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Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

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Sherrilyn Kenyon's most highly anticipated novel in the Dark-Hunter series since Acheron is here - the unforgettable story of Styxx, Acheron's twin brother and one of the most powerful beings on Earth. Just when you thought doomsday was over…

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer. Yet it's hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours - even when it's your own twin. And when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?

©2013 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer 04-09-15
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    "PURE AGONY"
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    After reading Acheron and listening to his story it's hard to get into this story knowing that before you even start the book it's going to be pure horror at what Styxx would be going through in his childhood. I love a good story but I can't get into books that have the main characters go through pain and suffering over and over again. I mean talk about childhood traumas!!! I had to skip through some of these pages, try to skip through the horrors that my imagination was forming just listening to this story.., I'm not sure I would want to listen to this story again...I wish someone would tell Ms. Kenyon that a good story is when readers would want to read it or listen to it over and over again..but a bad story is when people read it or listen to it and throw the book away never wanting to even remember the story...I mean she kept going on and on compounding abuse over and over again each one worse than the last one...a person who reads or listens to the book can only endure so much pain and suffering and horror at what the main character is going through. I mean it's enough to know that there are real monsters out there(people who enjoy abusing and hurting others)..Do we really need to read it or listen to it too? Ms. Kenyon must enjoy wallowing in pain and suffering because she constantly writes about it.. :(

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    Kindle Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 05-24-14
    Kindle Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2016

    A reader of PNR, mysteries and suspense. But huge reader of PNR. I listen and read books.

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    "Seriously too much rape"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    noone


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon again?

    no this book is too much like Acheron and really why so much detail and dwelling on so much childhood rape...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Berman’s performances?

    yes


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    Amazon Customer Ohio 01-30-14
    Amazon Customer Ohio 01-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Last 10 Hours Were Great"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon L Livingston Laurel Hollow, NY United States 01-07-14
    Sharon L Livingston Laurel Hollow, NY United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Painful!!!"
    What did you like best about Styxx? What did you like least?

    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


    Would you recommend Styxx to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Because it was much too painful


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fred Berman does a FANTSTIC job. I've enjoyed all of his characterizations. He has amazing stamina


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More good moments and less gross groveling in the mire.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wendy Altoona, PA, United States 01-07-14
    wendy Altoona, PA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "im soo sad.."
    What didn’t you like about Fred Berman’s performance?

    I love Fred Berman and I love Sherrilyn Kenyon.. but dang could Styxx be more winey?


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    Jerri 10-19-13
    Jerri 10-19-13
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    "What a whiner"
    What disappointed you about Styxx?

    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.


    What could Sherrilyn Kenyon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was great. He couldn't help such a depressing story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Asheville, NC, United States 10-04-13
    Amanda Asheville, NC, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Shocked"
    Would you listen to Styxx again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Styxx to and why?

    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.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I thought Fred Berman did a wonderful job. His wide range of accents was both comical and moving.


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    M MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, PA, United States 09-23-13
    M MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, PA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not many that's for sure


    Do you think Styxx needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no! The poor guy needs a break from being sexually attacked!


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    Judy 09-12-13
    Judy 09-12-13
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    "REALLY????"
    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Fred Berman?

    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....


    Has Styxx turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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?


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna Lanne St. Louis 09-07-13
    Shawna Lanne St. Louis 09-07-13

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    "Skip the first 24 hours"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. The 24 hours of abuse rape and complete degradation.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had the author stop getting off on pain and degradation.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Berman brings the story to life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would not see this book if it were made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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