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Stygian

A Dark-Hunter Novel
Written by: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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#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.

©2018 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Love Sherrilyn read by Holter

Awesome, except for the copy and paste repeat from the last book at the end... Not the first time theres been a book with this much copy and paste either:/

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  • Jason
  • 2018-09-02

narrator

I don't like holter narrating anymore he changes up the voices too much anymore and pronounces words way different in every book and his Simi has just gone down hill have Fred Berman narrate he does a much better job I think

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  • Aladda Phisayavong
  • 2018-09-02

Oh... my.... gawdz no! LOL!!

Everything was all fine and enjoying listening, until.......
What a great story. I loved love LOVE all the characters. The many twists are all fun and amazing to discover.
And then, W....T.... FUCK! lol His Simi performance. WHY? Why did he start doing this annoying high pitched grating noise? It began like two books ago that Mr. Graham doing that "version" of Simi's speech and voice. WHY? But this one here for this book he turned it up to a thousand. I hate to but there's no way I'm able to ignore or accept it. lol It is bad, very very bad. Pardon me but, I'd rather hear the reader from Stryker's book doing Simi. LOL!! Sorry. Everything else was fine though. If it were up to me I would rather Fred Berman narrate every single book that contains ancient warriors.
Again. The story itself is super duper amazing. Well worth the wait. I can confidently say that it is in my top five of the Dark-Hunter series overall. It's also somewhere in my top ten for all novels ever written. That I've read, of course. lol

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  • cherylene evans
  • 2018-10-04

A DISAPPOINTED FAN by C. EVANS

Prologue: I have waited so long for Urian's (Your-ree-ann) not Orion story only to be disappointed in the end.
Chapter 1- The Author
The first part of this book is great. Learning Urian's backstory was interesting, fun and sometimes tragic. Seeing his interaction with his siblings was hilarious and the relationship with his mother Helen was loving. The middle part of the book was a little disappointing, now I understand that there is a little cut and paste that needs to be done if the character is in the scenes. But this was way too much if you have read Archeron, Styxx or Falcyn's book then be prepared to either re- listen or fast forward. It didn't get any better in the last couple of chapters they took one of my favorite characters Phoebe and made her into a annoying whining b****! The only reason I got this book was because I was hoping for Uri and Phoebe to be reunited! Nothing against Xyn it's just that she and Uri as a couple are boring,! Plus there was no interaction between Uri and his bio parents (wasted opportunity by the way).
Chapter 2- The Narrator
Pros
nice voice
does male voices great
accents are okay
Cons
pronunciations needs work
women voices tend to sound shrilled and loud
women voices tend to sound the same
does the worst Simi in DH history
Epilogue
This book had the potential to be one of her greatest, but because of too much copying and pasting, rewriting favorite characters personalities, hooking up the wrong couples and not having Fred Berman as the narrator made it for me an epic fail! Let's hope the next book is better, fingers crossed!

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  • Shea
  • 2018-08-30

don't bother with this

I didn't have high expectations going into this book based on the last few the author has put out, but I was so disappointed with this.
It's more copy paste from previous books, and some of the back story could have been inserted into previous books so it wouldn't be so cumbersome.
I was so bored with the story I tuned out for two chapters and it was like I hadn't missed a thing.
The author's repetitive descriptions of things even had me thinking of better word choices and that was the highlight.
The narrator is actually a turn off to this book. The tone, reading, cadence, and pronunciation is atrocious. He puts pauses in awkward places, mens parts are either soft and feminine with mumbles or harsh like he's mimicing a tv wrestler. All of the lady voices he does are shrill and grating, no matter if they are supposed to be soft and intimate.
While I realize men doing female voices is difficult for men, this rendition is stomach churning awful.
This is my last book from this author, and it's a shame because her earlier work was so much more interesting.

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  • KJ
  • 2018-08-30

styxx and other previous books regurgitated

I was disappointed that most of the book was cut and paste from other dark hunter novels. So much so that some chapters were word for word.
Although, the end was original writing it was also weak and so neatly wrapped up I feel cheated.
I am sad and happy to say this is the only book in the DH series I have not enjoyed.

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  • Christine
  • 2018-09-24

Disapointed with some of the plot.

