Note: This post was originally published in installments in July 2008. I’ve collated the liveblog into one post for simplicity.
So the first part of Acheron is all about Ash’s childhood. I haven’t read all the Dark-Hunter books, and of the ones I’ve read, I’ve forgotten the bits about Ash, so I don’t know what’s a spoiler and what’s not.
I have to tell you, I’m so into this book. I’m not really a fangirl of the Dark-Hunter series. (Not like I was of the BDB.) But I’m loving this book even though this first part is difficult to read. Difficult as in subject matter, not the writing itself. I might have cried if I hadn’t been reading in the middle of a crowded train and had to look like a human being when I arrived at work in the next half hour. The only real thing that’s bothered me is the language. It just doesn’t sound very ancient. But I gotta say, the story’s so absorbing that I barely give that a second thought.
Okay, I gotta get back to the book. Don’t hate me. :-P
Oh, my effing gawd. The book is so fracking good. From what I remember of the series, I always felt that the relationship between Artemis and Ash was wholly strange and even inconsistent. But I think this book explains everything. Everything. Tears leaked. Seriously.
I’m still having niggling issues about the language. I think it’s mostly inconsistencies in tone that I notice, but I think this is also a question of style, and on the whole, it doesn’t bother me enough to affect my enjoyment of–nay, absorption in–this story.
So Ash’s childhood was wretched. And the next part of the story is even more tormented. Kenyon soothes, then shocks, then soothes, then shocks even more, and we see how Ash is molded by his experiences. She does it beautifully, masterfully. I can’t help but compare his story to that of Zsadist or Vishous, and I’ve gotta say that neither books come even close to the way Kenyon builds Acheron’s character. (Admittedly, she has about a gazillion more pages to play with, which helps.) And yet, the underpinning theme in this book? Unconditional love. What a fantastic read.
And no, I don’t know who the heroine is. I WILL NOT READ AHEAD.
I just got a look at Ash’s heroine. AND I JUST READ THE BOOK SHE WAS INTRODUCED IN. Score, you suckers!
Damn, I need a life. I love the library.
Where you can buy this book
There are a few versions of this book around, so it’s worth shopping around to get the best price.
AUSTRALIA: Dymocks | Ever After | Galaxy | Intrigue | Rendezvous | Romance Direct | Romantic Reflections | Siren | More (no online catalogue) Psst … where are these stores?
DIGITAL BOOKS: Dymocks | Amazon Kindle
WORLDWIDE: Amazon US | Amazon UK