Mar 20 2015

A Review of Undercover Unicorn by Terry O’Brien

Undercover Unicorn by Terry O'Brien

Undercover Unicorn by Terry O’Brien

A review today of the beginning of a new series that a dear friend, Terry O’Brien, recently began. A bit of crime drama, a bit of supernatural themes… and, of course, there is a Succubus to be seen. The series is called Changes and Changers and I think it’s quite the interesting read and more.

It’s quite a enthralling story about a universe that’s changed, in some ways good, in other ways not so much so, but there is one underlying truth. It doesn’t matter how magic has changed you, inside you are the same person. It’s what you do now that matters.

The work tells the story of:

Vanity is an FBI agent, and, in the words of her friend, “a damn good one.”

That’s because she’s a Changer; specifically, she’s a unicorn in human form.

As a unicorn Changer, Vanity wields her unicorn magic as part of her calling as a Federal agent. She was one of the lucky few who were imbued with magic on that fateful day in July almost three years ago when magic suddenly appeared in the world. But while she and the other Changers Changed, they didn’t really change: they remained exactly what they were, only with magic, on both sides of the law and all points in between, so while there are cops with magic, so, too, there are criminals with magic.

That’s why Vanity carries a badge, a Federal badge, to protect innocent Changers and normals alike from criminal Changers. After all, that is what a good person does and what a good unicorn does, and Vanity is also a damn good person and a damn good unicorn.

The world has changed, some say. Magic has come to the world, changing all that it has touched. For good or evil, magic itself doesn’t care. However, for those that have been touched, changed, become… different. Who they were remains the same. Good still does good and evil can be very bad. It takes someone special to be able to be more than they are.

The most wonderful thing about this work is the world building and in this work a world is built with its own rules, needs, and history that sets up a situation in which the characters really come into their own. There’s a past to all of them, sometimes good, sometimes so very dark, but in all of that also comes the promise that who they are is true to themselves… no matter what that truth might be.

Vanit, the main character of this work, is simply enthralling. She’s complex, intelligent, but most of all, she’s something very special in a world where darkness holds many and causes much pain and more. She’s… hope. Quite a lot of hope for not just herself and those she calls friends, but for many others.

One of the minor characters, Suzette, is a Succubus, and her story tugs at my heart quite a lot. I love her past, what she made of herself, and more importantly, what her role is in the here and now. She might look somewhat stereotypical, hooves and all, but she is not, at all, what is expected of Succubi. She has a certain way about her in the few short moments she appears that reminds me, quite a lot really, of a Realm Succubi and that I adored.

Suzette, along with several other characters, make of Vanity’s team and that is an interesting mix of personalities that work well together, but more importantly, the interaction, the dialog, really brings out that they have been together for a while and that helps to build upon the story and make it better.

The work focuses on Vanity, her past, and a challenge that she must face alone. It also  reveals a very interesting mythos about unicorns in this world, only touched on and not explored fully, but leaving doors open to return to the questions left behind. It’s a tragic story in a lot of ways and when her past catches up with her, Vanity discovers that a lot of what she thought she understood isn’t quite right.

There are moments of terror for her, things that push at her self worth and more, but it’s how she deals with them, the decisions she makes, that brings the story together as a whole and makes it a wonderful read.

There’s a good deal of mystery as well, not only in the world, but in the characters which sets up the series going forwards and I think that all works well. The story solidly sets up things going forwards and there is a lot to explore just from this work alone. There is a mystery, one that affects Vanity and I’ll be looking to see where that goes.

Five out of five pitchforks.

A wonderful start to what I believe will be something very special as the series goes on. The next work in the series Sympathetic Succubus will feature Suzette and I do look forward to that story being told. There’s quite a lot about her that I love dearly and that mixed with how much I loved the entire cast of characters as a whole bodes quite well…

A small postscript: Quite some time ago, Terry shared this work with me, in an unfinished form. Even then, the story was gripping, the characters true, and the writing simply wonderful. I am thrilled beyond words that this work has been published and I wish Terry well in his writing and the future of this series… I will be waiting and watching…



Mar 19 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 374

It’s rare that I find an image of Morrigan and Lilith Aensland together. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but I think it’s wonderful to see the two of them together as Big Sister and Little Sister. This particular image I adored from the moment I saw it and I think it’s obvious why…

Morrigan and Lilith Aensland by しゅん

Morrigan and Lilith Aensland by しゅん

This art of Morrigan and Lilith Aensland is by an artist on pixiv called しゅん. You can find the original page I found this art on Pixiv here.

