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Retro-Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Posted September 13, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 15 Comments

Retro-Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.Reviewer: Rowena
Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #12
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 31st 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 806
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five-stars


Eleven thousand years ago, a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. But the strongest steel is forged from the fires of hell…

Acheron's human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind. Only it was never that simple. For centuries, Acheron has fought for our survival and hidden a past he'll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence. Now his survival—and ours—hinges on hers, and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both. War has never been more deadly...or more fun.

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

Holly: Rowena and I were both obsessed with the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, once upon a time. Even so, by the time this book was released I’d given up on the series. In fact, despite my love for the earlier books, I couldn’t even bring myself to read it. I was tempted after this review, but I just couldn’t do it.

This review was originally posted on August 11, 2008

Hero: Acheron Parthenopeaus
Heroine: You’ll have to read it to find out
Grade: 5 out of 5

…MAJOR SPOILERS WILL BE IN THIS REVIEW SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED THAT THERE WILL BE SPOILERS APLENTY IN THIS REVIEW AND YOU CAN’T BE MAD BECAUSE THIS BOLD ASS WARNING IS FOR YOU…

Wow.

There’s so much to cover in this review that I’m almost afraid to begin. Sherrilyn Kenyon does a remarkable job of pulling those emotional heartstrings inside you to drain every bit of emotion out of you. During the first part of the book, even though I was at work reading this (naughty wench that I am) tears streamed down my face as I read what turned Ash into the man that I know and love now. My heart seriously broke each and every time something new would come up and I just felt so hot damn bad for him.

Then there was Ryssa. Naive but courageous Ryssa, who only wanted to take care of him. The sister who loved Ash more than anyone ever dared to show and gosh, it got to a point while I was reading where it was almost too much for me to read. It was hard to push through that first part of the book because there was so much bad in it. So much that Ash suffered, so much crap that Ryssa unknowingly flinched his way just by caring about him. When it happened with Val and Zarek, I understood but in his book, I was mad at Zarek for being so hot damn mad at Val for trying to help him but in this book, I got so mad at Ryssa because as nice as she was to Ash….she only made things just THAT much worst for him. For every bit of kindness she showed him, he paid for it tenfold and I just wanted her to leave him in peace, the way that Ash wanted her to. I would get so mad each and every time that Ryssa would come around because I knew that something bad was going to happen to Ash and I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t see that loving Ash the way she did (even if she couldn’t help loving him) was hurting it far more than it was helping him.

I know that she wanted him to know that someone loved him, unconditionally, no matter what and I could appreciate that but I hated that she made things worst for Ash because ooh I wanted to kill her father and her other stupid ass brother, Styxx so frickin’ bad. I wanted their blood on my hands (bloodthirsty wench that I am) and don’t even get me started on their Uncle Estes.

sigh

I could get myself worked up over this book so easily which just goes to show how involved in this story I am, which also goes to show how good a job Sherrilyn Kenyon did with the first part of this book. There were times earlier in the book when I wished that Ryssa would just stay the hell away from Ash, she brought him more pain than anything and I just wanted him to have some kind of peace but she was always getting him into trouble and it was through Ryssa that I had an inkling for why Zarek hated Valerian because though Val meant well, he brought more bad than good and it had to have hurt badly and they just kept being nice and nice which made things so much worst for Ash and Zarek.

And OMGOSH Ash’s powers? Holy shit shit shit…damn damn damn, holy crap in the pants, are you frickin’ serious right now?

Wow.

…and dude, I LOVE APOLLYMI! The fierceness of her love for her son is to be admired, I mean I don’t agree with the way she took care of some of those problems she had but man, I couldn’t fault her reasoning.

And goodness, I loved seeing the beginning of Ash and Simi. It was seeing him with Simi that softened my heart toward him and made me love him more and more until I was near bursting with my love of his character. Goodness, Ash is seriously the best hero EVER written.

