He now serves as the Lord of the Abyss. He collects the souls of the dead and ferries them to the other side. Micah remembers nothing of his childhood. He doesn't even remember his own name. Liliana wants to change that. She is the Blood Sorcerer's daughter and knows better than anyone, the depths of her father's evil. She travels to the Black Castle intent on helping Micah remember his life and his destiny, so that he can reclaim the land stolen from his family.
The story is a play on Beauty and the Beast, though Liliana is no beauty. She manages to see the true man beneath his fierce veneer. Slowly, she peels back the layers of his armor and reminds him what it is to live and to feel. It's touching to watch, especially since Liliana, herself, is very damaged. And it's also quite sexy.
I liked that the conflicts between Liliana and Micah are resolved in good time. A lot of authors would have milked their issues out into angst that lasted a lot longer. I liked the simplicity and purity of their relationship and the steam they generated together.
My only complaint is that the resolution of the series felt rushed. We've built up the big sibling reunion and battle with the Sorcerer over the course of four books and the climax lasts less than 30 pages. I liked the book alot as a series installment, but for a finale, I wanted more. More time for the Sorcerer to get his comeuppance; and especially more time for the siblings to reunite. But it was not to be. A little more than 4 stars.
*ARC Provided by Net Galley