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  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312949413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312949419
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,013 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she's found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick and Beladors. Since 2004, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and her Chronicles of Nick series is adapted by Yen Press. Her Dark-Hunters and Chronicles of Nick series are both soon to be major motion picture releases.

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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Clozza on April 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Acheron is the latest romp in the Dark Hunter series. This is the book that answers all the questions about the book's protagonist, Ash. I must admit, the first half of the book is very sombering...the tortre Ash must endure is heart-wrenching. Yet, if it was not for all Ash had endured...would he be the same god we have come to love? Everyone who reads the series knows Ash is a god; they know who his parents are...yet as the God of Destruction he does have a kinder side for the meek and defenseless. And while it is the humans that tortre him...he still defends and protects them. Case in point: Tory is Ash's equal and while searching for the mythical land of Atlantis she makes some amazing discoveries...and while Ash feels for her, he must discredit her in order to save the humans and the earth. Yet his curiousness for her is unending and he asks Savitar for enlightenment on why Ash can't foresee Tory's future. Tory sees Ash as the perfect companion and delves into his past to understand the mangod. Acheron is a great addition to the series and while it does answer some raises many more. I can only say that I am glad the series continues and can't wait to find out what is coming next...maybe Artemis will finally get what's coming to her. One can only hope! --- Another book I would highly recommend is--Sirens-- by Geo Tin: Sirens (Mass Market)--a great novel that follows the same formula of mythology.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on November 20, 2008
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Eleven thousand years ago, Archon's three illegitimate daughters, The Fates, accidentally cursed Archon and Apollymi's son Apostolos. The curse would kill them all so Archon wanted the babe killed. To save her unborn child, Apollymi had the infant raised by mortals. When Apostolos and his twin brother Styxx were born it was apparent that Apostolos was not identical in every way to his twin. To them, he was an abomination. He was named after the River of Woe. They called him Acheron.

Present Day:

Eleven thousand years is not long enough to banish the horror of his past. Acheron doesn't get close to anyone and he doesn't trust. He still thinks he is unworthy of love. Then he meets Dr. Soteria Kafieri. Tori is an archeologist trying to uncover the mysteries of Atlantis. She is determined to finish her father's work and bring dignity back to her family. Acheron is determined to keep his past hidden. If it means ruining Tori's good name to do it, so be it. Tori uncovers more than ancient artifacts. She now has the power to destroy Acheron and the world, but she doesn't know it. As they begin to fight a battle that will either save or kill them all, Tori becomes the one person who may finally be able to save Acheron.

Acheron is the baddest of the bad boys. He's sex personified. To see him is to want him. He is a legend in any time. He rules with righteous indignation and he never breaks a promise. Acheron is one of the most compelling characters I've ever read about and as such his story needed to be as well. Acheron is that, and more. Part one delves into Acheron's past. It's brutal, agonizing, and terribly unjust. No mere mortal could have survived such pain and torture. Acheron is constantly persecuted and violated. It is emotionally draining to read.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. Culpepper on May 11, 2009
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I was anxiously awaiting the paperback release of Acheron's story. I purposefully did not read the reviews since I didn't want to spoil the story for myself. I did however note with great joy the 4 1/2 star rating. After reading over 200 pages of child abuse, rape, and every conceivable type of torture including castration and beatings so numerous you want to vomit, I have to say I just don't understand why people think this book is entertaining. Yes it was important to understand Acheron's background, but everything we needed to know could have been put in one chapter, or maybe 50 pages at the most. I am sorry that Ms. Kenyon suffered abuse as a child, and perhaps this book was intended to be cathartic, but the sadistic, varied nature of Acheron's abuse, the severity of the torture, and the sheer volume of it says to me the author needs more therapy.

The second half of this book is suppose to be a love story for the ages. I wish the love story and character development in this part of the story was as developed as the brutal torture was in the first half. The two parts of the book seem incredibly disconnected.

I have liked the Dark Hunter series very much in the past, and the majority of the books in this series are wonderful. This isn't one of them! I honestly can't understand the reviewers who have given this book 5 stars. We must live on different planets. I find nothing remotely entertaining about such sadistic horrors and the trauma that was inflicted an innocent child.
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74 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 9, 2008
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After 285 pages of child abuse, child rape, child abandonment, child drugging, humiliation, torture, and castration, I give up. This is not entertainment, this is not informative, this isn't purging demons, this is just sick. It's not making me think or search for a deeper meaning, it's making me cringe. My sympathies to Ms. Kenyon for the abuse she suffered, and my admiration for her survival. However, this book is brutal and sadistic. I'm not talking about a few pages, or scenes, almost every page in every chapter drips with it, and I'm not even half way through it.

Ash's sister, who is supposed to be the the one person in his life who loves him, the one person you think would have some redeeming qualities, comes off as just plain stupid. How many times does the father beat him because of some dumb idea of hers? No one is that naive. Here's an example... after being beaten within an inch of his life, ribs broken, castrated, and suffering blood loss from a suicide attempt, Ash asks his "beloved" sister for some liquor or drugs, anything to numb the pain. The idiot did not want to give him anything at first. "She didn't believe in running away from her problems..." Hello, beaten, broken bones, no balls, blood loss? She makes Forest Gump look like a genius. Her character reminds me of one of those people who go through life singing Tra La La, while everyone around them is dying of plague.

After looking forward to this book since the series began, I feel just plain sad. Glimpsing the dark and frankly disturbing spew, the first part of this book is, I am done.
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