I just think this art is wonderful in how adorable the two sisters look together. To me, this art seems very much like a candid snapshot of the two of them having a moment together as Sisters. That joy really shines in this art and it’s something that I’d like to see more of in art of the Aensland Sisters.

This isn’t about Morrigan or Lilith being anything more but family being together. And really that speaks to the two of them quite a lot I think…



Mar 18 2015

It’s only a Naughty Devil with a lot of work…

Naughty Devil CostumeI found a costume this week that, surprisingly, I do rather like in a lot of ways. Overall the look is sexy, the style is interesting and I think it works well… The only issue is that, again, to get the complete look you have to buy the optional accessories… That meaning the dress, the gloves, the tutu, the stockings, the shoes…

This is called the Naughty Devil Costume Kit and it comes with the horns, the mask and the tail… and that’s it. Everything else is not included.

It sells for $15 US.

I looked up the rest of the costume this model is wearing and to purchase the dress, gloves, stockings and shoes would cost just over $125 US.

So, to make this costume, and to be honest, overall I really do like the look of this very very much, it would be $140 US.

I’m not sure this costume is actually worth that much considering the other, better ones, that I have looked at in the past which came with a lot more style and style to them for about the same cost.

Thinking about this a little more, I can, in all honesty, create this look in a much better way from the things I have in my Succubi wardrobe and do it a lot better than this.

As a whole, if this was a complete costume for sale, I would give it three and a half pitchforks out of five.

But of course the only thing that I should be rating are the tail, which is lousy, and the mask and horns, which I like in a sort of “at least they match” sort of way.

So… I’ll give this two pitchforks out of five.

But at least I have an idea to ponder…



Mar 17 2015

A Review of Succubus Bites by Lila Shaw

Succubus Bites by Lila Shaw

Succubus Bites by Lila Shaw

The final review of a series that have I written over the past week or so which covered the works of the author Lila Shaw. The final review is of the anthology Succubus Bites, which is a series of individual stories about quite a group of differing Succubi.

Being one the Succubi means, many times, that the trials and tribulations encounters can take you to your limits. Some of them are physical, some are sexual, and some of them push the boundaries of right and wrong. The question is, as it should be, what one decides to do… and if one can be okay with it.

They are, always, more.

The work tells the story of:

Check your happy ending expectations at the door, though you might still smile.

Succubus Bites is a collection of dark erotica short stories arranged into five thematic groupings — Reformation, Rage, Recreation, Reconciliation and Redemption — featuring seventeen succubi, sixteen completely different settings, sixteen tasty sin nuggets. Dystopian, space opera, historical, contemporary, zombies, pirates and vampires and a dash of cyber-punk offer readers an erotic sampler.

Bronwyn, Corinne & Delilah and Erin learn the hard way that the company they keep matters gravely in tales of Reformation.

Maeve, Ursula, Quetzl and Tasmin battle anger and other indignities of their existence in tales of Rage.

Felicity, Solange, Helena and Iris embrace their friskier and darker natures in tales of Recreation.

Raina, Gaia and Kismet find new means of coping and acceptance in tales of Reconciliation.

And finally, Yvette and Zoe discover that Redemption, though rare, is possible with a magical ingredient.

As I normally do with anthologies, I will review each of the stories and then give an overall review to the collection as a whole:

Bronwyn – A girl sees a guy in a bar and soon finds out that some guys aren’t guys… Or good for that matter. A story of entrapment, of being caught in a web and not having a way out because the one that has trapped you gives no chance for thought or escape. A bit on the violent side, and really, as a whole, it’s a quick and to the point story of how one Succubus came to be and what her future is. I thought that Bronwyn was a bit disappointing in how she acted in the story, how she allowed herself to get put into the position she got into. She has no time to do anything save react to the demon she’s encountered and that’s a bit frustrating as a whole. The erotica is more domination than anything else and it felt… off. Three out of five pitchforks.

