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.
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1 . The best book ever!
Posted September 18, 2010 by -AshLove , CopiagueI have to say I was nervous reading this book. I don't think I've ever felt so emotionally attached to any character. This book definately delivered one of the most powerful rollercoaster of all human emotions in one book. I can't wait to read this again!
2 . Must READ. Awesome.
Posted August 17, 2010 by MamaMaryC , Bay CityI was a saddened for Ash at the beginning with all the violence which didn't make sense until he died and his mom started whooping butt and taking names. Then it all made complete sense. This book was full of rich history and mythology. I commend Kenyon for the time she took to research for this book and her writing style. I had a hard time finding a 21 year old romantic or wise. But the story was superb and I couldn't put the book down. Hands down the best book I have read. The 600 pages went by so fast I hardly realized when I had neared the end. +++ A must read for any vamp lover.
3 . Very Emotional book
Posted June 09, 2010 by MaryAnne , SimpsonvilleDon't skip this book! I love Tory she is just perfect for Ash. The beginning is heart wrenching and graphic. But it answers alot of questions about how Ash got involved with Artemis and his relationship with her. I didn't know if it were possible for me to like Artemis any less but after this book I definately do!
4 . Magnetic and addictive!!
Posted May 28, 2010 by Spunkbitten , BurlesonThis is a fantastic book of triumph over treachery, written in such a way that purely captivates the reader. Once I started the novel, I couldn't put it down until I had it read. Part One was tragic; but Part Two was victorious...I LOVED IT!! I have only read one book in my lifetime more than one time; however, this book, I loved so much, will add to that count as I am beginning to read it over again. Thank you Sherrilyn Kenyon for a masterful work of fiction!!
5 . Dark Start but Great Ending
Posted May 02, 2010 by big fan , TorontoDefinitely a dark start to this book. How many times can the same person be beaten for something that isn't his fault? Even though I was tired of the violence, the story was very engaging. The second part is definitely more like the Dark Hunter series, with all the jabs and quick humour.
This was my favourite book of the series so far.
6 . Worth the wait
Posted April 05, 2010 by Abby , Vancouver, BCThis was truly one book that I couldn't wait to get my hands on...and once I got it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it! I would say that this was one of Kenyon's better books!!
7 . Wonderful, sexy and touching story
Posted February 25, 2010 by Krista , CamroseLike the other reviewers of this story, I was touched by Ash's story and how he finally gets his time to shine. The first part is hard to read, I had to put it down a few times because the content bothered me, but the second part is right on form with Kenyon's other Dark Hunter novels, romantic, sexy, funny and exciting. This and Night Play are my favourites!
8 . worth the slow climb
Posted October 18, 2009 by Janeth , FPOThe book gives all the history behind Acheron and the first portion is a bit dragged out. Once the second portion of the book begins i couldn't put it down. Intense all the way! Worth the wait!
9 . I cried, I laughed, I cried some more...
Posted February 07, 2009 by Sasha , BirminghamThis is the first book by this author that I have read, and it didn't disappoint. The beauty of his story which made me cry my eyes out. The sweetness of the love story made me cheer. It was incredible from beginning to end. Definitely not a short read, it's very long, but worth it to read more.
10 . FANTASTIC!!!
Posted November 22, 2008 by Tam Girl , TulsaThis is a dark-hunter fan's dream come true. All the questions we've had over the years are answered. The first half of the book is a little harder to read since you are learning about the rough early years but the last half of the book is MARVELOUS!! Loved it so much.
St. Martin's Press
August 03, 2008
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Excerpt from Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
June 23, 9527 BC
Acheron sat on the railing of his balcony completely drunk as he watched the elaborately dressed guests arriving for the birthday party in the palace below. His back was pressed against the building while his legs were stretched out before him in a precarious balance. He wasn't sure how much he'd imbibed at this point.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to kill him. But if he were lucky, he might yet tumble from his perch to the rocks a hundred feet below and die horribly there.
That would definitely fuck up his brother's birthday celebration. For the first time in weeks, he laughed at the thought of Styxx dropping dead in front of the gathered nobles and dignitaries.
It would serve them right.
"It's my birthday too," he shouted, knowing no one could hear him. Even if they could, they wouldn't care.
Not even Artemis could be bothered to celebrate with him. Why? Because she was afraid someone would see her with him...
Acheron turned his head and winced as pain cut through him. He hated the fact that she alone could give him so much anguish. So careful he'd been to shield himself from the callousness of those around him. But Artemis, she cut him on a level no one else could touch.
And like everyone else, she didn't care how much she hurt him.
