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Styxx (Dark-Hunter Series #17)

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32 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Utterly Brilliant. I waited eagerly for this book to show up o

Utterly Brilliant.

I waited eagerly for this book to show up on my kindle at midnight and started reading it immediately. Given that it is eight-hundred and forty-eight pages long and completely engrossing from page one, I did not get any sleep. I wondered how in the ...
Utterly Brilliant.

I waited eagerly for this book to show up on my kindle at midnight and started reading it immediately. Given that it is eight-hundred and forty-eight pages long and completely engrossing from page one, I did not get any sleep. I wondered how in the world Ms. Kenyon could possibly turn Styxx into a hero, given all the awful things he did in previous novels, but I knew from experience that with her fantastic imagination it would certainly be something to see. Complete. Understatement.

I started to love Styxx as the protagonist immediately; that sad little boy who was neglected and abused just as badly as Acheron, maybe even worse, because he didn't have Ryssa and his father continuously vacillated between hating and loving him. It was easy to pity him at first, then admire and cheer him on.

The majority of Styxx takes place during the same time as the first half of Acheron; every moment, every conversation takes on new meaning from Styxx's point of view. It was utterly fascinating and oh-so very painful. There were times I wanted to kill Acheron and I didn't think anything could do that. The worst of Styxx's torment may have started when he was a older than his twin, but it was just as bad. Sherrilyn Kenyon sure likes her tortured heroes. Emphasis on the tortured.
The romance surprised me in that it started so early. Styxx was such a sweet, innocent young lover. His ever-enduring faithfulness was one of my favorite parts of the whole novel. Beth, however, I wanted to smack upside the head. How could she...do something I can't say because of spoilers? She's a goddess and she was with him for years and yet all the while...grr. Not saying anything more. Despite how much she annoyed me at times, I did like her for the most part, except...I find I really can't say much about her without spoilers. Suffice it to say she is not my favorite of Ms. Kenyon's heroines. She seemed a little lacking in the 'heroics' department. However, she did have a good sense of humor and once she...bother. I liked her more in the second half of the book.

The relationship between Ash and Styxx was brilliantly handled. Their interactions were limited, but when they met...oh, boy. Sparks flew in all directions, sometimes literally. It was so easy to see how alike they are, no matter how much they would like to deny it.

I loved, loved, loved how hints and foreshadowing and characters from the previous novels were worked into this book. I won't say what they were, but I am very interested in what will happen next in the series. I have new questions by the bucket load, especially those stemming from a delightfully shocking little revelation. It's going to drive me mad waiting for answers.

Overall, I loved this book. The fact that I got annoyed with characters just made me enjoy it all the more; that made them more human (figuratively speaking). Plus, who doesn't love to yell at fictional characters? I highly recommend Styxx to anyone who likes the rest of the Dark-Hunter series. I would not recommend reading it out of order. It gives away the ending to Acheron, Night Embrace and Devil May Cry as well as other things. Make sure you have a few to several hours (depending on your reading speed) before opening this book. You won't want to stop.

posted by LiederMadchen on September 3, 2013

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31 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

Honestly I don't know how to react to this book. I was excited a

Honestly I don't know how to react to this book. I was excited about Styxx. And I must say this book made me love the character. There are people who say they had pitty for Styxx. I didn't. The hell he went through he still remained loving. This book made me also dislik...
Honestly I don't know how to react to this book. I was excited about Styxx. And I must say this book made me love the character. There are people who say they had pitty for Styxx. I didn't. The hell he went through he still remained loving. This book made me also dislike the sister, dislike Ash, hate Este and his Father and so on. What deeply disturbed me was the brutality of the first 600 pages of this 895 page book. Between the Emotional abuse, the physical abuse, sexual abuse, the incest, the pedophilia an the down right meanness and bulling my stomach stayed in a knot and I had nightmares (sounds like an exaggeration). People have nightmares over horror stories but to me this was a horror story. So yeah I had them. I think I will be taking a break from this author and others that write like her because there is already to much ugly in the world. I like to feel good at after reading a book and although there is an HEA I cannot seem to enjoy it because I cannot seem to get the images out of my head.

posted by Sahrenity on September 5, 2013

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING LABEL Warning 1: If you ha

    THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING LABEL

    Warning 1: If you haven't read the series, don't start here!
    Warning 2: If you have read the series, remember the uncomfortable, awful first half of Acheron; multiply it times ten; read about it for the first THREE-FOURTHS of the book. 
    There is so much suffering, abuse, rape and neglect, it made me physically sick to my stomach.  There is simply too much bad and not enough good.  I suggest checking it out from the library, skimming the first 600 pages, and then reading the action/romance part at the end.  Here's hoping the next book has a LOT more humor, romance, action, intrigue and adventure.  And a lot less rape.  Please, no more rapes.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    I agree with others regarding the amount of abuse in this book.