Corinne & Delilah – Two sisters in search of husbands attend a ball and find that the words spoken in teasing can quickly turn into words that lead to lusts and beyond. Another story of entrapment, this time of two sisters. The thing is that in this case the sisters were looking to entrap and the tables are turned upon them. The dance is not just physical, but also mentally a challenge and in being so, I though that it was a very good story. Again, the themes are one of domination and transformation with no choice given, or asked for. The heat is lovely, and overall the tone I think worked well in the setting the story was placed in. Four out of five pitchforks,

Erin – A woman awakes with no memory of who she is, where she is. The pieces slowly come together, but as well, the need within her does as well. There is a secret, one she needs to understand and when she does, the truth of her name becomes very clear. A science fiction themed work in which the main character tries to gather herself together again. It reads very much like a mystery as it unfolds and I thought that worked very well. The reality of Erin’s situation, who she is, and what she is, remains nicely hidden to the last moment. A bit tangentially connected to the concept of Succubi, but in a way that makes sense. A very strong story, a bit of heat to carry things along and well written. Four out of five pitchforks.

Maeve – A Succubus on the prowl collects her prey in the office they share. On the outside she’s everything he wants her to be, but on the inside, she’s coldly calculating his downfall at her hands. There’s an interesting interplay in this work in seeing what Maeve does on the outside compared with what she’s thinking. She wears a mask to the outside world, designed only to draw in her prey, to hold them fast. She makes them believe they are in control, but, in truth, she is. Listening to her inner monolog over what’s happening, what she thinks about the man she’s with, and what she intends to do when she’s finished with him is a real contrast to the first series of stories in the collection. Here the Succubus isn’t the victim, she’s in control if only to sate her own needs at the expense of the one she’s with. The erotica has some heat, some power to it, but really the main core in this story is the thoughts that Maeve has which tells much about her. Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Ursula – The apocalypse has arrived and things look grim. A group of survivors try to keep things together, but mistakes happen, people die, and a Succubus has to survive after all doesn’t she? As a whole I think this story is the weakest of the collection simply because I found I didn’t really care very much for any one the characters, including the Succubus herself. It’s a “end of the world” story that has it’s own kind of truth, which works in the universe it is set, but the characters themselves aren’t gripping when compared with all of the events that happen around them. When one character makes a very large mistake and the Succubus is revealed, a lot of the preceding story makes a lot more sense. It isn’t really erotic as a whole, there is a bit of mind control in passing that I thought made sense, but beyond that I just couldn’t find my way into this work. Two out of five pitchforks.

Quetzl – Some video game Succubi are, in fact, Succubi. One should be careful with who one plays with. A story that I thought was very interesting in how it told the story of a Succubus that was held within a video game and her interaction with one of the players. I think as a whole, this concept would make for a good work on its own, mainly to find out how she got there, if she ever gets out, and one of the questions that puzzled me… How “real” is time for her there? Lots of questions that I enjoy, a fascinating Succubus that had a very strong character and motives. Possibly the strongest of the stories in the collection. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Tasmin – A Succubus in the wastelands needs to feed. She finds someone, latches onto them, and finds history repeating itself. I reviewed this story previously and, like then, I didn’t really enjoy this work all that much. The Succubus herself was a bit too cold for my liking, situation or not. While a lot of that was the world she inhabits, and I accept that, she was too cold for me. But it’s more than that. She didn’t think, considering her situation, and that bothers me. If things are as bad as they seem to be, what she did was not at all the smartest thing that a Succubus has ever done. Two out of five pitchforks.

Felicity – A ship at sea has a Succubus visiting the crew in their dreams. Or is the Succubus among them all in the waking hours as well? A well written game of cat and mouse as a whole that had an amazing atmosphere. The main character has many layers and as they are revealed, they tell a story that I found captivating. Not so much erotic a work as much of that was done off the page, but rather a view of the day to day moments of a crew at sea and the odd situation they are in. The work ends on a sad note, but also opens the way to something that I would have liked to have seen unfold as well. Really well done and one of my favourites in this collection. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Solange – A Succubus librarian finds herself dealing with someone that drives her crazy. Crazy enough that she loses control and more than just the books get shelved. My absolute favourite story of the collection by far. The most wonderful story that mixes in the need of a Succubus and what happens when she loses control. From the first word this was something that spoke to me. Solange is simply wonderful and really is the single Succubus in this collection that I adore beyond all others. I’d love to see a book devoted to her. There’s something about her personality, the struggle inside of herself, that was simply amazing. And, after all, Tera, the Queen of the Succubi is the Head Librarian of her Realm after all. Five out of five pitchforks.

