Sep 01 2015

A Review of Warrior Demoness by Fran Heckrotte

Warrior Demoness by Fran Heckrotte

Warrior Demoness by Fran Heckrotte

There was a series released a very long time ago which had within it the appearance of many myths and legends, telling the story of some of the more well known, but also stories about others around them. The sad part is that to find any copies of this series is really very difficult. Having managed to locate one copy of Warrior Demoness, the sixth work in the Illusionist series by Fran Heckrotte, I thought that coming into the series well towards the ending would be a problem.

Overall it wasn’t, much of the story didn’t require reading of the previous works. However, it did cause me to have many questions about one particular character who makes but a fleeting appearance…Lilith.

  • Title: Warrior Demoness
  • Author: Fran Heckrotte
  • Length: 214 Pages
  • IBSN: 978-1-934889-25-1 (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 1934889571 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934889572 (Paperback)
  • Publishing Date: May 1, 2009
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

She was Sabnock, a demon, who like the Phoenix, lived and died many times because she chose to live amongst mortals rather than spend eternity babysitting the legions of the Underlord. There were no longer battles to be fought in the Underworld so the ex-commander left her realm to live with the humans as human.

Falling in love, she now had to choose between her vow to live and die as a mortal or love and live as a demon, not knowing if her lover could accept the truth. The wrong decision would condemn her to a life of loneliness—and for a demon life was eternity.

Sabnock is a demoness, one who has her freedom, to a point. One that lives by a code that causes much pain and suffering to herself. She lives life after life and in but one she discovers someone to love that she leaves soon after. But soulmates come together again and they do. But then the real story starts.

The work is a mix of the supernatural, the everyday, the crisis of belief and love and in all of that what happens to a pair of souls that are meant for each other. This is told from one of Sabnock’s lives to another, passing through short lives surrounded by battles, scars, and more. The telling of that story, to discover what drives Sabnock forward is a telling story. But it becomes more when she discovers that the one she thought lost still lives. And then it all falls apart.

There is a great deal of tragedy and pain for both Sabnock and her love Constance in this work, though there is little seen of Constance save for two points in the story, but they have power, passion, and more importantly, they show the connections between the two, ones that matter very much by far.

The search which Sabnock undertakes to find her love opens the door to many other characters, each with their own strong personalities, drives, wants and needs. The most interesting part of that comes to the connections that Sabnock has with each of them. It’s those connections that make those of power in the other worlds… more human. They aren’t simply there to drive the story forwards, there is more to things than that and it makes for a much better read.

One of these is the demoness Lilith, but her appearance is a very minor and fleeting one which I was a bit disappointed in. That comes from the wonderfully seductive and intelligent personality she shows. More so, it’s the little mirth, the knowing look and teasing sparring of words that she deals in that just made me wish to see more of her. But, Lilith is a momentary shift in the story well towards the end and only is there to help close a thread of the story out.

There are a few moments of erotica in the work that have a lovely heat to them. They are, in a way, three lovely hot flashes in the midst of an adventure, but they don’t feel out of place, nor are they given with little thought. There is passion, love, and most importantly, there is a sense of the love between the characters in these moments that was wonderful.

Quite a satisfying story that holds your attention from beginning to the cherished ending. While there isn’t much seen of Lilith in this work, she does have personality and I did like her very much when she popped in for the instant she was there. This is the story of Sabnock and Constance and it’s wonderful. Perhaps a bit too much mystery about the ending, but then all good stories leave something to the imagination to think about when the story is over.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A really wonderful story about the power of truth, passion and what one would do. This was, to be honest, quite the difficult work to find and I am quite glad that I did. However it has placed me on another search for an earlier work in this series called… Lilith. I have many questions about her and there is but one way to see Lilith for who she is in this universe…

 

Tera

Sep 01 2015

A Review of B’Les and the Immortal by David Hamman

B'Les and the Immortal by David Hamman

B’Les and the Immortal by David Hamman

Honour. Trust. Belief. Three things that are, at least to me, important to see in a Succubus, whomever, whenever, or whatever she is. More so if she is the Mistress of others or in any way, shape, or form, having a place of power or responsibility. The one thing that is telling most of all is, however, when one they care for is no more, how do they respond? Are they simply evil or are they something more than that?

What if the question becomes less about what happened and why it happened than, in fact, who was involved in it?

