Book Review

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

2013 Paranormal Worldbuilding Nominee

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Eleven thousand years ago, twin brothers separated as children were each forced into horrific lives filled with endless torture and the rape of both body and soul. This sweeping novel is more of a coming-of-age saga than a romance, but the love story within is intense. Fair warning, as with Acheron, the graphic violence and suffering the hero endures is quite disturbing and difficult to read. However it is also a story of the triumph of will and endurance as only a master storyteller like Kenyon can deliver.

Doomed from birth by the machinations of malevolent gods, brothers Acheron and Styxx have barely seven years as siblings before they are torn apart to start their own painful destinies. Although he is crowned prince, Styxx is at the mercy of his father’s schizophrenic behavior, placing him in the path of those who would torment and torture him. Despite this, Styxx retains his humanity and kindness. He also discovers love with a beautiful young blind woman named Bethany. But Bethany is more than she appears — and Styxx knows all too well the vindictiveness of the gods. (ST. MARTIN’S, Sep., 840 pp., $27.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: September 2013

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I was emotionally exhausted

Submitted by Shaye223 on September 30, 2013 - 11:15am.

I was emotionally exhausted after reading this. Just another reminder of what an awesome writer Sherrilyn Kenyon is.


Submitted by MichelleLOlson on September 27, 2013 - 1:25pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Audible Audio book

I just finished listening and am in utter and complete awe. Fred's narration was impeccable, but the story that Sherrilyn Kenyon laid out with this novel is truly one for the ages. Stellar, epic, and mind blowing are just a few of my first impressions.

I went into this book incredibly hesitant. I love Acheron, and therefore had a deep seated hatred for Styxx, even though his appearances in past installments was very limited and splotchy at best. Now we know why... Though instead of magically transforming a villain into a lovable hero, Sherrilyn told a well known tale from another perspective and proved how perception and degrees of separation can seriously twist the truth.

In the telling of this tale, Sherrilyn made me feel things I didn't think a book could make me feel - stomach turning revulsion (this book is VERY dark and incredibly violent in many parts!), seething hatred, breath catching anticipation, gut clenching agony from sorrow, loss, & loneliness, the weight lifting rush of relief, the heart clenching press of love, and over and over, the rush of anxiety, drama, anticipation, and surprise. It was almost exhausting, but utterly wonderful.

She turned what I THOUGHT I knew about Acheron, Styxx and several others on its ear, and made me rebuild my perception of almost the entire primary cast and crew of the DH world. I can only shake my head at the wonder of it all, and feel giddy for what's to come now that the record's been set straight.

A lot of fans were upset that Styxx's book was slotted here before others', but after having enjoyed it, I can't imagine anybody else's being here, and the heightened anticipation for future novels of the DH universe is greater than ever (and that is saying a lot), and I hadn't thought it possible - no, I would have said that it was utterly IMpossible for me to love a character more than I love Ash - but I stand corrected, as Styxx has claimed my heart like no other character has before; in any series.

Every single DH fan must read or listen to this book. It's a catalyst, and I'm assuming only just the beginning of SO much more as Sherrilyn merges the Chronicles of Nick with the Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter/Dream-Hunter timelines. Highly recommended!