I will certainly listen to this again. There are so many great characters in this book that the reader finds him/herself highly invested in every scene.
Acheron was good. Styxx is fantastic.
Like Sherrilyn Kenyon's book "Acheron", I will carry "Styxx" with me in my heart - always. If you have never read the Dark Hunter series, I recommend "Acheron" then "Styxx". These two Dark Hunter books are the best in the DH collection. I have to warn you that the books are brutal and exhausting, but satisfying morsels that will have you sobbing out loud, shouting at the injustice and jumping up with joy. This is just my opinion, but I think "Styxx is an awesome book, and even better than "Acheron" ( I NEVER, EVER, though I'd favor another book in the series over "Acheron"). Who knew! Not me that's for sure! Please enjoy Styxx's book!
"Styxx" is a potent and captivating story; that will make your heart sympathize for a character that's always been portrayed through out the series as a villain. Acheron twin is characterized as a selfish, spoiled, and arrogant Prince Styxx of Didymos. However, he wasn't any of these deplorable characteristics. He was a Prince, who hide in the shadows with his bleeding heart in his hands; suffered in silence when all he wanted was someone to love him. He sacrificed his heart, body and soul for all the people in his family and kingdom; never asking for anything in return. He never thought he was worthy for anyone's love, affection, or respect. He did have his teacher, and his true love, but one by one, they were taken away from him because of a jealous, evil, Greek god. All because he refuse to cower or grovel, and challenged anyone to try and take his dignity. BIG mistake because these bastards tortured, raped, used, abused and broke his body and his spirit. Yet, this mighty Prince stood proud and tall. With tremendous odd against him, Styxx learned to never give an inch, never back down, and never show how badly wounded, battered, and torn his soul had become with all the abuse.He bled for, sacrificed and loved his twin, Acheron, who I seriously want to bitch slap; even though, Acheron is my beloved hero in the Dark Hunter series. Yet, Acheron scorned him, and covet Styxx's crown. He refused to see Styxx as the champion.He murdered for his sister, Ryssa, Princess of Didymos, who jealously tore at his tender heart every time she screamed her insults at him. Crap, I thought she was a sweet woman! Yes, she was affectionate with Acheron, but with Styxx she was a bitch from hell. I itch to deliver her to Hades; all the while kicking her posterior all the way! Grrrr....OH! Let me not forget his idiot father, who treated Styxx like his personal whipping boy. He delivered his "precious son" to priests, who torment him for months, all because he foolishly displayed his twin qualities. When Archon was brutalized, Styxx would feel the punishment too. Also, he sent Styxx on a trip with a band of men who raped and tortured him for 9 days!! (Oh lord, this chapter had me crying and I had to put the book down for an hour. I just kept chanting....Just Breath...) Then, he send Styxx, as a boy, into war with an army that hated him. Yet, Styxx prevailed, leading his soldier all the way to the enemy's sacred city Atlantis; becoming the greatest General that Greece has ever known. Ha! All I could think was "suck it" you jealous, greasy, traitorous pig of a father!He was extremely charming to "his" people that showed him kindness. For those who offended him, he struck with his sense of humor; he wore as a cloak to reflect all the vile comments and delivers his own barbs with such wicked sarcasm. I laughed loudly and clapped my hands for him. His charisma- strength of character, magnetism and presence is delightful and endearing.
Definitely loved, loved, loved Fred Berman. I just wish he would have slow down in the climatic parts of the story. However, I did feel his emotional response to the book with his voice and speed of his words.
I finished the book in 2 days! I couldn't stop thinking about the book or wanting to pausing the audible book. The story is difficult to listen to all the sexual abuse, but I love the dark hunter series. I just wish there was more passages of the characters in DH series. Yet, it's good to finally know and understand Styxx's story and his importance in the DH series.
Amazing book!Sherrilyn Kenyon is an extraordinary story teller. My emotions are scrambled, and I feel a bit tipsy after reading "Styxx".There are parallel chapters to "Acheron" book, but in a different POV. Wow!! In Styxx POV, he delivers in his promise to be an effective protagonist.
Most heart felt story of the series beside acheron, I actually cried several times throughout this story
styxx was my favorite the courage and strength he showed was wonderful
You could hear the emotion in his performance
If I had enough hours in the day, I would have listened to the whole thing
a must listen for all who enjoy this series
Yes reminds you how judgemental people are especially when we make assumptions.
Urian confronts Ash about his brother
Ass u me
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 had no expectation going in to this one, because of my love for Acheron's character. I regret waiting this long to read it as the dark hunter series is my favorite(better than BDB series). It was shockingly good I couldn't put it down and actually cried many times as if I were watching a movie.
When Acheron cries on Tori realizing the true horror his brother went through
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?
After reading Acheron, I didn't think Ms Kenyon could give us a better story. Well, I was wrong!!! Loved Acheron, but I am blown away with Styxx!!!! Simply amazing!!!!
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.