When we got to the present, I was glad for it because the past prepared me for what was to come and it explained so many of my questions (if not, all of them) from before. Questions that I have waited YEARS to get answers to and I’m so glad that I better understand Ash from before and Ash from now.

Soteria was a great heroine, I remember her from The Dream Hunter and I’m not mad about the pairing of her and Ash together because she completed Ash. She saw the Ash that we all know and love and she loved him like nobody else from this series ever could. I’m so glad that Ash’s heroine wasn’t Satara, like I thought before because I seriously hate that biznitch and am not mad at Nick, one bit.

There are so many things that I could say about this book but I don’t have enough time. There were so many great things about this book, seeing Ash finally realize that he’s not alone in anything anymore. He’s got the family that he’s always wanted in the Dark Hunters and their wives…and in Soteria. I can’t seem to call her Tory like she likes to be called because I don’t see where the hell they got Tory from Soteria? Tera? I can see that…but Tory? Nope, not seeing it at all but maybe that’s because I’m not Greek, who knows.

A lot of options were opened for the other characters in this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books to find out more about Savitar, Jaden and Nick because I’m thinking Nick is going to be Artemis’ next pet. I think he’s going to be the one to replace Ash and oh wow, that’s going to make for some interesting reading, for sure.

This book was really good, at first I thought that maybe it didn’t hold up to my expectations but then I changed my mind because I loved this book, a whole lot more than I was expecting to (because no mortal could have met my expectations of this book) and whether it held up to my expectations was moot since I loved everything about this book, I loved the old Ash, the new Ash, the story, the characters and I was over the moon to see everyone come together to get Ash’s back, even Savitar and Jaden did their little bests to help Ash out because he finally needed it. For so long, Ash stood alone and it was just good to see that he didn’t have to this time around.

LOVED IT! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! And now I want more…haha. I’ve got to ask though, how many of you readers out there who have read Ash’s book, played Savin’ Me by Nickelback over and over after you read the book?

I DID! How many of you guys are listening to Saving Me right now?

I AM!

LOL.

5 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

five-stars


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Review: Styxx by Sherilyn Kenyon (with spoilers)

Posted November 11, 2013 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

9781250029881_p0_v2_s114x166Casee’s review of Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Just when you thought doomsday was over…

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished.

Until now.

She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop…

My feelings about this book are complicated. After I read it, I felt so many different things. Now I’ve had over a week to really digest everything it’s mainly what, the and, fuck. When I was done reading it, I immediately texted Holly. I said something about being frazzled and my brain not working right. I was even talking to my husband, trying to wrap my brain around it. He, in turn, was trying to wrap his brain around what I was talking about.

Styxx first came onto the Dark Hunter scene in Talon’s book, Night Embrace (2003). He was a bad guy. Throughout the years, he has been Acheron’s evil twin…or so we thought. It’s been 10 years since Styxx first appeared in book 3 and this book is book 23. It’s only been the last few books that we’ve glimpsed a shred of what may have been decency. If you read this book, you’ll find out that not only is Styxx good, but that he’s been wronged by everyone in his entire life but most especially Acheron. Oh and Acheron is a d-bag.

You don’t have to read Acheron to understand Styxx, but it would be helpful. Long story short, Apollymi hid Acheron in the human realm because the Greek Fates accidentally cursed him. He was hidden in a mortal’s womb with Styxx, which really effed up not only his life, but his destiny.

602 pages (71%) of the book focuses on Styxx’s mortal life as Price Styxx heir to King Xeres and the House of Aricles. 602 pages of a wretched, horrible life. If you read Acheron, you remember that he was touched by Epithymia, the goddess of all desires. Styxx was also touched by her. He basically received all the curses Acheron did with one addition: the Atlantean gods constantly speak in Styxx’s head and he doesn’t know why.

