Aug 07 2016

A Review of The Succubus Apprentice by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

The Succubus Apprentice by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

The Succubus Apprentice by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

One of my joys in the past few years has been following the work of Dou7g and Amanda Lash. I completed reviewing their current series, The Succubus Apprentice, last Friday on the Tale, but for the sake of completeness, I’m going to also review the entire series as a single work. I’m doing as the authors have released the series as a stand alone novel and that’s the right thing to do.

Every journey starts with a question. Sometimes that question leads to a path unexpected. Sometimes that path leads to a moment when things change and are never the same again. However, there is one thing that never changes, you just need to be able to accept that, and accept yourself along the way.

  • Title: The Succubus Apprentice
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 224 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JKCWM18
  • Publishing Date: August 1, 2016
  • This work at

The story tells of:

This book is a novel that combines the seven novellas that make up “The Succubus Apprentice” series as we prefer to serialize the novel before putting out the full book. In this series Helen, a wise ass redhead who became a succubus at the end of “Succubus Journey” must figure out what exactly that entails. Meanwhile a scholar who became a king goes on a war for books while his ogre mentor comes along for the ride. A supervillain assassin challenges a greater demon to a duel and humor and adventure abound.

Everyone has a quest, a goal in their lives. Some happen seemingly at random. some are forced upon them. Others get into situations because they are a bit unlucky, or get pulled into them because of a really sexy pair of heels. Whatever the reason, a quest is much better where there’s someone to share it with. Good or bad, fun or painful, sharing is much better than dealing with it on your own. But then, that’s what friends are with you for aren’t they?

One of the things that I enjoyed throughout this series was that among the jokes, the innuendo, the laughter and more, comes moments that are very serious, very important and change the characters along the way. There’s a balance between the two and it helps to speed the story along. Not such that one loses comprehension, but rather that the story doesn’t feel like it’s dragging along until the next crescendo.

The pacing of the action works, the moments of thought and consideration aren’t just there for the sake of being so. There’s a point to things and that’s always a good thing because it keeps interest in what’s happening. The chapters connect to each other, there’s implications for things the characters do. It’s not so much a question of them doing good or bad, it’s more the question of why that matters.

The characters themselves change from the beginning of the series to the end. Not in a way that makes them completely different, but rather they discover things about themselves, those around them, and try to make the best of things. They adapt, they learn and along the way if some rather shady characters get what’s coming to them, well that’s not a bad thing is it?

There are a series of plots that close in the work and some that just come into focus. Many of these look back on the prior series of works and that continuity is good to see. That has implications for the characters and telling that story, in time, is amazing to read unfold. Many of these are relationship driven or focused on, some of them pushing the characters to the edge of themselves at times. There is impact from the plot on the characters, which tells of thought taken to make a story and not a series of vignettes that lead to nothing.

As a collected work, a singular novel, the series works well. It is a solid read that clearly says the authors know exactly who their characters are, are true to them, and take them there. The best stories are the ones that make you laugh with the characters. But the better ones are those that make you care about them.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Another wonderfully fun series, one that takes characters that I adore and allows them to grow. The story of our collection of friends, lovers and fighters isn’t over, the path ahead is there to be followed. I’m looking forward to that. It’s good to see friends, to see how they are.

Those make for the best stories of all.



Aug 07 2016

A Review of Incubus by Zada Foxx

Incubus by Zada Foxx

Incubus by Zada Foxx

There are some works which seem to lost their way. Much of that comes from trying to turn a story into erotica, but then missing the mark. There comes a point where just because one has an incubus as a character that they decide there has to be some kind of over the top sexual situation that comes from it.

But the problem is… that’s stereotypical. More so when the events that unfold read like a poor porn movie, or even worse, seem to try to be a certain book that has ’50’ in it. Neither interests me, nor does it do anything to take a story somewhere that could have been more than just a poorly told BSDM tale.

  • Title: Incubus
  • Author: Zada Foxx
  • Length: 14 Pages
  • Publishing Date: February 2, 2016
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

Naomi was getting a fresh start in a new house when suddenly strange things started happening to her. A strange nightly intruder is interrupting her when she is most vulnerable – while she sleeps. As she prepares to rid herself of this nuisance once and for all, she starts to wonder if exorcising this visitor is what she really wants.

