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Product Details

  • Series: Dark-Hunter Novels (Book 20)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312546601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312546601
  • ASIN: 0312546602
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews



“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative.”—Boston Globe

 “[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene. . .Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” —Publishers Weekly



“A skillfully written and entertaining tale…rich with complex characters, snappy dialogue, and sweet moments.” —Tulsa World


Acheron sucks you into Kenyon’s world and keeps you there from the first page until the last.”—Midwest Book Review


“An engaging read.”—Entertainment Weekly


“A delicious balance of suspense and sensuality.”—Publishers Weekly

“Kenyon delivers the goods readers have come to expect, and more.” —Booklist


“[Kenyon]succeeds in offering a lively read containing her signature blend of brisk action, sensual thrills, and light humor.” —Publishers Weekly


“Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker, and all the more appealing.” —Publishers W

From the Back Cover

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to the world of the Dark-Hunters, where predators are the prey. Prepare to be seduced…


Orphaned as a child and raised by vampires, Abigail Yager lives for one purpose, and one purpose only: To avenge the deaths of vampires everywhere. To destroy the merciless Dark-Hunters who stalk and kill her adoptive race. But most of all, to find the one man responsible for brutally murdering her family: the ex-gunslinger Jess “Sundown” Brady…

 “[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen

of the wildly successful paranormal scene.”—Publishers Weekly

Resurrected from death by a vengeful Greek goddess, Jess must hunt and destroy the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings—and especially one resembling the human who’d murdered him centuries ago. Jess knows he’s not the one who slaughtered Abigail’s parents. But now he must convince her of his innocence—and cross the abyss between human and vampire—before the darkest of powers rises to destroy them both…

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait until Ren's book, I'd love to see where Kenyon takes the Native American story.
Amanda Jade
I could go through the book and list all the things wrong with it and the many convoluted plotlines, but it's too boring to even write in a review.
Amy Click
I'm not sure if the feeling I got from reading the end of the book and the bonus chapter was rushed?

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books, can tell you that this is a series that requires you to pay attention. Sure, on the surface, each book is a romance featuring a different couple with some preternatural connection. But from the very beginning, these books have had an ongoing story playing out in the background. First it was just the battle between the Dark-Hunters and the Daimons; Greek mythology played a big part. Then we had some Atlantean lore thrown in the mix. Beyond Acheron's book, demons began to play a bigger role and by the time we got to Bad Moon Rising we had a new subplot that Kenyon is calling the Hellchasers, featuring Thorn and his bad-boy gang. I made a real effort to try to connect to that because I thought that's where the series was going next. I was wrong.

Sundown's story is, in some ways, a throwback to the old books. It features characters we haven't seen much of in a long time. Characters like Sundown, himself... Zarek, Sin, Sasha, and Talon. But in other ways, it's dramatically different. Kenyon put almost everything she's been building on pause for this one to introduce an entirely new Pantheon of Native American gods and mythology. There are Dark Hunters and Daimons in the books, but at times I felt like it was unrecognizable from the books preceding it. Ash is just a mention (other than a "bonus scene" at the end. Artemis & Nick each have a cameo. No Savitar. No Stryker, Jaden or Jared. It just felt disconnected.

That's not to say it was bad. It wasn't. The romance features Sundown and Abigail. It begins with the heroine trying to kill the hero because she thinks he murdered her parents.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Heather B on August 2, 2011
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I've waited almost a year for this moment. If It had NOT had the bonus chapter....I would be calling for blood...maybe...probably.

The brillince of La Kenyon is her ability to bring us into other realms. She does not allow us to grow complacent and expectant. However...there is too much here!

We have enough Pantheons and this one barely made sense. I loved Sundown and Abby by the time I was through...but I was absolutely exhausted in trying to keep up with her Native American pantheon story line. Did not work!!! Convoluted at best....but this book wil selll....why?.....we are all dying for more!! Her bonus chapter gave that to me...I laughed and cried and cannot wait for more.....stick with what works, SK.....anything to do with Ash....and the Greek, Roman, Atlanteon and Sumerian panthoens. Anything else continues to dilute the purity of thought and sentiment.

This was hell...and except for the bonus chapter....not worth the wait.
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. Volovski on August 6, 2011
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Did Sherrilyn Kenyon even write this book? I don't even know where to begin with everything I felt was wrong here. There was no chemistry between these characters. I couldn't have cared less what happened to them. Where is the witty dialogue? She kills his fellow dark hunters and oh well thats ok because we all make mistakes. Huh? And the first time they have sex it's going to be in a car when they are being attacked? Wow that just didn't sell me. Even the bonus scene was confusing. Artemis doing something nice for someone else? Completely goes against every other book Kenyon has written in this series. And how did Nick get Brady's soul back when she told Ash she wasn't giving up any more dark hunters? All of this goes back to my original statement. This didn't remotely sound like a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. I'll read the next one to see if she gets back on track but if it is the same drivel I will give her up altogether.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Did Sherrilyn Kenyon actually write this book? I would feel a lot better if it were a forgery! This book is terrible! The plot builds on one of the most unoriginal Wild West cliches there is. . .the character of Jesse James. The heroine is also nothing to admire and other character's reaction to her are completely unrealistic. If some chic went off and killed colleagues you had known for centuries, would you easily forgive her even if she was decieved to believe they were evil? Uh, no. I didn't think so. So, she can't reason idependently, is not intuitive or suspicious but justifies killing? Huh, sounds like a fanatic that deserves to die, not a heroine. It's very hard to have any empathy and to stay involved in this book. To add to the weak main characters, nothing original develops in the Dark Hunter world either and prominent characters get a once-over probably just to include them in the book as opposed to having them add any value to the storyline. This series has been on a downward slide since "Acheron" and this is definitely the worst to date. I plan to check this series off my 'to-read' list until something interesting like Salvitar's story comes along.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J Lobo on August 10, 2011
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Like everyone else I have been waiting for this book to come out! I even pre-ordered it for my kindle so that I could get it ASAP. A letdown, to say the least. There was absolutely no punishment for the death of the DHs???? These guys are doomed to an existence as a shade but hey... we all make mistakes? She was not likable at all. The characters lacked chemistry and the dialogue fell flat. There is a snippet about how Abby never felt welcome by her adoptive father?? And yet she starts killing people at his behest? It just doesn't fly!
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