Series: Dark Hunter 24
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: 03 September 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Paperback from QBD Bookstore
Rating: 5/5 stars
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 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?
This is number twenty-four in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, this book does not need to read as part of the series but it does give better understanding and more importance to most of the book if you have read the other books or at least Acheron, which is the book about Styxx’s twin brother. I have read the other books in the series, including Acheron. This book is actually quite long at 836 pages according to Goodreads.com. This length allows Kenyon to really follow along the major points of Styxx’s life.
Styxx, similarly to Acheron, starts of in 9548 BC with the birth of Styxx and his brother Acheron. Part one of the book follows along his life from birth through to when he was twenty-one, part two then picks up eleven thousand years later in 2004 AD.
Reading this book, you get a new appreciation of all the shit Styxx has been through in his life. In any other book that Styxx is mentioned it is by Acheron who has a very unrealistic idea of what Styxx’s life has been like.
Honestly, when I first picked up this book I couldn’t believe that it would be something I would like. After reading Acheron I, and I think a lot of other readers would agree, hated Styxx. Everything in Acheron made you believe Styxx really was just a spoiled little prince with no respect or kindness for anyone else in the world. Now, after having read Styxx, I can say that Acheron has been terrible to him.
In Styxx you get to meet Beth, the love interest for Styxx, and she is amazing. She is one of the kindest characters I have ever read about, but when necessary she is completely lethal and ruthless to protect those she cares about. I loved how much they loved each other and (without any spoilers) they both prove it, Styxx especially. It is incredible how Kenyon can truly make you feel like the characters really are 100% in love.
I am always impressed with Kenyon’s skill as a writer and she has once again proven herself with this book. This book really was incredible and I it has become one of my absolute favourites.