Naomi moves into a new home and finds herself being haunted. Learning of the home’s past, she tries to end the haunting, but then is confronted for what she has done. The price to be paid might be what Naomi wanted in the first place.

There was, at least in the first few pages, a story to be told. There were questions and there was the possibility of learning why things were as they are. But that didn’t come out in the end. One of the major questions left unanswered is why, exactly, Micheal, the incubus of the work, is one. I don’t accept the reason given, it’s silly, shoddy, and lacks imagination.

Micheal himself started out to be interesting, seemed to have at least some personality, but when the climax of the work comes, that disappears into a very over the top domination scene that left me cold. There’s nothing in the scene that gives any sort of real understanding as to why things are. At first blush, Micheal appeared to, at least to some extent, be rather benevolent, but at the midpoint of the work he becomes harsh, over the top, demanding and, for the most part, a stereotypical “evil” being.

Along the way, as he has his way with Naomi, a succubus appears for quite literally three paragraphs and then vanishes into thin air. She’s never named, only appears to slip in little lesbian porn and nothing more.

The erotica in this work is, quite simply, porn and really oddly written at that and it shouldn’t have been. The beginning of this work was written well, had a story to tell, and as that unfolded, there was some good characterization and plot to take onwards. The second half of the work seems like the author changed their mind in mid-stream and then wrote a hurried piece of porn leaving everything else behind.

I wonder about that, if there was a good reason why things turned so poorly when there was so much promise in the first place. I somehow doubt that, that in the end this work just seemed like the author gave up.

One pitchfork out of five.

It is a shame that the story had to take the turn it did right at the point when Micheal’s story could have been told, how he came to be an incubus and why. Then dropping a succubus in for a split-second, for no good reason, does nothing for the work as well. But most of all, why take what started as a few short hot pieces of erotica and turn it into what is simply a shoddy example of BDSM and then end things with an non-sensical ending? It just doesn’t work.



Aug 06 2016

Succubi in Videogames can be… odd.

I came across a YouTube of someone playing a video game which seems to have a succubus as one of the characters. Now, the video is long, really the succubus isn’t anything special and, overall, I just shook my head as I was watching the entire thing.

Most of all, the character actors…. really make me cringe… If you really want to see the succubus, fast forward to about six minutes into the video…


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

As well, here is an image of the succubus herself…

Impire Succubus

The entire plot and story within the game for this character to appear is… painful. Honestly it’s really stereotypical, kind of painful to watch, and most of all… There really isn’t much of a point to this.

Now I will admit that I don’t know the game, haven’t played it as well. But just from this YouTube I can’t find anything that really caught my attention. But I will say that listening to those voices over and over again would make me turn off the sound…



Aug 05 2016

A Review of Stiletto by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Stiletto by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Stiletto by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

A review of the seventh and final 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 fourth work was reviewed here, with the fifth review here and the prior review can be found here, which was but a few short days ago.

Over the course of this series, and the prior one, there’s been an ongoing question surrounding Kendra. It’s a question that she’s been trying to avoid or ignore or dance around. But when push comes to shove, even succubi with quick footsteps can’t quite get out of the way of everything.

  • Title: Stiletto
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 50 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JG0O26W
  • Publishing Date: July 31, 2016
  • This work at

The story tells of:

In this, the last book of The Succubus Apprentice series, Stiletto, a metahuman villain from another world is standing in as champion for Kendra the succubus, who is trying to free herself from her demon master. Megan the mage and Poison the assassin aren’t good at waiting and distract themselves with a mission against the collegium of mages who have a plan to put an end to Edmund and his war for books.

Some things in the universe are certain. For some that’s love, but in many different forms. Whatever form it takes, in whatever way, there’s a certainty that leads to one simple fact. Love makes people do crazy things. Even to the point of putting their lives on the line.

This, the conclusion of the series, follows two main stories, telling of hardships, battles, and the realization of what can be when one puts their mind to things. At the same time however, there’s nothing wrong with few wrestling moves and a boot to the head or two. Really, that’s the unique thing about the series. Things can be intellectual one moment and then an all out brawl the next.