Then again, he should be grateful. At least this year he wasn't celebrating the anniversary of his birth in prison...
Or a stew.
Ever alone. Even when he was in a crowd, surrounded by people, he was alone.
Truthfully, he was tired of it. No one wanted him. The only reason his so-called family cared whether he lived or died was because if he died, their beloved Styxx died too.
"I've had enough."
Even though he was only one and twenty, he was as tired as an old man. He'd lived beyond his years and wanted no more pain. No more loneliness.
It was time to end it.
The voices he heard in his head were louder now. They were calling him home...
Acheron stood up on the railing. The winds from below rushed up, over him, fanning his hair out as he stared down at the black sea. He dropped his goblet and watched as it tumbled down below, vanishing from his sight.
Everything would end.
"It's time," he breathed. There was no one here to stop him this time. No Ryssa to pull him back. No father to tie him down and prevent it. No Estes to call for a physcian.
Closing his eyes, he let go and stepped off.
Fear and relief whipped through him. In a moment, he'd have his long sought after peace.
Suddenly, something hard struck his stomach. Acheron gasped at the pain. He opened his eyes out of reflex.
Instead of falling, he was now rising, away from the sea. The sound of the waves crashing against rocks was replaced by the heavy fluttering of giant wings. He turned to see a demon holding him.
"Let me go!" he shouted, trying to free himself.
She didn't. Not until she'd returned him to the balcony where he'd been.
Acheron staggered back as she perched on the railing and watched him closely. She had long straight black hair that fell over skin that was marbled with white and red. Her eyes glowed in the darkness, white irises, surrounded by vivid red. Like her hair, her wings and horns were black.
"What are you doing?" he asked, his voice filled with venom.
"Akri should be more careful," she whispered kindly. "Had Xiamara been a moment later, you would have died."
"I wanted to die."
She cocked her head in a gesture that reminded him of a bird. "But why, akri?" She looked over her shoulder to where the people were still arriving. "So many come to celebrate your human birth."
"They don't come for me."
Xiamara frowned at him. "But you are the prince. Heir."
He laughed bitterly. "I'm heir to shit and prince of nothing."
"Nay. You are Apostolos, son of Apollymi. Revered by all."
"I am Acheron, son of no one. Revered only within the confines of a bedroom."
She stepped slowly down before him. Her wings tucked themselves around her body. "You don't remember your birth. I understand. I was sent here by your mother with her gift for you."
He was trying to follow her words, but his mind was too numbed by drink. The demon was insane. She must have him confused with someone else. "My mother is dead."
"The human queen yes. But your real mother, the goddess Apollymi is alive and wishes you all of her love. I am her most faithful servant, Xiamara and I am here to protect you as I've protected her."
Acheron shook his head. He was drunk. Hallucinating. Maybe he'd already died.
"Get away from me."
The demon didn't. Before he could escape, she placed a small orb to his heart.
Acheron screamed out as pain tore through him. Never in his life had he felt anything like this and given the tortures they'd put him through, that said much. It was like there was poisonous fire in his veins, ripping through him.
From the center of his chest where the orb rested, his skin changed from tawny to blue...
And as the pain and color unfurled through him, images and voices screamed out, piercing his eardrums. Scents assaulted his nostrils. Even his clothes burned against his skin. He fell to the ground and curled up into a ball as every sense he had was assailed.
"You are the god Apostolos. Harbinger and son of Apollymi the Destroyer. Your will is the will of the universe. You are the final fate of all..."
Acheron kept shaking his head in denial. No. It couldn't be. "I am nothing. I am nothing."
The demon lifted his head. "Why are you not happy? You are a god now."
Fury rode him hard as he grabbed her. He didn't understand his powers or anything else that was happening to him, but all the years of his life, all the degradations and horrors tore through him. Those he let travel from his mind into hers.
The demon cried out as she slung her head back. "Ni! This was not supposed to happen to you, akri. Not this..."
He grabbed her and forced her gaze to meet his. "It was bad enough when they thought me the human son of a god. Can you imagine what they'll do to me now? Take these powers away from me."
"I cannot. They are yours by birthright."
Acheron fell back, banging his head against the stone floor. "No!" he shouted. "No! I don't want this. I only want to be left alone."
Xiamara tried to embrace him.
Acheron pushed her away. "I want nothing from you. You've done enough damage to me."
"Akri - "
"Out of my sight!"
Her eyes glowed with reluctance. "Your will is my own." The orb she'd held against him appeared as a necklace about his neck. "If you need me, akri, call and I will come."
Acheron pressed his hand against his skull that ached and throbbed with new voices and sensations. He felt as if he were going mad and perhaps he was.