Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8; Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #15; Dark-Hunterverse, #23)” as Want to Read:
Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8; Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #15; Dark-Hunterverse, #23)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Dark-Hunter #14)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  52,025 ratings  ·  3,514 reviews
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple...

For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidde
Kindle Edition, 736 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 5th 2008)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Acheron, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Deetsy Short answer, you don't have to, she catches you up.

Long answer. Each book is an separate story line that can read as an isolated instance. Yet, as…more
Short answer, you don't have to, she catches you up.

Long answer. Each book is an separate story line that can read as an isolated instance. Yet, as you progress through the series you learn the depths of the characters' relationships. From the beginning, Acheron is a mysterious character and this novel is a long-awaited response to questions that have been building from the beginning. I think you will appreciate the novel more, if you read all/some the novels leading up to this one. Each book was an interesting tale and worth a read.

Personally, my excitement at this book's release, which allowed me to devour the 1000 page blockbuster in the course of a weekend, was fueled by a 20 book wait. XD (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.59  · 
Rating details
 ·  52,025 ratings  ·  3,514 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Alex is The Romance Fox

Acheron was the first book I ever read by this author….. and it made me into a die-hard fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon (who up to this time, I had never heard of or knew about her books).

I decided to read this book again, before getting started on Styxx.

It’s amazing that, no matter how many times I read this book, it continues to consume all my senses…..pulled at my emotions all over again.
I don’t remember when last I was so I absorbed into a world and characters that became so re
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read the DH books
Recommended to Justine by: no one
This review is a little more involved for me, than most. I am a long time fan of the Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Some might think this would dispose me to be lenient in my evaluation, fawning with my opinions. However, the opposite would prove to be true; I find that I have such high expectations for Ms. Kenyon’s books, at this point, that there was a better certainty that I would be disappointed. Truly, how could an author possibly deliver on all the anticipation t ...more
I hated most of this book.

Book 1 Acheron's torturous human life: Good stuff. Artemis was always a bitch.

Book 2 Present Day: Crap shit. Did someone else write this book? I wasn't buying any of it, and I had many moments of extreme eye-rolling.

I don't know what was worse, the horrible music and cheesey serenade in the club, or Acheron saying he wanted Tory on a platter. It didn't seem like those were things he would do or say at all.
Sophia Triad
Acheron Parthenopaeus or Apostolos (Atlantean God of Destruction) and Soteria or Tori Kafieri (Human)

Apostolos: Απόστολος in greek, i.e. the man with a mission
His Soteria: Η Σωτηρία του in greek i.e. his salvation

Their song:
Prison gates won't open up for me
On these hands and knees I'm crawlin'
Oh, I reach for you, well I'm terrified of these four walls
These iron bars can't hold my soul in
All I need is you, come please, I'm callin'
And, oh, I scream f/>
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Caution - this book is not for the faint of heart!

I'm going to keep this short because there are no words to adequately describe this book. It's one of the most emotional, gut wrenching, heartbreaking books I've ever read, but at the same time it was inspiring, uplifting and completely amazing. And I just can't find the words to do this book justice.

If you're a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, (and who isn't?) Acheron is a dream come true. We finally get the answers to so many questions a
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
The heroes:


From the very first moment I read about Acheron I was in love. The mysterious, sexy, brooding, loving goth Dark Hunter leader captured my heart from the first page! He is powerful but tries not to take advantage of his power even when people let him down left and right. He takes care of those he loves and protects those he feels responsible for, he is always there when the others need him a
Kat Valentine
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reread this this weekend,and it still brings tears to my eyes what Acheron went though at the hands of people who were suppose to love and take care of him and the sick terrible things that the gods did to him also.The first half of this book is a gut wrenched.But the second half is full of redemption and Acheron finding love and for the first time in his life knowing the touch of someone who did not want to hurt him in some way! Soteira is determined not to be put off by Acheron's bad ass act ...more
Princess under cover
This was the book that I HIGHLY ANTICIPATED and pined for it and yearned for it, and after all that expectations building I WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED.


1. It was LONG. I don't mind a long book as long as it keeps me riveted, and given all the convoluted back story around Acheron, I figured - it's gonna be a blast and I'm gonna gobble up every word. Not so.

2. The h was meh. She just wasn't anything sp
Oct 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
This book was awful. The first part of the book was just the same thing over and over. Ok yes I get it he was abused, everytime he trusted someone they betrayed him, yes I get it move on. At one time I actually held the book in the air and screamed I GET IT, MOVE ON ALREADY!!!! My aunt,whom I was visiting, thought I was crazy. Tory was weak, weak, weak,as a character and just not right for acheron at all. Well since he turned into a wimp in this book maybe they did make a good couple? I think ma ...more
♡Karlyn P♡

Loved it. Best in the series, hands down. It is an emotional read, but I think some of the reviews (on here and on other boards) are over doing it a bit when reviewing the first part. I think its scaring some fans away! Truth is it is an emotional, bitter-sweet tortured hero story with an HEA. It's a captivating, enthralling, and non-stop page turning read. It is also funny and heart warming with some surprising twists that will make dark-hunter fans cheer! I think JR Wards books are equal in th
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
OMG I give this book more than 5 stars So So good!!!!!! Poor Acheron I cried at lest 4 times while reading this book and I am not a crier!!
crying photo: Crying tumblr_lbjz7iGUak1qaqy3xo1_500.gif

It was so sad to see what Acheron lived through and man do I hate Artemis what a dirty BITCH she is........

