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WOW . I love the Dark Hunter series and have listened to each of the books too many times to count. So I felt I had a pretty good grasp on all of the characters. The story of Styxx is so devastating that I was depressed. It shook me and made me absolutely nauseated about the damage of making assumptions concerning other people’s reality. I had to turn off the audio-book calm down and reflect on my own life and the relationships I have with those people in my life. I know these are just fictional characters in a story but I was so shook up by the view point I had towards Styxx verses what his reality actually was that I cried and cringed through the whole thing. Sherrilyn Kenyon did a wonderful job at showing us that there can truly be three sides to every story …..Yours …….theirs…. and …..the truth which lies somewhere in between. I think she did a wonderful job at creating a story with a moral theme we can take away with us in our everyday lives. To rephrase a quote by Urian …”Good job sister…..good job!
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Would you listen to Styxx again? Why?
I would definitely listen to parts of this book again. As usual, Sherrilyn Kenyon has woven threads of an overarching, and very complex, storyline in among the details of Styxx's life. I have a feeling I'm going to need to re-read just to get the details straightened around in preparation for the next book--which was foreshaddowed at the end of this one.
However, I won't deny that the first half of this story really seemed to drag. Of course, Kenyon had to go back and retell the entire story of Acheron's human life from Styxx's POV in order to explain everything we saw in that book, and redeem Styxx's character. She does a fantastic job of providing plausible explanations for evrything that goes on--it just takes a really long time, and while I appreciate her attention to detail I did find myself getting rather bored. The second half of the story picks up the pace quite a bit, and if youc an stick it out to the end you'll really appreciate the careful and intricate crafting of the book as a whole.
What did you like best about this story?
I read once on Kenyon's website that she didn't want to give Styxx his own book until she could find a way to forgive him for what he supposedly did to Acheron. In this novel, she not only transforms Styxx from a villain to a tragic hero, but also shows us some of Acheron's own character flaws in a completely credible way. In this world of gods, demigods and other supernatural beings there are no one-dimentional characters. The most malicious can be kind, and the most benign can cause devistating harm. While Kenyon's world has rules, it is never static, which usually makes her books pageturners and full of surprises.
I also appreciated the fact that Kenyon didn't put us through pages and pages of back and forth sniping between Styx and Bethany, which to often happens in romances. They pretty much fell in love at first sight and stayed that way, which allowed the story to develop around their love in stead of being distracted by their interpersonal antics.
Any additional comments?
It probably goes without saying, but do not, do not, do not read this book if you haven't been following this series from the beginning. There are way too many characters and way too much backstory--you'll miss the best parts of the story if you're scratching your head going "who's that guy?" If you've been following this series, I really think this is one of the better books, despite the rather slow start. Stick with it, and you'll really enjoy.
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