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Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Stygian – KD Did It Edits

Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Stygian

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Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Stygian


paranormal romance in a hardcover version that was revealed by Tor Books on August 28, 2018 and has 670 pages.

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Different books by this writer which I’ve reviewed embrace Blood Trinity, Man of My Goals, Invincible, Born of Shadows, Retribution, Massive Weapons Out of Uniform, Tapestry, Lethal Guarantees, In Different Worlds, Dream Warrior, “One BAD Night”, Darkish Aspect of the Moon, Alterant, The Guardian, Whispered Lies, Notorious, Born of Silence, Aftertaste, The Curse, Inferno, Rise of the Gryphon, Styxx, Harmful Ladies, Son of No One, Dragonbane, Born of Vengeance, Deadmen Strolling

Twenty-seventh within the Darkish-Hunter paranormal romance collection and revolving round Urian and his crappy life over hundreds of years from the beginning of Apollo’s curse to in the present day. It additionally signifies that occasions in different tales are a part of this story’s background. (It’s additionally seventh within the Lords of Avalon collection, third in Darkish-Hunter: Dragons Rising Trilogy, twelfth in Have been-Hunters #12, and forty-third in Hunter Legends.)

The outline for Stygian claims you need to learn Dragonsworn earlier than studying this lest you endure from spoilers. I don’t see how anybody might endure from any spoilers. There’s a lot in right here, you’ll be overwhelmed.

My Take

This received a “2.5” just because it’s one other epic novel of humongous proportions with big chunks of textual content that really feel very repetitive, extra chunks that impart obscure info that I lastly gave up on making an attempt to know, convoluted chunks that carried such a variety of data I couldn’t work out the place a few of it slot in or the way it associated to different characters…after which there have been some good bits.

No kidding…”The meek solely inherited earth six ft beneath their ft.”

One more reason Stygian is so huge, is Kenyon is pulling within the histories of different characters who’ve already been in different tales, notably from Styxx‘s story (22). There’s one part jumps from one concept to “hours later” and supplies completely NO clue as to what occurred between. I assumed I’d missed a web page… The truth is, I’m questioning if she didn’t merely do a copy-paste on a few of this and perhaps didn’t seize a piece that ought to have include. As you learn, you’ll undoubtedly marvel as Kenyon leaps from what could possibly be one accomplished story to the subsequent. Positive all of it, ultimately, results in a conclusion, however that’s what the collection does too. Ahem. If this have been meant to be a narrative about Urian, it didn’t should take this many pages to offer us the background on Urian’s household and his relationship together with his father.

I did recognize how Kenyon pulled so many various characters collectively from her Darkish-Hunter universe, and it feels as if she’s main as much as no less than one main decision, whilst she units us up for extra. Then once more, I get so confused with the hundreds of characters lots of whom have some type of alias or alter ego. Even Kenyon will get confused over which identify is married to which different identify.

“…he was so allergic to stupidity that it caused him to break out in rampant sarcasm.”

I’m positive glad we don’t cope with gods in our world. What a backstabbing bunch of creeps they’re! They usually’re not any higher at accepting their very own faults, as they rage at what different gods do to them.

“…loyalty given is seldom returned.” That the gods will use who they may and by no means reward them nor fulfill their guarantees. The gods’ supporters shall be thrown apart like rubbish, for the gods are “no better than the ones they’d hated, and for all the reasons they hated the other side”.

The Apollites are nasty individuals at the beginning and extremely merciless to Urian. Their feeding technique is sort of arousing, and intercourse turns into an important a part of it of which Kenyon makes fairly the graphic level the primary time Urian feeds from a dwelling Apollite.

“I’d sooner trust my enemy than a friend, as I can afford to lose an enemy.”

I did like and respect Urian. He did one of the best he might with what he had and the way he managed to be such an honest individual when everybody handled him so very, very, very dangerous, I don’t know. Perhaps it was the slicing that helped? What was together with his household, becoming a member of in on the derision of the remainder of their individuals? Why wouldn’t they stand with him towards outsiders?

It is so bizarre to learn this aspect of the Apollites and Daimons. Regardless of this have to drink blood and ultimately souls, seems that Apollites are the identical as some other group of individuals, good guys, properly, aside from that entire soul-eating factor. They love, hate, harass, tease, abuse, identical to everybody else. And with Kenyon emphasizing how they eat dangerous individuals…convey it on, child.

