"The shear genius behind the wit and writing still amazes me"
Acheron Parthenopaeus is the famed leader of the Dark
Hunters. He is respected, feared, mysterious, and
secretive to the extreme. He knows everything about
everyone yet few know anything about him. He is tall, dark
and to see him is to want him. Despite looking twenty-one,
he has an unimaginative depth of knowledge and compassion.
The mad, bad, and immortal theme doesn't even begin to
Acheron, the book, is actually two books in one cover. The
beginning takes you back to ancient Atlantis where Ash's
life began. Cursed by his own father, a god, to die, his
mother tries to protect him by sending him into the human
world to live as one of them. Little did she know the pain
and suffering he would be made to live with there. For
those that have followed the Dark Hunter series, the
beginning of this book is not the typical sarcastic, dry
witted, up tempo books we are used to. It is honest
straight, forward, and blunt. The things that happened to
the man we have come to adore over the years were horrific
and they are depicted as such. That being said, personally
I'm glad the Mrs. Kenyon wrote it this way because to have
made light of it would have in so many ways ruined it and
taken away the importance of Ash's past and the way it has
shaped the being he has become. The second part of the
book brings us back to present day and is in every way a
Dark Hunter novel. The dry sense of humors are back in
full force and will have you laughing out loud despite
trying not to look insane in a crowd. The shear genius
behind the wit and writing still amazes me and I've been
following the series for years now. The stroke of genius
over the Sprite scene astounds me and I will never be able
to look at a Sprite again without bursting into laughter.
The book introduces us to many new characters that are
setting us up for the next part of the series, but for
those that have read it, many of our favorites make
appearances also. The book is actually the 25th in the
series if you count all the anthologies and shorts from the
other books. Can it be read before the other books?
Sure. Should it be? No. There is no way you can fully
appreciate the being that Ash has come to be without seeing
him in action in the other books. This is the longest book
in the series and well deserving of it. Ms. Kenyon hits
another home run with Acheron, a book more than worth the
time it takes to read. I waited in line for about four
hours to get this book and don't regret it in the least.
Reviewed by Amy Parker
Posted August 31, 2008
A Dark-Hunter Novel
**2008 PEARL WINNER - BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL ROMANCE**
**2008 PEARL WINNER - BEST MAGICAL/FANTASY ROMANCE**
**A PNR Reviewer Top Pick**
From the world of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date...
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.
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
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.
Previous Dark Hunter books, in order according to Sherrilyn Kenyon's website:
Novellas from the Dark-Hunter series
- Fantasy Lover
- Night Pleasures
- Night Embrace
- Dance with the Devil
- Kiss of the Night
- Night Play
- Seize the Night
- Sins of the Night
- Unleash the Night
- Dark Side of the Moon
- Devil May Cry
- One Silent Night
- Bad Moon Rising
- The Dark Hunter Companion
- Winter Born (in the Stroke of Midnight anthology
- Second Chances (in the Exclusive Dark-Hunter Collectible Booklet (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2005), free giveaway. Also was included in the Dark-Hunter Companion)
- A Hard Day's Night-Searcher (in the anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding)
- Until Death We Do Part (in the anthology Love At First Bite )
- Fear the Darkness (a free e-book)
- Shadow of the Moon (in the anthology Dead After Dark