I love this book love that Acheron got his happy ending I loved Tory's personality.

acheron photo: Acheron 19061_138802549980_11468064980_6798.jpg

Aestas Book Blog
One of my favorite books EVER written. 'nuff said. It will break your heart into more pieces than possible and then put it back together better than it ever was to begin with.


I can’t say much about the book because literally everything that happens in it from start to finish is basically one giant spoiler… but it tells the story of Acheron, a deeply tortured, powerful, heart-stoppingly gorgeous and yet utterly mysterious character who we have seen over the pas
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie (jjmachshev) by:
Shelves: 2008-reads
Whew. I finished "Acheron" by Sherrilyn Kenyon in the wee hours of the morning. Even though I picked up the book on Tuesday, I held off starting in on it until after work on Friday because I KNEW that once I started I wouldn't put it down until I finished it. I was right. Acheron's story was larger than life, just like Acheron himself. My emotions ran the gamut from despair to joy as I read his story. As others have commented, the first part of the book was almost painful to read. Each time I fi ...more
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars.

Acheron is an incredible book, the best of this series hands down. The only defect for me is that the second part is not as strong as the first one.

Acheron is a memorable character. He is part of every single book of this series, and finally getting to know this mysterious and essential character was a treat, fantastic.

The book is divided in two very different parts:
The first part is Ash's past, his life story. It was full of heart and soul, emotiona
0.5 star a.k.a did not like it at all

Frustrating and depressing.
I decided to read this because it has amazing ratings.
Warning: I used a lot of the word 'too'

This is not for me. All of the characters were too evil, except one. Yes, Acheron. Unfortunately I didn't like him either. While others were too cruel, he was too kind. I didn't care with everything else anymore because the characterization was already a major problem with this book.

Acheron was too tortured. Way too
I am giving up on this book. I rarely do this but after years of trying to finish this, I am finally giving up. I left it in my currently-reading shelf for months to force myself into picking it up again but I don’t even feel like skimming through it anymore. I simply don’t want to waste my time when there are so many good books around. This book was a big disappointment and I am sorry to say that I found the writing very poor and the whole story read like a very poorly written fanfiction, repet ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Finally. I finally found a book in the series that earned my full respect. If I hadn't had some (early) issues with the heroine Tory, I would have certainly given Acheron a 4.5 or higher rating.

90% of this review will be ranting over only about 10% of the content, which seems quite unfair, when I adored most everything about Acheron. But as many of you know, it's sometimes easier to talk about the bad than the good because the bad sticks out as little details that pick at you, whereas the good blankets you as a nice feeling
Have you ever read the book that gave you so many feels, which you had to experience heartbreak all over again and again while reading?

ACHERON is the best book I've read this year, ABSOLUTELY GREAT! I can feel that the author put so much energy into this. It is a very long story, yet truly enjoyable. I loved every single line of it!

This book contains two parts. The first part is about Acheron’s past and the second one is about his present day. If you’ve ever read th
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Acheron's story was the one I had been anticipating the most of all the characters we have met over the course of the Dark-Hunters series and we finally got it with this book. It did not disappoint. This was easily the best book in the Dark-Hunter series so far and had loads of the stuff(humour, action, romance, and bickering Gods and demons) that make the series such a fun one to read.

The story was split into two parts. The first part told the tale of Acheron's early life as a human in ancient
I've been waiting for this book forever. I read a lot of crappy books to get to this point, and it didn't disappoint me at all. Yes, I know that Ash's human life was horrible, but I had so many people warn me about how abused he was that I was ready. I even had onions handy to cut if I needed them. But, being emotionally dead inside pays off because I didn't need to cut those onions at all. To bad, too, because our dinner tonight needed chopped onions, but I don't think so. Haha, onions, I win t ...more
I get annoyed with long books if the length doesn't serve a purpose. The first half of this exceedingly long book is set in the distant past. For about 400 pages, it's sordid, morbid, and overblown. Kenyon needed to seriously tighten it up. Shorten it. Repeated scenes of abuse — child abuse and adult abuse: starvation, molestation, mutilation, sexual degradation, castration, varied forms of torture, imprisonment, etc. The relentless abuse lost impact and became commonplace. Seriously. It's creep ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone in the whole wide world.
This book was beyond amazing. It lived up to, and exceeded EVERY expectation I had before I started reading this.

I am not going to give away any spoilers here... but if you have questions about specifics, please message me and I will answer whatever you want.

