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
This was my first book by the author. I am glad I was taken in by all of the hype. Even though the beginning of the book is tough to get through because of the hardship Ash goes through, it allows the reader to sympathize with Ash and love him more. Great narration!
I love Kenyon's work. Always have and always will. In the past I have been more than a little disappointed by the clumsy, almost criminally bad narration used for some of her earlier titles. Now in walks Holter Graham and my long standing fancy for the dark, brooding and sexy Ash (Acheron) becomes a full blown crush! I absolutely adore this narrator and really loved the story. NEWBIES BEWARE- there are very strong tones of violence and sadistic childhood abuse in this and some other Kenyon titles. In Acheron's case it's fair to call this extreme and totally heart wrenching. There is also a healthy does of explicit sex. That said, all of the aforementioned ADULT content serves the plot impeccably and builds solid gold characters the reader can easily invest in. I literally wanted to throw my arms around some of these characters. Others I could get medieval on to stop their sadistic tendencies.
All in all- I loved the story and from now on will have a special place in my heart for a certain Nickleback song (wink wink).
This book is several years overdue past its original deadline. I am pleased it when it finally arrived and it was not a disappointment. The audible book reader was *outstanding*. Fantastic. I was so pleased I also read the hard cover in addition to this audiobook. It is one of the few I have listened to multiple times. I can say that this is not an author whose work I display on my library shelves. Nor do I read her books over and over. But Acheron was excellent and I have listened to it repeatedly.
Some parts are rather sad and sometimes I skip those but the book, overall I have been terribly pleased with it. I think the audible reader's vocal talents are to be highlighted.
With the added flavor of the vocal talents of the actor, it took it over the top. Most of the feedback and reviews that were critical of the amount of pages devoted to the miserable beginning of Acherons life. That criticism was pretty scathing. Too little page percentage weighted for happier in balance with his overall lifetime. While it was an a sad life, and I would have liked it to have been a bit happier, I think people need to ease up. I am just glad the story has finally been told. This author has been dribbling out tidbits about this character for over a decade and now the meat and potatoes arrived.
In fact, I'd like to see another book on Acheron. I loved it.
This is by far, the best book in the series. So many questions answered and the characters really come to life. I enjoyed it a great deal.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Although I've never read any Dark Hunter novels or any other books by Sherrilyn Kenyon I really enjoyed this story! Holter Graham is amazing!
This book was awesome and explained things from previous books. The reader, Holter Graham, was wonderful and I hope he is the reader for other Sherrilyn Kenyon books as wells as Christine Feehan.
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.
Acheron gets his HEA, and basically that is what all of us DarkHunter fans have been wanting for a long time. Unfortunately, Kenyon takes more than half of the book and devotes it to excruciating details of Ash's past. And, oh do I mean excruciating. If you don't like pain, don't read or listen to this book. It was hard to take sometimes, but it does explain what and why Acheron is. As for the narration, Holter did wonderfully, but I was thrown off by him pronouncing Ash's name as Asheron instead of Akeron as he did in Devil May Cry. Also, the Gallu demon who was the bad guy in DMC didn't have an accent in Acheron. The only thing I truly didn't like was that so many characters were repeatedly and unneccesarily stupid and/or cruel. It was kind of like Kenyon didn't think we'd get it, so she decided to bludgeon us over the head repeatedly that Ash had a horrible life.
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.
This book puts everything together for the other books but stands out all by itself.. Fantastic
Unmissable book and an excellent narrator 10 out of 10
This is a amazing audiobok, so much so that I had trouble putting it down. The narrator is very talented and never struggles to make you hold your breath in anticipation.
My only issue is that there are not more Sherrilyn Kenyon books on the audible.co.uk site when they are all on the audible.com.
None the less, this is one book you will not regret purchasing
"loved it but..."
I was very excited to finally fined out the howl story and unveil the mystery surrounding Ach. I enjoyed hearing about all my favorit caracters again. This book explaines a lot and is still great to lisent to with out having read the other books related to the story. And as always i love Kenyon sexy and funny style.
But after chapter after chapter of violence and abuse of the mane caracter i grew tired and bored with all the free violence. Sure the scenery is well set and the caracters and places are wonderfull to read but PLEASE give the guy a break !!! Even the sex scenes become tire some after a time. So all in all this one is a 50/50 book to me. Harf love / harf ZZZzzzZZZ
"Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon"
I loved this book when I finished it, it was like loosing an old friend!
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.
"A super read"
This was a massive book, well written but only of interest to those who have read the other Dark hunter books. To the uninitiated I think it would hold little interest. Holter Graham the narrator has a sexy reading voice and so was exceptionally well chosen for this.
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