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Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
by Kat (menage_a_kat)
at August 1st, 2008 (12:59 am)

Title: Acheron
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre/Historical Period: Paranormal

Summary/Review:
My full review is on my blog (Blogger). Meanwhile, here are the highlights...

I loved the first part of Acheron. Despite feeling that the writing lacked a certain authenticity--Did they really say "prepped" in ancient times?--I found the storytelling so compelling that the book was almost unputdownable. Acheron's early life is gruesome, and Kenyon manages to find that fine balance between laying it all out for the reader without making the violence feel gratuitous.

About halfway through the first part of the book, I realised that Kenyon was playing me. And doing it beautifully. She intersperses scenes of beauty and simple joy with acts of barbarism, and she balances these so finely that I was shocked yet again by each act of betrayal that Ash suffers. I completely bought his back story, including the complexity of his relationship with Artemis. In a way, I read theirs as a kind of love story, too, just not one with a happy ending. I cried for them a little. That was a bit of a surprise.

Then I got to the second part of the book, which is shorter than the first, and things started to unravel a bit. I skimmed a lot, lot more. I had high hopes, but between the clunky prose, the need to close off the series arc, and the mass of characters crammed into part two, I think romance got the short shrift. On the other hand, it reads more like Kenyon's other Dark-Hunter novels, so if you love the series, you probably won't be disappointed.

About halfway through part two, I began to question why, in the thousands of years that Ash has lived, this particular woman is the one who gets him. I'm not sure Kenyon answers that question to my satisfaction. The way she builds Ash's relationships in part one and uses them to show how Ash's character is formed isn't mirrored in part two. Or to put it another way, I never even came close to tears.

If you like the Dark-Hunter books, you'll probably love Acheron. If you're squeamish, have tissues handy when you read the first part. If you just want to read the book so you can cure yourself of an unhealthy obsession with fictional characters, I'm not sure this will help. There is another series...

Part of a Series?: Dark-Hunter
Would I recommend this book?: Yes
Planning to read anything else by this author?: Probably

Cross-posted to romancenovels

Comments

Posted by: Lisa (troutqueen)
Posted at: July 31st, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
red phoenix

I haven't followed the series for a couple of years, but Ash's book was one I was planning on reading when it came out.

::sigh::

I think I'll wait for a used, or pb, copy. Not as if there aren't a million other books in my TBR I need to read!

BTW, how are the kiddies?

Posted by: Kat (menage_a_kat)
Posted at: July 31st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

You should read it! Did I make it sound bad? I admit, the romance didn't do much for me, but the backstory was great storytelling and worth the price of the book. I don't follow the series, either. I just knew I wanted to read Ash's book.

Kiddies are great. Slightly neglected since I spent the day trying to get them to amuse themselves so I can sit in a corner and read. :-D

Posted by: Lisa (troutqueen)
Posted at: July 31st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
blue phoenix

I'm going to read it, but I'm not really in a hurry. I became disenchanted with Kenyon a few books back, when her world-building started contradicting each other, and her characters just didn't seem to act logically. :/ I've been tempted to pick her up again and try and see if maybe I hit a few bad books... but no huge hurry. I'm currently going through Liz Carlyle's backlist now. Need to type up my review of Never Romance a Rake.

How old are they now? About 10 months?? Alex at toddler age (18 mos now) does not give me peace ::sigh:: I get most of my reading done at work during lunch or after he goes to bed.

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