Series: , Entire Dark-Hunterverse #15, Dark-Hunterverse #23
Published by Macmillan on August 5th 2008
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban, Romance
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The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron. He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron 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'll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
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.
“Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
I’ve been waiting to read this book from the very moment Acheron was first introduced as a character. While Kenyon would drop little hits about him and his past in each of the previous thirteen books, she never gave you enough to keep you from wanting more. This novel is written in two parts. Part one is set in ancient Greece and told for the most part through journal entries. In it, we learn of Acheron’s early life and the events that shaped him as a man. Part two finds Acheron in the modern-day, picking up where the story left off in the previous novel. Though his past was difficult to read, it did shed light on how Acheron became the man he is today.
Up until now, readers have known Acheron to be the leader of the Dark-Hunters. An omniscient being who would keep the balance between man and the supernatural intact. He is irresistible to whoever lays eyes on him, can change his appearance at will, and has a close personal relationship with the goddess Artemis. Acheron, or Ash as he is known to friends, is a man of mystery. So much so that even those close to him have little to no knowledge of his past. They only factoid they know is that he is over 9000 years old, and can kick anyone’s ass. Ash’s ability to keep his hunters close to him, but not let them in close enough to really know him is what has intrigued me the most about him. I kept wondering why he had such fortified walls around his heart, and wouldn’t reveal even the smallest tidbits about his life. Sherrilyn Kenyon wonderfully exposed Ash’s many layers in such a way that paid tribute to people who’ve suffered abuse. His story is treated with great respect, and at times was a little too accurate and revealing.
“It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their past, but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often then not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.”
I won’t spoil this book as it is worth the wait and the read. However, I will say that this novel was very well written. I usually don’t like waiting for eons for a big reveal, but somehow Kenyon never made me feel irritated for having to read thirteen books in order to get a complete answer. She always revealed just enough to satisfy fans, while still holding enough back to make the complete revelation worthwhile. With the changes Acheron went through during the novel, I can’t wait to see how they change him. I also can’t wait to see how these changes affect the Dark-Hunterverse going forward. In the prologue, Kenyon indicated that Acheron was the end of one story arc and the beginning of a new one. While I wasn’t ready to let Acheron and the gang go, I am excited to see what she has planned for fans next.