This prophecy from an oracle saying that if the Apollites all die, the curse will carry. So if there are not any Apollites, who cares concerning the curse? Why on earth would one department of Apollites assume culling one other can be sufficient?

Why does Cassandra assume Stryker is Apostolos and that they’re screwed? Apostolos is Acheron and the chief of the Darkish-Hunters, just like the man Cass is married to.

It’s merely a re-hash of the opposite tales with a lot of the prime characters reflecting on themselves and the previous, they usually study that they’re horrible at speaking, bask in petty jealousies, and the way egocentric they’re. Yeah, it’s a superb use of third individual international subjective point-of-view, since we’re listening to the inside ideas and feelings of so most of the characters.

The Characters

Braith, Verlyn, Cam, and Rezar have been siblings and the primary of the copiáns, time wardens and keepers of portals, setting the sides of the worlds and designing the portal gates between them. They use zeitjägers who steal and guard time. After the Primus Bellum (First Warfare of the Gods), Braith received Atlantis as her a part of the earth.

Braith married Kissare, a Siphirii who was betrayed by his brother Tisahn (Cam, Braith’s sister, stole Tisahn’s physique away so Braith couldn’t resurrect him and kill him once more). I’m guessing the Siphirii are a servant class; males aren’t allowed to impregnate a goddess, though gods can impregnate Siphirii females. That they had had a son, Monakribos, a.okay.a., Kree, and I feel Kree was the unique Malachai, created by Mavromino to calm Apollymi.

The Atlantean pantheon was…
…created by Braith who turned Apollymi the Destroyer (Apollymi was an endearment of Kissare’s individuals). Apollymi believed Archon was the resurrection of Kissare, and so took him as her king. Symfora is the goddess of demise, sorrow, and woe. Akeon, god of bravery, and Koalemos, god of stupidity, have been twins. Epithymia was the goddess of want and a proper bitch who lived to harm others. Dikastis is the god of justice. Extra embrace Ilos, Isorro, Asteros, Nyktos, Paidi, Teros, Phanen, and Demonbrean. Misos and Thnita are the rulers of the underworld whose daughters have been Diafonia, the Atlantean goddess of discord, and Pali, goddess of strife.

The pregnant Guess’anya Agriosa, a.okay.a., Bethany or Bathymaas reborn, is Symfora’s half-Egyptian, half-Atlantean daughter and a goddess of divine justice, stability, and life (appears she’s additionally the Atlantean goddess of distress and wrath), married to Styxx of Didymos who was the human twin Apollymi had bonded Apostolos with at start. The unique Bathymaas had been a present to Set from Kalosum, the Supply, to show him compassion for others. Her coronary heart broke in half when Aricles was murdered. In 2017, Bethany and Styxx have one other son, Aricles Jr.

Someplace in right here, Apollymi has a second son, Apostolos who was supposedly killed by Apollo (see Styxx). I think that Apostolos’ dying made Apollymi loopy, and she or he put all of the Atlantean gods into stasis, utilizing ypnsi sap, and dropping a lot of the Atlantean pantheon. Her assault additionally devastated a lot of the world.

She was then tricked by Artemis and imprisoned in Kalosis by the gods.

Charonte demons serve Apollymi and embrace Xedrix and Sabine.

Kalosis is the…

…Atlantean hell the place Apollymi is imprisoned, in order that she will see the human world however not take part in it. She invitations Stryker and his individuals to Kalosis when Apollo curses all of them, for the Apollites can not stand within the solar and may solely feed by consuming the blood of one other Apollite. Once they attain twenty-seven, they die a horrible dying until they take the soul of a human and switch Daimon. They nonetheless have to drink blood, however the Daimon should monitor the soul’s existence inside them, as every soul has a unique half-life. The soul’s voice speaks inside them. When the soul is about to vanish, they need to take one other soul. In the event that they need to stay. Trelos is when the Daimon goes mad as a result of they will not stand listening to the voices and kills indiscriminately. There are totally different cults inside the Apollites: the Spathi are Stryker’s individuals, prepared to go Daimon to reside, loyal solely to Apollymi, and hell-bent towards the human race and anybody who threatened an Apollite or Daimon; the Cult of Pollux believes in dying at twenty-seven; the Angleikos vow to not use their psychic powers or superior power to hurt people; Kassandrians will prey on anybody, together with pregnant ladies and youngsters; Akelos solely prey on corrupt souls; and, Anaimikos cut up a soul with their associate. Thanatogori is the demise watch vigil for an Apollite who chooses to not flip Daimon. Suntribó is suicide from not replenishing the soul wanted to proceed “life” as a Daimon.

