288 pages, paperback
Available now (Nov. 2011)
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
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 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.
Talk about having your dessert before dinner–I read this book before the other three in the series!
Micah is the Lord of the Abyss, a terrible place where the bad folks go, and he’s the one who hunts them down and contains them in the Abyss. He lives in the Black Castle, a forbidding residence with a dark history, and he doesn’t know anything more than that. He doesn’t know he’s the youngest member of the royals of Elden, he doesn’t know anything but his lonely existence.
Until Liliana literally falls right in front of him. Horribly abused by her evil father since childhood, Liliana wants only to help Micah remember himself and defeat the Blood Sorcerer. But Micah doesn’t know why she’s there, so he puts her to work as a maid in his household.
He finds himself fascinated by her and his sweet personality emerges in the form of little thoughtful gifts for Liliana. But Micah is disappearing beneath a covering of black armor and, when he’s covered completely, the Micah of Elden will be gone forever. In the face of overwhelming odds, Liliana chips away at his armor both literally and figuratively uncovering the man beneath. Her perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds is admirable.
Just one wish with this book–that the end was a bit more end-y. This book contains the final battle of the siblings, who haven’t seen each other for 20 years, against the Blood Sorcerer. The reunion is more of a fist-bump, “Hey, how ya doin'” rather than an “OMG, I haven’t seen you in 20 years” grand reunion. It was too rushed for my taste.
This book is definitely cake with so many awesome elements coalescing into a fabulous story. Nalini Singh does it again.
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