This book begins just before Acheron's birth and about 1/2 of it is dedicated to his HORRIFIC childhood and young-adult life. This part of the book is so heart-wrenching, that I was in tears a number of times, as well as upset and livid fo
“You'll never see the moments coming that will forever mutilate your life - at least not until after they've mowed you down.”

After 14 books of the Dark Hunter series, I don’t think I had ever anticipated a book more than this one. And it was everything I wanted, and more.

Oh Acheron. I loved him the first time I met him! Over the course of the series I have picked up little hints and clues about him and his background. I knew it was going to be bad, but nothing could have prepared me fafter
the first part of the book (the past) was fairly well-written and definitely interesting- giving depth to acheron's motivations throughout this series. By the time I got to the second part, i was excited to read what kenyon had set out for acheron's present. disappointment begins to describe how i felt while reading. The second part felt like it was written in a rush with little thought put into the characters. tory is basically one-dimensional; the romance between tory and acheron is contrived ...more
Rebecca Woodward
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Omg!! This is such an emotional story!! I have waited for his story. He is my favorite character of all time!!
Well that was a very emotional read. I don't have it in me to write a long review right now but here are a few of my thoughts.

What a beautifully, heartbreaking first half of the book. The story of Acheron's life as a human was gut-wrenching, deeply emotional and gripping. It was so hard to read but yet very compelling at the same time that you just couldn't NOT read it. I cried, I raged and my heart at times just couldn't take anymore and I had to step back and breath.

Acheron has to
Tessa Teevan
Breaking my heart all over again with a re-read/audio listen: 12/27/15

10++++ Ash Lovin' Stars. That. Was. Beautiful.

---Possible spoilery quotes ahead.---

I have no words for how I feel right now. I've been waiting on Acheron's story for what feels like forever, and it did not disappoint. Acheron Parthenopaeus is probably my all-time, absolute favorite fictional character.

Sherrilyn Kenyon ripped my heart out, tore it to shreds, stabbed it a few times, threw a the wall, and stomped on it for good measure.

Then he shall be named Acheron, for12/27/15
3.5 stars (average between Part I and Part II) I am rounding up because it left me happy and in a good place.

This series has totally sucked me in. It is complicated, frustrating and long! But I am stuck, book after book, wanting to read the next one. I, like many others, really craved Acheron's story. But in the past couple of books, the shine came off the penny (Ash) as I was sick to death of him being so spineless when it came to Artemis. I mean who wants to read about 11,000 years
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Miss Kim
Wow. Wow. I’ve been anticipating this book for two months while I journeyed through the Dark-Hunter world. It lived up to all of my expectations, and more. A lot of reviews have maintained that the beginning is too much, and too long. I think it was necessary to fully understand Ash, and what made him who he is now.

The first half introduces us to Acheron’s horrible human past in 10,000 BC. He parents were two Gods, but he was born to a human. His human family despised him. However, h
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Most Read Authors 1 2 May 06, 2019 12:25PM  
Ryssa 33 127 Sep 26, 2018 10:21PM  
ACHERON (Spoiler) 77 483 May 29, 2017 10:06PM  
Kenyons Minions: Acheron (Book 16) **Possible Spoilers** 450 478 Oct 14, 2015 03:01PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Midnight Pleasures (Wild Wulfs of London #0.5; Dream-Hunter #0.5)
  • Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)
  • Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, #1)
  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #8)
  • Tapestry (de Piaget, #8.5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #8.5; Were-Hunter, #0.5; Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #1.5; Dark-Hunterverse, #2; Highlander, #8)
  • Dark Slayer (Dark, #17)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3)
  • Atlantis Unleashed (Warriors of Poseidon,  #3)
  • Damien (Nightwalkers, #4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5)
  • Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #5)
See similar books…
Official Author site
Official Nevermore site
Official Deadman's Cross site
Official Chronicles of Nick site
Official Silent Swans site
Official Author site
Official Nevermore site
Official Deadman's Cross site
Official Chronicles of Nick site
Official Silent Swans site
Official Hunter Legends site
Official Witch of Endor site
Official Lords of Avalon site
Official Facebook site

New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Paladins (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunters, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series. Join her and her Paladins online at and

Fan Run International Sites:

Argentinian FB Page

Fans de Sherrilyn Kenyon en Columbia

Fans de Sherrilyn Kenyon en Chile

Filipino Fans on FB




Soy Fans de Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark-Hunter Spain



Other books in the series

Dark-Hunter (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1)
  • Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2)
  • Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #3)
  • Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4)
  • Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1)
  • Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter, #6)
  • Sins of the Night (Dark-Hunter #7)
  • Unleash the Night (Dark Hunter, #8; Were-Hunter, #2)
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter #9, Were-Hunter #3)
  • The Dream Hunter (Dark-Hunter #10, Dream-Hunter #1)
“Life isn't finding shelter in the storm. It's about learning to dance in the rain.” 3337 likes
“It's easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their past, but you'd be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often then not, it's lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.” 1683 likes
More quotes…