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Styxx (Dark-Hunter Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Sherrilyn Kenyon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,360 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sherrilyn Kenyon's most highly-anticipated novel in the Dark-Hunter series since Acheron is here—the unforgettable story of Styxx, Acheron's twin brother and one of the most powerful beings on earth

Just when you thought doomsday was over . . .

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now.

She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.

Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul? 

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As the best-selling Dark-Hunter series about the centuries-spanning adventures of the immortal warriors of Atlantis enters its second decade, international phenom Kenyon extends the story of her most popular character, Acheron (Acheron, 2008), to include his identical twin, Styxx. Styxx appears to have it all, but the apparent glamor and privilege of being the crown prince of Didymos is merely an illusion. The king has impossible expectations for Styxx and doesn’t understand that every beating he gives Acheron, whom he hates, is also felt by his twin. When the twins were young children, the only peace Styxx experienced was when he and Acheron lay down with the soles of their feet touching. As a teenager, Styxx goes to Atlantis and attempts to rescue Acheron from their cruel uncle, who viciously retaliates. For the next 11,000 years, the brothers despise each other. Kenyon’s epic tale of sibling rivalry and hatred fueled by the manipulations of gods from multiple pantheons features enough depravity and underhanded politics to give The Game of Thrones a run for its money. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kenyon is such a mega-seller, this Dark-Hunter title has a 350,000 initial print run and a six-figure marketing budget for a glitzy launch and media and online blitz. --Diana Tixier Herald


“[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

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative.  These are not your mother's vampire novels." —Boston Globe

"[An] engaging read." —Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1361 KB
  • Print Length: 848 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FK8PQ6A
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth crying over. September 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the 23 book in this series (not counting novella's) and since we first learned about Acheron's royal brat brother, I have hated Styxx. I mean lets be honest, the only reason why Styxx has ever done anything for Acheron was because Artemis forced Styxx to experience Acheron's life.So, when this book popped up on Amazon for pre-order, I refused to push the button. Why do I want to read a story about a spoiled brat who realizes Ash actually had a horrible life and had a sudden epiphany and decides to be a good guy. What else could this story be about, everyone knows that Styxx has no redeeming qualities. Eventually, I decided I had to purchase this book. I love the Dark/Dream/Were Hunter series so much, I figured if nothing else I will get the opportunity to catch up with my favorite characters.

After the first chapter I realized all of my preconceived notions couldn't be more wrong. I flew through the pages that told of a childhood that was so different than the one I imagine the spoiled brat had lived. This story isn't for the faint of heart. Anyone who read about Acheron's childhood knows about the horrors that are possible and we see a lot of the same tortures in this book. There is so much darkness in this book and by the half way point I was thrilled that Styxx had finally found some happiness, however, with so much left to the book you know something bad is about to happen, something, really, really, bad.

This book does span 11,000 years, so there was a lot of change going on, not just in this book but in the reader as well. Once I got to the twenty first century, I had a new respect for Styxx.
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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying. A sea of misery September 16, 2013
Some people really loved this book. They gave it 5 star reviews. Some even called it the best thing Sherrilyn Kenyon has ever written. I am not one of those people. In fact, I was barely able to make myself finish Styxx. Not because it was 800-and something pages... but because it was one of the most miserable books I have ever read. It is filled from cover to cover with rape, incest, abuse, torture, and unrelenting suffering for our hero. Before you tell me that Kenyon is Queen of the Tortured Hero, don't waste your breath. There is no balance in this story between darkness and light. It's 95% horrible and 5% ...well, not horrible for Styxx. And in case you're wondering, "It can't be worse than Acheron, can it?" Well, yes it can. And yes, it is.

Basically, this is the companion story to Acheron's book, from Styxx's point of view. It essentially throws out everything Ash thought he knew about his brother. Styxx was abused physically, emotionally, and sexually. He loses his virginity in an incestuous gang rape. On page. Then he is raped more times than the total of all rapes I have ever read in any books in my life, put together. He is raped and raped and raped. By his uncle, the guy's buddies, senators, Greek gods, Atlantean gods, the guards, the freaking guy who whips him for his dad. Everybody rapes him. And then when you think to yourself, he can't possibly be raped any more, he is taken captive and raped for a year straight. It's simply horrific. And that is not counting the torture by the monks with the hot pokers, the constant pain he feels from every injury committed against Acheron, or the attempts on his life by every single member of his family.

His mother hates him. His sister hates him. Ash hates him. So does every member of the government...
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148 of 177 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Think twice before buying this book! September 3, 2013
By Kagey
Format:Kindle Edition
Ist: let me say I'm a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon, I have all of her books, have read them over and over again and even purchased them all again in an eBook format. Some of my all-time favourite books and characters are in the Dark Hunter series and Acheron has been my number one favorite character ever! (although this book may have changed that)

However, I have to say that I'm very disappointed in this one...I think Ms. Kenyon went way, way too far and over the line in this book with the bad childhood scenario. If you think Acheron had a bad childhood and life that was a cake walk compared to Styxx's.

The first 600+ pages were filled with more child and adult abuse then I have ever read before. I had to skim a lot through these parts as it was turning my stomach and was very disturbing.

We are talking about violent physical abuse and torture starting from a very early age that continued all through the book, but it got even worse, all his young boyhood and his adult life were filled with vicious rapes, violent gang rapes, public gang rapes and all humiliations in between, over and over and over again. Also it was strongly hinting that Acheron and Styxx when drugged might have had a sexual contact. (yuck) Almost everyone he ever came into contact from family, soldiers and gods either abused him, raped him or humiliated him in some bad way. Not to mention having to endure over 11,000 years in total isolation, who wouldn't be crazy after that! But he wasn't of course. Despite all this the writer still wanted the reader to believe that Styxx could always be so self-sacrificing to everyone including all those that betrayed him (which was almost everyone in the book) and that he even became a better person that Acheron ever was. (Acheron's words) Unlikely!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Depressing
Bottom line - you can skip this book and save yourself some grief because anything you need to know will be recapped in subsequent books. Read more
Published 2 days ago by abrasrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by gail galbreath
1.0 out of 5 stars ... read many of Sherrilyn Kenyon's novels I was very disappointed...
After having read many of Sherrilyn Kenyon's novels I was very disappointed both by the novel Acheron and Styxx. Read more
Published 5 days ago by HGT
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great way to finish this series
This book is a great way to finish this series. It was intense, emotional, and a great read.
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon as an author!!!
Published 6 days ago by Love amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars After reading Archeron...
I hated Styxx with a passion. Sherrilyn had me crying for Styxx in the first chapter. Great book- good pacing and it will have you laughing, crying and sighing in aggravation. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Cordelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
If you have followed the series then you will not be disappointed. From the moment I started I didn't put the book down until I finished it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Minnie the book Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars waterworks
I never thought that this book will make me bawl like a baby. I almost hated Archeron here lol! Styxx you're the man!
Published 7 days ago by gcpearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Aleen H. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Reader
Exactly as stated. Delivered quickly.
Published 10 days ago by T.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Loved this story. Answered a lot of questions that I've wondered about while reading the other books in this series.
Published 11 days ago by Mellany Gray
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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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I love the Darkhunters books but.......
After reading all the 1 star reviews and your comment, I'm going to skip to the last pages of the book for the wrap up. I can not stomach reading more about the abuse.
Oct 12, 2013 by Anna |  See all 7 posts
Joyce maybe you can find the info at Sherrilyn site. Good luck!
May 9, 2014 by Amaia |  See all 2 posts
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