The Apollites have been…

…named for his or her creator, Apollo, the Greek god of the solar. Which means Stryker’s aunts are Aphrodite and Artemis. Satara is one other of Artemis’ handmaidens, and Strykerius’ evil sister.

Strykerius “Stryker” Apoulos (he can change right into a pink dragon and a black) is the son of Apollo and chief of this band of Apollites with the blood of two gods in him; Apollymi treats him as her son. He takes over Thnitas’ palace as his house. The Illuminati are Stryker’s private assault pressure with Trates as his second-in-command, and Zolan is his third. Allegra, Icarus, Jason, and Bryan.

Zephyra “Phyra” was the lady Stryker liked, however Apollo made him give her up and marry Hellen, a Greek human. Their youngsters embrace Dyana (named for Artemis, Apollo’s twin) who will change her identify to Tannis and marry Erol (Tobias is her solely son and Helena and Rhoda are her daughters); Archimedes (marries Hagne, they usually have 4 youngsters, together with, Jason, Abiron, and Melissa); Theodorous (he marries Praxia and has youngsters); the twins Aklimos and Telamon (Natassa is his spouse, and their youngsters are Elias and Thesally); Ophion; Alkimos and Telamon are twins; and, Atreus and Patroclus who’re additionally twins.

Urian is a twin with Paris. Urian could have quite a lot of “titles”: Urian Kleopas, (His Father’s Glory), a Spathi as he’s a warrior; a Rigas as a result of he leads teams into battle; for his fierceness and talent in battle, Urian turns into referred to as Urian Deathbringer, Thánatago, and he’ll forge his personal Thánati staff to hunt the Darkish-Hunters. Spawn is his second-in-command, and Eleni is one in every of his Thánati.

Davyn shall be Paris’ lover and spouse. Davyn’s household is a part of the Cult of Pollux. Jensen is certainly one of Davyn’s buddies and on a strike group in AD 2004. The blind Xanthia and her youngsters, Geras and Nephele, have been a part of Davyn’s household’s village and are rescued. Iolus is Theo’s pal. Daphne and Idora are a few of Nephele’s pals. Different Apollites all through the centuries embrace Manades. Darius was a pal who died, after which he adopted his youngsters, Ida and Mylinus. Seems Medea is a half-sister with Zephyra as her mom. She had youngsters, together with the five-year-old Praxis who died in agony because of people.

The Peterses are…
…the final dwelling line of Apollo. Phoebe Peters is the lady with whom Urian falls in love. Her sisters embrace Nia and Cassandra (who marries Wulf). Jefferson Peters is their human father. Uncle Demos went trelos.

The Amazons are…
…a gaggle of Apollites who serve the northern goddess Marzanna who’s spouse to Koshchei the Deathless; Marzanna bonded them to fireside demons. This implies they will nonetheless have youngsters, and they don’t seem to be immortal. That they had been Atlanteans in service to Artemis who refused to assist them when her brother cursed the Apollites. Bethsheba is their present queen and needs to purchase Urian. Niva is her servant woman. Nero and Leo are the outsized lions Sheba retains in her throne room. Birgit and Kisha are a few of her guards. Ruyn Widowmaker is Sheba’s half-brother and the son of a demon (a former ally of Apollymi’s who turned his again on her). Ruyn can also be a survivor of the Primus Bellum, and he introduces the Spathi to bloodwyne.

Elysia is…
…an underground bunker Urian and Davyn helped construct in colonial America when Theo’s daughter fell in love with an Apollite who adopted the Cult of Pollux. Braden and his household have been civic leaders ever since; Shanus takes over as chief later. Millicent and Dr Lakis are docs (they is perhaps the identical individual). Donita has a bookstore and sells Apollite fairytales.

Shapeshifters have been…
…born of a magic that spliced animal DNA with that of the youngsters of King Lycaon VI of Arcadia who unknowingly married an Apollite bride, Mysene. Lycaon’s sister, the goddess Shala (their mother and father are Erebus and Nyx, Night time and Darkness) is married to Dagon (the god who did the splicing). Dagon’s mom is Hekate the daughter of Helios.