Styxx and Acheron’s lives have always been tied together. So if one dies the other dies. Which actually isn’t true. It’s only if Acheron dies that Styxx dies. Styxx also gets to feel every beating or physical thing that Acheron experiences, which he has to hide. From Acheron’s POV in his book, Styxx always seemed like a stand-offish, arrogant sort. Now we know it’s an armor that he carries around. And Ryssa, the sister that always protects Acheron? She’s a super bitch.

My first review back and it feels like I’m rambling on and on. I’m not even halfway done yet. Or to the worst part. Styxx gets raped. By his own uncle; the uncle who took Acheron to Atlantis and turned him into a whore. Styxx actually tried to rescue Acheron. It was not only unsuccessful, Styxx was turned over by Acheron himself. There were hundreds of pages where Styxx was raped. By guards at the palace. By the Greek god Apollo. By people that were supposed to protect him. All the while the twin brother he tried to protect and the sister he only wanted to love looked at him in disgust. It was sickening. Heartbreaking. Overdone.

Styxx eventually tried to kill himself. Really, who wouldn’t? That’s when he realized his life was literally tied to Acheron’s. It was after that he met Bethany. She was actually an Atlantian goddess, but she doesn’t tell him that. He doesn’t tell him that he’s Price Styxx either. Bethany doesn’t know because when she’s in human form, she’s blind. So she just knows him as Hector, the man she falls in love with. Styxx is just as in love with Bethany and is really the only thing he lives for. In his life, that is not really surprising. His life sucks ass. Literally.

After Acheron is killed in his human life, Bethany also has to face the wrath of Apollymi. Which means that Styxx loses the goddess he loves. When Acheron dies, he finally knows the peace he never knew in life. Until…Artemis brings him back to life which brings Styxx back to life. Honest to God, this book was bit over 800 pages.

While Styxx rots on some island by himself for eleven thousand years, Acheron becomes the Acheron we all know and think we love. Yep, that’s right. I don’t love him anymore. After Styxx is forced to have Ash’s memories, he wants a second chance with him. What does Ash do? He sticks him on one of his island’s on what’s-it-called his other-worldly home. For three years. Forgets him. Then when Styxx decides he wants to just forget the whole thing, Ash dumps him in an apartment in New York or somewhere like that and forgets about him. Until Savitar tells him about the real Styxx. Then he wants to make it all better. Nevermind that he treated his brother like shit, never supported him, he lost the woman he loved, he lost a child, and he’s a stupid ass. Oh and he helped Ash save Tori and didn’t ask for anything in return.

Styxx did get his HEA, but it was a long time coming. Too long. He showed that he deserved redemption even though the only reason he went after Acheron was to end his own life. He had no animosity toward Acheron at the beginning. It eventually turned to hate, but ultimately Styxx’s goal was to die. He lost the woman he loved and the family he could have had. I can’t imagine living with that for eleven thousand years.

Yes, after this book I was somewhat confused. I had to get my brain around something. I still don’t know what it is. I’m still confused. I honestly don’t know why this book was written. I would have been happy with Styxx never getting a book of his own. Or getting a book that was 400 pages. It was just too much.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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A Battle of the Alphas a Guest Post by Kris

Posted August 13, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 27 Comments

Please welcome Kris from Kris ‘n’ Good Books! She has finally agreed to do a post for my blog…and it only took bribery! (No, I won’t say what it was!)

A couple of weekends ago, I made the grave error of reading a Christine Feehan and a Lora Leigh on the same day.
I know! What the hell was I thinking?!

Let’s put aside the fact that I nearly OD’ed on testosterone and was forced to go lay down with some soothing cool washcloths and turn on my trusty electronic device.

What?! No, not THAT, Tracy! Jesus. Mind outta the gutter, Cali-butt-girl. I’m talking about my air con, of course. *tsk, tsk*

Anyway, whilst recovering from my severe case of the ALPHAS it suddenly hit me…

Tracy, why are you giggling? No, I wasn’t referring to THAT. I swear to God you have a one track mind at the moment. I thought you said your husband was back from his trip?