Characters have emotion, wants, needs and they are not afraid to bring all of that into the open. Except of course when it has to do with their own relationships, then all bets are off. I liked where the characters find themselves at the end of this work, it isn’t expected for some, it’s challenging for others. Choices are made, some of them very difficult, and that keeps them from being static.

One of the themes in the story is that of self-belief. Seeing that reflected in several characters, Megan, Kendra, Stiletto, Helen, Poison, to name a few, is very telling about each of them. Having a glimpse of that, seeing what drives them has happened before, but here there’s something a little different. There’s a decision point for each, one that seems to tear at each of them and it makes for an better story overall.

Along the way, there is an appearance of a certain succubus named…Tera. Yes, that one. Red tail and all. She appears at a point that, for me, leads to a truth for Kendra, but also for the reader, which is heartfelt and deeply true… and she is Tera in that moment, beyond reproach. The tone is right, her words are right… Where things go from there… that’s a question left unanswered… for now.

The work closes on a few open threads, questions to be explored, secrets to be revealed. I think there is more to tell and where things end, for now, brings me hope there will be more of these characters that I adore. Good characters bring about good storytelling.

There’s a few minor spelling mistakes, very few really. I liked the pacing, the characters were everything I’m come to expect from them. The joy and laughter in the moments mixed with the pain and tears. Balanced, character growth, and a purpose. A lovely way to bring this part of the characters’ travels to a close.

Four and a half pitchforks out of five.

Quite a satisfying conclusion to the series which ties up quite a few plot threads, but leaves still more to be explored. I have to admit that what a certain red-tailed queen named Tera will teach a younger succubus has me wondering. I think that would have to start with the finer points about RediWhip… at least. But then comes Megan’s path, that for Helen, the secret that Phil doesn’t know. So many lives to be told, things to be explored and that makes me happy. Because there is story to tell and that’s the best thing of all.



Aug 05 2016

A Review of Demonic Embrace by Amanda Knight

Demonic Embrace by Amanda Knight

Demonic Embrace by Amanda Knight

Just because an author can create an anthology of their works does not mean they can do so without giving a reader some sort of idea about what their collection is. Listing the titles of the stories is a start, but when you cannot locate those stories on the author’s page, that is a problem. Then not revealing the stories themselves, at least a short summary of them, is another mistake. More so, once the work begins to be read, the realization that the titles of the stories have been changed is another problem.

Further to this, coming to realize that the stories have been issued before, under other titles, makes one think they are being cheated slightly by the author doing so. Especially when the singular story in the work which has a succubus appearing in it, is one in which I was so very disappointed.

  • Title: Demonic Embrace
  • Author: Amanda Knight
  • Length: 167 Pages
  • Publishing Date: October 18, 2015
  • This work at

The work is the story of:

An anthology work containing: Dark Angel, Demon in Ireland, The Good Succubus and Taken by the blood.

Normally I review anthologies by reviewing the work with a succubus as one of the characters, then the collection as a whole. In this particular case, the work titled in the summary The Good Succubus, isn’t actually in this work. In fact, none of the titles listed actually appear at all. The author has changed the original titles of each of the works, then used another title for the summary and then still another title for the actual published works in the collection.

As such, I will focus only on the succubus story. While the summary titles this work The Good Succubus, the actual title in the anthology is The Good, the Succubus and the Monster. But this isn’t the original title of the work which was published by this author as Succubus Duel, and I have reviewed this work previously, and was really quite disappointed in it.

As I wrote in my review of this story previously, the summary of this story is: Paige finds herself facing the succubus Evestriel who is bent on taking her husband Conner’s life. Learning all she can, she comes to conclusion there is one way to save him and she makes a deal with Evestriel. The battle begins, but the outcome is the question unanswered.

The work is, as a whole, very well written, the characters are strong, have their own stories and there’s some wonderful heat when the erotica appears. Billed as romance, there is a good deal of that appearing in the story as well. There’s so much to like about this work in so many ways, but then, the last two pages just take away all of the story and left me wondering.