It’s an important thought if you think about it. More so if you are the one that must decide what is right or wrong and why, in the end, it matters to you.

The story is about:

B’Les, the master thief of the Milesport, set out to prove his skill. Only the finest of jewels will satisfy his need to accomplish the perfect heist and reinforce his status in the guild. To that end, he’s set to rob a local merchant of his most prized possession… A pair of flawless diamonds. Every prize has its price and B’Les is about to find out the cost of stealing perfection.

This work is half heist adventure and half a scene of seduction with a twist within it. There is quite a lot of world building that I enjoyed, especially the history of B’Les which I thought was well considered and spoken of. The adventure itself, the moments leading towards the heist and the moments after are full of description and paint the moment well in the imagination.

Upon succeeding, B’Les finds that the stones contain what might be described as a Succubus named Meredith. It’s not clear if she is a Succubus or not, but her actions, appearance and personality seem to say that she is. Certainly what she does at one point does make it clear that Meredith has some of the stereotypical aspects of a Succubus, but she isn’t stereotypical. How she appears, the method therein, and what her form appears to be is not at all like what one would expect a Succubus to appear.

She is seductive, enthralling, and in her own way a rather unique being. There isn’t really all that much erotica in the work, though there is some teasingly seductive moments that I enjoyed. That is passed over for the adventure to continue, B’Les acts as he must and then the story comes to a close… far too soon really.

It does make for what would be good opening chapter to a long work and I do think that the author should continue the story of B’Les, with or without Meredith. I would, of course, like to see more of her, her story and so on as that isn’t explored with the same depth that the story of B’Les is.

Good writing, no errors in spelling or grammar as well. It is an adventure story with a little bit of titillation which as a whole works well to tell the story… It just really needs to be longer honestly.

 

I’m giving this work three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Quite a good start, the heist scenes were very interesting and the story of B’Les was well done. Meredith might or might not be a Succubus, though the clues are there and I would be interested to see where this story goes to from here. Perhaps it will sometime…

 

Tera

Aug 31 2015

Contemplation by TeraS

Every so often, there are moments when you just sit, sometimes with a cup of tea, and think about … things—not always bad things, nor always good things. Sometimes, your mind just wanders about and comes to a stop on a subject and you think about it … a lot. This results in …

 

Contemplation
By TeraS

 

Tera was looking at a sheet of parchment and thinking. The first thing she thought about was that she was holding parchment, and not a sheet of paper or a tablet. The second was the message written upon it, which could have been just as easily been sent along by phone, email, text, or some other, more modern, means. The last thing she was thinking about was the message itself, which consisted of just three words.

The words summarized the thoughts of a citizen of the Realm, one who didn’t quite see things as Tera did, not that she expected anything different. Her Majesty wasn’t one to press her opinions on others; anyone didn’t exactly like her choices, either for herself or for the Realm as a whole, was free to say so. She would even accept someone holding differing beliefs, differing truths, from her, for to force a change, for whatever reason, wasn’t her way. That did not mean, however, that she accepted others trying to change her or the Realm or otherwise alter the choices she had made.

Getting back to the three words in the message: the Queen came to the decision that, at least this once, she would say something, if not do something. She wouldn’t do so for the good of the Realm, nor for herself—as really she never did so. No, in this case, what she needed to do was for the good of someone who needed a good tail pull.

Turning the parchment over, she wrote three words in reply, and then sent the message back the way it had arrived: casting a spell and watching the message vanish into thin air. After it had disappeared, Tera waited, quite patiently, reading a book, having some tea and, on occasion, looking towards the pathway which led to the Realm retreat where she and her Eternal were spending some time together. Normally, she would never carry out Realm business at the retreat, but, in this case, given how the message had arrived, some exceptions had to be made, and this brought Tera to contemplate things.

Sipping her tea, she finished musing and, picking up her particular shade of red iPhone, sent a message away. A few moments later, she heard the sound of footsteps—very precise footsteps—along the path. Setting down her phone once more, she picked up her cup and took another sip, waiting for her guest to come into view.

They each looked towards the other for a long moment, Tera awaiting for her guest to say something or do something, the visitor, in turn, waiting for permission to do so. It was a sort of standoff, at least for a long moment before she sighed lightly as her tail motioned for her caller to approach.

