#27 Stygian – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back all, I thought we’d close out the year with a Sherrilyn Kenyon review. In reading this book I felt like I’ve missed a few of her books from the Dark Hunter world. If you’re interested in me reading these and reviewing them comment below with the title’s I haven’t reviewed and I will try and get to them to read and review them.

This book is following Urian right from before he was even born (from the time of Acheron’s death when Apollymi went nuts on the world) right up to the end of 2017. I wasn’t too sure how this was going to play out since Phoebe had died way back when. But I was really interested to see where this was going to go.

I felt like the first kinda part of this book was a bit repetitive since it was taken pretty much directly from Acheron’s book from just after his death. And there were a few other sections that felt like this as well. Which can’t really be helped given how long Urian has been alive, and how much he’s been involved in other books. But what I didn’t like about how Sherrilyn did it is that she didn’t even try to re-write the scenes that Urian was in from his perspective. It felt more like a copy and paste from previous books.

However we did spend quite some time with the first few (thousand) years of his life mostly stuck in Kalosis. On his few forays into the human world we see him cross paths with a few different Dark Hunters, Were Hunters and even Acheron and Savitar. Because of this we see a different side to Urian than we’ve seen in the past. Which was pretty cool.

We also got to know his brothers and one sister. We learnt about the various relationships and I really felt like I got a sense of Urian and why he was like he was like. To find out how close he was to Apollymi was strange. We knew from a previous book that he’s actually Bethany and Styxx’s child. And we know that Apollymi hated Styxx with a massive passion. So why would she be close to their son? Why train him to be amazing? Why be ok with him having Styxx’s emblem on his shield? Her love of him just felt so strange to me but at the same time so nice.

The biggest thing that was strange to me was Urian’s first love. And that it was to a dragon. From everything we knew about Urian until this point in time he has never ONCE mentioned loving anyone other than Phoebe. So to hear that he loved Xyn, and had a relationship with her over a span of hundreds of years. He loved her so much that he was devastated when she didn’t meet him and went back to her cave to check on her and found it abandoned and her long gone.

So my problem then became a matter of. Was Phoebe or Xyn his true love? Or is there someone new who has entered his life? Well after a whole lot of drama, adventure and tension it turns out Xyn was alive and locked as a statue all this time. Cue a bit more drama coz turns out Phoebe is alive as well and he ends up going back to Xyn and leaving Phoebe to try and enjoy what remains of her life.

Just like with Styxx’s book I was grabbed in, sucked in emotionally and really felt like I was there with Urian. The loneliness he’s experienced his whole life, as if he’s not like everyone else? It’s a feeling I’ve felt most of my life and its something that can isolate someone further than they already feel.

I hope everyone has a great end of the year and welcomes in 2019 safely, but with a lot of fun!

PS. I will be welcoming in the new year with a new look, fingers crossed I will have finished it (you may have already noticed some changes…) by the time the first review of the new year is released!

#20 The Guardian – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back all, I hope you like this review because this is one of my favorite books in the series.

We kick off this book with Lydia sneaking into Noir's stronghold to try and rescue her dad. I can really feel for her since he's all she's got in the world, and from someone who is pretty close to my dad I can empathise with her. Since he finally owned up to doing the right thing and helped the rest of his fellow Dream Hunters he got captured and is now stuck in a dungeon possibly dying. Except with her typical bad luck she gets caught and delivered to Azura. Azura then gives Lydia to Seth as a plaything to keep him amused since she didn't really have anything better to do with Lydia and wanted to make sure she was getting tortured. This on top of everything else we've learnt about Azura really makes me hate her even more.

Seth on the other hand has been a slave to Noir and Azura for over a millennia and is really sick of it. He was someone I had mixed feelings about for probably the first quarter of the book. He started off all intimidating and scary and threatening to Lydia, who for obvious reasons was pretty scared and what had happened to her. Lydia being mute tries to sign to him since that's the language she uses to speak to her dad and others. Seth, again obviously, has no idea what she's on about with the symbols she's making with her fingers but he can tell she's not happy.

At this stage I honestly didn't know who to feel for more. We know from Seth's point of view he had no intention to harm her and just wants to be left alone by Noir and Azura so he can focus on finding the "Key" they've told him to find. Lydia however doesn't want to be raped and wants to save her dad. The hilarious part of this exchange between them is when Seth gets a laptop and is trying to figure out how to use it. Since the last time he was in the human world was YEARS before electricity was even thought of it was quite funny. It honestly reminded me of when I had to teach my dad how to use a computer and how oblivious he was. And Lydia essentially ends up doing that for Seth.

My favorite part about their relationship is the love/hate part of it. They are so aggressive towards each other, yet they seem to care for each other. Seth eventually mans up and admits his feelings for her and sends her back to the human realm to save her life. Only Lydia hates being treated like this, especially since her dad didn't come home with her. So as a typical strong woman who knows what she wants, she comes back with the cavalry and saves not only her dad. But Seth as well. Although he took a bit longer to convince and actually get him out!

I really felt like this one had really strong family and relationship values that really spoke to me. At this time I had just moved back to Melbourne and my family so her loyalty to her dad was how I was feeling at the time. I was also single so I was feeling a little sorry for myself and just a little bit jealous of Lydia finding love in such an unlikely place and making something of her life.

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