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 her.
But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.
Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?
The highly anticipated Styxx is finally here. I wanted to read this latest Dark Hunter installment because I absolutely love the series but I didn’t want to read it because I didn’t want my opinion of Ash changed in any way. I think it is safe to say I started reading with a slightly jaded view.
I am going to sound like Ash here for a moment when I say I know there are always two sides to every story and you have to hear both sides before you make up your mind but I have loved Ash for so long it was difficult to give Styxx the benefit of the doubt before reading his story.
Ms. Kenyon is a wonderful story teller and really gets the reader wrapped up in her characters lives and we really feel for them. Having now read Styxx’s side of the story, I am not quite as anti-Styxx as I was but I will always put Ash first. This book gives a lot of back story and answers many questions. I like how Ms. Kenyon weaves multiple storylines in her books and Styxx definitely gave us that to keep our interests. And she leaves us with just enough of a teaser to make us wait impatiently for the next Dark Hunter installment.
In the end, I no longer hate Styxx but I don’t necessarily have to like him even though he is a likable person. I did enjoy this book and am glad that I read it. You don’t have to be a Dark Hunter fan to to read this either. I do suggest you at least read Acheron either before or after this one to get the complete picture.
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Great review Deanna! I know this isn’t or wasn’t an easy read, I’m not even 1/3 done with it and it’s got a lot of gritty material. But I’m fascinated so far. And I totally agree, Ash will always be #1!
Adding my review/thoughts: I wanted to hate this book, I was pissed it was even being made. But of course Ms. Kenyon wove her magic and I was sucked into the book hook, line, and sinker. This story was so painful, so horrifying, it tore me to shreds, then turned me inside out. The only spoilerish thing I will say is that I have never hated a character so much before in my life; that character is Apollo. He is so much worse than Artemis. Vile, despicable, selfish, those words don’t even begin to describe him to be honest. He upset me so badly in this book that I gave up RPing him and writing any fanfic that included him. I’m well aware about how the real “Greek Mythology” goes. Just in case you don’t know, there’s a hell of a lot of perversion, including incest. I’m not saying that happens in Styxx because what does actually happen is far worse. I’ve never felt so bad for someone in my entire life; that would be Styxx. The way that poor guy was treated makes Ash’s life seem almost tolerable. And the first half of Acheron’s book is something I avoid reading again because it’s too sad and painful.
So basically I am amazed at the turn of events in Styxx. I was shocked that I no longer hate Styxx and seriously no one could have opened this book with a worse attitude than I did. So I feel like a complete ass for doubting Sherrilyn Kenyon in the first place. Never do that, you’ll always be wrong.