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Appearing as a bonus story on Sherrilyn's web site and at the back of early editions of Sins of the Night, it can now be found in print form in its entirety in the novel Acheron in the Dark-Hunter series. This is a short story written years ago by Sherri as an intro to the Dark-Hunter world. The Beginning was originally published as a short story in a small press magazine ca Appearing as a bonus story on Sherrilyn's web site and at the back of early editions of Sins of the Night, it can now be found in print form in its entirety in the novel Acheron in the Dark-Hunter series. This is a short story written years ago by Sherri as an intro to the Dark-Hunter world. The Beginning was originally published as a short story in a small press magazine called The Voice in 1990. The Beginning,is also in the back of Sins of the Night early print editions (St. Martin's Press, 2005) NOTE: This short story appears as a chapter in Acheron, located in Part I-Greece, 7382 BC


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Appearing as a bonus story on Sherrilyn's web site and at the back of early editions of Sins of the Night, it can now be found in print form in its entirety in the novel Acheron in the Dark-Hunter series. This is a short story written years ago by Sherri as an intro to the Dark-Hunter world. The Beginning was originally published as a short story in a small press magazine ca Appearing as a bonus story on Sherrilyn's web site and at the back of early editions of Sins of the Night, it can now be found in print form in its entirety in the novel Acheron in the Dark-Hunter series. This is a short story written years ago by Sherri as an intro to the Dark-Hunter world. The Beginning was originally published as a short story in a small press magazine called The Voice in 1990. The Beginning,is also in the back of Sins of the Night early print editions (St. Martin's Press, 2005) NOTE: This short story appears as a chapter in Acheron, located in Part I-Greece, 7382 BC

30 review for The Beginning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    Nice little intro to the Dark Hunter world, and I totally didn't see that twist at the end coming! So clever! Nice little intro to the Dark Hunter world, and I totally didn't see that twist at the end coming! So clever!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    The introduction in the universe of Dark Hunters. We learn a bit about Acheron,the first dark hunter, and his relationship with goddess Artemis and the terms he imposed upon her for the creation of dark hunters. There is also a sad story included in theses few pages that showed that even a clever warrior can be misled and deceived.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    4.75/5 Very short but great! It was an interesting introduction to Dark-Hunters world. You can find this novella as a chapter in Acheron.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This novella offered a glimpse into the distant past and showed how the Dark-Hunters came into being. It was a fun read. I liked they way Acheron was sucked into helping train the Dark-Hunters for Artemis It was great to learn more about Acheron and his relationship with Artemis. Though the glimpses we got here only left me wanting more! Simi made a short but typically hilarious appearance. Rating: 3.5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" This short, thirty-page novella used to be considered the second story in the Dark-Hunter series, and that is the order in which I read it. It gives an introduction to Acheron, and tells how he became the leader of the Dark-Hunters. Despite it's brevity, I found the tale to be very engaging, something of a missing chapter in the saga. In such a short space, Ms. Kenyon managed to create a character who was extremely intriguing, and I am anxious to read more abo Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" This short, thirty-page novella used to be considered the second story in the Dark-Hunter series, and that is the order in which I read it. It gives an introduction to Acheron, and tells how he became the leader of the Dark-Hunters. Despite it's brevity, I found the tale to be very engaging, something of a missing chapter in the saga. In such a short space, Ms. Kenyon managed to create a character who was extremely intriguing, and I am anxious to read more about Acheron in the future. If I had read this novella on it's own without knowledge of it's connecting stories, I probably would have found it to be unsatisfying, but knowing that there is so much more to come, it simply whetted my appetite for future offerings in the Dark-Hunter series. The Beginning is now found in its entirety within the full-length novel, Acheron. It was previously published as a separate novella in the back of early editions of Sins of the Night, and can now also be read on Sherrilyn Kenyon's website for free.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Franci

    In some or other "correct" Reading Order list of the Dark-Hunter/ Dark-Legends series this short story was listed first. So here we go.... In some or other "correct" Reading Order list of the Dark-Hunter/ Dark-Legends series this short story was listed first. So here we go....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alen