Once the new arrival had done so, Her Majesty contemplated the visitor for a long moment, her tea cup in her hands. Noting the formal dress and the earnest look, she explained: “At the moment, we are not at the Palace, nor are we in the Throne Room.”

“You are the Queen.”

Tera sighed lightly: “I am myself first, the Queen much further along. In fact, if you would like, I can list the many things I am before being Queen.”

The silence was telling as a reply, but the red-tailed brunette continued: “If it helps, I give you leave to use my name and not my title.”

“That would not be honourable.”

Setting her cup on the table, the hostess replied: “Actually, it would be. You have been given permission by your superior—at least, as I understand things. Therefore, in order not to do harm to my honour, you should obey … shouldn’t you?”

Again, there was no reply, and so Her Majesty went on: “Having examined your request, and given my reply, is there something more that you wished to discuss with me?”

“Why am I refused?”

Tera stood up and walked towards her company. As she approached, she explained: “I refused your request because allowing it would be … unwise.”

The succubi soldier looked up now: “I am not meant for this world. I am uneasy, unneeded. I have no purpose if I am not in battle, fighting for the Qu– … for you.”

Touching her cheek and looking into her eyes, Tera explained: “I know you love the old ways. I know you desire them: the thrill of battle, of overcoming others. I know you still have the lusts within you.”

“Then allow my request.”

Her hostess smiled, a bit wanly: “And what of those that come after you? That your teaching would have helped? Are you so certain that your choice would be the best for them, for the Realm?”

Again, no reply, and so Tera elaborated upon her contemplations: “Are you so certain that what you ask for is wise, good, and for the best? Are you acting out of a sense of duty, or are you more concerned about yourself?”

The look given in response might have caused anyone else to cringe, but Tera did not. Instead she pressed onward: “The past is past. The present leads towards the future. Can you try to accept that the future is worth more than you think it is?”

“Without purpose?”

“There is always a purpose to everything. It may not have made itself known to you … yet. But, in time, I believe it will.

“I will … consider it.”

Tera smiled and nodded: “I hope so. I know of one succubi who would be lost without your guidance.”

The commander allowed a small smile: “Do I know her?”

The Queen smiled in return: “Oh … I think you do … In fact, I know you do.”

The soldier bowed and walked away to contemplate Tera’s words.

As her visitor left, Tera contemplated her before walking around to the side of the Retreat where, hidden out of sight, was one of succubi about whom they have been speaking.

“Tera, what…”

The answer was a hug, a smile, and a simple message: “She’s thinking about it.”

Turning away, the red-tail then paused: “Oh, please, do me a favour? See to it that she learns how to use something a little more modern than parchment and spells, will you?”

She laughed lightly: “Never will happen.”

Tera’s so-green eyes sparkled: “I think you’ll be surprised what happens when one contemplates for long enough.”

Aug 30 2015

A Review of Passing the Exam by Viktor von Priapis

Passing the Exam by Viktor von Priapis

Passing the Exam by Viktor von Priapis

A little while ago on the Tale I reviewed the first work in the Summoning the Succubus series by Viktor von Priapis. You can find that review here on the Tale if you’d care to see it. At the time I was wondering where the series would go next, what Cassandra’s choice would mean and how complicated her, and the story around Apiana, the succubus of the series, might be.

There seemed to be a story, amongst all of the hot flash, and it was one I wanted to see unfold further. In the second work in the series, there’s some hints of story, but the hot flash takes over once more…

The work tells the story of:

In order to pass her classes at Mistress Lilim’s Academy of Necromantic Arts and Arcane Studies, Cassandra Crosswell must summon and bind a demon familiar. The demon she manages to bind? The futa succubus Apiana. Now, she must demonstrate her power in front of the headmistress of the academy herself if she has any hope of passing her classes. But the Mistress Lilim is not quite as she seems…

Cassandra’s more feared moment has arrived, her exam. After being told she must summon her demon to pass, and revealing Apiana’s name, she finds herself being tested not by a teacher, but the headmistress. And that testing will be so very thorough.

The work follows on almost immediately from the previous one, and there’s a good bit of continuity between that two works that I liked because Cassandra’s past actions have consequence in this work. There’s a little more world building, some more characters appear, and there is the hint of a larger story starting to appear.