There are two breeds of shapeshifters: Arcadians have human hearts so that’s their pure type they usually shift into their animal type at puberty, and Katagaria have animal hearts and that’s their base type. Neither dies on the age of twenty-seven nor do they want blood. They will stay for lots of of years and their magic stays intact. The draw back is that the Arcadians and Katagaria should battle one another endlessly, and the Fates select their mates. Nicander, son of Simonides, is a Katagari Tsakali, a jackal, and a Have been-Hunter.

Extra Gods

The Titans
Helios was the Titan god of the solar, and Kenyon states that he’s additionally “the god of sorcery and the blackest craft”. The third era of Titans turned the Olympians, a.okay.a., the Greek gods. Leto is the mom of Apollo and Artemis. The Fates are Dikastas’ half-Greek nieces. Psyche is goddess of the soul, and she or he’s attached with Eros.

Katra, who has the powers to empty a god, is Apollymi’s granddaughter (via Acheron and Artemis) and is her Abadonna. Katra serves each Apollymi as her spy and Artemis, her mom. She’s additionally Urian’s cousin. By some means, Kat’s powers are the identical used to create the Darkish-Hunters. Sin is her husband (Satan Might Cry, 10), a Sumerian god, they usually have a son and a daughter, Mia. Sin calls his mother-in-law, Artemis, Yaya. Sin has a couple of brothers together with, Set, the Egyptian god of evil, darkness, and chaos, and Zakar who’s Sin’s twin brother. Seth is Set’s son and had been the Excessive Guardian for Noir in Azmodea. Maahes was referred to as the lord of the bloodbath and protector of the innocents. Ma’at is the tiny goddess of justice and fact.

Dragon and Mandrake Gods
Sarraxyn, a.okay.a., Xyn, is a silvery orange dragon (drakona) trapped because the guardian of the Atramentian Falls in Kalosis. Her brothers embrace Falcyn is a conflict god, a.okay.a., Veles (Maddor, the chief of the mandrakes, is the son taken from him via Falcyn’s fault); Max who will find yourself working on the Sanctuary in New Orleans; Illarion; Hadyn; and, Gadryn. Malstrom is the brother who bought Xyn to Misos, the Atlantean struggle god. Xyn’s mother and father are Helios and Lilith. A dragon’s egg is just not a toddler, however an artifact they use to heal. Blaise du Fey is a mandrake chosen by the sorceress Merlin to be a Grail knight; he’s additionally Maddor’s son and Ormarra his mom. Varian du Fey is sneaking round with Kaziel. Aeron.

Chthonians have been…
…initially created to be the check-and-balance on the gods with the facility to kill a god with out destroying the universe within the course of. After the Primus Bellum, the gods divided the world up and created their very own pantheons with a Chthonian on oversight. When Apollymi destroyed the Atlanteans, the Chthonians are at one another’s throats on the way to restore the stability of the universe and realign the gods and their territories. Whereas the Chthonians are absorbed on this, the opposite pantheons are vying for energy. Savitar is the Omegrion (the chief of the Have been-Hunters??) and lives on an island and surfs.

Katateros is…

…the island house of the Atlantean gods the place Acheron, a.okay.a., Apostolos or Elekti (Apollymi’s second son whom she thought lifeless) has his residence base. Simi is his Charonte protector who lives as a tattoo on his physique; Xirena “Xixi” is Simi’s sister. Alexion, certainly one of Artemis’ first Darkish-Hunters, is his steward and married to Hazard. Soteria “Tory“, an archeologist, is the lady Ash loves. Sebastos is their son. Geary is one in every of Tory’s cousins. Theo had been Tory’s grandfather. Pam is Tory’s greatest pal. And horrible at preserving secrets and techniques.

Styxx of Didymos was Acheron’s twin and the reincarnation of Aricles of Didymos. He was additionally Protostratelates, a basic, of the Stygian Omada, the one military that ever fought on Atlantean soil and gained. Estes had been their disgusting uncle. Galen had been his mentor. Selinius, a conflict hero, had been Styxx’s coach. Within the Sahara, his canine is Skylos, Jabar is the horse, and Wasima is the camel.

Princess Ryssa was their spoiled rotten sister and Apollo’s mistress who was assassinated and prompted Apollo to curse the Apollites. She adored Acheron and hated Styxx.

