Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed - until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers, and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both. War has never been more deadly...or more fun.
Love in vein: listen to another Dark-Hunter novel.
©2008 Sherrilyn Kenyon; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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.
This story is outstanding. Narration is brilliant! Top marks. Got totally immersed in this. Fabulous!
"One of the most emotional books of the series"
This book, out of all of them is the one that makes me cry. The story of his earlier life, the cruelty and abuse he suffers at the hands of family and friends. He is betrayed many times and still finds himself helpless and alone.
His real mother did was she did to protect him but at the end of the day he has to learn to stand alone.
I've purchased many books.. this one to date is my top favourite, the story is amazing gets all your emotions going. it is fantastic.. I'd love a part 2
So disappointed to find there are no more of the series on Audbile ......
Great story but be prepared for graphic depictions of sexual abuse and violence which are gut wrenching in places.
Exciting, Shocking, Enjoyable
Acheron - He is very complex and you go from feeling sorry for him, angry with him, desiring him, accusing him and so on. A brilliant Character
It's hard to choose one scene as all of it, from past to present is awesome.
A brilliant book with very well written characters. A must read for anyone.
"WOW...That explais so much,"
I really liked the fact that all the blanks that surrounded Ash have now been filled in. A few things things I had worked out already, but others WOW!
For me, I would have to say it was when he got drunk, on Sprite.
To be completely honest this was the first audibe title I have listened to in a few years, and really enjoyed listening to him read, it was a long book and I didn't get tired of listening to him.
I felt for Ash when he realized what he had done to Tori.
This is a series that I just can not get enough of. It is an awesome trip to take when you need a short break from the real world.
One of the best books in the series, the narrator puts plenty of passion in telling this amazing tale, highly recommend
Acheron is my favourite character
in places it made me very upset but as the story continued i felt greatly for the ending
highly recommend this book and the series, would like to have more to listen to
"Laugh cry steamy as hell"
beautifully narrated and the descriptions as he travels through his long life you can almost feel it from the bowls of atlantis to rissas garden to the car and motorcycle chase. This story has so many twists and turns its positively permed.
when acheron is sitting in rissas garden and he is marveling of the grass under his feet. to when he meets tory and his reaction to her .
he gave acheron a wonderful voice and he was able to give artimus and tory great character his pitch was perfect
ACHERON centuries he walked the earth searching for his heart in the modern world he found it
sherrilyn kenyon writes a wonderful tale and her partnership with holter makes her characters spark with life.
"Loved this book, was unsure for first few chapters"
Was very unsure about this book at the start, but once it headed into the present day I really loved it. A great lead character and because the author allows key characters to die, it keeps the tension going and you rooting for Acheron.
This story exceeded my expectations, my favourite character is the main character Acheron. He is supposed to be a prince of royal linage but instead of being treated with respect and reverence everyone who comes into contact with him lusts and loathes him and ultimately violates him in some unspeakable ways.
I felt a connection with his real mother who was sincere in her efforts to save and protect him as was his sister whom was valiant in her attempts but not always successful.
The story had me hooked, I was captivated by the twists and turns it drove me through a range of feelings and emotions. Often I was angered by the injustice Acheron suffered which riled and disgusted me but there were also times when the intimate scenes were interestingly hot, sensual and sweet.
My favourite part of the book is when Acheron finds his girl and she really has his back despite his past, she wipes away his shame and shuns his torture.
Anyone who likes things of a supernatural elk will love this book.
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