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January 21 2014 @ 04:37 pm
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#22)  
Title: Styxx
Series: Dark-Hunter, 22
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Pages: 848
Rating:
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Book Description:
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?


My Thoughts About the Book:
First, I think if you are going to read this book you should first read Acheron even if you'd previously read it. I read Acheron when it came out and while I remembered the general story, there were major things that happened in Styxx that I would not have remembered.

I do remember from reading Acheron the feeling of dislike I had for Styxx though primarily it was Styxx's mother, father and uncle who I despised. There were, however, a few moment in Acheron that I absolutely hated Styxx and when I heard that Kenyon had put a book out called Styxx I wanted to read it because I wasn't entirely sure I could read about one of the enemies of her Dark-Hunter series.

The funny thing that unlike Stryker's book, Styxx isn't a tale about an enemy. Instead, Kenyon shows us how one sided perceptions can be completely off and the often times when we lash out with such misconceptions it hurts those who are just as guiltless as those we see as the victim of abuse and hatred.

In Acheron, we learn about Ash's (the leader of the Dark-Hunters) horrific past. It is clear to reader as the move through the series that Ash has lead a very hard life and is compassion for characters that have been betrayed or character like Zarek who were badly abused makes us not only recognize the similar emotions in Ash but indicate just how hard of a life he had.

Upon reading Ash's book, you discover the true horrors. You believe his sister Ryssa loved him and that the rest of Ash's birth family were monsters. For the most part this is all true.

And while I've read that some readers see Styxx now and someone who clearly rose above more than Ash had to. Styxx's life, much like his brothers, is horrific and in most cases Styxx endured much more than Ash had to simply because he was mortal.

Styxx's story is not for the faint of heart. It is emotional and horrific. The thing is that no matter how bad it was for Styxx he was rarely struck with the inclination to harm others. There were moments when he protected himself which didn't bode well for Ash and then there were times when we find out Ash isn't as perfect as his story leads you to believe.

Ash has a journey in this book that most would think ended with his own book. The things is, as twins, Styxx and Ash's journey back from the horror can't be over until they can come to terms with the past, each other's part and innocence in it and the part their sister played in their dramatic hatred of one another.

Part of me, like so many other readers, wants to hate Ryssa of her part in Styxx's pain but part of me wonders if had Ryssa known the full truth of everything going on if she's been a champion to both her brothers?

While Styxx is filled with horrific violence both sexual and physical; it is a beautiful story at it's core of the perseverance of goodness and love. Styxx could have endured his pain and humiliation by inflicting it on others but instead chose to search for the few people who truly loved him; giving his love and loyalty fiercely and eternally.

I have loved many of this series but few of the books have I given a 5 star rating. This is one of the best books I've read in the series and like Ash's book you will need tissues when you are reading.

I have to add that some of my favorite lines in the entire book were the Deviled Ham moment and when Simi called Styxx akri-copy. I have always adored Simi and her birthday celebration with Styxx was so adorable.

The Series:




Son of No One (Dark-Hunter Novels)


All Anthology Stories have been complied into the Dark Bites book.
0. Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter world)
0.5. Dragonswan (novella)
1. Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter)
2. Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter)
2.5. Phantom Lover
2.6. A Dark-Hunter Christmas
3. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter)
4. Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter)
5. Night Play (Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
6. Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter)
6.5. Winter Born
7. Sins of the Night (Dark-Hunter)
7.5. Second Chances (Now part of the Styxx story)
8. Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
9. Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
9.5 A Hard Day's Night Searcher
9.6 Until Death Do We Part
10. The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter)
10.5. Fear the Darkness (ebook, Dark-Hunter)
11. Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter)
12. Upon the Midnight Clear (Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter)
13. Dream Chaser (Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter)
14. Acheron (Dark-Hunter)
14.5. Where Angels Dear to Tread
14.6. Shadow of the Moon
15. One Silent Night (Dark-Hunter)
16. Dream Warrior (Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter)
17. Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter, Hellchaser, Were-Hunter)
18. No Mercy (Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
19. Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
20. The Guardian (Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter)
20.5. Redemption
21. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, Hellchaser)
21.5. House of the Rising Son (prequel to Styxx)
22. Styxx (Dark-Hunter)
23. Son of No One (Dark-Hunter, Hellchaser)
--. Dark Bites (All Anthology Short Stories)