If Dance with the Devil was one of my favourite books by New York Times Best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Acheron was the hardest of her stories to read so far. It wasn’t the length of the novel, but rather how deeply the main character suffered that caused me to take little breaks while reading this book.
Readers of the series know Acheron as the leader of the Dark-Hunters and the first one created as such by the Goddess Artemis. This powerful novel, however, finally reveals the suffering, agony and humiliation that he endured as a human, before becoming the cornerstone character of her novels.
I’d known from reading her biography that Kenyon had endured some hard times in her life. Until I read the author’s note at the beginning of the book, I had no idea that she was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself.
That someone could not only rise above such horror to triumph as she has but also then revisit some of the darkest moments in her memory, as she must have to write some of the scenes in this novel, is a true testament to her courage and talents as a writer. I hope it was healing for her. It was certainly empowering to see how this powerful character was able to triumph over their tragic situation and work towards healing.
Acheron is a brilliant novel but very descriptive and difficult to read in place. It makes your heart ache before it can soar. If you love this series, then it is a must read for all of the in-depth, key information… but it may move you to tears before you get to the funny parts and the sarcasm Kenyon is so famous for.
Paperback format, 800 pages, published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Griffin