Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's
From the World of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date...
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he 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 never wants revealed.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on the very woman who threatens him. Old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly... or more fun.
had me on the edge of the seat. It was a share pleasure and torture to read it. I can't say that after all the wait (since the first book in Dark-Hunter series) and definitely the raised expectations I loved every page in the book. However, it managed to shock me over and over again. And affect in a way no other book has.
It is raw and intense. Especially the first part (Acheron's past), which left me crying and fuming, and wanting so much for someone to smack Artemis and every other person for their part in Ash's brutalized life. It was hard to read. That's why I cannot say I loved every page. It is impossible to love what was described there. Torture and abuse. And it lasts through out the half of the book. But no matter what, the book grabbed by attention never leaving me indifferent.
The second half (Ash's present and the romance) - a calmer part, but nevertheless engaging. Now this part I loved. Immensely. Still, I would like to point out a few things. One, the final confrontation was a bit lacking. For the crimes Artemis committed against Acheron
, she got off way too easy. And second, the heroine was too weak for my tastes. In my eyes Acheron
deserved someone special. Soteria (or Tory) was simply too shrewish, plain and judgmental. And no matter how many times the author wrote about her kindness and capability of seeing good in others, all I could really see was someone who misjudged Ash every time she made an assumption.
Needless to say, I would have loved someone else for the part of heroine, but for what it's worth, even Tory couldn't dampen my spirit as I read Ash's story.
All in all, it was an amazing gut-wrenching story I am most definitely going to reread.
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