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Acheron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076 customer reviews
Book 11 of 14 in the Dark-Hunter Novels Series

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PRAISE FOR SHERRILYN KENYON

"Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel."--Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly

“An engaging read.”—Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother’s vampire novels.”—The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon

 

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PRAISE FOR AUTHOR SHERRILYN KENYON
"Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel."--Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly

"An engaging read."―Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels."―The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312362153
  • ASIN: B001W6RRDE
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,076 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 questions...it 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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big SK fan and, like may others, was waiting years for Acheron's story. It was a let down.

I don't know how many times we had to read about his abuse, neglect, and humiliation. It got tiring after a while. The abuse was repetitive one can only read about it so many times before you start rolling your eyes and turning pages to move on (like Acheron had 11,000 years to do but never did).

Someone needs to do a word count for "Whore" and see if it meets or exceeds Laurell K. Hamilton's use of "spill."

I listened to the audiobook and found it laughable when the narrator (male) would describe a man in tight jeans to be yummy.
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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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I've been waiting for this book for years. I've put up with book after book of mediocre, repetitive and uninteresting adventures with characters I simply don't care about, because I wanted Acheron's story. Well, now I've had it, and since I've heard that Kenyon is now moving the series away from him and on to another character that's me out of here.

I won't summarise the plot. Hundreds of readers before me have already done that. Why wasn't I happy with this book? First, because we had over FOUR HUNDRED pages of repetitive, over-the-top angst, torture and whininess. Yes, I get that everyone hated and abused Acheron from the day he was born, but did we really need that much of it? I did find the backstory of his relationship with Artemis interesting, but that was over-long, contradictory at times and also at times required suspension of disbelief. Most of those four hundred pages covered about three years, and it could have been done in under 150. The story would have significantly benefited from this kind of tighter writing.

Repetition of several pages from previous books didn't help either, and then we were plonked in the present day without what I was hoping for: Ash's POV, however brief, on what he's done over the years for his Dark-Hunters. Why did he resurrect Kyrian and Amanda? Why does he let himself be Artemis's whipping-boy all the time even when he doesn't have Dark-Hunters to free or need her blood? (And why, after 11,000 years, has he STILL not got over what happened to him as a kid? That was simply implausible).

I did like Tory and I enjoyed their relationship, but it all happened too quickly. Come on - a week can undo 11,000 years of conditioning? Really?
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