Styxx is the 22 book in the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Like most others in this amazing paranormal series, the tormented hero (Styxx) whose life has been nothing like it seems.
First off, this book is definitely not for everyone. Throughout the story, Styxx has to endure more than his share of torturous events (ex. abuse, rape, torture, etc.); I can easily see why some would be against this book in the series. While for some the torture and abuse may go overboard, if you read the book all the way through you will understand how these events shaped and molded Styxx into the man he became.
I absolutely love the Dark Hunter series. Kenyon has created a unique mythical world by mixing a wide range of mythology (Greek, Roman, Atlantean, and more) into one universe. As a fan of Greek mythology, I couldn't have asked for a better (or more interesting) way to incorporate these ideals into modern day society. I started reading the series over 5 years ago, and haven't stopped since.
Styxx is quite longer than many other books in the series with over 800 pages to read (in the hard cover). I'll be the first to admit, Styxx didn't have the best reputation from previous books about his life (his life is also discussed in the book Acheron). However, my heart broke for the years of torment and abuse he had to suffer all alone. If nothing else, make sure to keep a box of tissues nearby while reading.
The biggest downfall to the book would have to be the abuse/violence. The violence because not everyone can stomach this type of writing. While it may not go into gruesome details, it gives enough to make many unhappy about it.
Thankfully, since the book has been out for a while now, you can typically find the book for a reasonable price. Overall, I highly recommend to those interested in both mythology and romance novels.