I started by skipping the child gang-bang rape chapter. Then a couple minute chunks of the story here and there, a couple of chapters as well (with mini checks to make sure nothing important was happening). Then I skipped the second gang-bang, child-rape chapter... several hours later the public gang-raping chapter, and so on.
******SPOILER*********What do you need to get from the first 20 hours of this book? Styxx's life was just as, if not more, horrific than Ash's. He was raped just as often, hated even more (also by their sister, unlike Ash), and tortured just as much, all while feeling every bit of Ash's torture as well. Really... it didn't require 20 hours to get this point across.
*****SPOILER**********And the only important aspect that made the first 20 hours worth listening to is Styxx's romance with Beth, the Egyptian god posing as a blind mortal. The love was pure and beautiful, and just as Styxx was about to run away to be with her, Ash's mom murdered his wife and not-yet-born baby. Styxx was then banished and lonely for 11,000 years. **********END SPOILER********
Yep, that's it. The rest is 20 hours of senseless, horrific child abuse, rape, violence, and hatred of the man who tried to help and was only ever hurt in return. If you don't want to deal with all the gruesome details ad nauseaum, you may now start at hour 20.
You're welcome. :)
I understood having all the detailed violence in Ash's book because we needed to finally know what made Ash, Ash, but 20 hours worth just to RETELL Ash's story but with Styxx as the main character and recipient of the most abuse? I honestly just don't get it. Or rather, I did get it... TWO HOURS IN. And then I kept repeating to my phone, "Yeah, I get it. I get it."
Anyway, the last third of the book was wonderful. Had that been the novel with (I'll be kind) maybe 5-7 hours of the first 2/3 of the novel, I would have considered this a wonderful addition to the Dark-Hunter series. Five stars. I'm very glad Styxx found his redemption.
I liked the mythological references, the magic, the amazing details, the feeling of living it along with the characters.BUT, it was sooooooo painful for 5/6 of it. I felt tortured. I didn't need that much time to let me know how awful it was to be Styxx. it was like being plunged into a depression that was hard to resist. I love Kenyon so I persisted and the ending was great. But, I was in a crappy mood for the bulk of the 2 weeks I was reading it
No. Because it was much too painful
Fred Berman does a FANTSTIC job. I've enjoyed all of his characterizations. He has amazing stamina
More good moments and less gross groveling in the mire.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a very talented author who usually inspires me. She has such depth of feeling and knowledge of Mythology. I LOVE her talent. This was over the top for me in the torture department AND she's fabulous
I love Fred Berman and I love Sherrilyn Kenyon.. but dang could Styxx be more winey?
He was such a weak character. He could have taken SOME responsibility for some of the horrific things that happened to him. I don't buy that a prince, warrior, hunk, would have been so weak, The whole book was poor Styxx, over and over again. I read Acheron. His early life was terrible too, but he was not a whiner. He rose above his childhood and his character and story developed. This was the worse Dark Hunter book I've read.
Given Styxx a much better character (story). Just having two people who care for him is not enough and how much hatred can one character take.
The narrator was great. He couldn't help such a depressing story.
Sadness and disappointment.
If you like to read about child abuse, sodomy rape, and family hate and cruelty over and over again, this is the book for you. I have enjoyed the other Dark Hunter stories, but I'm not sure I'll read another. This one was too dark. It makes me wonder what was happening in the author's life during the writing of this novel.
Immediately after listening to Styxx, I listened to Acheron again. The Dark Hunter series is by far my favorite series. Like most people, Acheron has been my favorite character....until now. I was stunned at how quickly Styxx became my new favorite hero. After reading both Styxx and Acheron's stories, I am listening to Styxx again and I love it just as much as I did the first time.
Acheron's of course, but also Zarek's story in Dance with the Devil. Like Zarek, Styxx was greatly misunderstood by all who knew him.
I thought Fred Berman did a wonderful job. His wide range of accents was both comical and moving.
Warning 1: If you haven't read books from this series, this is NOT the one to start with. Go back, way back, pre-Acheron and start the series.
Warning 2: If you have read the series, as I have, be prepared. Do you remember how Acheron's book came with a warning? Kenyon prefaced it with a message along the lines of, "This is not my usual book. The first half is hard to read..." Well, THIS book should have had a warning as well. If reading/listening to the first half of Acheron was hard for you to handle, take the awful, painful, desperate sense you remember from it and multiply it by ten. Then experience it for the first THREE-FOURTHS of this book.