    This is the beginning of the Dark-Hunter series, while reading it I couldn't help but remember when I asked my mom to buy me Fantasy Lover, I was 15 and I really wanted to read a steamy book. All my mom would say was: "Fantasy Lover? What kind of book is that? It doesn't sound appropriate for your age." - "Well mom, it's about Greek mythology, apparently, seems pretty educational to me." (I've always been such a fucking smartass). Then she conceded and I bought Night Pleasures. (it was then that This is the beginning of the Dark-Hunter series, while reading it I couldn't help but remember when I asked my mom to buy me Fantasy Lover, I was 15 and I really wanted to read a steamy book. All my mom would say was: "Fantasy Lover? What kind of book is that? It doesn't sound appropriate for your age." - "Well mom, it's about Greek mythology, apparently, seems pretty educational to me." (I've always been such a fucking smartass). Then she conceded and I bought Night Pleasures. (it was then that I converted ;) ). My mom likes Greek mythology a lot, so after I read Fantasy Lover and then started buying and reading the rest of the series, she said she would read them as well. That's when I fucking panicked. If she read Fantasy Lover, she would know! Worst, it would be like mother and daughter sharing porn!!! Ewwww Obviously I had no other option but to say Fantasy Lover wasn't exactly educational. Although one of my greatest accomplishments was passing one of the most important exams ever with a really high grade - and all thanks to the Dark Hunter series. Yeap, indeed, this is a true story. The exam was about this poem that was related to Greek mythology, so when I was asked to interpret it, all I did was apply my extensive knowledge on GM, all thanks to the Dark-Hunter series. Welcome to the Dark Hunter world, in The Beginning you will read about this really hunk of a man called Acheron, who leads the Dark Hunters, his demon Simi, who loves eating cows owned by cyclops, this bitch of a Goddess called Artemis, of course, the Dark Hunters and this vicious, vampire-like creatures called the Daimons. Acheron: "Acheron didn't want to do this. He didn't want to lead anyone any more than he wanted to follow someone else's orders. He didn't want to deal with people at all. He'd never wanted anything in his life expect to be left alone." Simi: "Because this really tall man with only one eyeball came out of a cave and was screaming at the Simi. He say the Simi was evil for eating the cows and that I would have to pay for them." Artemis: "Like a lethal wild animal, he moved with a primal promise of danger and masculine power. With the promise of supreme sexual fulfillment. They were promises he delivered well on. In all eternity, he was the only man who had made her weak. The only man she had ever loved. He had the power to kill her. They both knew it. And she found the fact that he didn't intriguing and provocative.Seductive and erotic." Worry not, as you read the books everything will be explained, secrets will be revealed and shit. "I am Acheron Parthenopaeus," he said quietly. "Artemis sent me to train you." What you should expect by reading the Dark Hunter series: laughing your ass off, feeling certain parts of your body hotter than usual, ugly-crying, screaming like a banshee when something you didn't want to happen happens and also feeling the love. In other words, welcome to the family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    Interesting read on how the Dark Hunters started when Acheron became involved. Still love him.... and still hate her. Would recommend waiting to read this till you've read a few of the Dark Hunter books. Favorite quote: ♥ To look at him was to want him. To see him was to ache to touch him. He had been built to please, and trained to pleasure. Interesting read on how the Dark Hunters started when Acheron became involved. Still love him.... and still hate her. Would recommend waiting to read this till you've read a few of the Dark Hunter books. Favorite quote: ♥ To look at him was to want him. To see him was to ache to touch him. He had been built to please, and trained to pleasure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ronda Tutt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a great short story that explained how the Dark Hunter Acheron made a deal with Artemis to stay by her side so that she would provide for the Dark Hunters so they could survive and kill the Daimons. Acheron was tricked into his death by Artemis. They were romanticly envolved when he was still human. Once Artemis turned him into a Dark Hunter he couldn't stand to be around her and he would ignore her pleas for him to come to her and for 2000 years he stayed away from her until at last she This was a great short story that explained how the Dark Hunter Acheron made a deal with Artemis to stay by her side so that she would provide for the Dark Hunters so they could survive and kill the Daimons. Acheron was tricked into his death by Artemis. They were romanticly envolved when he was still human. Once Artemis turned him into a Dark Hunter he couldn't stand to be around her and he would ignore her pleas for him to come to her and for 2000 years he stayed away from her until at last she called for him to let him know that she made some more Dark Hunters so they could help him and that she wanted him to lead and train them. The next three Dark Hunters were Callabrax of Likonos, Kyros of Seklos, and Ias of Groesia. Once Acheron met them, he realized they didn't have the sources to take care of themselves and that they were hiding out in a cave. They had no weapons to fight with and they didn't even know how to kill the Daimons. So Acheron went back to Artemis to bargin with her for Armor, weapons, money to be paid, clothers, horses, and even servants to watch over them in the daylight while they rested. To top it off, he even came away with a bargin that the Dark Hunters would have a way to regain their souls so they would no longer be bound to serve Artemis if they so chose to. The only way for this to happen was that the Dark Hunters would have to die again and at their death when the heart stops, the one pure at heart of love and trust would have to hold the Dark Hunters soul (stone) against Artemis bow and arrow tatoo marking and then the soul would go back into the Dark Hunter making him human again. The story was very interesting on how the first attemp of Ias wanting to go back to his wife and kids, but when it came time for her to hold the stone, she dropped it and refused to do it because Ias was not her true love. Archeon killed her for what she did because now that Ias was dead again and he did not have his soul, he became a shade for eternity and would be trapped in Katoteros. After reading this story, I don't like Artemis at all, she is a real bitch!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Iva

