The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace by Becca Lusk
Continuing my reviews of the works in the The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale. You can find my first review here, second, and third reviews are here. The fourth, fifth, and sixth review can be found here. The seventh was reviewed here on the Tale as well. This, the latest work, contains parts eight and nine in a single volume, which makes for an interesting mini saga on their own.
To each side there are reasons for what they do. Perhaps not always said, not always clear, but there is want and desire. Some take these to be dark things, some see them as bringing light. Whichever it is, the path towards crisis leaves nothing quite the same as it was before.
- Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 8 and 9: The End of Peace
- Author: Becca Lusk
- Length: 51 Pages
- ASIN: B01IZ2AFJK
- Publishing Date: July 23, 2016
- This work at Amazon.com
The story tells of:
Forces of Chaos consummate their alliance as forces of Freedom, fractured from eons of hard war, and centuries of bitter peace, still look at each other with distrust.
For the succubus Krys, and her lover, Gabriel, the multi-verse is poised on the brink of either salvation or destruction. Forces thought defeated long ago have arisen and begun their assaults on everything mankind holds dear.
The decisions made in the present will determine the course of a war that will leave the world either a burned shell or a paradise in the future.
But dark secrets remain hidden in this conflict, covering up eons of betrayal, envy, lust and greed. And many pieces are still left to be discovered, even as new questions come forth.
Seriously…if you ever thought all angels did was sing and pray, let this book disabuse of you of that notion. Watch as angels seduce succubi (that’s right!), succubi seduce mortals, and Goddesses seduce everyone. Filled with enough snark to make an epic tale a breezy read, Becca Lusk is proud to present Books 8 and 9 in a special thank-you bundle to fans of the series!
Krys and Gabriel have found each other. But will it be in a world worth loving in?
There’s only one way to find out…
The is a force in the universe with a plan. Their name is Chaos and there are things they enjoy above all else. Cloaked in lies, mistruths and temptation, some fall and are consumed. Some however turn away, knowing the truth. But in all things a price is paid, some more willing than others. But then, for two souls, the price to be paid is one they are willing to be responsible for.
The single focus through much of this work is in how Chaos comes to life, telling what is wanted, and tugging character into the ongoing strife which is all too apparently to come. Seeing how certain characters have fallen, what they want, or rather what Chaos offers, tells something of each of them. There’s a certain level of being lost within these characters, something that Chaos seems to feed upon.
While the plan for those who Krys and Gabriel face is not clear, there’s little bits and pieces of events in the past, present and future which offer some idea of what they will face next. Clearly there is loss, there is pain, there is terrible outcomes. But in spite of everything, both Krys and Gabriel remain the bright core of the story.
There are passages of erotica in the work which revolve around Chaos and her cherished toy, which makes me wonder. There’s a certain theme to it which brings me pause. A reflection of something else shall we say. It’s surprising. There is a point to each sexual encounter with Chaos, some meaning to it and a certain character falls along the way which, for me, makes some sense, but isn’t explained well as to why that happened. Another bit of story to be revealed along the way I expect.
Krys and Gabriel have their loving moments, some needed joy. Their story pops up and tells more of their first encounter in the past, their rediscovery in the present, but leaves a question in the future which bothers and concerns me. I love the dialogue, the connection between them. The character development works really well and I enjoyed it dearly.
Along the way, a certain Queen is hovering at the edges, being her mysterious self. Tera is there, she suggests, offers, reveals things to be, that were, and are. She doesn’t give everything on a silver platter to those around her, but then she never does. But I am waiting for someone to ask the single question that would, I think. bring her to tell more than what she has. Beyond that, the ending of this part of the series asks a question of her, one that many to be honest have asked of Tera. The answer? That’s one that speaks to who she is, what she believes, and what she knows.
The characters are developing, the story has turned towards the climax to come. The author’s writing has improved quite a lot, which I am so very pleased to see. Her editors need to work on their editing a bit more, there are some glaring mistakes which are theirs and need to be corrected. The story captivates me, makes me expect more and the author does so. It’s really the editing that is holding her back overall.
Four out of five pitchforks.
The story turns towards the battle to come, the falling of some and the rise of others. It’s complex and being so the questions left behind are ones that I rather enjoy pondering. A character asks: “What do you want?” The answer to that, in many ways, is: “That, would be telling.”
The telling is the best part after all.