Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted November 12, 2011 by Annie in Reviews / 11 Comments

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Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Acheron
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

5 Stars


Released: August 3, 2008
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 728

This book killed me.

Sherrilyn Kenyon really outdid herself on Ash’s book, revealing the deepest and darkest secrets one could reveal about a character. Not a single layer of Ash’s life was kept hidden. And it was both beautiful and terrifying to read.

The book starts off with Ash’s mother, Apollymi and her actions to keep her baby boy safe. Striped from her womb and placed into another pregnant mother’s belly, Ash’s most critical moments of his life occur and he’s not even born yet!

When Ash’s new mom gives birth, she discovers that she has two sons. But one, Ash, has eyes that startle the family. They believe him cursed so they shun him, disowning their son even before they even know him.

Fast forward years later and Kenyon tells Ash’s story through the naive eyes of his older sister, Ryssa in the form of diary entries. This part of the book is the hardest to get through. Reading about what happens to Ash’s through his sister’s eyes made me feel helpless. But I also felt that Ryssa continued to make the same mistakes over and over again where Ash was punished with the consequences. There were many instances where I wished Ryssa would stop her endeavours to help her brother because it only made things worse.

And then there is Artemis, the goddess whom I loved to hate. I do not like her. At all.

While I did enjoy the small bubbles of joy and love she brought Ash, she was still a terrible “friend”. And that is all I’m going to say about her.

The rest of the book is set in present time with an Ash that is all goth-ed out. Seeing him now and knowing what he endured, it made me consider his character in a different way than if I had just read the part of the book set in the present.

Kenyon does a great job of incorporating both parts into one cohesive unit, using Ryssa’s diaries as a prized possession that many people would like to get their hands on. Storia included.

Storia was a great woman for Ash. She didn’t fall for his good looks and I loved that she had a passion in her life.

The only thing negative I have to say about this book is that some scenes in part one dragged on a little too long and it impacted the pacing a bit. And I have to wonder how a man like Ash can overcome his tortured past. I will not say it was an easy thing to do, but the Ash in part two seems different and not at all how I suspected someone who endured something so traumatic and heartbreaking. But then again, it’s also part of the reason why I love Ash just the way he is.

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About Sherrilyn Kenyon

New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series.

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I’m a 26 year old obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I’m also a reviewer for FreshFiction.com. Over there, I’m also a columnist. I have a column called Into the Night that discusses the latest and greatest news in the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy genre. I also work as a virtual assistant for authors.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, to New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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11 responses to “Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  1. I loved Ash before reading this book and loved him even more after reading the book. I loved the book, I thought it was one of her best in the series so far.

  2. Best of the Dark Hunter series by far and one of my favorite books of all time. Acheron is the most tragic hero I have ever come across and the sexiest. Those swirling silver eyes. How could you not love him? Great review. This book killed me as well.

  3. I’ve been re-reading several books from the Dark- Hunters series, lately; and i still haven’t found the courage to get to Acheron.The book has been on my bedside table for days now, and i still havent’s found the courage to read it, i want to, but yeah the first part of the book is really intense, but very, very hard and tragic.

  4. I’ve been re-reading several books from the Dark- Hunters series, lately; and i still haven’t found the courage to get to Acheron.The book has been on my bedside table for days now, and i still havent’s found the courage to read it, i want to, but yeah the first part of the book is really intense, but very, very hard and tragic.

  5. Aly P

    I just saw that you skipped to this one, how could you *gasp*

    Wasn’t it just one of the best books you have ever read? I know it was for me.

  6. Bube

    This book is so emotional,heart wrenching story,my heart was crying while I was reading this book.Acheron is My Hero <3

    One of my favorite books ever! 🙂

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