Sherrilyn Kenyon shocked her fans when she announced the next character book in her amazingly dynamic Dark-Hunters series would feature Styxx and tell his side of the story. I had many friends emailing and tweeting me, asking, “who is heck is Styxx and why do we care?”
Styxx is the twin brother of Acheron Parthenopaeus (Ash). His full name is Styxx of Didymos. Born a prince in 9548 BC, his parents were the king and queen of Didymos. Though he has always believed himself to be Ash’s older brother, we learn later this is not case. During his mortal life, he was embarrassed by Ash and thus humiliated him at every chance.
It’s only when Ash is killed by Apollo does Styxx learn of the unbreakable ties that bind him to Ash. And what Ash really is. We first meet Styxx in Night Pleasures. Styxx is seen again in Night Embrace, when he teams up with Dionysus to bring about the end of the world. He fails, of course, and is sent to Tartarus by Artie-the red-headed eifer goddess (Artemis). Artie further punishes Styxx by giving him all of Ash’s childhood memories.
“What was Dionysus going to go? Send him back to his hellish
isolation? He’d been there, done that, and had the Ozzy T-shirt to prove it.’ (Styxx)”
Glimpses of Styxx are also seen in Dark Side of the Moon, Sins of the Night, and The Devil May Cry. It isn’t until Ash’s book, Acheron, that Styxx is fully introduced and his character explored. Here we learn exactly who Styxx is and the importance he has in Ash’s life. The first half of the book is his and Ash’s childhood and it’s brutal, to say the least. Styxx despises Ash. It’s quite easy to hate Styxx for the part he plays in Ash’s misery.
“Guards! Take the bastard out and beat him!“ (Styxx)
”Tell me something, brother. What angers you most about me? The fact I share your face or the fact I know exactly what your best friend wants to do to you…and how often? Good to see you again, Lord Dorus, especially clothed.“ (Acheron)
By the end of this book, Styxx and Ash make peace, sort of, and Ash sends Styxx to New York to start his life anew and try to forget his past.
“To err is human, to forgive divine. (Acheron)
”I don’t ask for your forgiveness. I don’t deserve it.
I only ask for a chance to show you now that I’m not the fool I was once."(Styxx)
Styxx, being Ash’s identical twin, stands 6’8” tall. Blond hair and blue eyed, he, like Ash, turns many womens' heads, but unlike Ash, Styxx is NOT a god. He carries a sun tattoo on his back, his weapon of choice is the javelin, and his greatest enemy is Ash. When Kenyon was asked why on earth she would devote an entire book to him, a character most fans despise, she replied with this message, taken from her website:
I know, I know. I've said a million times that I was too mad at Styxx to write his story. Ever. I know...
Then one day as I sat quietly thinking, Styxx walked in and sat down next to me.
“I have something to tell you.”
I wrinkled my nose at him. “I don't want to hear it. You're an @$$. Go away.”
He didn't listen. Instead, he made me realize that I, like everyone else, including Acheron, had misjudged him. I saw the events of the past not through Acheron's eyes. I saw them through Styxx's and what an awakening it was.
As I've always said, there are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And
the truth that isn't clouded by human emotions that filter everything. I'd had two sides of the story all along. Acheron's and the unemotional truth. What I never had before was Styxx's point of view. I let my own emotions cloud him to me, and like others, I saw him only as Acheron did. But things aren't always what they seem and people only remember the part of the past they experience and/or have been told. And they seldom know everything. Most of all, we can't look into the heart of someone else. At least not until now.
Styxx is so much more than I ever knew him to be.
As with Zarek and Valerius, I think all of you will agree with me when you read the book. And in many ways, it's another story of Acheron. You will see events that weren't in his book and I know Styxx will win you over. In all honesty, he was done wrong and it will break your heart. Misjudged, condemned, betrayed and abandoned... There's a whole side of him that no one knows. Even now, it brings tears to my eyes.
Below is a list of the books in which Styxx is mentioned or seen in the Dark-Hunter series.
Second Chances-The Exclusive Dark Hunters Collection Booklet
The Dark-Hunters Vol. 3 (Manga)
The Dark-Hunters Vol. 4 (Manga)
Vook-Dark-Hunter Inside Guide
Time Untime Collector’s Edition
Dark-Hunter 3 (box set)
Dark-Hunter 5 (box set)
Sins of the Night
Devil May Cry
So what do the fans say? Do you think Kenyon will be able to redeem Styxx for you?
Editor's note: Look for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Time Untime out in paperback now!