When BookThing went to Piatkus…

Tracey and I were lucky enough to be invited back to Piatkus for their Blogger party.  There was a guest… a very special guest! Who was it?

This pic was completely set up, honest!Only Sherrilyn Kenyon!

Yes I said that right!  Sherrilyn was over in the UK to do a signing tour of the amazing Styxx, she stopped by the party to say hi, have a chat and sign some books for us.  I can quite honestly say I have never met a more friendly and gracious lady, and it was a privilege to meet her in such an intimate setting.  Hearing her talk about the love she has of her family, her characters and even her fans was fantastic and I can see now how much of her ‘voice’ is in her work. She also has a mean poker face when it came to trying to get some hints for future Dark-Hunter stories.

Along with us, there were some other bloggers – Laura from Book Chick City, Sarah from Feeling Fictional, Charlotte, Nikki, Lizzie and Noemie from BestChickLit.com, Erin from Wrathsqueen’s Books and Michelle Drew from Waterstones Piccadilly.  It was lovely to meet you all!

The lady herself, Sherrilyn KenyonGrete, Sherrilyn and TraceyTracey with her VERY well read copy of AcheronMy quote on the back of Styxx!Sherrilyn and Sarah (Feeling Fictional)Laura (BCC), Tracey and Sarah (Feeling Fictional)I don't want to leeeeave!

And of course, we would never have been there at all had it not been for three lovely ladies from Piatkus! A huge thank you to Anna Boatman, Grace Menary-Winefield and Sarah Harwood for having us and continuing to feed our book addiction 😉

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Styxx

 Tracey’s Review

This is the story of Styxx, the twin brother of Acheron – prepare to have everything you know about him turned on its head. As Acheron says “there are always three sides to every event – yours, theirs, and the truth that lay somewhere in the middle.”

This book is absolutely amazing. I expected that I would grow to love Styxx eventually but had no idea it would come within a few pages, when he was just a five year old boy!

I would definitely recommend reading Acheron just before reading this, as many events from that story are retold here but from a very different perspective. Ms. Kenyon is a genius with her writing, and the retelling of events throws a very different light on Styxx, Acheron and in particular, Ryssa, but the events are very recognisable from Acheron. Suffice to say this story paints a very different Ryssa to the one we know from Acheron’s memories and not a nice one!

It soon becomes clear that Styxx has had a much harder life than we were previously led to believe, he suffered even more than Acheron due, at least in part, to the way their lives are linked.

We get to see a lot of the Gods from both the Greek and Atlantean Pantheons and how their interference in the human world can have devastating consequences. I thought Artemis was horrible but hell, with Apollo you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I was emotional in a number of places and yes, I did cry for Styxx. His emotions simply fly off the page, and If possible it’s even more heart wrenching than Acheron.  As with Acheron, the first part of the book is raw, violent and graphic in places – so not for the faint hearted but everything is appropriate for the setting and story.

The majority of the story is set in ancient Greece with only the last quarter or so being set in present day but it doesn’t matter, the ancient Greece part of his life is by far the most important. We get to see lots of Ash and Tory, and of course Simi who is absolutely adorable in the latter part, even if she does cause total chaos by trying to do a good turn. Savitar also makes a larger than usual appearance and I am hopeful this means we may be getting his story soon, there is so much he is hiding!

I have been disappointed with Ms. Kenyon’s recent Dark Hunter offerings that focus on the Mayan prophecy but she is definitely back on form with this book, it’s by far the best one since Acheron and I am still amazed how quickly she managed to transform Styxx from a hated character to a very much loved one.

Grete’s Review

I’m honestly a bit speechless.  I’ve been thinking about what to write since I finished the book at 2.30am and I’m still struggling.  Mainly words flash into my head; raw, brutal, profound, sublime, honest.  Without much context though, those words say very little but mean a lot.

I agree completely with Tracey at the skill Sherrilyn Kenyon has for turning what you think you know completely around, causing you to love a character you thought you hated, to want to punch your favourite character for being a complete bastard only to fall in love with them all over again when they set things right. I am in total awe.

More so than in Acheron, I found Styxx’s history very hard to read because of the emotions Kenyon displayed so nakedly.  Some people will feel it’s too much, or a trigger, and anyone who has experienced those emotions, through whatever cause, would be right – I did have to take some reality breaks, but I will also say this with complete honesty – she got it right.

If you can work your way through Styxx, it is completely worth it.

The story itself was the perfect complement to Acheron and again I agree with Tracey that it’s SO worth reading that book first so you come into Styxx with a fresh eye.  Events I’d completely forgotten are examined in detail, so for me, it helped having the knowledge without having to rack my brain for it.

I can’t really say much more than that without spoilers or repeating what Tracey has said but if you love the Dark-Hunters and loved Acheron, you HAVE to read this book.

I’m in love with this series all over again, every dark, gritty, sexy, violent and romantic part of it.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Series: Dark Hunters (23)
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Acheron

 Grete reviewed this book back in 2008, so I will not go over the same ground.  Having just reread it in preparation for the release of Styxx on the 3rd September though, I really wanted to add my thoughts.

I have read this book five or six times since I first got it in 2009 and it remains one of my favourite books ever and is definitely the best in the Dark Hunter series. I had not read it for a year or so however, and I had forgotten just how truly brilliant it is.

If you have never read any of the Dark Hunter series DO NOT pick this book up as a starting point, you need to read previous ones to get a feel for Ash and the world he now lives in. Jumping straight into this book will not give you the right background to truly appreciate this amazing character.

Acheron’s story is gut wrenchingly emotional and if you have come to love him throughout the series, I defy you not to cry numerous times during the first half of this book (and in the second half but for totally different reasons!) Every time I read it, I cry!

The first part of the book focuses on Acheron’s life as a human in Ancient Greece and is dark and violent in places, but you can’t stop reading. The second part takes us to the present day and is much more the sort of writing we associate with the Dark Hunters, including their trademark humour. Seeing Ash get his happy ending after everything that happened to him is even sweeter.  If I could, I would give this book 6 stars!

I am looking forward so much to reading Styxx. He is Acheron’s twin and played a major part in his suffering and humiliation as a human. While there has been some indication that he is not as black as he was painted, I am intrigued as to how Ms. Kenyon will justify his treatment of Ash, to allow us to love him like all her other heroes.

Thanks to Grete for introducing me to the Dark Hunters back in 2009, and an even bigger thanks for refusing to let me read Acheron until I was at the right point in the story.

If you enjoy paranormal romance then I am sure you have read some of this series, if you have not, go and do so now!!! If you have never tried paranormal romance but enjoy romance give this series a try, you will not regret it I guarantee it. Fantasy Lover is the first book.

Roll on the 3rd September!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Series: Dark Hunters (15)
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