Helena – A Succubus finally has a chance to see what her professor is like. She’s been thinking about this moment for a very long time and she intends to take every advantage of her power, and his need. My third favourite story, mainly because of Helena’s personality. I liked that she was seductive, knew how to use her abilities, and in the end, to get what she needed, so very badly that she could taste it, and let him have all that he imagined. The work ends on a hilarious note, one that just fit the story perfectly. A hot flash that held more than the erotica within the tale. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Iris – There is such a thing as good Succubi and Incubi that give others their dreams. Sometimes the dream is one that shouldn’t be forgotten… but is. My second favourite story in the collection for the simple reason that it’s romantic. fun, and has a bit of an edge to it. The story is telling, reveals a lot and I really did enjoy it very much. Both of the characters were strong and held a lot of emotion within them. The erotic moments are perfect and passionate and more. The work ends with a twist, really a sad one, and I wanted the story to go a bit further forward from where it ended but didn’t. That, more than anything, was the real shame. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Raina – Some Succubi are not quite Succubi, but are what they are because of a vampire. Even the undead have secrets they keep from each other, even those that are the width of a human hair. A story of keeping secrets from the one you love, including those that they thought they could provide you with. There’s a real sadness within Riana in the story over what she has to do, the tightrope she walks. In telling that story, in seeing all that she has to do, it’s a hard thing at times and that comes through in her words. Four out of five pitchforks.

Gaia – A Succubus looks to have a moment with a superhero, and when the moment comes, and they both do, she discovers what “super” really means. A cute story that allowed a glimpse into a world where superheroes are commonplace as are demons, Succubi and Incubi. The best part of this story is the interaction between Gaia and an Incubus friend of hers that I couldn’t help laughing over each time it happened. A rich tapestry and a world that would be lovely to return to and find out more about. Four out of five pitchforks.

Kismet – Even in space there are Succubi and sometimes the universe itself shudders at what they are capable of. Another well written and enthralling piece of writing that mixes a touch of science fiction with the abilities of a Succubus. While the story is set as being a small part of a larger event, it also has a clear and sharp focus through the eyes of Kismet that tells much about her, but not so much that questions aren’t left behind. The heat is slightly muted, but really it isn’t the core of the story. That comes to listening to Kismet’s thoughts as she carries out her plans, what she needs to do and how she sees things. At the end, when a twist appears. it isn’t out of place and really leads towards that larger story again. Another tale that I would like to see more of. Four out of five pitchforks.

Yvette – There is a story about a Succubus and an Incubus winning their freedom from a demon. What if another pair tries as well? This work returns to the world that appeared in Soul of the Succubus, which I loved dearly. I had wondered about what the implications would be for those in this universe that were in the same situation, wanting their freedom, and this story is very satisfying for that and more. A tie for my second favourite work of this collection and really it’s hard to choose between the two. I loved, dearly, Yvette and Icarus, how they connected, the way they spoke to each other. There was an undercurrent from the first page that they were meant to be together and I was rooting for them both throughout the story. Past the moments of erotica, beyond the silly and fun moments that appear in the work, it’s the realization of the truth, that single moment, that just was perfect here. Just wonderful and truly made me smile. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Zoe – A Succubus and an Angel encounter each other again and a chance is offered. Accept the truth and be free. Just a beautiful story about possibilities. Another tie for my third favourite work of the collection and that’s mainly because the story is just so… right. Really there’s no other way to put things, you’d have to read the story to understand, but in so many ways all of the things that Zoe expresses are right. It’s the journey to accepting the truth, to take a chance, to see that there is, always, a way out. It’s being willing to see it, to accept it, and deep within yourself. to know what the truth is. That’s never an easy thing and for Zoe, it can’t be, nor should it be. Past that moment, the story is sweet and passionate, the ending leaving me with a warm smile and the best way to close out the collection. Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

The collection as a whole works well to tell an overall story that goes from what once was to what is and then into what could be. There are some bumps along the way, but, in them also comes the truth that not all stories are happy ones. But the thing is that they can be. It’s just a matter of a Succubus believing that she’s more than she’s allowed to be.