Whoa. TMI.

Where was I?? Oh, yes. A thought *glaring* suddenly occurred to me…

… should the heroes out of Christine Feehan’s and Lora Leigh’s stories ever meet up, who do you think would win?

Granted LL’s Breeds have certain advantages when it comes to barbs and what knots (Get it? I crack me up!), but would CF’s mix of genetically engineered soldiers, kitty cats and toothy Carpathians be able to take ‘em? What do you reckon?

Of course, should Acheron turn up, he would seriously kick some Breed and paranormal arse.

I’m picturing a ring filled with chocolate sauce as opposed to mud.

I agree, Tracy. It would definitely be slurpiliscous. *g*


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Artemis and Nick?

Posted August 9, 2008 by Casee in Discussions | 7 Comments

So Holly and I have been talking…never a good thing.
She asked me if I thought that Artemis and Nick would end up together. Honestly, I thought that was possible before Acheron, but I didn’t really think about it b/c I hate Artemis. Though some (or maybe most) disagree w/ me, I don’t think she deserves a happily ever after. Anyway, after reading how Acheron ended, I think it’s highly likely that the two of them will end up together. I think their individual hatred of Ash will bring them together. What keeps them together is anyone’s guess. I can’t even say I care b/c I really didn’t like Nick in this book. His mom would be so disappointed in him.
My feelings aside, Holly brought up a great point. When Artemis turned Nick into a Dark-Hunter, she gave Ash Nick’s soul. That means that Artemis will have to ask Ash for Nick’s soul if they end up together. After reading all the hell Artemis has put Ash through, am I the only one that finds this fucking funny as hell? Talk about irony. (Holly: Priceless)
Oh and Holly? Just because you were wrong about Satara, doesn’t mean you’re wrong about this. Muah. (Holly: Thanks. I’m pretty sure I’m right about this one.)


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Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon (with spoilers)

Posted August 6, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 17 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.

War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

First…this review will be riddled with spoilers. Read on at your own risk.

I’ve been reading for about ten hours straight. My husband actually started a pool at work about what page I would be on by the end of the day. He has lots of faith in me b/c he thought I would be finished by 5 o’clock. Not even I can read a 700+ page book in seven hours.

Now that Ash’s heroine has been revealed, I have to wonder…was her name originally Victoria? When I read that her name was Soteria, I laughed my butt off. For years there have been discussions on who Ash’s heroine was and it most said Tory b/c her name was Victoria. So I was really amused when I read her name.

When I read that Ash’s book was going to be split up into two parts, past and present, I was thrilled. I really don’t enjoy books that flash back every few pages. Right when I get immersed in whatever time period I’m reading, it changes. So I was very satisfied at how the book was split up. Now that I’ve read it, I can see that it couldn’t have been done any other way. Flashing back wouldn’t have worked in this book. To understand Acheron in the present, you have to know about Acheron in the past.

I cried. When I got to around page 200, I was thinking that another 200+ pages of Acheron’s past would be too much to handle. How many horrific things should one person have to endure? Right when I would think that it couldn’t possibly get any worse for Acheron, it did. In Part 1, one of the more emotional things to read was the relationship between Acheron and Ryssa. Ryssa loved her brother deeply, yet part of her was disgusted at what he was (a whore). The fact that she knew that becoming a whore wasn’t Acheron’s choice made her feel even more guilty than she already did. You quickly see that Ryssa will do anything to protect Acheron, yet at times her protection comes at a high cost to Acheron. Even then, during his human life, no one gives him unconditional love like Ryssa does. That makes her death even more horrifying, especially considering that it could have been avoided if it weren’t for Artemis. The bitch.

