A story that can make me cry is a keeper, but with caveats. Styxx’s story is as dark as his twin brother Acheron’s. Bethany had my heart, but also sometimes my scorn at her actions. Read on to find out more.
All through Acheron’s story, we all probably held a deep hatred for Styxx, so when I started this story, I was forcing myself to read it. How could he redeem himself? I didn’t think Stryker did, so in no way did I think Styxx could do it. Boy was I wrong. How the author weaves these two stories together is interesting as we took everything Styxx said and did wrong and we never saw what happened in his life.
The story begins when Styxx and Acheron were young boys and right away you want to cuddle these two innocent children. Styxx wasn’t the bully you thought he was when he took Acheron’s wooden horse, but he was protecting him from being blamed for stealing it. Through every action, Ryssa (their older sister) comes across as a royal bitch. She never sees anything good in Styxx. At night they would lay back to back, feet bent to each others feet. As twins they shared everything. The Gods who were looking for Acheron put voices in his head, but not the loudness that was put in Styxx’s head. Styxx could hear everyone’s thoughts which gave him incredible headaches and nose bleeds. While everyone thought Styxx was his father’s beloved son, it was quite the opposite. And every pain brought down on Acheron, Styxx felt it too. Not only was his life line tied to his brother’s, he pain was too.
When Acheron is taken away, Styxx is often confused by the pains he feels from him. At one point Styxx’s father thinks he is possessed and gave him to the priests to exorcise. He is burned, beaten and violated until finally his father brings him home when Apollo persuades him to, but Apollo wants the boy. Yep, good ole Apollo is into guys.
The first really violation on Styxx happens when his uncle takes him hunting and camping with a group of his friends. They drug him and violate him over and over. We are talking a teenager here of young age being raped and raped by his uncle and friends. This is when Styxx realizes what Acheron is going through and we see him try to save Acheron by fleeing fast ahead of his uncle only to have Acheron betray him. Once again drugged and sold as a prostitute with is brother.
And so the story continues with so much sexual violations I can’t even begin to understand. Styxx tries to kill himself and finds out he can’t until Acheron is dead. And that is when he comes upon a blind maiden fishing. She is beautiful and she can’t see all his scars. The two continue to meet for a time and gently fall in love. He tells her is name is Hector so she connect him to the prince everyone talks about.
Unbeknownst to him, Bethany is a Goddess of two pantheons, Atlantis (her mother) and Egyptian (her father). She is searching for Acheron for his father but often skips away. The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, she has not been happy for a long time nor smiled. She also hides this fact from Hector (Styxx) as she knows how much he hates the Gods who have forsaken him.
There is a great war where Styxx at a young age does what no other Greek has, almost made it to the heart of Atlantis when he is called back. But during this time he kills Atlantean’s that Apollo loves. So he gets bitch slapped by Apollo, meaning Bethany has no claims on him. At some point they both reveal who they really are, but they love each other so much, it matters little.
There is a lot more to this story but I don’t a blow by blow to the story in the past. Suffice it to say Styxx is betrayed by everyone except for Bethany, but at one point I think she should have done so much more. Bethany gets pregnant and Styxx is going to marry her when Acheron dies violently leaving Styxx dead as well. But good ole Acheron is brought back by Artemis and so Artemis takes him off to a island. An island he spends eleven thousand years on, by himself as Artemis says she will provide for him, but as with Arty, she forgets he even exists. When he is brought back he knows what Apollymi has done to her pantheon, killing is wife (even if not officially married) and unborn child.
There is so much more to this story and just how much these two love each other. The often just cuddled, talked and dreamed of a life together. The both accepted each other and had no qualms loving each other. It was a sweet love. One that Styxx desperately needed and Bethany needed as well. Now eleven thousand years later they need a miracle to ever be together considering Bethany and the child are dead. You know this author had a plan to get them back together.
Now in the future, I get to start hating Acheron. He is so forgiving of each of his Dark-Hunters, but his brother, he can’t even find time to talk as he has what he feels is all the information. He condemns Styxx and I don’t now how Styxx can handle it. Eleven thousand years and no one give a shit about you. I would have caved in. But he can’t die until Acheron does.
While the future isn’t as brutal as the past, he is used unfairly. He finally has to retreat once again to be alone. To find himself. He just wants to be left alone. And that is what was breaking my heart.
Deep down while I loved this story I also think it went too far and too long just like Acheron’s. There is only so much abuse I want to read about. There is a happy ending, but the struggle almost did me in to get there. Oh, oh, and Ryssa…can’t I cut that bitch? I thought she was selfish in Acheron’s story but then again she didn’t have much power. This time, I wanted to cut her up and make her feel an ounce of either brothers’ pain. Dear old dad….someone needed to assassinate him and the uncle.
I can’t give this five stars for so much violence, but I can’t discount just how truly I felt for Styxx and his one moment he wanted peace and happiness. A great addition to the story line, but I really have to say I am done with 800 page books. They take everything out of you.
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