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
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 31st 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 806
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Series Rating: 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



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.


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?


…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?



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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15 responses to “Retro-Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  1. Yep, listening to Savin’ Me. But I always imagined Ash’s voice would be smoother (and not raspy) as the Nickelback version. Trying to imagine how he would sound like while singing it 🙂

    I agree completely with your review. I’ve been trying for a couple of days now to write a review, but there’s just so much to say!

  2. I agree that this was a fantastic book! I have to admit though that I took a day off from reading b/c the first part of the book was so dark and I just felt so horrible about what Ash had to go through. But wow, it was nice to see him come to understand how worthy he is of love!

  3. Yep, the book rocked out loud. I cried in the first half of the book because of the horrors poor Ash had to face, but man it just made me love him even more!

    FANTASTIC book!

  4. I have been waiting for this review…I loved it also. I have two fave parts already. I had a hard time reading the first half, but loved how Ash was so out of his element with his heroine.

    I have had mixed feelings about Appolymi in the other books but truly came to understand her and sympathize with her.

    Can hardly wait for Stryker’s story in Nov.

  5. I loved it, loved it, loved it. So stinking good. And yes, you’re right the first part of the book was heartbreaking but explained so many things that we’d read about Ash over the course of the series. I loved Appolymi in this too.

  6. Rowena


    I’ve said so much about the book and yet I don’t think I did the book justice at all. But damned if I didn’t love the heck out of this book!


    Just a tad. 😉


    Me too, I can’t get enough of that song!


    What are you talking about? You ARE going to read it, remember? haha.

  7. Rowena


    It’s tons of fun when you’re rereading all of your favorite parts…I’m gonna have to move on to other books but I’m hard pressed to try.

    Jessica and Charidee,



    I know, before I used to wonder just why Appolymi was the way she was but this book made me appreciate her. Gosh, I love this frickin’ book!

  8. Rowena


    I know, this book made me love Ash just so much more and he was never my favorite Dark Hunter, that belonged ot Zarek but this book totally blew Ash right over my favorite line!

    And I just noticed that I’m an idiot..I wouldn’t name the heroine in the Heroine slot at the beginning of my review but then I went on and blabbed about how great a heroine the heroine was and named her in the actual review..I’m a dummy sometimes. LOL.

  9. Anonymous

    I agree, Acheron was AWESOME! The first part was so excruciating to read. Most haunting line, “I pay Idikos every night for his kindnes in giving me shelter.” UGH!! Poor Ash…that line still brings me to tears days after finishing the book.

    I’m a full on Sherri fan, however, I wish she would have gone more in depth with the Sprite scene. It was nice to see Ash all drunk and cocky after seeing him so degraded and humiliated.

    And yes, the minute I finished the bookI listened to Saving Me. Great song.

    Also, great website you guys have here. I love it. Thanks.

  10. brian

    OMFG, dude i swear this was the best book i have read in like forever, i swear it, i have not been soo into a book since i read the harry potter series, lmfao… but there was no way i couold ever have sat there and wrote a review about this book, if i could i swear i would have been writing like 3 or 4 pages…

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