    I agree with others regarding the amount of abuse in this book. It was too much for me to even enjoy the story. Writing is quality but I read these kinds of books for enjoyment and I found it difficult to enjoy this book. Which was frustrating since I love this author. Hopefully the next one lightens up a bit!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    I liked this book right up till they got to mondern day. I hated

    I liked this book right up till they got to mondern day. I hated Styxx after I read Acheron but once I started Styxx I started to feel bad for the both of them. 
    Then they get to moder day and it's like the first 2/3 rds of the book was some twisted delusion.
    All of the begining Styxx talk about how much he loved his brother then over the course of three pages he decides he actually hated him and stole his birth right.
    I felt like she wrote the first part, went on extended vacation then picked up where she left off without giving the first part a re-read . I was really disappointed.
     This book only succeeded in making me dislike characters I had fallen in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Porn

    I've read several of the books in the Dark Hunter Series. I liked Acheron, but the first 2/3 of this book was just overkill on the rape and degradation of the twins. It was like "enough already, I get it their lives sucked". I wanted to throw this away several times, but my rule is to finish books I start. There was some redemption in the latter 1/3 of the book. I just didn't enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Think twice

    I have always loved her books and I understand this story had to be told but it has been so long since we have had a Dark Hunter book too long. It was a bit depressing too much torture and darkness I have been waiting for the book about Acheron and his wife/baby.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Everything but the kitchen sink!

    Like Rip Van Winkle, this book needed a trim BADLY. Honestly, there was no way that this book needed to be 894 pages long. I've always enjoyed the Dark Hunter series but I have to admit that this book was a struggle at times to get through. First was the length. It was too long. The section set in ancient Greece and Atlantis could have been trimmed by a lot and it would not have suffered. We get it. Styxx had a crappy life. Second, I understand that we are basically reading about Acheron's life again but told now from Styxx' viewpoint. That part was fine. But the book mirrored Acheron's story told in Book #12 so closely that it felt like we were reading the same book again. Third, how many pantheons can you throw into a story? Really, I thought at one point that I was trapped in a Japanese knife commercial where I kept hearing the words, "But wait, there's more!" We had Egyptian gods, Greek gods, Atlantean gods, and a Celtic god thrown in for good measure. Were Thor and Loki far behind? Things improved a little bit when we got to modern-day times but near the end, the revelations (see point number 3) were flying fast and furious. I fully expected one of the characters, in the midst of the big battle scenes, to throw up their hands, blow a whistle and say to the group, "Hold on...who are you supposed to be now?"

    Please, Ms. Kenyon, I love you as a writer. I really do but you need to take us back to the basics. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Give us some witty character development interspersed with tense conflict not page after page after page of a myriad of gods and lots of rehashing of the same old thing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Really, did we need all the brutal graphic sex scenes?!?!

    First i must say i am an avid fan of SK but i can tell you that after about half way through i almost gave up--I did read the entire book (primarily because i like her so much) but I really felt like it was unnecessary to go into the graphic brutal sex scenes for the extent SK did in this novel. It was way over done....and after a while i just wanted to say "ENOUGH!!!"...how does this add to the overall story/plot? I hope this is not the direction she plans to take with future books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    LIke many others, this book disturbs me.  I'm still in the middl

    LIke many others, this book disturbs me.  I'm still in the middle of it, but I'm having a very hard time getting through it.  I want to skip ahead to modern era, but something keeps me reading it in hopes it will get better.  Its dark and disturbing.  I've read all Ms. Kenyon's books and for the first time, I am having a hard time getting through one of them.  I realize its fiction, but its just a hard read for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Way too much back story about all the pain he suffered...yawn...

    Way too much back story about all the pain he suffered...yawn......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    I enjoyed every book of the Dark Hunters, this book about Styxx

    I enjoyed every book of the Dark Hunters, this book about Styxx really left me wanting to put it down numerous times and quit reading. To much torture, rape, incest, ect. To read almost 600 pages before some of the abuse stopped was to much for me. I loved the Dark Hunter series but Styxx book not so much!! I loved Styxx and Bethany but to write so much about the abuse, didn't feel it was necessary. I loved Acheron but from the beginning to the end of Styxx I hated Acheron and Ryssa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

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