Sep 07 2014

A Review of The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

One of the things that bothers me the most about many stories about Succubi is that they are, in the end, beings of horror and evil wrapped in a sheen of erotic possibilities. The thing about that is, it is a stereotype. It is an ongoing focus of many authors that while they might seem “good” it is only a means to trap their victims and from there, the obvious ending is assured… to my personal regret.

The promise of good erotic heat to a story shouldn’t fall victim to an ending that takes that heat away…

  • Title: The Succubus
  • Author: Julian Marshwood
  • Publishing Date: July 2, 2013
  • Length: 14 Pages
  • ASIN: B00DRHJPM2
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Daniel Bankston is having another normal day is his unfulfilling life when he discovers a mysterious old tome in a strange little second-hand shop. He soon discovers that this book holds more secrets than it originally appears to. When he accidentally summons a beautiful and seductive lover from beyond, his day suddenly becomes much more interesting.

Daniel discovers a store, a book, and through his choices, discovers that Succubi are quite real beings with one thing on their minds… sex and as much of that as they can possibly have from the ones that summon them.

The summoning brings into Daniel’s life a Succubus who tempts and seduces very well, but after the promising beginning, the hope I had for a lovely delicious piece of erotica were taken away by the time the climax came in more ways than one.

A hot succubus who tempts, teases and seduces is nothing if she is stereotypical, and this one is. While the erotica is lovely and hot, the climax of the story was one that was obvious from the first mention of the book Daniel found, the lead up and so on.

We never learn the name of the succubus, instead focussing on her body more than anything else really. She has personality, there is no doubt of that in my mind, but it is overshadowed by the spell Daniel used to summon her and the cost of the summoning.

The story was a tease in more than one way. It teased characters that provided things, teased a main character in learning something about them and teased the succubus of the work in that we learn, really, nothing about her.

I’m not sure that how this story closed was the best way as if left much unanswered and took what was a good sensual story and turned to towards a piece of horror.

A better ending would have been nice for the deliciously hot erotic moments of the story. Ending the story on a down note is not the best way to end such stories. And using a stereotype for a succubus is never a good thing unless that is all that you can see in such characters.. I can see more and can here as well…

Overall, the writing was well done, but there were moments that felt like afterthoughts to pad the story because the erotica alone wasn’t enough on its own.

Two pitchforks out of five.

Not everything I had been hoping for from the beginning and it really wouldn’t have been to much to ask for something light instead of the ending we received I think…

 

Tera

Sep 06 2014

Morrigan Aensland seen in a different way…

I found a video on Vimeo which shows Morrigan Aensland in a slightly different way. What I mean by that is that instead of her usual outfit and look, the creator of this video has created something quite different…

And if you cannot see the video on the Tale, try this link:

https://vimeo.com/56151796

And, in case the video vanishes, here’s a image of Morrigan…

Morrigan Aensland Redesign by Adrian Cruceanu

Morrigan Aensland Redesign by Adrian Cruceanu

Please do watch the video to have a better appreciation of all of the effort that the creator placed into this creation of Morrigan Aensland.

I think that this look for Morrigan is rather an interesting one. I like that her original leggings are still there, if cropped some. The jacket and top are quite nice as well. There is some art of Morrigan that has her in a somewhat similar outfit, but with a lot more latex in it. I think that this works well with Morrigan’s hair and body shape much better than the other alternative outfits that range from trashy to… well more than trashy really…

She looks much more like a street fighter like this which really when you think about it, the games she appears in are fighting games after all. She is more than a fighter however… It would be nice to see more of that side of her now and again too…

 

Tera

Sep 05 2014

A Review of Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Many of the works that Lila Shaw has written have run both hot and cold for me over time. Some of the Succubi she creates are really quite wonderful and I enjoy reading their stories. For the most part that’s what I look forward to when I open one of her works and it is a rare thing when I am disappointed. The work I am reviewing today is one of the ones that was more than I expected it to be and it was really a pleasant surprise when all was said and done.

The story is of:

Willow has had centuries in Sisyphus Prison to reinforce the hard-learned lesson that the jealous and capricious Greek gods are not to be trifled with. There are only two ways out, and both require Willow to compete in the annual gladiator match. The winner is freed while the loser marches straight to Tartarus to become one of Hades’ concubines. Willow plans to press all her succubus charms into service to gain the upper hand against her opponent…until she discovers who he is.