When Mistress Lilim appears, there are a lot of questions that come with her, not the least of which is exactly who she is, if she is whom she appears to be, and most of all, the interesting question of her past and that of Apiana. There’s a lot of hints about that, but really there isn’t much in the way of telling that story.

What follows, through much of the core of the story, is a reasonably hot piece of futa erotica mixed with a little mention that Apiana is a succubus and in its own way, the events make sense, tell something about Lilim, if only a little so, and as well something about what Apiana desires as well. There’s a smattering of plot within this part of the work which teases there is more happening, more to be told, but as that isn’t the focus of the work, the erotica is, that isn’t played out fully.

After the climax, and the aftermath comes, there is a clear hint as to where Cassandra’s life is going and what her future seems to be. But that was really telegraphed for some time in the story and wasn’t all that surprising when it appeared. The story once more focused on the sex scenes to the loss of some plot, character development and story, but it wasn’t completely lost having some of that to be seen.

The work has a few minor word and grammar errors, but nothing terrible or which might take the reader out of the story. The main thing is that the story, the characters, tend to be pushed aside for the sake of getting to the erotica and I really would like to see a bit more story and character development happening. There is some, and in being so the work is slightly better than the first in the series. It would be nice to know more about Apiana, about Mistress Lilim and Cassandra herself than just finding them all in a magically created futa threesome.

Three out of five pitchforks.

I hope to know more about Apiana, she’s still a mystery. More so about Mistress Lilim as she is quite interesting in her own right. Where the story goes from here, if it does, I will be looking forwards to.

 

Tera

Aug 30 2015

A Review of Rune by Cera Bryn

Rune by Cera Bryn

Rune by Cera Bryn

With the popularity of Lost Girl, a series that I really do miss very much, stories about the Fae, of all kinds, have been popping up here and there. And, of course, there are the occasional stories about Succubi, in all of their forms, personalities, and passions.

With stories like these, there is history behind the characters. Questions about who they are, where they came from, and what they seek. Having a story that has heat and personality is a wonderful thing but when the story leaves a bit to be desired… that takes away from things to an extent.

  • Title: Rune
  • Author: Cera Bryn
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • ASIN: B00K0X59DK
  • Publishing Date: April 29, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

She’s been running from him for years.

He’s been chasing her, determined to finally make her his. She is his one true mate after all. Will Asta continue to deny Rune or finally give in to all he has to offer.

Asta has been running from her past and what she knows to be her destiny. Every time that she has been cornered, held, and possessed, she has managed to slip away to her freedom. Until tonight when Rune, the one she fears and desires finds her.

While Asta is described as a Succubus, it’s very clear from the story that she appears to be very much human save for her purple eyes that hint that she isn’t quite human. While she welcomes sex to survive at the cost of others, she has found that taking from many at once, say in a club, also works to an extent… But it isn’t “filling” and when Rune touches her, she begins a slow descent into his grasp and what awaits her there.

She has a very strong personality, will, and desires which I thought were very well told. But the shift in her thinking when Rune has her, seems very much like mind control to an extent, or perhaps more accurately a kind of animal attraction that draws her to him. In the same way Rune himself is drawn tightly to Asta, what she is, what she represents to him. There is a good deal of dominance in his personality, actions, and how he treats Asta which brings some lovely heat to the story as well.

When the two have their moment of passion, the hot flash turns up the heat, and I did like how the scene was told, what happened, and the climax as well. It seemed to draw to a close in a way that made some sense from what was told in the story, but that is the problem here.

While there is history between them, which is hinted at, explained to a point, it is skirted around at times and there isn’t a lot of detail about why Asta ran in the first place, who Rune is exactly, what he is as well. There are questions about Asta’s past, really a lot of them. that are glossed over for the sake of getting to the erotica in this work. There is something missing in the story, and for me that kept nagging me as I read. Erotica alone with no story isn’t enough. It becomes something to heat up the sheets, but not much else. In this work more story would have I think made this work a lot more than it is.

All that said, the characters are fascinating, the writing is very good, and the erotica has lovely heat. There is much to like about this work, and if it was the beginning of a longer story or series I could see this being the opening to that. Perhaps it would tell of Asta’s past and fill in the holes that aren’t in this work. I think that would be an interesting story to read and it would help to explain just how it was that Asta made the choices she did.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

It’s nice to have a hot flash, even better when it has a story to tell. The problem is when that story is hinted at, but never really comes to the fore. Perhaps there will be a part two that will explain all that this work couldn’t.

