Continuing my reviews of The Succubus series by Alana Church today on the Tale with the fifth work in the series so far. My first review is here, the second is here and my third review cab be found here. The prior review to this one, of the fourth work in the series, can be found here on the Tale.
There are two sides to every story. The most basic of these comes to light and dark. The light can be so very bright, but the dark will be as deep in the shadows. Sometimes they come into conflict. Sometimes the outcome depends on a simple thing. Faith. One does not have to be all powerful, one just has to know the difference between right and wrong.
- Title: Sacred Sins
- Author: Alana Church
- Cover Art: Moira Nelligar
- Length: 92 Pages
- ASIN: B01H9JUUZO
- IBSN: 9781311277756
- Publishing Date: June 18, 2016
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The work tells the story of:
Althea has been found. The missing body of the succubus has been located in a hospital. Now Rachel and her family are in a race against both time and terrifying evil, because one of the Demon-spawn also knows where her body lies. Time is of the essence, and nothing is certain. Because even if they are successful, to restore Althea to her body they will have to commit…Sacred Sins.
The time has come for Rachel to reveal the truth to her family. To explain what’s been going on, how she’s changed and why. Telling of Althea opens the door, but Rachel’s tail pokes through it soon after. Althea needs to be rescued, a plan is formed. But at the same time the evil seeking them out comes closer, threatening them all. The battle is joined, but at what cost and who will be paying?
The focus of this part of the series revolves around the discovery of the entity that, should it find Althea, intends to kill her, Rachel and her family. This revelation sets up a series of thoughtful encounters within Rachel’s family and a choice being made. That choice has ramifications, some of them quite severe, but also there comes understanding. Watching as Rachel’s family comes to terms with Rachel’s changes, Althea’s existence, and most of all, the understanding that there is something very evil and very dangerous looking for them tells a lot about each of them.
In this work, all of the characters are forced to grow, to make difficult choices. But also it tells of the light each of them carries, what they are willing to do for Althea, and, as well, the truth that Althea herself has to face in that. The ties among them all become so very tightly woven. That fabric of the family, of their love for each other in the face of what are terrible things, I really enjoyed.
Much of the work otherwise has very much an “Ocean’s Eleven” feel in that the rescue Rachel and her family undertake doesn’t quite go as well as they had hoped. The action was fast enough to keep me turning the pages, but not to miss the details. Again, it’s written like an action adventure movie scene, it has a hot start, some moments of fear, almost away and clear, threat comes back, and then, finally, the ending when the threat is overcome, if for the moment only. The entire passage just really brings into sharper focus the talent this author has in their storytelling.
The erotica is as wonderful as ever, the scenes are not silly or odd, there is focus, passion, need fulfilled. While much of this comes between the couples that have been formed throughout the series, there is one other important passage where the erotica was deliciously told. The returning of Althea to her body was interesting and I have to admit it wasn’t anything like I had expected. I’m glad it wasn’t a simple thing, that it meant something to everyone, as it needed to. There’s a good deal of “succubus tail action” throughout, and some of the moments did make me smile, for they are written so very well.
I loved so much about this work, but there is one part that gave me pause. We finally meet the real Althea… and she rubbed me the wrong way a little bit. I feel like she was a little cold at times. Not that she was evil or something, I just felt she was slightly disconnected from everyone in her tone and some of her actions. Her “voice” seemed warmer within Rachel than without. I feel like she’s a little out of sorts, which makes sense. That she needs to gain her powers, centre herself, gain her footing to face the threat that is coming for her and all those that she has touched.
There’s a sense of preoccupation, that Althea is worried that something will happen to those around her. That’s all good and it needs to be a worry for her. It’s important. Althea isn’t human, and being so there is the barrier between an immortal and a mortal. How do you relate? How can you “speak” and not be speaking down to someone? It’s a fine line, and it seems like Althea is going to have to deal with something she hasn’t for a long time now. Caring about someone again.
The ending is both funny and worrisome. It’s a good place to leave things to the next work. The question about what comes next is a hard one, when it will be and how it will be. I think it works well being so. The family is threatened, but at the same time they are together. I think that’s the point where the story turns next.
The series continues to build on its strengths, the characters remain true. The editing is very good, the prose is tight and paints a vivid picture. All good things and I am quite certain there is still more good to come.
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
The chase scene is one of the best I have read in quite some time, but while the action is at the fore here there is something more. The question of faith, belief and family. The core of the story remains true, the characters continue to grow and the story deepens. All are good things, but more the question comes as to what will happen next and who will feel the wrath of their enemy. Regardless of that, there is hope, it lives, and that matters most.