Helveticus is a demi-god with a devilish plan of his own to win his freedom, a plan that begins with the seduction of his lush adversary. He is the last person Willow wishes to battle because she’s not sure whether she wants to kill him or kiss him. Only one can be crowned the victor. Who will win the war of body over heart?

It is an interesting place to put a Succubus, that being in the world of the Greek Gods. More so, I found it rather fitting which of them Willow was connected to and how the myths of the Succubi, including that of Lilith came into play. Of course being that the Greek Gods are involved there is treachery, scheming, and plots all over the place. The question is, at least for Willow, how she can get through all of that and survive regardless of what happens.

She is truly alone in this world, having the Gods against her, those around her seeing little of worth in her, and making plans that in the end are designed to have something horrible happen to her. But the thing is, regardless of all of the things that are against her she still has the strength of character to do something that many around her cannot find the will to do. Try. She tries to find a way to win the contest, she tries to find a way to overcome Helveticus before the match. She tries to win in the way that only one of the Succubi could consider and manage to do. It is that strength that makes her such an amazing character.

Helveticus as well is interesting for another reason which I will not spoil here, but it is a really interesting concept and the difference between himself and those that Willow has seen before is striking.

The heat they create together is something that needs to be seen more often I think and when I compare this work with the other Succubi this author has created, Willow is one of the two most favourite Succubi that I have seen from them.

Lovely heat from the two, the battle when it comes starts out as you might expect but where Willow takes things just was so perfect. Echoes of their first moments together come through and it was just a lovely connection and closure to the story that makes everything worth while.

Written well, nicely hot, and more than a hot flash with the story, background and characters.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I really would like to see where Willow and Helveticus go from this story forwards. That’s not likely to happen and that really is a shame as they both were really interesting to me in their personality and how they played off each other. Not just the heat, but the passion and more the way they really are made for each other.

 

Tera

Sep 04 2014

Does anyone know anything about this anime Succubus YouTube?

I came across this YouTube of some Japanese anime and I have one question… Just which series is this from and is she really a Succubus?

And if you cannot see this video here on the Tale, try this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWeW1KUvC2Y

Here’s a screenshot of the Succubus, or at least I think she is a Succubus, in question…

succubus1

And another screenshot of another Succubus that appears in this video as well…

succubus2

Noether of these characters are at all familiar to me, and the video is all in Japanese, so I have no idea what is going on as well. Still, I’d like to know which series it is and if there is an English dub of the series somewhere that I can watch.

They both are a little over endowed… Mind you all anime Succubi seem to be so that’s nothing unique. But they are interesting and I’d like to know more about them…

Please leave a comment if you have an idea?

 

Tera

Sep 04 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 347

One of the things about Morrigan and Lilith Aensland that I particularly like is how they are on one hand opposites and on the other they are the same. There is a bit of contradiction between them, but in the end, it is not just that they are “sisters”… They are much more than that… Only a few artists do manage to bring that part of their personalities to the fore…

The Alter Ego by vividjudy

The Alter Ego by vividjudy

This is called The Alter Ego and is by an artist on Pixiv named Vividjudy. You can find the page where I originally found this work here.

I think this is the very few time that I’ve ever come across what, at least to me, appears to be something like a Tarot card of the Aensland sisters. The design is just breathtaking, so many lovely details to be found and the expressions on Morrigan and Lilith are just so captivating. Of the two sides of the card design, I think the lighter of the two make the art stand out so much better.

Calling this work ‘The Alter Ego’ fits the story of Morrigan and Lilith perfectly, but I have to admit that now I have questions in my mind of what an entire deck might look like. It could make for some very interesting poses and situations for the two sisters to be in…. or a story or two…

Must ponder that some…

 

Tera

Sep 03 2014

Too much red for a cheerleader costume…

Devils Cheerleader CostumeI wonder sometimes who exactly decides on how costumes are presented for sale…Sometimes it seems like they are purposely trying to make them look worse… Or the models… Or something…

This is called the Devils Cheerleader Costume and it comes with the top, a matching pleated mini skirt, booty shorts, horns and matching pompoms. Stockings are shoes are not included.

It sells for $55 US.

I’ll get to the costume in a moment, but I have a question. Who, exactly, decided that it would be a great idea to make the model’s skin red and change her eyes to green? I find it hard to believe that they actually took the time to body-paint her, and this just looks incredibly lousy. Not just that, but her hair put up like that just… just is so amazingly bad that I cannot find the words…

Getting back to the costume, which isn’t easy to do with the shockingly bad presentation here, it’s nothing special. The horns are lousy, the outfit is nothing special, and overall it’s just a waste of fabric as far as I can see.

