First review: so good. Finally, we understood Acheron's past boy, am I so glad that he finally found someone to be with. :)
Review proper: It took me t...moreFirst review: so good. Finally, we understood Acheron's past boy, am I so glad that he finally found someone to be with. :)
Review proper: It took me this long to write a proper review for Acheron. And he do deserve one. First off, let me just say that I am deeply in love with Ash. Ever since he was first introduced in Kyrian's book, I am swooned by his enigmatic aura. He is the epitome of pure, unadulterated, raw sexiness (I may have been redundant, but I don't care! This is Ash we are talking about!). Not only he has a body to die for, he also has a beautiful face, soul and character to go with it. At first I thought he is nothing more but a jerk, someone who always gets what he wants because he is entitled to and too self-absorbed just because he is the leader of the fierce group of warriors, the Dark-Hunters. And the way he treats the DH had me pinning him as an asshole. But his actions at the end of Kyrian's story and the way the DH go for him at times of need had me thinking that I sorely misjudged him. And his actions and good deeds doesn't end there, every story that has been told, there will always be a part where Ash would either show up and save the day at one point or another, or he would give his very endearing cryptic advice. The ends in which he would do to ensure his Dark-Hunter's freedom astounds me. That even after all he had done for them, he never asked anything in return. He really is a god, not of destruction but of love and kindness, at least he is for me.
To finally learn of what had happened to him, whew, I couldn't say if I would laugh or cry. Even after all this years that I have read his story, I never grew tired of it. And everytime I did read his past again, I feel like I was reading it for the very first time. The anguish, pain, sufferring, hopelessness, helplessness, anger, humiliation and loneliness that I felt from Ash's past tore through me that for the very first time that I've read his story, I almost didn't want to finish reading it. But I did pursue to finish the book because I want to understand him better and to know what are the things that haunts him.
I admire Acheron for thinking and doing what was right. However bad his time as a human was, he still managed to think unselfishly. Although he did have every right to turn his back from the world that condemned and made him suffer, he chose to save humanity and be their protector. Not only that but to willingly tie himself to a selfish goddess, now that is really admirable if not a very stupid decision on his part.
The dynamics of his relationship to Artemis had been finally revealed and the how's, why's, what's and where's had been answered. For the second time, I think I liked something about Artemis (the first one would be Kat's shared memory to Ash about Artemis). The way she first treated Acheron made me liked her, but of course there is the question of what happened between them that during their present relationship, she was hell-bent on punishing and taking everything from Acheron (and there she goes again, making me hate her. She does have knack for it). The way their relationship degraded from friendship to hatred had been disclosed and I couldn't blame Acheron for hating her that much. She deserve every scorn Ash have for her.
The only thing I love about Acheron's past is his sister Ryssa. She had been the only person who treats and sees Acheron as a worthy person. She has been too kind to her estranged brother and was heart-broken from what her brother had gone through. Even though Acheron had been pushing her away, she still stands by his side. I couldn't blame Ash for not wanting to be close to his sister, because after all he has been through, he knew that everything has it's price or consequences. He had been too suspicious of people doing good things for him that it broke Ryssa's heart all the more for him. I just hoped that Ryssa had lived through her ordeal because she and her son, Apollodrus, had been the only thing that Ash cherished the most.
I love Apollymi. She might not be the perfect candidate for being the best mom, but she is the best mother for Ash. She loved nothing more than her son and she did everything she could to protect him, but sometimes, our best actions and intentions could turn against that person we protect. She is the goddess of destruction, so she couldn't have forseen what would her actions do to Apostolos. So when she had learned of it, of course she would have been furious, and that was putting it mildly. She's bent on avenging what she loved the most that she is willing to cause chaos and harm, even end the world, just to appease her anger and longing for the son that she have protected and longed for. And I do feel for her, even if I am not a mother yet. To be separated from the person you love and cherished the most is hard. I couldn't even fathom the emptiness and her loneliness from being separated to Acheron, knowing that he is out there but that you can never be together. But no matter what happens, her love for her son would always be her top priority and she would do everything that she can to protect him and those he loved even from afar.