The Darkish-Hunters have been…
…created by Artemis someplace round 7383 BCE to kill Daimons and launch the souls inside them earlier than the souls perish utterly. They will’t exit into daylight, in order that they have squires to do their daylight work. Acheron is Artemis’ selection to steer the Darkish-Hunters. Erik and Wulf Tryggvason are Varangians, a.okay.a., Rus. Wulf is a Darkish-Hunter married to Cassandra Peters whom Urian calls the Muppet Darkish-Hunter and Phoebe calls Sasquatch. Their youngsters will embrace Erik, Phoebe, Tyr, and Jeff. Chris is Wulf’s squire. Zarek, a.okay.a., Z; Cuthbert Ruriksen; Lucian, a.okay.a., Spawn, had been a Daimon (his father had been a Dream-Hunter); Kyrian is Julian’s greatest good friend (he’s married to Amanda Hunter they usually have youngsters); Julian of Macedon is a long-time good friend of Ash’s; Valerius Magnus is married to Tabitha; Rafael Santiago and Celena had child Ephani; Samia had been an Amazon and murdered lots of them (he’s additionally associated to the gods who cursed and deserted the Apollites); and, Xander is a component sorcerer who offers with transmutations and is the one non-demon who can discount with Jaden and Thorn (Brynna Addams and Package Baughy can speak Xander into most issues).

Jaden is a demon-broker. Thorn, a.okay.a., Akantheus Leucious Forenus of the Brakadians, a.okay.a., Dying Collector, was born to steer a military, to be his stepfather’s inheritor; as an alternative he leads a military of hellchasers who battle demons and ship them again to their hells. Nick Gautier is the Malachai (his father, Adarian, died) and bears a Darkish-Hunter bow-and-arrow mark on his cheek. Loki will get a point out. Kessar is a demon.

The Shadows are…
…the place you possibly can enterprise anyplace. Previous. Current. Future. In all of the worlds. Simply don’t get misplaced. Shadow is a demon who merely can’t be insulted.

Gallu are…
…Sumerian demons and the last word in evil. Their bites flip victims into senseless drones.

Val Sans Retour is…
…the Valley of No Return is the place Brandor, Brogan’s brother, is caught, and he is aware of the place Xyn is imprisoned.

Brogan is a kerling Deathseer, a conjuring witch who sees dying. She was bought by her mom to the Black Crom, a headless Dying Rider in search of the souls of the damned or cursed.

Myrkheim is…
…a nether realm the place the fey follow their magick. Morgen is a fey queen who’s sleeping with Apollo. The Adoni are her troopers. Lombrey de la Mort, a.okay.a., Demise Shadow, is Shadow’s prince underling however who’s made up of all of the harmless victims of Morgen’s dungeon, and he/it “works” for Morgen. Camelot is in Myrkheim.

Again on Earth

Memnus is Hellen’s lover who as soon as served beneath Styxx of Didymos within the Stygian Omada as one of many Stygiai. I feel Abiron and Kylas are his and Hellen’s youngsters??

In 2004, Dante Pontis, a Katagari, owns Inferno, and Sal is his brother and a Spathi informer. Sanctuary is a bar for the supernatural set in New Orleans that’s owned by the Peltier Have been-Hunter bear clan. Dev Peltier is at Ash and Tory’s wedding ceremony. Tony is likely one of the few people who work at Sanctuary. Colt Theodorakolpolis is likely one of the bears who stay and work there.

Solren is the extra formal model of father, whereas baba is the youngsters’s model. Matera (formal) and mata (casual) means mom. M’gios means my son. Xōrōn are blood whores. Erini Legal guidelines are peace legal guidelines. Limanis are portals. The Eye of Verlyn will deplete the powers of any god with which it comes into direct contact.

The Cowl and Title

The duvet is a deep blood-brown that radiates out right into a extra chocolate brown. An enormous circle sits barely off-center with an outer border of a Greek key in a good darker brown with an inside border that morphs right into a curling wave for nearly half of the border. Inside its middle is an embossed dragon with holes in his wings and his head in a marbleized black and chocolate. Information blurbs on the very prime and above and under the title are in white — the collection info has a double bow with arrow to the left of the collection information. On the prime is the writer’s identify in an embossed gold with a copper shading and the identical for the title on the backside.

The title is all about Urian, the Stygian inheritor. In fact it might additionally relate to the darkness through which the Apollites grew up…or the extraordinarily darkish and gloomy contents of the story.