Many of the stories here need to be expanded into longer works. Really there’s so many good ideas, amazing characters, and more that it would be a shame otherwise. At the same time, having these little glimpses is a treat and a gift and one that I did cherish.

There’s a lovely thing that each story has at the beginning which is a quote from a “famous” Succubus and, in all honesty, I adored them. Especially the ones from Lilith herself and, as I have mentioned before, I would love the author to write something from Lilith’s point of view. There’s a mischief in her words, but also a deep understanding, caring, about her own. Along with Lilith’s little asides, those of the other Succubi, both in personality, book and so forth that are quoted from, set up an overall universe of the Succubi that I’d like to see more of.

There are secrets, and seeing them… That would be a story.

For the collection as a whole, I’ll give four out of five pitchforks.

Well recommended, enjoyed, and more.

My thanks to Lila for playing in the world of the Succubi and my best wishes and hopes for her writing always…



Mar 17 2015

A Review of Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Secrets are a difficult thing to hold. Some are minor ones, the sorts of things to keep locked away to avoid embarrassment or worse. There are other secrets, ones that are a matter of life, of survival, of making a choice or making amends for an action that are much deeper and harm the soul.

The secrets not known, not understood, not seen or if they are, believed, are the most powerful of all. They haunt both the living and those that seek them out.

And the worst thing is where they are remembered and come again…

  • Title: Blue Eternal
  • Author: G D Morris
  • Length: 280 Pages
  • ASIN: B00M7N1PX4
  • Publishing Date: July 28, 2014
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

Wandering lost in a remote upstate New York forest; twelve-year-olds Julian Carter and Steve Ross find a mysterious abandoned camper and unknowingly awaken an ancient and hungry evil.

The boys discover, to the dismay of their small town, that not all things that hunt children hunger for flesh and blood; sometimes souls feed the hunter.

When Elizabeth, Steve’s sister and Julian’s budding adolescent love interest, becomes the fifth child to disappear, the boys realize it is time to finally shoulder responsibility for what they awoke. They set off intent on saving Elizabeth at any cost.

Fast forward twenty years – once again, the children of Liberty, NY have begun disappearing. Steve, now the Sheriff and a father of three young children, calls his boyhood friend and asks him to return and help. Julian does, and as adults they decide to face once and for all the ancient evil that lives in the forest.

Once, a long time ago, three friends encountered a being of evil, a succubus. They survived the encounter and went on with their lives. Now adults, they return to the place where the evil still lives, seeks, and desires them. Legend the succubus might be, but when you look into her eyes the legend pales in comparison to reality.

It is a work of mystery and adventure with a bit of fantasy/horror mixed into it. In spite of all of that combination, the work reads very true to life. The characters are seen from their past selves and at the same time their current days selves. That makes it interesting to see where they all came from and how their experiences have moulded them.

The town, the people living there, both in the past and present, have lives well told and explored that I thought really added a lot to what otherwise could have been a story with little soul to it. The brightest characters of course being Elizabeth, Steve and Julian, who are the core of the work. The delightful part of seeing these three from the past and present is how their lives are so intertwined together that even the passage of time cannot bend or break that. The little quirks and oddities in their personalities mixed with the experience the three of them have is really a remarkable read.

There is a being in this work that seems very much like a succubus, though as is explored in this work, she also could be any of a number of supernatural beings. With all of the time told about her past, what she does in the here and now, her thoughts and needs… She’s never given a name. I don’t think she really needs one as she is more of an animal much of the time, but at times her “human” side comes out and I think it would have been a moment in this work, and I can think of one specific moment, where she remembering her name could have opened a path for the story to take.

The succubus herself is, oddly, sad in a way. As the story progresses, as the truth comes out and her past is told, I have to say that as a whole it was simply a sad thing to see happen. The creature that appears in this work does have some of the aspects of a succubus in her makeup, but as well there is a animalistic side to her that clashes strongly with that. She is evil, there is little mistaking that, but as well there is a sense of everything she does is a matter of survival. The parts of this work that are told from her perspective, show she is a bit out of touch with the world around her. She seems like a creature of habit, stuck in her ways, or trapped by them and as the story works towards its conclusion, there are moments where what she is now…. feels lost.