This is a LONG listen. Four parts, over 8 hours each, which I will round to approximately 32 hours of listening time. Do the math...that means that for over 24 hours of your life, a FULL DAY, you will be listening to the horror that Styxx lived growing up. Then, when you get to part four, you will hope the happily ever after part of the story will begin. It doesn't. It moves to present time period, but the payoff for all the suffering you have endured won't really begin until the last five hours left in the book.
Sigh. That is a long time of suffering for little payoff. Don't get me wrong. It isn't bad writing or bad narration that you are enduring. They are both so vivid that you feel like you are actually experiencing some part of the awful life Styxx had. If this had been a book, I would have skimmed it. But you can't really do that on audio.
I can't stress it enough in my warning. It is as if Kenyon sat down, wrote a list of every awful thing that could happen to a person, and sat about weaving it into a grief- and pain-filled story. I can never say that I liked this book. I liked the last five hours, and I'm glad I know what happened. But I would have much rather been able to skim the awful parts. There's only so much rape, treachery, abuse and neglect I can read about...
Here's hoping the next book is a little lighter on pain and a little heavier on action and romance.
Of course...I'm as sucked in as everyone else, as I still want to know what happens to my favorite characters, although their whole histories might be re-written at any moment, as evidenced by this book....
PRONUNCIATION!!! I mean, really, all the pronunciations are on S.K.'s website! Although Fred has a wider range of foreign accents than Holter, every time I hear "Sharontay", instead of Karontay, I want to scream! Yet he does the river Charon "Sharon", as if it was "Karon"...ugh!
And as others have noted, what's with the Irish accent with Artemis?
Getting rid of the raunchy sex stuff...I mean, really, we've heard the same things over and over for what, 24 books now...we get it, OK, we are all well-instructed in the sex department....a little more story, please...
OK, since when is Appollymi a vampire? She didn't bite Tory when she gave her powers...
Did S.K. forget that Styxx was a groomsman in Ash's wedding?
Ryssa would have not written "BC" when dating her journal...
Since the Thonians are the "police force" for the Gods, how could Appollymi "shield Savitar's powers" so he couldn't see Ash's childhood?
Didn't anybody edit this book? Since when is Seth Sin's brother? (As introduced by sin during the "pow-wow" on Savitar's island...
Aside from the "copy/paste" from various other books in the series, (must be nice to make $ again and again from the same info) so much was not "pasted" correctly...if she couldn't remember the conversations, she or the editors could have just referenced previous books, or did she think anyone too stupid to notice?
I could go on, and on...
As everyone else has noted, the last 20% of the book was certainly worth listening too, if you can look beyond the discrepancies....I did enjoy having more of Savitar and Ash/Tory, and of course, Simi, and I did like how so many loose ends from other books were tied up in a neat little package, however, now there are a few new loose ends....
Archon says he prohibited appollimy from conceiving, so that leaves the question of who Ash's father is? Were it not for the fact that Ash seems to be part Charonte, I would have thought Savitar, but who knows?
Who is the slave/spy working for Noir?
Since when are Seth and Set reconciled?
Yes. The 24 hours of abuse rape and complete degradation.
I would have had the author stop getting off on pain and degradation.
Berman brings the story to life.
I would not see this book if it were made into a movie.
This is worth it for the last eight hours if you are a fan of the series. Listening to the first 24 hours isn't enjoyable and it doesn't add anything to the story that couldn't have been accomplished in an hour. I want to know the story of Styxx. It adds to the body of work and he is a likable charecer.
But seriously. Don't put yourself through the pain of listening to the first 24 hours.
Poor Styxx. Sad Styxx. Bullied Styxx. Hundreds of pages of "let's all feel sorry for Styxx." All of the heroes of this series have terrible back-stories, that is the major premise of the series. But, really, page after page after page of Styxx being tortured is just boring. There are only so many ways a person can be beaten or raped, and I'd a lot rather have some action or adventure than this repetitious, depressing slop. Sherrilyn, you let us down.
This book would have been less then a third of it's length if it wasn't for the sexual content. Though I have enjoyed many of this author's books this one was way over the top!
Not many that's for sure
Please no! The poor guy needs a break from being sexually attacked!