For review today, the final, at least for the moment, chapter in the Succubus Temptations series by Dou7g and Amanda Lash. You can find my reviews of the series here on the Tale, here, here, here as well as here and here and also here. The previous six works in the series were reviewed here, here, here, here and here with the prior work to this one reviewed here.
When a choice must be made, it isn’t about the choice itself, but rather the need to make that choice. Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons is complicated, but even more so is trying to find a way in which you can accept that you did so.
- Title: Demon Queen’s Gambit
- Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
- Length: 60 Pages
- ASIN: B017DTR5X0
- Publishing Date: October 29, 2015
- This work at Amazon.com
The story tells of:
Megan the mage, aka the Dark Queen of Demons, her beloved Succubus Kendra, Helen, Lorelei and The Vampire Kiki return for a rematch with the Dryad who has captured and bewitched their friends.
An impossible situation leads Megan and Kendra to make a series of decisions that have consequences. Getting help is a problem when the help isn’t interested. But some deals have power over the affairs of the heart and with that comes a chance, a promise, and a boon. None of which comes easily.
Overall, I think this is the strongest part of the series, mainly because the characters have all come to a point where they have their own needs, desires and goals that drive them onwards. In having that, what transpires in the work fits with each of them, even if sometimes along the way a few things are questioned and wondered about. All of the major characters that have popped up in the series make themselves known and it is the interaction between them all that makes for some quirky and interesting moments. There is some dark humour at times, but also there are some wonderful puns and references that add a lovely flavour to things overall.
Each of the main characters has their moment in the story, some in battle, some in other times. There are some moments when things are shrouded, the end results of decisions made not revealed and that works well towards the climax, the immediate aftermath and then, the gradual telling of the conclusion.
There isn’t an abrupt ending, which I liked in that quite a number of plots and questions were closed and revealed, but at the same time there are several new stories brought into play which offer the promise of more to come. Not really cliffhangers, more of promises, thoughts and the views of many of the characters as to what comes next.
Kendra is still a bit obtuse about many things, but there comes a moment in the work where her own truth is told, even if no one else can see it. Megan on the other hand, finally says exactly what has been on her mind for quite some time and in that comes a decision that has lasting consequences. Phil also reveals something unexpected about himself and that points towards a story I’d like to see appear sometime as well.
The work splits into three parts, the first tells of Megan finding needed things, the middle is her returning for her friends and what their battle with the Dryad turns into, and then the last comes the what comes next. Each part stands on its own well, and how the plans are kept just out of sight until they happen I liked. There is a lot of dialog among the battle, but it doesn’t feel out of place, there are good reasons for it and when they are revealed it makes a good deal of sense.
While the battle takes up quite a lot of the work, the final third is just as important, if not more so at times. The characters are true to who they are, making some difficult choices, but even so, they make them. While there are some serious moments, the puns and the occasional silly bit here and there add something needed as well. Even in the most serious times, there is room for being oneself.
A lovely read, really the best of the series, and well enjoyed. The only thing I wished for really was for Kendra to finally tell her truth. She came close, dearly so, but not quite. A minor thing perhaps, but after so long with Megan, the need to finally say one simple word, even if that word seems to be impossible… isn’t. Perhaps she will. I think she can.
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
While this is, in some ways, the end of this series, the doors are open to more tales to come with the laughter, life and more that I have enjoyed throughout. Megan, Kendra and the rest will return, someday and I will be awaiting that day warmly…
My thanks to the authors for sharing their thoughts with me throughout the series and more…