Couldn't quite wrap my head around Urian not being with Phoebe. As many references as they made about how much they loved each other it kind of rang false for him to jump back to an old love nobody has heard about until now. At least when he was growing up he was loved. Not as dysfunctional as Styxx or Acheron. But this story made me hate Phoebe when before I actually liked her as a character. She sounded petty and overall annoying. Was hoping for new material and not a rehashing of previous books. Already felt like I knew this story. Hopefully she takes a new turn for these characters. Feels like she just didn't know where to go with this one. A few of her later stories have felt this way.

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  • The Anime Adict
  • 2018-09-02

Not as good as it should have been

So after the last book I read by Mrs. Kenyon (Intensity) I was about ready to set her books down and never read another of her books again. Then I saw this book was about Yurian, sorry I’ve only heard the name so I have no idea how to spell it. So I bought the book and here is my review.

First the cons:
The cons are simple, everything wrong with Kenyon’s past books are still here.
1. Copy/pasted chapters from other books that she pretends is new material.
2. Random tangents and rants that we’ve heard a thousand times before and have little to do with the plot.
3. Skipping around and between previous books in the series.
4. Overly long and graphic sex scenes that do nothing but hinder the pacing of the story. If I want porn I'll go read porn thank you very much, but I am here for a story.
5. Telling us how a character feels rather than showing us. Honestly we are TOLD how the characters feels sad and lost. Instead of say describing how the character 'lets out a long ragged breathe, thumps into a wall as they back up and slowly sinks to the ground palms to their eyes as they make tiny sounds.' One evokes sympathy and empathy the other does not, this is writing 101 so I don’t know why I have to keep saying this! Needless to say all of her bad habits are all here.
Oh and lets not forget the new Cons
6. Emotional trauma, hardship, and betrayals that have been carried for millennia, are healed in a few minutes when the plot requires it. Yeah no body does the “ah no you just did some pretty messed up things (including trying to kill me for no good reason) to me and might have ended the world, so no I am not helping you” that most people would do. Instead it’s “oh it’s the end of the book and we want as good and positives things as possible so sure we’re all friends again!” You know because apparently in a series chalk full of emotional scared characters, emotional scaring doesn’t exist when plot wands are involved.
7. And this is typical but female authors, seriously, find a male friend to beta read your book and believe them when they tell you a normal guy would not behave in certain ways. As a guy they way some of the male characters act is so unrealistic as to break all immersion. A guy does not go from being dominate to being submissive happily and perfectly, nor vice versa.
8. The first hour almost made me return the book and the last two hours were a slog to get through. They were poorly written, amateur-istic and cringe worthy at places. And this is the primary reason for the low score. I know a lot of people loved it but there was little to no development and far too much of it wasn't focused on, you know the main character of the series.
9. As a personal note, but please look up what rape and sex harassment is. Touching or making sexual remarks about someone that are uninvited are harassment. Having sex with someone without their consent is rape. It DOES NOT MATTER if that person is male or female. Given Yurian was assaulted and even raped a few times in this book and it was treated as normal is disturbing.
10. Because I’m on my soap box; men do not actually like being physically harmed. No we don’t like our sexual partners gouging our backs with their nails during the act. No we don't like getting punched, kicked or ridiculed, surprise!? Or at least I hope not.

Now then the good things about this novel. Yes the are actually good things.
1. For the first time in Kenyon history we have a character that loses a loved one and moves on; you know like an actual person does because we have too.
2. Styx and Bethany, what can I say they appear quiet a bit in the last 2 hours of this book and that makes me happy.
3. The rants have been cut down to maybe two hours, after listening to Intensity, a book with an hour’s worth of plot and 5 of ranting, I now understand how much work this had to be for the editing staff. So bravo people.
4. Yes Kenyon humor is here, though the jokes were not as funny or as many as I’m used to or want.
5. The middle of the book was pretty good, yeah I would even name it some of the best work Kenyon has done.
6. We actually get to see the whole Daimon/Night Hunter war from the opposite side and it’s actually quiet well done and I actually felt sorry for the Apolights. Yes I have not read Stryker's book, I might now though.
7. While I don’t like that many scenes in the modern part of the book were copy paste jobs, I do like that in a few Kenyon went through and fixed them and made them up to the quality she is actually capable of
8. She has continued to give the series a villain that isn’t a villain of the week thing and given that it’s Apollo this is a big plus.