Come to think of it, the expression the model has reflects my thoughts about this… This has to be someone’s idea of a bad joke…

Zero pitchforks out of five.

That’s being kind I think too…

 

Tera

Sep 02 2014

A Review of The Queen by Christina Barr

The Queen by Christina Barr

The Queen by Christina Barr

One’s character is, truly, the single most important thing in all honesty that you need to defend. It says who you are, what you believe in, and, more importantly, it speaks to your own wishes, dreams and hopes.

There are, always, forces that try to bend you from that. To tear apart that which you hold dear. Sometimes they do things that are unspeakable. More often than not in doing so one’s own strengths change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. But, even in the darkest times there is a promise never forgotten.

  • Title: The Queen
  • Author: Christina Barr
  • Length: 305 Pages
  • ASIN: B00JU28W6I
  • Publishing Date: March 9, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

In a secluded society of inhuman beings, Rose is selected to be the queen of her colony and raised for one purpose: to breed. When she reaches maturity, The Elders murder her mother and awaken a dark power in Rose that she does not understand. Rose begins a war for control, but agrees to replenish their population on the condition of finding love on her own terms.

Rose moves to California to explore the humans that she has fantasized about, yet may one day be forced to conquer. She finds two prospects. Noah is a sweet boy struggling with charm, but a complete gentleman. Austin is an attractive adventurer that challenges her authority at every turn. Rose’s goal is to create a real family and find a king to help overthrow The Elders, but she has taken very horrific measures in order to retain her purity. While trying to save her soul, she may have dammed us all.

There are some stories which are emotionally telling on a reader, and in all honestly this, for me, was one of those works. The main character’s name we never learn until well into the story, she being a nameless Queen until she makes a choice and calls herself Rose. Before that point, her life, the world around her, is some of the most tragically told moments in a character’s life that I have read for some time.

Perhaps the worst part of the opening chapters is how Rose is treated by those around her that wish to control and force her to do things that she does not wish to do. Her reactions are completely understandable, and when Rose’s mother is killed… That’s heartbreaking in so many ways. It’s worse still when the Elders attempt to make Rose do something she does not wish to do and in a way that was… wrong. I can’t explain it any better than that, otherwise I will spoil things, but it is… unsettling in the extreme.

Eventually Rose is allowed to visit the world of humanity and in doing so she meets two brothers… and she falls in love with both of them for different reasons. The story from this point forwards revolves around her becoming involved with them, finding herself and what she truly wants, and the implications of those decisions.

There’s a twist in the story with regards to the brothers. That reveal and what happens as a result brought tears to my eyes. I was, I have to admit, hoping for one brother to be the one chosen in the end by Rose. But the story puts a turn into things and when it comes, and what Rose does… It’s just… so sad… so very very sad for everyone.

Rose herself is, in a way, kind of a Succubus, all of the hints are there in the story about what she can do, but she isn’t actually called one, only that she and her kind are not quite human. The interesting thing is that in a world of beings that are not human, Rose herself becomes the most human of them all.

There is a lot of universe building in this work, Rose’s world is told in great detail and it’s interesting to see how that all works. There are a lot of mysteries of course, many of which are not answered by the end of the work, but they open many interesting thoughts and paths going forwards should the author continue to tell this story.

The work ends on a cliff hanger, but it isn’t a poor one. The focus of this story is wrapped up nicely, things happen in good ways that make sense and don’t detract from the work as a whole. In truth there is a lot of hope, but there is also a lot of possibilities to end the work on.

The writing is very well done, Rose is wonderful, so are the two brothers and as well someone that Rose calls her Sister in the work. There is one, single, small error in the text on the second to last page that was bothersome: “move one” instead of “move on”, which really hurt what otherwise was a really well told cliff-hanger.

The only thing that I had some issues with was how Rose’s dialog was a bit… Formal. Now, that has a lot to do with her upbringing and so on, but after a while her whining over being called “princess” by another character and demanding to be called “queen” became slightly repetitive.

But setting that aside, and it is a small nit honestly, the work is so emotionally draining that I felt that it should have been split into two works if for no other reason than to allow a breather from all of the unfair things that the characters have to deal with throughout the work. I know that makes the reader care about them more… But it also hurts very much when they aren’t there anymore…

Four out of five pitchforks.

A truly emotionally wringing story, one that I couldn’t put down. I hope there will be more written in this universe, there are lots of questions left unanswered and a cliff-hanger to solve. It would be nice to see that happen sometime soon.

 

Tera

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