcanic temper!! Color me greedy, I’d totally want some fairytale with the dude, hur~hur.Seriously speaking though, he was a really awesome character. I loved the sense of awakening that the great writing gave me, it felt like I was right there with him, slowly discovering who he really is and what he’s meant to do. And his sort of boyish way of interacting with Liliana, of course mixed with steamy passion and intensity, made me totally love him. Ok, so I like possessive, dark, dangerous male super-villainish-looking characters, so shoot me, lol. A girl can dream, right? xDDHe’s absolutely making my top 10 characters of the year, no doubt about it. I won’t tell you where in my top 10 he’ll rank though, you’ll just have to wait to read about that on 28 and/or 29 December.Liliana was absolutely irresistible. Her horrific childhood with a disgustingly sadistic abusive father made her a fighter, and despite all the horrible things she had to got through, she managed to keep an open, beautifully altruistic heart, I just loved her. It was a pleasure following her evolution, from the traumatized, close-to-no-self-esteem lost soul, to the loving, selfless woman and brave warrior, she bloomed into a beautiful character, regardless of her physical appearance. Of course, in the end there’s a twist about that, but I’m so not telling you what’s what or I’d spoil your read and we don’t wanna do that, do we? :DI was completely happy when the Blood Sorcerer finally made his exit, aka got his sadistic little butt kicked, I’d been counting the days, so to speak, ever since book #1 for someone to finally teach him a lesson. So to my utter joy, there’s a totally happy ending here, and though I’m not giving you any particulars I think you should know though this book in particular almost gave me a heart attack, it all ends as it should in a fairytale.All in all I say you should totally read this novel, it’s awesome! And if you’re wondering about it, each of the books stands well enough on its own to read them separately too, so if you want to read this one you totally can even without having read the rest of them.On Desert Warrior:Because this post has the potential to take monstrous size, this will be a short review. Published separately as well, this is a riveting adult romance story. Of course, me being a total sucker for possessive, intense hotshots that totally fall crazy in love with their lovers, I’m sort of biased when saying so.Tariq and Jasmine have the most crazy-hot/explosive chemistry I’ve read in a while, and their relationship was sublimely angsty and utterly delicious to read. I won’t make this story long, if you love romance in exotic settings, like a gorgeous kingdom in the desert, with intense characters that share a riveting tale of passion and love, you should not miss this. ‘Nough said.

  • Virginia
    2019-03-21 20:27

    The Lord of the Abyss and the ruler of the Dark Castle has no memory before taking on that mantle. Twenty years ago he was Prince Micah, the youngest child of the King and Queen of Elden. One night the Blood Sorcerer took over the castle and murdered his parents. Their final act was to send their daughter and three sons to safety. Micah landed in the Dark Castle where, when he was old enough, he became Guardian of the Abyss: the realm where the wicked go after death.Liliana is the daughter of the Blood Sorcerer and the victim of his cruelty in countless ways. She had a vision foretelling that, if Micah is not found and brought back in time, the efforts of his siblings to defeat her father and reclaim Elden will fail. She needs to find out how much of his memory has been repressed, how his soul may have been distorted by his role or her father's curses, and whether he will trust her enough to get back to Elden - especially when he learns who she is. Nalini Singh is one of my favorites for a reason, and this book is an excellent example. There were a few times when I wanted to give up on the Royal House of Shadows series, but knowing she had written the last book kept me hanging on. I loved Micah and Liliana together! They both grew up under such extreme circumstances and managed to become strong and kind. It's always a nice switch for the hero to be a virgin, and especially with these two, I'm glad that they are each other's only lovers. Bard, Jissa, and even Mouse seemed very real and endearing. The mythical creatures came to life too, which doesn't always happen for me with other paranormal writers. (view spoiler)[I'm not sure how I feel about Liliana becoming beautiful after her father's death. On the one hand, I'm happy for her and it makes sense. On the other hand, I liked that Micah loved and craved her as she was. (hide spoiler)]There were a couple of consistency issues, but Singh seemed to make more of an effort to include elements from the others. I would have liked to have seen more of the siblings together. I don't know what Nicolai and Breena accomplished in the final battle (Dayn is excused, since he and Reda had to go after Moragh), but it's hard to imagine that two such strong warriors and magicians wouldn't have been useful against an opponent of the Blood Sorcerer's caliber (Breena has had 20 years to train with Osborn!). As much as I enjoyed this book, I probably would have enjoyed it as much or more if it wasn't part of a series. Perhaps that would be true of all the books in the series - my expectations are always higher when I know stories are supposed to connect.

  • Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
    2019-04-02 20:31

    This rating is just for Lord of the Abyss, I will get to Desert Warrior later. Lord of the Abyss: 4.5 stars. While not quite a solid 5 stars this was still a wonderful story. This book had a mix of both the Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast fairy tales. Cinderella because Liliana became a little like a servant for a bit and she was able to communicate with animals. And Beauty and the Beast because Liliana was a captive, Micah at times could turn into a four legged beast, and Micah is extremely attractive and Liliana (to everyone but Micah) is lower on the attractive scale. Micah was amazing. Even though he ordered and demanded a lot it wasn't necessarily because he was bossy (although he was) it was more because all he remembered was being the Lord of the Abyss and didn't understand that there are certain things he should ask permission for. All his ordering was endearing as opposed to irritating. Liliana was also a great character, she escaped from her father (the Blood Sorcerer) and landed in Micah's abyss. She had to get Micah back to Elden before Micah's watch struck midnight (another Cinderella connection) or Elden would lost forever. The major problem is, Micah, due to Liliana's father's spell can't remember his former life. This was a fantastic story, it held my interest all the way through. Nalini Singh is a amazing storyteller.

  • Veronica
    2019-04-19 21:22

    The first story, Lord of the Abyss, was okay. I love Nalini Singh's works, but this time, this story left me wanting. I really expected more from the last story in this series. It was good, but not great. To me, the bad guy was killed rather quickly and without much fuss. I expected so much more action and suspense at the end. Not to mention I was really hoping that they would involve a much better reunion between the siblings. To me everything was way too brief and ended way too quickly.The second story, Desert Warrior, however was an excellent story. This was probably the only reason I gave this book 3 stars. Otherwise I would have rated it much lower.

  • Dana
    2019-04-06 15:44

    I think I could read anything by Nalini Singh. I really enjoyed Lord of the Abyss and despite having not read any of the other three books in the series before hand, didn't feel like I had missed anything. I enjoyed the characters, though wish some things could have been drawn out a little longer. But all in all I liked it. Desert Warrior was a surprise like as well. I had thought I'd figured parts of it out, but was wrong. Both main characters were frustrating and yet I liked both and was happy with the way things turned out in the end.

  • Lori
    2019-04-12 17:47

    Lord of the Abyss is a fun Nalini Singh read. 3 starsDessert Warrior was a challenge for me. I finished it, but not due to a wonderful story or characters. I'm happy that Ms. Singh's writing has improved with her experience, she is one of my favorite authors. One question...why one earth did Jasmine refer to Tariq as her "panther" throughout the story? It was just dumb! Obviously he didn't end up being a shifter... Oh well. 1.5 stars

  • Michelle Kaye
    2019-04-02 23:46

    I loved this story.It's actually the 4th book in a series, each of the stories (by different authors) focuses on a royal sibling.This is the final brother, and is a lovely end to the set. Not only do we get the whole storyline (and I'm not going to say anything), but it wraps up the others siblings' stories neatly.I happily re-read this book, but I'd recommend reading the other three first.

  • Clara
    2019-04-04 22:20

    Could not put either of them down once I started. With Lord of the Abyss, it was a great finale to the series. With Desert Warrior, it was a great story to delve into. Started Desert Warrior right before bed and before I knew it, it was 6:30am and I had just finished reading it in one go.

  • Sheila Grindatti
    2019-04-13 23:25

    Sorry wrong book.... I wish I would have noticed that this was book 4 before I read this..... as it turns out I liked this book the best of all the books... Each one has it's strength but this one had the most interesting characters to me.

  • Clarissa
    2019-04-13 21:20

    Lord of the abyss was a 4 star story but desert warrior was a 2. Of all the books I have read by Nalini Singh this was the only one I haven't liked. I guess I'll just stick to her paranormal romances, still a huge fan just not of this particular story.

  • Kelli
    2019-03-19 19:26

    I loved the character of Micah. The second story, Tariq's and Jasmine's, seemed...odd. Almost like it was written by two different authors. It was okay, but honestly not something I would have picked up on its own.

  • Marilyn
    2019-04-19 17:39

    I enjoyed both stories in this book! I recommend you get this book and enjoy.

  • Marielle
    2019-04-17 22:37

    Lord of the Abyss isn't bad, but oh my Desert Warrior is awful.

  • Cecy Ixtacuy
    2019-03-25 20:27

    I just love it

  • Jessica
    2019-04-07 18:20

    The main chararcter's (Micah and Lilian)story was good, although the resolution of the overall story was very disappointing.

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-03-20 22:19

    Miniseries: Royal House of Shadows

  • Mudpie
    2019-04-11 18:25

    Lord of the Abyss was really good. Desert Warrior was written more than 10 years ago and goes to show how much author has improved! Now I want to read the whole House of Shadows series.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-12 15:37

    omg amazing.

  • Leyns
    2019-03-22 15:33

    I really enjoyed lord of the abyss. It was great!

  • Anna
    2019-03-26 18:33

    Not listening nor respecting "No." is NOT cute.

  • Lisa Lenox
    2019-04-02 23:20