The climax of the work did strike me as being a bit odd. There was some tension to it, not being sure what the end result of the actions taken against the succubus would be. I had some problems trying to understand the “why” of what happened. The “how” is clear enough, but why things unfolded as they did and what happened to the main characters of the work after was a bit brushed aside to come to the close of the work.

The work does need another editing pass regretfully. There are quite a number of instances where a letter is missing in a word, or two words that sound similar are interchanged. There are a few points as well when tense shifted for no reason that I can see and that was, as a whole, jarring.

That said, the characters are strong, have personality, and the tale itself is very engrossing. Certainly a page turner, one with a slant on Succubi that I felt came across very well overall.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A rather unique take on the legends of Succubi, where they came from, and more. Strongly written with a plot and characters that really do stand out. The shame comes in the editing being a bit weak overall which regretfully stands out at the worst possible moments.



Mar 16 2015

The Fence by TeraS

Nothing much to say this time … Or perhaps there is … Something that matters… Always has… Always will.


The Fence
By TeraS


She lives on one side.
He lives just beyond.
They see each other.
They wave, they smile,
words aren’t always spoken, but are always said.

Some see a barrier, a boundary, something that divides.
They see a place shared, something that joins,
where things are shared, offered, given—
Not just the words … the hopes and dreams and …

Some cannot understand why this is,
why things are, how they came to be.
They understand … they just know inside
why things are, how they came to be.

Fences can make good neighbours,
can bring families together.
Fences offer a place to be.
They give thoughts a space.

Some fences reveal more:
telling of the distance between,
speaking of the moments shared,
listening to the secrets told.

This fence is a cherished place
where two souls meet,
two lives touch,
two friends wave.
This fence matters.

It matters for the light there,
for the hope there,
for the moments there,
for the healing there.

It is called just “the fence,”
but it isn’t just a fence:
It is … just … more.
It just is.



Thank you my heart…



Mar 15 2015

A Review of Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

The next in a series of four reviews of works by the author Lila Shaw today on the Tale and one that, for me, took Succubi into a time that really hasn’t been written about very much and I thought was very interesting and well done…

None of the Succubi have simple lives. The questions of  who they are, why they came to be are core to them. But there is more than that. There is the certainty of… knowing. That one moment in their lives when they made a choice, for right or wrong, and the things that they did, or didn’t do as a result. The assumption that some make, that being a Succubus makes one less… is an assumption that never is correct.

They are, always, more.

The work tells the story of:

The West has never been so wild! A determined gargoyle is on the hunt, but he didn’t count on falling for the beautiful succubus he was sent to destroy. She’ll never be tamed or broken, but can she be saved?

A woman damned … Priscilla Goodnight, a widow in the harsh Kansas frontier, has a cattle ranch to run. She can’t afford to reveal any cracks in her tough exterior or indulge in sexual liaisons with her ranch hands. But a hungry succubus can only exercise so much self-restraint, making discretion, disguise, and memory-wiping her top managerial skills.

The mysterious stranger who knows her darkest secret … Priscilla doesn’t remember hiring the man with the wily smile and the flannel voice. At all. Men as physically appealing as Hugo Desmond rarely escape her bed, let alone her memory. And how is he able to move so fast, yet nobody notices but her?

Is she his target, his mission, or his bait? Hugo is a gargoyle—a specially-trained executioner—sent to purge the west of evil. With succubi falling squarely in demon territory, Priscilla has every reason to fear him … yet she can’t stay away. Hugo says he needs her help and wants to save her soul. But is redemption possible for a woman as wicked as Priscilla, or will love thaw her heart just enough for Hugo to crush it?

Priscilla is not what you might expect her to be. She isn’t like most Succubi in her world, having loved and lost changes a person and it changed Priscilla. It changed her more when she lost again. She has her needs, but she has found a way to manage them and in doing so has found a measure of piece in a world that has taken much of that from her in the cruelest of ways. Then Hugo arrives and she is confronted with someone that knows who she is, what she is… and could kill her quite easily. He frustrates her, she captivates him, but there is that one word that keeps cropping up between them. Demon. She’s one. He’s hunting them.