Evestriel is the image of a succubus through the story. Sexually powerful, controlling, very strong willed, She has a purpose, intends to have what she wants and drives towards that. There is a hint of her true form from time to time, slightly stereotypical, but that’s not done in a way that takes away from her character.

Both Paige and Conner are fully fleshed out characters as well, there are quite a lot of foibles in each, they are in love, and it’s that love which Evestriel pushes against using lust and passion to try to overcome them. That battle, how it unfolds is an amazingly good story and I loved each and every moment because there was purpose to both sides of the battle, Conner being held between the two.

However, as I have said, it is the last two pages of the work that, for me, feel completely unnecessary. The reason as to why Evestriel was after Conner makes sense from her perspective and I can accept that reason as it stands in the work. The problem is that the reason is suddenly dropped into the midst of the work, is not shown more than in passing, and leaves a really bad taste for me in the story. It feels, in many ways, as if the author decided to throw the twist into the story for the sake of doing so. For me, it doesn’t work.

If it had been explained more, if the reason would have been told more than a split second of realization by Paige and then the story closes, I would have accepted that more. As it stands here, I just felt the journey was not worth the ending. Something better needs to be here to make this work what it should be.

I’ll give this story three out of five pitchforks.

If the ending would have been explained, drawn out, something more than the single page that it comes to, then I would have liked this a lot more. But I can’t really because the ending just felt like an afterthought once all of the good in the story was done.

Being that nothing was changed in the story, and how really disappointing the ending was for me, my review of this story hasn’t changed. The balance of this anthology didn’t hold my interest very much and the main reason for that was knowing that I had read the singular story I was interested in before. The balance of the works didn’t connection with me and as such I didn’t find much that would cause me to raise my review.

I’ll give the collection as a whole two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The presentation of this collection needs some effort put into it. Revealing at least a summary of the stories would be a good start if nothing else.



Aug 04 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 446

A slightly different piece of Succubi art this week on the Tale. There must be, somewhere and somehow, those Succubi who are warriors of one kind or another. I found a piece of art that suggests this particular succubus is some kind of warrior, but along with that, comes the realization that she is also, fully a succubus as well. Something that such art of Succubi warriors does not often show…

Succubus 3 by 상원

Succubus 3 by 상원

This work is called Succubus 3 and is by an artist on Pixiv. You can find the original page with this art here.

I find her quite interesting in many ways, not the least of which is the force of her character here. She has such a self-assured look in her eyes, how she is brandishing her weapon, the pose she is holding all seem to suggest that she’s quite good at what she does and she knows this well.

But also, the clothing she wears is unashamedly seductive and sexual in nature and that adds that little bit of personality to her that says she is a succubus first, all else second. I wonder what her name is, would have to be something quite strong in tone I would think, but whispering her seductiveness as well…

I really do need to think about a story here to match this art in some small way…



Aug 03 2016

Not as much Hot Stuff as Questionable Stuff really…

Hot Stuff Devil CostumeOnce again costume designers tempt me with a shiny costume assuming that, if there is enough shiny, I will ignore the trashy or. what happens more often, the overall mediocre look. It cannot be that hard to make a costume look sexy and have it be shiny as well can it?

This is called the Hot Stuff Devil Costume and it comes with the red sequin dress that has an attached mesh cape, the belt, a pair of red sequin horns and the sequin pitchfork that I dislike above all other lousy looking pitchforks…

The shoes are not included, nor is a tail, and this sells for about $80 US.

There is so much to dislike here really. The cape does nothing for me, the pitchfork is lousy. I don’t particularly like the dress’ hem at all, not because of how short it is, but rather that it doesn’t quite look right being a flame-like cut. The horns at least match the sequins of the dress, which is something. I also do not like that collar, it looks… unfinished… for some reason.

I suppose, given no other choice mind you, I would remove the cape and that collar to reduce the tacky to a minimum, find a better pitchfork, and see if that belt really is needed. The dress itself? Nothing really can be done about that… But perhaps there is an idea in here somewhere to think about… One never know really…

I’ll give this two pitchforks out of five.

There’s a thought in there somewhere, but it doesn’t quite bring out the seductive…