    After reading the awesomeness that are these 20 pages, I died a little when I realized that Acheron's book is 15th. I will die until then! I still loved this short story that explained a few things about the Dark Hunter world. That last page was just.. Woah. After reading the awesomeness that are these 20 pages, I died a little when I realized that Acheron's book is 15th. I will die until then! I still loved this short story that explained a few things about the Dark Hunter world. That last page was just.. Woah.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Had to dig out my falling apart copy of Sins of the Night to read this. I bought a bunch of books in this series years ago and haven't gotten around to them. Good introduction to the series, which I'll be diving into later on today/night or tomorrow. I do hope Simi is in more of the books. Had to dig out my falling apart copy of Sins of the Night to read this. I bought a bunch of books in this series years ago and haven't gotten around to them. Good introduction to the series, which I'll be diving into later on today/night or tomorrow. I do hope Simi is in more of the books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Christina's Book Corner)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. August 24-25 Review - I really enjoyed this as a start to the series and knowing how the dark hunters were created it's kind of messed up how evil Artemis is and that she does love Archron but he hates her and finds her not very trustworthy so he trains the dark hunters and finds one guy who's wife misses him very much and when he goes to Artemis to bargin for his soul and other things for the dark hunters and when he goes with isas to his wife it turns out he doesn't love isas but his brother wh August 24-25 Review - I really enjoyed this as a start to the series and knowing how the dark hunters were created it's kind of messed up how evil Artemis is and that she does love Archron but he hates her and finds her not very trustworthy so he trains the dark hunters and finds one guy who's wife misses him very much and when he goes to Artemis to bargin for his soul and other things for the dark hunters and when he goes with isas to his wife it turns out he doesn't love isas but his brother who is dead so this isas guy dies what the fuck interesting short story . Quote- To look at him was to want him. To see him was to ache to touch him. He had been built to please, and trained to pleasure.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kinga

    This just makes me want to go and re-read Acheron's story! This just makes me want to go and re-read Acheron's story!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Juffer