I don’t tend to enjoy Western books very much. Mainly because, for the most part, the women that appear have no will, are frail things, and seem to have no mind of their own. Priscilla is the complete opposite of that and more to the point, her own nature is what helped to drive her towards the place she finds herself, the things she does, and more importantly, the things she refuses to do. There’s a really wonderfully told inner conflict within herself at times that takes her towards the edge often, but she strives very much to overcome that. It is that struggle within herself, but more, the struggle to be the one in control, to manage those around her, and to keep a firm grip on her world that adds tension to the work.

Priscilla is a Succubus of course, but horns or a tail are never seen, thought she can take souls, feel on others, and has a bit of mind control ability as well. She also can shape shift, though that is only mentioned fleetingly at as an aside. It’s interesting to hear Priscilla’s thoughts about what she is, who she sees herself, and those around her through the eyes of a Succubus.

When Hugo appears, at first it’s hard to say whether one is supposed to like him or be frustrated by him. Considering that Priscilla feels the same way for quite some time, I think that use of his personality worked well and set up the cascading events that come after they come to terms with each other. There are some points about Hugo that bother me, right to the end of the work, but those are mainly to do with a “power” he has, and, at least to my thoughts, the way he uses it which doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at times. There’s a bit of a cold calculating personality in him which, thankfully, gets tempered by Priscilla as the story goes on. The same can be said about Hugo and what he does to Priscilla. She isn’t the same person at the end of the work as she was in the beginning.

And that, more than anything, is what drives the story forwards. Priscilla learns things about herself, about the world around her, that change her and in ways that she never would have expected. There is a connection between herself and Hugo, but there are always shadows around them both which serve to keep them at bay and at the same time draw them towards each other. It is a complex relationship and, as a whole, I liked that because it made both of them much more real and interesting than if Priscilla had been stereotypically driven by sex or Hugo had been single minded.

There are several twists in the work, some of which are completely unexpected, one that was a bit telegraphed, though not too much so, and then there is the dedication to the work, which tells of something that happens, something that tears Priscilla apart. The latter kept me waiting for the shoe to drop on that moment and when it came, even knowing it had to at some point… I think knowing made that scene so much more emotional than it was.

The climax of the work brings Priscilla full circle and the events that unfold in that scene had me wishing for one thing which never happened. It has to do with the concept of being forgiven for one’s sins. I wished that Priscilla had done the one thing she was told never to do, to gain the one thing she wanted more than anything else by her own hand. I think, overall and considering her story, that would have been a most satisfying moment for me at least. But the moment comes, it ends in a good and properly satisfying way for how the story played out, and in that, most importantly, Priscilla gets something she’s always wanted.

There are several short scenes of erotica in the work that fit into the story quite well. I didn’t feel as if they were out of place, forced, or didn’t fit with Priscilla’s character. They neatly divided the story in places, taking the story in a new direction as they did and I felt the heat and passion in them was really well done.

The work, as I have said, is really well written and kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. I did catch one minor mistake, though it’s own that my own interests about Succubi made me pause upon. That being at one point “tale” was used in place of “tail”, which is a minor nit I will admit, but it tripped me up for a moment. The thing that I found more bothersome was that in this work, as in Succubus Steam, Lilith is mentioned, her wisdom is given in passing… and she isn’t heard from again. That bothers me for the simple reason that she is such a central character to Succubi that teasing her and nothing else is disappointing. She is mentioned again in passing during a discussion of where Succubi came from, but that wasn’t enough for me… I wanted to see more of her. Regardless of that want, to make me like and enjoy a story set in the Old West is an accomplishment and one that was richly enjoyed…

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Really one of the very best works that this author has written by far. So much emotion, strength, and story in this work that I felt did the characters justice. Some wonderful twists in the work, some real tragedies, but always, and most importantly, the story remained true to itself, its purpose and more.

The only thing I wish is that all of the teasing glimpses of Lilith that have appeared from time to time in this author’s work would come together in a story about her… That, more than anything, is something I’d like to see play out… I think it would be amazing…