Is is going to be my last Sherrilyn Kenyon book I ever buy. The last few books have been nothing but child rape fests. Either she's hung up on what else to write or she's really getting off on this stuff. Save your money. This is just a retelling of Acheron. Turn out the lights, this series is done.
The best way to read.
SENSITIVE guy who can't get a break. It is a miracle he does not have a psychotic break. Styxx ENDURING much heartache and still endures. He is STOIC in his refusal to share his abuse and/or loss.
The other side of Asheron. If you have read Asheron, this book will be familiar and surprise you at the same time. The format is the same, going from 900's B.C. to modern day.
Bethany's Egyptian family. They are always looking to start a fight and/or remove body parts. And they love Bethany to distraction.
This is one of the best Dark Hunter books by far. It was eye-opening to see Styxx's side of the story, which happens to be even worse than Asheron's. It's great that Styxx uses humor and sarcasm to get through tough situations.
Styxx's story was brutal, abusive, and incestuous, anyone who listen or read Acheron's story knew how brutal that was. Well Ms. Kenyon knows how to bring human abasement to the 100th degree of shame. I was sick listening to the child abuse, rape, and incestuous degradation of Styxx. Not only are the men gay, but also the gods who rape, beat and torture Styxx within inches of his life. The story is a well written diary which gives an account on the year, day of what is going in in Styxx's humiliating life.
The King, is stupid, arrogant and simply a coward and hides constantly behind his title
I hated Ryssa in Archeron, I really wanted to kill her in Styxx's book. In Acheron's story you hear her complaining about the treatment of Ash and how Styxx is so spoiled and you really do believe that until you actually hear the story ffrom Styxx's point of view. All the snobby comments made by Styxx in Ash's book is Styxx aggravation of taking everyone's mistreatment of him and lashing out at them. Ryssa, never seems to hear the people around Styxx mistreating him, only when Styxx lashes out.
The Queen mother, blames her stupid King husband lack of love on both Ash and Styxx, she stays in a drunken stupor.
It is only when he meet's Beth, that he finds peace and even those times are short lived, he is a slave to everyone and anyone because of his uncle and father.
Styxx's story actually made me Hate ACHERON, YES, MY BELOVED ASH. but in the end it all pans out and once again I love Ash, but for a time he was a villain in my eyes.
As always you get some Greek Mythology teaching and the story of the gods. Why in the world would anyone worship such hypocrisy?
The book is a great follow up!! Answers many questions.
I liked all the emotions. The same story but from a different view point.
He is always good!
I wish. It took me 3 days!!!!
It was a great book! Looking forward to the next one.
I am so disappointed in this book! I was only able to listen approx. 1/2 of part one, none of 2 or 3 and most of 4. I get that we are to really feel Styxx's angst but I was beat over the head with it until I just couldn't stand it anymore. I am not a moron, I understand I was supposed to feel his unrelenting pain and disappointment, I didn't need hours upon hours of it!
I usually enjoy Ms. Kenyon's books and I will try another although my tolerance will be at an all time low.
This book is very low on my list of favorites, in fact I am going to try to return it.
There were times I was distracted by his attempts at different voices although to be fair....it could have been attributed to my dislike of the story.
Pretty much all of it, certainly the repetitive beatings and rapes.
Say something about yourself!
Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Styxx left me absolutely gutted and wondering just where we go from here!
Story Thoughts: Just going to say upfront that there is no way I can tell you what I loved, cried, yelled, and screamed over without spoilers. So this is going to be the most generic review you have ever read in your life. In fact, let me just sum it up this way: If you loves Acheron then Styxx is a book you must read. If you have felt that the series has kind of gotten "off-track" then this is the book to bring you back in the fold. Things happen! Perspectives change! People are not what you think!
Character Thoughts: You really don't know Styxx until this story. In fact, I would venture to say that you really don't know a few characters fully until this story. Read but be prepared to want to punch a few of your favorites in the jaw and knock some sense in them. Be prepared to have new favorites and loves. Be prepared to actually scream at the characters to just sit the heck down and have a conversation. So basically just be prepared to be spinned around on what you think the characters are capable of because there are things that will shock you!
Narrated by Fred Berman /LENGTH 31 hrs and 8 mins
My audio rating has more to do with subject matter than the actual narration. I actually think Fred did an excellent job as a narrator but some things were just so darn hard to listen too. In fact, I had the same problem with Ash's book so I wasn't that shocked when the audio just overall didn't work for me. I think now that I have the story down, I could listen to the whole thing on audio but the initial gut wrenching was just way to painful to hear. Actually that is an nod to Fred because he made me feel everything Styxx was doing. I would just recommend that your read Styxx first so your prepped for it!
Final Thoughts: STYXX!
Great, interesting story, but the author went on and on way past the need to make her point. The graphic nature of the story is important, but the author dragged it on way past necessity. It didn't add anything to the story and instead got boring after awhile.
It was still a great story and highly recommended. You just need to stick with it.
I enjoy romances - paranormal, historical - you name it. Favorite narrator - Simon Prebble. Favorite author - Stephanie Laurens.
As I have vision problems I really look forward to the audio version of books and this one was perfect! At points I had to pause as I was crying so much, which I haven't done for a long time. My thanks to both author and reader.
I'd compare this book most closely to Acheron -- it's amazing how Ms Kenyon went back and told the story during the same time period yet was able to convincingly show a completely different point of view. Kudos!
I enjoyed when Artemis joined the group planning to overthrow the Atlantean -- her mixed up phrases always make me chuckle. But the very best scene was when Apollo was delivered to Appolyme.
I cried every time Styx was betrayed by those he considered family.
This was a hard book to put down once started and yet I was so sad when I finished. One of the best of the Dark Hunter series.
I had nearly given up on the Dark Hunter Series after the last couple installments. In fact, I nearly passed over Styxx because I had my doubts that Kenyon could weave him into a character that I could learn to like. Boy was I stunned by her writing genius! Kenyon wove a story of a family. The story revolves around the assumptions each person makes about others within the family and the devastating consequences that are wrought from actions taken based on those assumptions. It is a story of misunderstandings, regrets, and forgiveness. There is also an engaging romance at the forefront of the storyline that is at times sweet and at other times heart-wrenching. But it was really the family dynamic that I found the most fascinating about this installment. If you are a Kenyon fan, don't doubt that you'll love Styxx. The plot is fast paced and engaging and the overall series storyline is significantly advanced in this installment. Old characters take on new depths and there is a much better sense of where this series is headed. This is by far Kenyon's best work since Acheron.