Yet again Sherilyn has managed to tie her books of the Dark Hunters all together. Now that I have read Acheron I am going back to the 1st book to start all over again.
I have to say, this was everything I hoped for. I haven't had a book move me to tears and laughter in a year or two. I hope the Dark Hunter series keeps going. Holter Graham has the perfect voice for this series. Him plus the plot kept me with my earphones in for a few days!
This book was everything I was hoping for and more than I expected. A lot of questions were answered, but in a way that keeps you looking for the next book to see just what else could happen. If you like the Dark Hunter series you will LOVE this book.
The narrarater did a great job with all the different characters and accents.
What to say about Acheron.The first 2/3 of the book is very difficult to listen to or read. It's brutal and cruel, but it does explain Ash's life, but I think it was just a little bit TOO long. Like another reviewer wrote, we got that he was treated like crap with the first few hundred pages, still, it was over 400 pages of brutality and hate.She broached a lot of taboo subjects and for that I have to give her props.
Rape, incest, brutality and sexual violence were deeply ingrained in most of this book and some people are very sensitive to that kind of thing.
For years my friend and I have been trying to figure out who Ash's HEA would be and it turns out I was right.
As for their interaction, she seemed to deal with him and everything that he is/was with a grain of salt and it was almost too easy in that regard. Maybe it was because of his past, that he needed someone, just once, to say ok, I'll take you as you are.
Ash wanted/needed love. To be loved and to know love. He gets that with this book, but I can't help but wonder how this will change him in the future of the series.
I also wonder about his brother and what happens with him at the end of the book. Somethings were done to death and others seemed to be glossed over quickly where I think they should have been explored and explained more for a more in depth view of it all.
It was nice to see some old faces also, but again, not much was new or settled there. They were just kinda there to say that they were.
Things with Nick are still bitter and raw and Artie, man, she's a piece of work. I can't wait until she gets hers.
It is at times hard to imagine that Ash, the leader of the DH let people treat him like he had for thousands of years. sometimes I wonder simply. WHY didn't he just LEAVE? Get on a ship and go somewhere else? Walk out of his fathers house when he was old enough? Why sit there, where everyone hates you. He could have saved himself a lot of pain.
This was the first Kenyon book that I listened to and I was instantly hooked. The narration of the this book is outstanding and the scope of its story is absolutely engaging. I will offer a warning, however. This book is not for the faint of heart. There are intense, and explicit scenes of violence and sexuality.
I have lost a bit of my sanity in the last 8+ hours and don't think I can continue. I think it's the first time I've ever dropped a story. I cannot understand how an established author (what's her name) can possibly get by with writing essentially 20 pages of content, with another 400 pages of repetitive dribble-drabble, of which can be summarized in the following ways:
1) Acheron was born - and is cursed, of which we're reminded constantly.
2) Acheron is sexually abused, beaten, and humiliated, of which we're intimately privy to every 20 minutes.
3) Acheron begins to trust sister, Risa. Sister is INCREDIBLY NAIVE AND STUPID (and I really cannot emphasize this enough), yet Acheron keeps falling for her good-intentioned help. And right after he does so, Acheron is beaten severely and pleas for death. Sister is of course indignant.
4) Repeat #3 about 30 times to the utter delight of all listeners.
5) Acheron begins trusting the Goddess Artemis. Artemis is incredibly childish and temperamental for a Goddess, and yet Acheron KEEPS trusting and falling in love with her. And of course, b/c of this, Acheron is beaten severely and pleas for death.
6) Repeat #5 about 10 times.
7) Acheron calls legitimate father "father", and legitimate brother "brother" and gets beaten severely for it roughly 40 times throughout the past 8 hours.
8) Repeat all of these steps a few more times, intertwined with a good bit of heterosexual and homosexual scenes, and you've got a great 8+ hours ahead of you.
The point I got during this time: Acheron suffered a great deal. But now, I've suffered even more.
the book is great. perfect I luv Sherrilyn Kenyon's work. but buy the book, don't listen to the audio. the reader (for some odd reason) makes all the women in the books sound like Ru Pauls Drag Queens. no offense intended to mr. Graham, but i just cannot listen to his voice as a woman. and don't get me started on how SIMI sounds. it is atrocious.
Devil may care. Mr. Graham narrated that book too.
his women voices sound so much like Drag Queens, it is laughable.
not with mr. graham's narration.
please find mr. graham some books to read that do not have women speaking in them.
yes because it is a journey of trust and betrayal .. growth and and acceptance but the best reason is one ... Acheron.. the author Sherrilyn Kenyon has created an incredible being that I would love to be real!
every bit of this book is moving.. heart wrenching and incredible
Holter Graham is one of the best narrators out there, I know that when I see his name for a book im interested in that I will love every second of the book!
I would have have loved it even more had Fred Berman been the narrator. Holter Graham did okay, but at times he sounds like Captain Kirk. Fred is the man when it comes to these Dark Hunter books.
Not sure, as I said...he did better job narrating this book than others. But Fred nails the voices with different accents, etc.
When Acheron finally gave in to the fact that he was in love with Tory and couldn't live without her.
It was worth the wait! And it answered so many questions from past books.