What I have wrote so far had all been my thoughts on Acheron's past, and now we go to the present. The beginning of telling Ash's present had been of course, you've guessed it, cryptic. But everything had a connection with his past. And now enter Soteria Kafeiri, an archaelogist who is hell-bent on proving that Atlantis was indeed real and to salvage her family's reputation. She had been excavating on different 'supposed' sites of the Atlantis, the most famous was somewhere in the Agean sea. I love how they had first met and how their relationship had been the exact opposite of Ash's relationship with Artemis. Now, in physicality, Tory is not as stunningly beautiful as Ash or Artemis is, but despite that she had captured our dear Ash's attention. She have a great heart and able to see the goodness in others. And that she didn't judge people on their pasts, she had endeared herself more to me. Her simplicity, fierceness, loyalty, determination, understanding, kindness and love had tamed the infallible Acheron and have carved her way into my heart.
What started off as a bad introduction had slowly turned to something more when both Ash and Tory spent time with each other. Tory, wanting to learn of what was written on a journal that she had found in one of her excavations, which surprisingly, was Ryssa's. And the only person who could read that was Ash. But more than that, what compelled Acheron to stay and teach her was not because he was love-struck with her. It was because Tory was different from other women. She was not possesed to grab Ash's crotch any time he was near and that gave Ash the feeling that he could somehow drop his guard around her and be normal, also add the fact that he can't see her future and couldn't glimpse anything from her; that isn't natural for Ash.
Then of course things have gone awry when a group of people under a god/goddess' command wants Tory dead and retrieve Ryssa's journal from her, Ash had to step in and protect not only his sister's journal and his secrets, but also Tory. Little by little we see Ash starting to drop his guard by doing some things he would normally not do which I really adored about him. He was trying to be that man that Tory see in him, with her not knowing who he really was and his past. I love and adore how Acheron try to see himself as the man worthy of Tory's affection and that he did try to not fail her.
And when she finally learned of his secrets? Oh boy, it was really fun seeing how rattled Ash was, specially not knowing what had he said and that he was drunk! I've read that one over and over. Tory is a perfect match for him, I couldn't envision him with anybody else. I am glad that Sherrilyn had created a loving and adoring character as Tory. And when the Apocalypse was almost there, imagine Ash's shock when he learned that he wouldn't be facing it alone. It was a sweet, in a manly sort-of way, how the people he had helped on the past had stick with him without him even asking.
I could keep on going, but I hate to put on more spoilers. But all in all, I really love Acheron's book. He is by far, my most favorite character and I love him too much. I am just happy that finally, I have learned of his story and that he had found his happiness in life. That after all the horrible things he had been through, he still managed to open himself up to someone and experience true happiness. His story might have been already told, but that doesn't mean it's already the end. The new chapter of his life had barely begun and I would love nothing more than to hear more from him on the upcoming books and see how is he faring. And the changes we would see, now that is something I couldn't miss.(less)
Absolutely fantastic! I love your work here, Sherry... :) I've taken a liking to Jess before, during Zarek's story, and I sure loved him much more now...moreAbsolutely fantastic! I love your work here, Sherry... :) I've taken a liking to Jess before, during Zarek's story, and I sure loved him much more now. But I hope to read the conclusion of his story some other time. What I loved the most is the Additional scene... Aside from Kat's memory of her mother which she showed to Acheron, this the second time that I could say that I liked Artemis the most... If she would continue to be like that, I'll definitely have no problem with her. I can't wait to know more about Sebastian... :) Keep it up, Sherry!(less)
I've waited for years to finally know the outcome of Eragon and Saphira's hard work in fighting off Galbatorix's empire. And I would say that I am hap...moreI've waited for years to finally know the outcome of Eragon and Saphira's hard work in fighting off Galbatorix's empire. And I would say that I am happy of what they had accomplished. They had prevailed and won their battles. What I liked the most is that Mr. Paolini showed what had happened to each of the major characters in the book after Galbatorix's downfall. I am happy that the lineage of dragons and Riders would still continue for years to come. I was just disappointed at how Eragon had his ending. He deserves so much better than what he had received. He deserve to be happy just like everyone else and not to live alone (although he still have Saphira beside him). The attraction between him and Arya intensifies and I am such a romantic person that i was actually hoping that Eragon would end up being with Arya. But all in all, Inheritance is really a good book and it was worth waiting for. I've had fun reading it and I can't hardly put it down up until the end.(less)