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Feb 27 2015

A Review of The Amber Cross by MeiLin Miranda

The Amber Cross by MeiLin Miranda

The Amber Cross by MeiLin Miranda

Period works with Succubi and Incubi appearing in them can be difficult things to manage. By that I mean how the characters sound and act, considering they are Succubi or Incubi in a world where sexuality isn’t something discussed, can be a hard thing to manage.

It is possible to manage it however and in doing so create a story that manages to be quite a lot more than you expected when it began…

The work tells the story of:

Glamorous siblings Henry and Mary Crawford have captivated the Bertrams of Mansfield Park. Sisters Maria and Julia compete for Henry’s attention. Their brother Edmund falls hard for Mary.

The one exception is the Bertrams’ shy cousin, Fanny Price. Penniless, plain and raised to believe she has little worth, Fanny has long accepted that Edmund will never love her as she loves him. He will marry another–just let it not be a girl like Mary Crawford!

But when Fanny’s seafaring brother gives her an ancient amber cross, the talisman reveals to her what kind of girl Mary Crawford really is. She and her brother are succubi, out to seduce the Bertrams and consume their life force–and Henry Crawford has decided Fanny is the most delicious of them all. Timid Fanny must find the strength to resist Henry’s seductive powers if she is to save her own life and that of her beloved Edmund.

A paranormal erotica mash-up of Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park,” “The Amber Cross” originally appeared in the Circlet Press anthology “Sense and Sensuality.”

The world around Fanny is one which she does not quite fit into. Over time she sees things that others do not and understands more than she is given credit for. When the truth around her is revealed, Fanny comes to see that she is more and in doing so battles dark forces around her in the name of the one she loves.

This is really a story about Fanny with all of the other characters, events and moments spinning around her. And really, as a whole, the story is so much better for that. Many of the minor characters are supposed to be “more” than Fanny, but honestly I found them to be paper thin and really not worth much in the end. Fanny is a wonderfully full character and as the story unfolds it is even better that who she is comes to the fore.

There is a Succubus, and an Incubi in this work who are the ones manipulating those around them and taking from them. What I found really amazing was how the actions of the Crawfords are told in a way that is very erotic and seductive but does not seem out of place with the rest of the work. The moments read true and not as if they were shoehorned into the work to add some spice to it. While it is quite clear they are Succubus and Incubus, they don’t actually appear with horns or tails, though their more evil aspects when they are seen by Fanny ring true and match well with how they had been described previously.

The work is a full and complete story from beginning to end, all of the plots tied up nicely and an ending that was exactly right as well. The writing is solid, well cared for, and quite enjoyable. I never could read Jane Austin and I did pause before reading this work… and I am so very glad that I did so. The author’s voice is delicious and perfect for the setting and tones.

Four out of of five pitchforks.

I really never could quite manage to read Jane Austin for various reasons… This work was a joy and in that, more than anything, I thank the author for making that possible.

 

Tera

3 comments

  1. avatar
    James

    There is lots of thinly-veiled sexuality, and even eroticism, in the morays of Victorian society and in much of the literature–even Jane Austin. It is nice to know that this author managed to expand on that in a way that intrigues Your Majesty.

  2. avatar
    Pocong

    I’m glad that this story turned out so well, but I’ll probably skip it. I’m just not one for the weird supernatural remakes of classical literature that have been popping up as of late. Even when they’re well written there’s just too many small things that niggle at me when I try to read this kind of lit. Like when they had Lincoln use Kung-Fu to kill vampires in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Lincoln was wrestler, damn it). Too many nits for me to pick.

  3. avatar
    TeraS

    In that particular world… That is a amazing thing…

    Tera

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