The first part of Acheron is a full-length novel on its own, and is where the Greek Tragedy comes in. Apolostolos, in the womb, is cursed by the fates to be the most powerful god of all, destined to have his words destroy the entire world. His father, scared by these words orders the babe put to death, but his mother has other ideas. Placed secretly in the womb of a human Queen, her son will live without anyone knowing his true identity, he will live as a Prince, and she, the Great Destroyer, will forever be locked up in a prison sacrificing everything for the child. Too bad even the most powerful of gods have no way of predicting human free will.
Although looking like his brother Styxx, Acheron, first born, is shunned from the moment he is born — his swirling silver eyes telling his “father” that he is not truly his. Ignored and locked up away from the public, his only friend is his sister, Ryssa. Growing up his life is harsh, but nothing in his first few years can prepare him for what is to come. Starved, abused, raped, and used as a whore by someone he trusted. Acheron lived and breathed as a sex slave. When Artemis gives him a way to help battle the daimons made from her brothers’ curse of his own blood there is nothing left but to fight to help save humanity alongside her new Dark Hunters.
Part two brings a little levity to the book, with the interactions of the modern-day Hunters that we all love, the introduction of a smart and klutzy Tory into his world, and Ash’s sarcastic humor born of his own personal pain gets intensified even more. The fact that Tory is in danger alerts his Dark Hunter side. Despite the deadly threat, Tory stands true to her desire to salvage not only the site of Atlantis but the reputation of her father and uncles for following their dreams and putting their faith in stories they had heard from their father when a mysterious tall stranger saved him during the war and brought him to America, filling his head with tales of a long-lost society. Ash’s connection to Artemis is pulled further than it has ever been before when he takes the sexy professor to his bed, but the consequences of their actions might yet again put Acheron in the center of his destiny and the destruction of the entire world.
This audio version of Acheron is ten discs, twenty-four hours of listening pleasure. Holter Graham can read me a bedtime story any day of the week. His voice is sinfully delicious and he brings the necessary emotions to every character he reads. Listening to him bring to life Ash’s early years is painful because of the story itself, but also because of the life he brings to the characters. I felt Ash’s pain, his sorrow, his desire to just be loved and finally the hope that with Tory he can find what he had been searching for for over 11,000 years. And then there is the Simi — Graham’s voicing of one of the most beloved characters in the series is bang-on. Bring on the BBQ sauce. Simi wants to eat some Heifer Goddess.
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (August 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427204721
- ASIN: B008SMB970
Books in the Dark Hunters series in the order they should be read:
Fantasy Lover Dragonswan Night Pleasures Night Embrace Dance with the Devil Kiss of the Night Night Play Seize the Night Sins of the Night Unleash the Night Dark Side of the Moon Devil May Cry Acheron One Silent Night