Was there anyone that wanted Artemis to be the heroine? I don’t think there was, yet I think that many (including myself) thought that she very well may be. After all the DH books, we read how Ash was bound to Artemis. We also knew that Ash hated her. What we never really knew was why. And was his hatred enough to get him a heroine other than the heifer-goddess? The answer to that question is a resounding YES. Artemis is a vile goddess and I don’t know that I would ever be interested in reading her book, as I suspect Kenyon will ultimately set up. The things she did to Ash are unspeakable. She watched him die the most vicious death a human being could. Just watched. Right after he found his sister and his nephew murdered. All b/c she wouldn’t admit her relationship with Acheron to the Atlantean gods. And that was just one of the horrific things that were done to Acheron at Artemis’ hands. Little did Artemis know that Acheron’s death would unleash the wrath of Apollymii on the world, destroying Atlantis and sending the world back to the stone age.

Another emotional relationship to read about was Ash and Apollymii’s. In his entire human life, no one wanted Ash. Now he learns that he has a mother who not only is a goddess, but is willing to destroy the world to avenge his death. A mother who would willingly touch him and not be shamed. This is powerful stuff, people. Though there are many times Ash wants nothing more than to go to his mother, he knows that to do so would be the end of the world. That just made me so sad. The one person that would fully accept him, he can’t go to.

Now go onto the present…2008. Ash is a powerful god and leader of the Dark-Hunters. The only ones that know about his past would never breathe a word of it. Ash has found a place he belongs, though knowing that his words alone could bring the end of the world is a pretty big weight on his shoulders. He first meets Tory when he attends a lecture she’s giving on discovering Atlantis. Though he’s been to many such lectures over the years, nothing truly threatening has been uncovered. That all changes when he realizes that Tory has found a diary of Ryssa’s. In tact. A diary that could possibly contain everything about his past. Not only that, but discovering Atlantis could…you guessed it…end the world.

After he discredits her, Ash doesn’t expect to see the oddly endearing Tory again. He underestimates her determination to find Atlantis and then realizes that Tory isn’t going away as easily as he had hoped. Ash offers to help her translate Ryssa’s diary, deciding that staying close to her is the best way to make sure she doesn’t dig up things better left buried.

As she starts to get to know him, Tory realizes that her original opinion of Ash’s character is way off the mark. Not only that, but she knows that Ash has secrets as well as a painful past. This is something that Ash says to Tory after she flippantly tells him that he has no idea how hard things can be for people.

It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their pasts, but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often than not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.

It was just so Ash. And I really think it was a turning point for Tory and her feelings for him. She judged Ash on his clothes, his hair, what she thought was his age. What she didn’t bother to do was look beyond all that. When she did, she finally realized what a special person (she had no idea) he was.

Of course Artemis isn’t going to let Ash go so easily. Nothing is ever easy in the Dark-Hunter world, especially not for Ash. What I so loved reading was how Tory accepted him for who he is. After she read the journal that laid all his secrets bare and then cried for him, I got misty. Especially since Ash was expecting the worst. There were still times when he would expect rejection from Tory that would just wrench my heart. And her acceptance of him just made me love her that much more.

I first started reading this series back in February of 2002 when Fantasy Lover came out. I have waited seven long years to read Ash’s book. While I can’t say that I appreciate the wait, it was well worth it. After reading this book that I have waited so long for, I almost expected to feel some sort of let down. I don’t. I loved reading about Ash getting his happily ever after, which he deserves more than any other fictional character I have ever read. Kenyon couldn’t have written a better heroine for him than Tory. I have to admit that it’s highly unlikely that I will read the first half of the book again. I will be re-reading the second half, though, and soon. Also, even though Kenyon obviously opened up several other potential plot/story lines, it didn’t take away from Ash.

There is much that I didn’t get into here, including Nick. The book ended with Artemis repeating almost the exact same words to Nick that she said to Acheron eleven thousand years before.

“Would you be my friend, Nicholas? I promise you, you won’t regret it.”

In this long ass review, I still haven’t done Acheron justice. I would say I’m speechless, but as we all can see, I’m not.

5 out of 5.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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