 

Tera

Aug 29 2015

A view of Succubi and Incubi on YouTube that I can agree with

I found what I think is a very interesting view of Succubi that I wanted to share on the Tale today. The person that created the YouTube isn’t me, but what she says does match my own view of Succubi, of who and what we are and that, for me, felt really good to find…

And if you cannot see, or rather, hear this on the Tale, please try this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YscmCDN8rMU

As a whole I agree wholeheartedly with almost everything said in this YouTube, save for one point and for those that know me, that point will be very obvious when it comes up in the discussion.

What matters most of all is that the truths that I have written about in my stories about the Realm is reflected here and in doing so it gives me some hope that the classical views of Succubi and Incubi might, just might, not be as prevalent as they once were…

I can dream of course…. But then Succubi are the stuff of dreams…

 

Tera

Aug 28 2015

A Review of In Her Dreams by J.E. Keep and M. Keep

In Her Dreams by J.E. Keep and M. Keep

In Her Dreams by J.E. Keep and M. Keep

There are those stories in which things seem… lost. A lot of that can be explained by events happening in a dream-like state to the main character sometimes. In other cases the plot is hard to find, or to follow. Then there are those stories in which the final few pages tell of something completely aside to the main story unfolding which means something, but is not explained.

Stories having these problems are difficult to read at times. More so when the work ends and the only thought that one comes away with is… why? What was the point? And, mots of all, why was it so confused when it didn’t have to be?

  • Title: In Her Dreams
  • Author: J.E. Keep and M. Keep
  • Length: 47 Pages
  • B013XCTQB0 (Reissue)
  • Publishing Date: September 24, 2013 (Original), August 13, 2015 (Reissue)
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Rita feels invisible. She’s a plus-size secretary in a job surrounded by white walls and monotony. Every day is the same until she dreams of the perfect…demon?

The exciting and unreal incubus offers her sweet surrender and affection. He makes all of the pain go away. For the first time in so long she feels loved and desired, and quickly she finds she can think of nothing else. Nothing but her new Incubus Master.

Every night he touches her in new ways, teaching her new and forbidden pleasure as he dominates her. He teases her with his passion and experience, but in the end, will she surrender everything to be with him?

Rita’s life is miserable in just about every way one could imagine. A demon appears in the night and takes her breath away, leading to her submitting to his demands. But at what cost and why is a question to be answered.

Going from the summary alone, what comes in this story doesn’t match up well. The work reads very much like a dream sequence most of the time, being confused and uneven at many places. There’s a disconnect with Rita as this happens which makes the work harder to read. She seems to lose focus with her reality over time, which makes some sense considering she’s supposedly with an Incubus, or other dream demon.

While that story unfolds there is the slightest hint of something else going on around Rita and others, but that isn’t really delved into much through most of the work. In truth, that plot thread is mentioned once or twice, but why it is, what it matters, never comes out fully. Once the climax comes, that underlying thread is touched on again. But I cannot understand why it is in the work in the first place.

The work ends on a revelation which makes no sense with the rest of the story, doesn’t have a purpose with regards to Rita’s actions, or that of Anton, the supposed demon of the work. It feels very much like a tease towards a horror/action movie plot in a way, one that’s been done many times before and not all that well really most of the time.

But before the work gets to the end, and the confusion with it, the story in-between is a mix of submissive domination, in an over the top and nasty way. It wasn’t erotic to me, didn’t have much heat in it, and, again, looking at the summary, I expected more than what came out in the story.

The incubus himself, Anton, wasn’t much of an incubus, save that he wanted Rita to submit to him in a sexual way. He acted somewhat stereotypically in that, which I didn’t care for very much either. It’s not quite clear what he wants. exactly, again the dream-like storytelling makes it hard to find the motivations of the characters. When the ending does comes, even then it’s not clear what the motivations were either.

As such, the work didn’t seem to have a direction, a focus, a reason for the story to move in the direction it did. The ending just seemed to be there for shock value, in all ways, and it just left nothing to enjoy.

One pitchfork out of five.

A confusing work with an ending that left more questions in its wake than should have been. The author might well have stopped the story about one page before they did and leave out the last couple of paragraphs.

The work might have made a little more sense in that context.

 

Tera

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