Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon : Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon brings us back to the astonishing world of the Dark-Hunters in Stygian, with a hero misunderstood by many…but most of all by himself.

Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I’m not.

Someone I’m not.

Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment I was prematurely ripped from my mother and planted into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.

Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. To become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life.

Or so I thought. In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives.

Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her, even as everyone around me attempts to steal what little soul I have left. There’s only one person at my back and I’m not sure I can trust her either, for she was born of an enemy race. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. And if I fail to find the answers I need to save Phoebe, more than just my wife will die.

We will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.

Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of those books that left me struggling for weeks to find the words to describe how I felt about it in a review. Other than her YA series and a random book or two I haven’t read anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon so jumping into her Dark Hunter series at book 29 may not have been my brightest idea. It was pretty clear from the very beginning that the various characters had a long history together that I just wasn’t getting and that there was a lot of lore I was missing out on. Even though I read the entire book I can’t help but feel like there are significant details I missed that someone more familiar with the series might have caught.

Although I have to say that I’m quite impressed by Sherrilyn Kenyon as an author because despite not knowing who any of the characters were or knowing any of the backstories I was still unable to put this book down until I was finished. I may have been lost a time or two but every chapter left me wanting to know what was going to happen next and I was unable to stop reading until I was done. The main problem I had is I wasn’t all that invested in any of the characters of this book as I probably would have been had I read the rest of the series so I didn’t get too excited or upset by anything that happened to them over the course of the story.

The one thing I think this book did the best was convince me that I needed to try reading the series from the very beginning. Stygian leaned a bit more towards the romance than I usually prefer but all in all I think if this book was anything to go by then the series is worth a read. If I can enjoy the 29th book in a series despite not reading any of the previous books than buying the first book is probably more than worth it.

While I’ve seen people say you can jump into this series at any point and not be lost I’m going to have to strongly disagree and recommend that anyone who wants to read this book should at least read a few other books in the series so they aren’t as long as I was. I’m also choosing not to give this book a rating like I normally would because I feel like if I had read any of the other books I would have enjoyed this one 10x more and it doesn’t seem fair to give the book a lower rating just because I chose to read book 29 first.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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