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Lord of the Abyss
by Nalini Singh
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.
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About Micah — Hero in Lord of the Abyss
Micah is the youngest of the four Elden heirs. It was on his fifth birthday that the Blood Sorcerer attacked Elden, and killed the king and queen. Much younger than his siblings, Micah was loved and protected and sometimes affectionately teased as younger siblings often are by older ones. However, raised with a deep awareness of his duty to his people and the myriad magical beings of Elden, he was never spoiled.
Because he was so very young at the time of the terrible events that ravaged Elden, he lost not only his parents and siblings on that day, but his childhood, too. Thrown into the shadowy lands of the Abyss as a result of the Blood Sorcerer’s foul magic warping his mother’s spell of safety and protection, Micah spent his childhood in an impenetrable sleep, rising as a man grown. Now he is the Lord of the Abyss, looked upon with fear and terror. The dark lord he has become has no memory of being loved, no memory of tenderness, of hope…or of a kingdom called Elden.
Inspiration for Lord of the Abyss
My initial fairy-tale inspiration for Lord of the Abyss was Beauty and the Beast. It is such a romantic tale, with the Beast in the role of the original “bad boy” and Beauty as the heroine who tames him (though I prefer to think of the Beast as only pretending to be tame because he adores Beauty—for everyone else, he’s still a fearsome creature).
However, as I began to write, a curious thing happened. My Beast, Micah, turned out to be impossibly beautiful, and my Beauty was no beauty at all. Liliana inherited her looks not from her ethereal, lovely mother, but from the menacing visage of the Blood Sorcerer, his evil having spilled over into his physical features.
And yet, while Liliana might not be beautiful of face, her heart is untainted in a way her father despises, for no matter the terror he rained down on her during her childhood, he could not twist her to cruelty and darkness. As for Micah, Liliana herself calls him a "beautiful monster." The lines are blurred between what is beautiful and what is beastly, until their story is no longer the tale of Beauty and her Beast, but very much their own—the story of Micah and his Liliana.
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