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 Amazon.com
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.