A review of the fifth work in the Succubus Apprentice series today on the Tale. You can find my review of the first work here, the second work here, the third work can be found here and the prior work to this one was reviewed here on the Tale recently.
The choices made matter in a live, but they also matter to the lives around us. Love might be something that seems impossible, but it can exist, even for someone that cannot accept it does within themselves. The problem is however, when love gets in the way of freedom. Most of the time the heart wins out in that battle, but then the real fight begins.
- Title: Pick Your Poison
- Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
- Length: 48 Pages
- ASIN: B01FBI0S7U
- Publishing Date: May 7, 2016
- This work at Amazon.com
The story is about:
This is the fifth installment of The Succubus Apprentice. In this installment Megan the mage finally catches up with Kendra the Succubus and the sparks fly figuratively and literally.
There is one constant in the universe and that is the chances of something going wrong is in direct proportion to how miffed two lovers can be. Megan and Kendra finally try to come to terms with what’s been troubling them both for a while now. But along the way a smart-ass super villain, his closest friends, or enemies, depending on how miffed they are with him, poke the situation to see what happens next. It’s never a good idea to poke a sorceress, or a succubus for that matter. Worse still when there’s a job to do and the choices made might turn out to be the wrong ones.
One thing that has been bothering me for some time in the series has been Megan and Kendra’s relationship. There’s been something brewing between the two of them that never really has managed to be shoved into the light of day and dealt with. In this part of the series, neither of the lovers can hide from each other, or themselves. The time spent in getting everything out in the open, clearly said and understood gave both Kendra and Megan the character development they needed.
In the same way, the side plots with Poison, Lorelei. Amy and Helen, also give some insights into their personalities that I really enjoyed. As an aside to this, the scene with Amy and Helen having “fun” while answering a phone call from Lorelei was some of the funniest things this author has written by far. I’ve always enjoyed the humour in the series, but the contrast between the more serious moments in the first part of the work and the gigglefest that unfolded in the latter pages was exactly what was needed.
There are some really serious moments, and some of them remain so throughout where they appear. But the one-liners, the jabs, the bits of innuendo that come so easily and naturally from the characters reminds me once again why it is that I adore this series as much as I do. It is the storytelling, not the story pushing, that makes this series what it is. A fun read with characters that come to matter and stay with you.
I mentioned there is a bit of erotica in this work, and it’s done in a way that I haven’t seen any other author attempt. There’s heat, humour, and along the way, a lot is left to the imagination, but in doing so, the scene works so much better than it would have if it had been turned into a play by play of what unfolds.
A new character appears in this work, one that has been mentioned before. Their first appearance was quite a surprise and I was expecting something far different from that moment than what comes later on. Kendra has talked about them for some time, and this work sets up something to come in the next, but I have to admit I have no idea how Kendra and everyone else is going to get out of this one with their skins.
Really a fun read, the story is touching, warm, strong at the beginning. The intertwining of the characters towards the oncoming climax of this series is telling. Amazing dialogue as always, there’s always something to bring a smile with the wonder and questions along the way. Overall, the only thing I would have liked a bit more of would have been something more in-depth about Kendra’s past, a real explanation of why she can’t say a certain word, more than “I can’t”. Still, the questions leave openings to possibilities and that, after all, is the thing about well written works. There are… possibilities…
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
One of the biggest questions in the series finally explained, that of Megan and Kendra’s relationship. Now all that has to be dealt with is an angry demon lord, an angry wizard… Come to think of it, there’s a lot of angry people to be dealt with. I’m not sure there’s enough valium in the universe to calm things down.
Which of course means everything is going, if not literally then really close, to hell next. I might need to fire up the popcorn machine again for what seems to be coming next…