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John reviews Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I must admit that when I first picked up Styxx, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s newest title, I was a little bit apprehensive about Styxx as a main character and a hero, no less. As a huge fan of Acheron, I felt like I was picking up the enemy’s story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While Styxx was portrayed as a villain in Acheron’s story, it was clear that he is actually as much a victim if not more. Styxx is every bit as tragic as Acheron.

This book does take quite the time commitment, at 836 pages, but it’s well worth the time spent.  Styxx is a great addition to the Dark Hunters series. Coming in at number 23 in the series, it was good placement for another Acheron-sized epic. I highly recommend reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “story behind the story” (http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/styxx/). It provides a great explanation on her thoughts about having Styxx as a main character.

This is really a two part book. It covers his past into Didymos and then flashes forward eleven thousand years to present time. If you are an avid reader of the series then you will know a good amount of the characters in this story. If you haven’t read any others in the series I would still recommend it however, without the back story I’m not sure this novel would have as much of an impact.

Styxx is heartbreaking and tragic but thankfully Sherrilyn takes mercy on her readers and gives us an ending that leaves us smiling.