    It's a very quick read! But, it's so worth it! Readers of Acheron will have read most of it, but it never hurts to read it again! With well written, concise, beautiful use of imagery, Kenyon is able to take the reader back in time to a different place; a different world, with flowing ease of thought provoking, emotive words that are aimed directly and intentionally to elicit catharsis. I don't know how she does this so very well, but few authors are able to put words on paper so well. Definitely a It's a very quick read! But, it's so worth it! Readers of Acheron will have read most of it, but it never hurts to read it again! With well written, concise, beautiful use of imagery, Kenyon is able to take the reader back in time to a different place; a different world, with flowing ease of thought provoking, emotive words that are aimed directly and intentionally to elicit catharsis. I don't know how she does this so very well, but few authors are able to put words on paper so well. Definitely a book most people will be able to relate to on some level.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I was suggested this series by a friend, and after reading this prequel I can tell this universe will be right up my alley. Can't wait to get paid sonI can purchase some more from this (quite long) series! I was suggested this series by a friend, and after reading this prequel I can tell this universe will be right up my alley. Can't wait to get paid sonI can purchase some more from this (quite long) series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was very short. Also I am glad that it wasn't the first in the series, because it would have set the wrong tone. Artemis was different, it tried to show her more sympathetic, but I still don't like her, and this didn't make me want to change that opinion. It had Simi in it, but I'm glad that I knew her previously, this would not have been a good introduction to her. (Also there is lots of conflict going on with Simi. (view spoiler)[In the last book Acheron said that she was his daughter, but This was very short. Also I am glad that it wasn't the first in the series, because it would have set the wrong tone. Artemis was different, it tried to show her more sympathetic, but I still don't like her, and this didn't make me want to change that opinion. It had Simi in it, but I'm glad that I knew her previously, this would not have been a good introduction to her. (Also there is lots of conflict going on with Simi. (view spoiler)[In the last book Acheron said that she was his daughter, but didn't clarify if that meant actually of his blood or not. And this, he likened her to a gift given to him.) But all in all it wasn't horrible. It was depressing though, and does explain why Acheron is and isn't keen on releasing souls. This copy was part of Sins of the Night. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Delta

    It seems that I have read this out of order, so I will refrain from rating until I have read the books that come first. (It has been recommended that this story be read after Dark Hunter #9). As I am new to the Dark Hunter series, I found this a sad, bleak tale about how Acheron was ensnared by the capricious Olympian goddess, Artemis, to toil for eternity battling demons to protect humanity. I will continue reading the much-recommended series... It seems that I have read this out of order, so I will refrain from rating until I have read the books that come first. (It has been recommended that this story be read after Dark Hunter #9). As I am new to the Dark Hunter series, I found this a sad, bleak tale about how Acheron was ensnared by the capricious Olympian goddess, Artemis, to toil for eternity battling demons to protect humanity. I will continue reading the much-recommended series...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    So this is how the series start... I don't regret having read Fantasy Lover first, this would've put me right on track as well. The only downside though is that it left me wanting MORE and Acheron's book is so damn far away. I'm only about to start reading Kyrian's. Positive side: I still have Dark, Were and Dream Hunters to make my days happier for a good, long while ;) So this is how the series start... I don't regret having read Fantasy Lover first, this would've put me right on track as well. The only downside though is that it left me wanting MORE and Acheron's book is so damn far away. I'm only about to start reading Kyrian's. Positive side: I still have Dark, Were and Dream Hunters to make my days happier for a good, long while ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Books By Ces

    Like I said in other reviews, you will get this eventually after reading at least one full lenght dark-hunter novel (number 2)... lot's is explained and then we get to see this story in full deatil on Acheron's (love him) book Like I said in other reviews, you will get this eventually after reading at least one full lenght dark-hunter novel (number 2)... lot's is explained and then we get to see this story in full deatil on Acheron's (love him) book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simona Ithil