Now as for the narration. It’s Halter Graham not Nick Podehl, they’re different. Once more, I thought Halter Graham did a good job though some of the voices were so close together it was hard to figure out who was speaking when until the speech tag. I let this slide though given the size of the cast. At least we got the Semi voice back.

In the end all I can say is I’m not sad I listened to the book but I am upset I paid for this. If you’re a fan of the series or Kenyon you’ll like this book. If not get it for free from a library if you must. In all honesty, if you never read this book you aren’t going to miss much.

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  • Judy
  • 2018-09-09

Absolute waste of a credit

IF you're like me, you've grown sick and tired of the copy paste books of the last few years, however, this one takes the cake.....A 26 hour book and only about 2-3 hours are original? And the copy/paste thing is so haphazard.....I've read every single book in all the series, and I was still lost as the story jumped around all over the place.

And Holter, OMG....what is wrong with him? "Ar-chon", not ArKan? Since when? He did that in the last book as well. He's done how many books now? And Simi.....he totally destroyed my admiration of him with her. It's excruciating to listen to!

I'm getting a refund on this one. I'm tired of paying for the same book over and over. She needs to end the series so we can all find out that Kissare is really Savitar and be done with it.

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  • WitzEnd8
  • 2018-09-19

Mixed Feelings — Contains Spoilers

Positives:
- Learned more about Urian’s past.
- Gave more insight into the mindset of the Daimons, and how many don’t feel evil for doing what it takes to survive.
- Liked his relationship with Sarraxyn, and throughout the book, hoped they would find each other again.
- Liked Davyn, whose character was explored in greater depth.
- Enjoyed more interaction involving Styxx and Bethany.

Negatives:
- Not enough interaction between Urian and his parents. He’s been separated from them for thousands of years. A few more pages devoted to that wouldn’t hurt, especially since ...
- As others have noted, there was way too much copy and paste from other recent books. I read somewhere that the author had been criticized at one point by people saying stories didn’t mesh together when she left pieces out, but I think the pendulum has swung too much in the opposite direction. It’s a big waste of the book’s real estate that could have been better used propelling his story or the arc forward. It would have been nice to learn more answers to the numerous dangling threads.
- I think Holter Graham is a very talented narrator, but using him for so many books in the same universe creates issues for me. His voice for Urian is the same as the voice used for Nick in CON. Also, many of the women’s voices in this book were inappropriately portrayed as shrill. That’s appropriate for his first wife, but not for Apollymi. Righteous godly anger should be portrayed as powerful, not whiny.
- On a related note, I never want to hear the phrase “unspeakably precious” ever again. SK overuses it in CON, and it showed up here, too.

Unlike some, I don’t consider Urian fickle to have had multiple loves over the course of 11,000 years. He did attempt to acquit himself honorably in his relationships. I think the use of hyperbole during sex makes him appear more disingenuous (e.g., saying he had *never* felt this way before when he’s with Phoebe, when he had obviously felt that much and more with Xyn).

It also doesn’t help that the timeline of the book took a pretty abrupt shift from ancient past to modern time. This makes it feel as if he’s falling in love with Phoebe right after losing Xyn.

Anyway, I am glad I listened to this, but hope the next books in the series have more original material. However, having read The Chronicles of Nick, I am afraid we won’t have answers to many of the outstanding questions until Nick/Ambrose has his Dark-Hunter book.

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  • A. James
  • Columbus, OH
  • 2018-09-01

So Disappointed

I couldn't wait for this story to come out. I should have saved the credit.

First, it spend a lot of time on the back story of the gods and goddesses. It became confusing with all the hatred, connections and back stabbing. Second, the first 10-15? chapters were about Orion from birth to current. 11,000 years of life (boring). Third, if you read her previous books in the series then be ready for some serious deja vu. Familiar scenes from Styxx, Achoron and the last 3 dragon stories (cut and paste is not your friend in this). I had to skip a few chapters because of it.

Overall impression...Did not like. Way too long . With it being 26 hours long, it took me 3 days to power thru. It Orion's story seem like an after thought after Ach and the Dark Hunters enter the story. Hours of fluff and then Orion's story is back on track in the last 2 chapters. Rushed. I wanted more Orion and his dragon and less Styxx, Achoron and Styker. The writing was not her best. She was on my automatic buy list until the last 2 books. Now I will hesitate.

It did offer a bonus scene with the hero/heroine of the next story. Hopefully it won't be 26 hours long and full of fluff.

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