    Poor Ash, this was heartbreaking!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    A great introduction to my first SK and Dark Hunters. On to the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    The Beginning is a short story and an introduction to Acheron, Simi, Artemis & the Dark Hunter series. Set is Greece in 7382 BC, Artemis has decided that Acheron and the other two Dark Hunters need help in defeating the ever growing number of Daimons. She decides to create more Dark Hunters by killing humans and giving them a choice to die or to serve her. Acheron learns of this and pleads with Artemis to stop this act and release one back to being a living human. Upon making a bargain to do so, The Beginning is a short story and an introduction to Acheron, Simi, Artemis & the Dark Hunter series. Set is Greece in 7382 BC, Artemis has decided that Acheron and the other two Dark Hunters need help in defeating the ever growing number of Daimons. She decides to create more Dark Hunters by killing humans and giving them a choice to die or to serve her. Acheron learns of this and pleads with Artemis to stop this act and release one back to being a living human. Upon making a bargain to do so, an unforseen consequence occurs and the man is destined for a life as a Shade, meaning that he has no body or soul but his essence is forever trapped in Katoteros.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Hubbard

    I realize now I read this as the section in "Acheron" when it was first released in hardcover. I was on the waiting list to purchase the day of release. Read from cover to cover that evening. Absolutely love all Sherrilyn Kenyon writes, this was no exception. It was definitely nice to get Acheron's back story. The whole of the series is so intricately woven, this just made it that more enjoyable... I realize now I read this as the section in "Acheron" when it was first released in hardcover. I was on the waiting list to purchase the day of release. Read from cover to cover that evening. Absolutely love all Sherrilyn Kenyon writes, this was no exception. It was definitely nice to get Acheron's back story. The whole of the series is so intricately woven, this just made it that more enjoyable...

  24. 4 out of 5

    M

    This is a very short read. It is an introduction to the Dark-Hunters and how they came to be. It does not need to be read before starting the series, but it is a nice novella. It used to be free on the website but it is now a the last chapter in part I (GREECE, 7382 BC) of Acheron. This is a very short read. It is an introduction to the Dark-Hunters and how they came to be. It does not need to be read before starting the series, but it is a nice novella. It used to be free on the website but it is now a the last chapter in part I (GREECE, 7382 BC) of Acheron.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    It was a nice introduction to the Dark Hunters, or rather Acheron’s move into being their leader and mentor. I wish I had read this way back when I first began reading books from the series because it might’ve given me a better understanding of Acheron before I finally got a hold of his book at its release. I’d honestly have given this short a 2.5 or 3 if not for the twist at the end that helped tie together the pieces of the numbers of regrets Ache has.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Short and sweet introduction to the series . I actually read this after reading the first full length novel. I love side stories to help build the world. Plus She sure can write her angst. It makes me really happy 😊 poor Acheron. Hang in there. He's quickly becoming my favorite character The twist at the end makes you say bless his heart he's trying Thanks for reading SJ Short and sweet introduction to the series . I actually read this after reading the first full length novel. I love side stories to help build the world. Plus She sure can write her angst. It makes me really happy 😊 poor Acheron. Hang in there. He's quickly becoming my favorite character The twist at the end makes you say bless his heart he's trying Thanks for reading SJ

  27. 5 out of 5

    Div

    I thought that this was a nice introduction for anyone interested in getting a feel of the world. I think that it did a good job of enticing the reader. I enjoyed it and can see myself getting immersed in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    Super super short snippet taken from Acheron and released as the creation of how Artemis convince Acheron to become leader of the dark hunters. Similar had not discovered bar b que sauce yet!! Fantastic!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    A very short story introducing the Dark-Hunter universe, the first Dark Hunter Archeron and his relationship with Artemis. Although you don't have to read this short novella to understand the rest of the books in the series, it is still a good read to fill in a bit of blank spaces. A very short story introducing the Dark-Hunter universe, the first Dark Hunter Archeron and his relationship with Artemis. Although you don't have to read this short novella to understand the rest of the books in the series, it is still a good read to fill in a bit of blank spaces.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Greek mythology based. Short story about Acheron's distrust and vague background on how he became a dark hunter. Artemis loves Acheron and wants him back, but cannot make up for the mistakes of the past. Greek mythology based. Short story about Acheron's distrust and vague background on how he became a dark hunter. Artemis loves Acheron and wants him back, but cannot make up for the mistakes of the past.

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