The sixth review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine this time on the Tale. You can find the first review here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, and the prior review to this one on the Tale here. The series has run hot and cold for me as Lily’s story has unfolded and in this work I wondered if that would continue.
Beyond that, Lily’s history, that of the succubi in this universe, and most of all, the core plot of the series, I really wanted to see expand, move forward, and possibly point the series forwards. Some of that happened, some of it didn’t, but perhaps the single thing that was the most different in this work was that Lily discovered that she isn’t invulnerable. Perhaps that will be the difference for her.
- Title: Raising the Dead
- Authors: Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
- Length: 73 Pages
- ASIN: B01CDX9WZ0
- IBSN: 9781311982117
- Publishing Date: March 31, 2016
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It tells the story of:
My name is Lily Quinn and I’m a sex-powered half-demon monster hunter. That sets my bar for ‘weird’ pretty high. So trust me when I say there’s something really weird about this job.
I’ve got two dead College wizards, murdered by a… cute junior advertising executive? Rick Sung is no kind of monster I know of, so how the hell did an ordinary human manage to kill a pair of trained mages?
And that’s only the beginning of the weirdness. I’ve got about a million questions for Rick, but first I need to catch him before he can kill anyone else. That shouldn’t be too hard. The guy is only human… right?
Lily finds that things are becoming a little complicated for her. Her personal life is one, her professional life is another. But no matter how that might be, the one thing that she never expected to be was helpless. But then, one of the succubi is never that. Especially when her name is Lily.
This work has several moments in the telling that, for me, spoke of foreshadowing for Lily in a lot of ways. There’s an interesting fortune cookie which speaks to something I have been hoping for about Lily, and I dearly hope that comes true. Max’s arc continues, and in that some of Lily’s thoughts spoke volumes I felt. As the truth behind the story came out, there follows some revelations about Lily and those she works for, their thoughts about her.
The thing about all of this is that there’s a lot of strife in the background that really hasn’t been dealt with in the series so far and I really wish the series would focus on it more. The tension between Lily and those in the College needs to be explored for a lot of reasons, but most of all is this underlying opinion that she’s nothing more than a toy for some to use in their minds.
It’s sort of expected, overall, but it speaks poorly about all she has done for them, what she has accomplished. At some point this needs to be dealt with, and in a “Lily” way. When it is, I suspect that a lot of Lily’s past will finally be told and if the single thing I expect will be, that will shake the College to its foundations.
Beyond everything that happens to Lily, for the first time in the series an actual succubus appears. I honestly expected something more than she is, how little she’s in the story, considering how important to this work in the series she is. There’s some details revealed about succubi over this, and one of them I hope will not result in an ending to the series that I fear as a result. It would be a terribly sad thing if it did. I hesitate to call her stereotypical, but there’s really nothing told of her, what she does is typically “evil” for a succubus and in the end, while it creates the core of this story, she’s not there long enough to be more than, sadly, an interlude.
There are two main works of erotica, in one Lily masquerades as a stripper, and I just adored that scene immensely. It was some of the most delicious succubus seduction and control that I have read in the series and it made the work sing for me. When Lily is like this, she’s just amazing. The other work was far less hot, in truth I shuddered through most of it, but that has to be expected considering the situation Lily was in. It’s really over the top in a lot of ways, it didn’t hold much heat because of how Lily was treated, again, things turned out as they had to in that moment.
The singular thing that came out most of all in this work is that there’s something that is very wrong about Lily’s world. More so that it seems that a lot of people have their heads in the sand and cannot see what’s going on. What makes this more bothersome is how Lily is seen as the threat by so many in spite of all the good she has done. It’s like there isn’t anything she can do which will result in her being seen as “worthy” and “more than a succubus.”
Overall, this work I felt took the series back to the beginning in tone, attitude and overall there was a shift in the direction of the work that allowed for more of Lily’s past to be told, if barely, than it has been in some time. There was not a lot of movement on the overall series plot, that of what’s going on with the College, but there’s a really good hint about just how bad things are, and at this point, Lily has to have a clue that something’s not right at all.
Speaking of clues, for the first time in the series, Lily discovered that all of the warnings that Max had given her about being careful, and she brushed off, finally came back to haunt her. Seeing Lily being “helpless” was something telling because when push came to shove, there is a moment when the two sides of Lily confront each other. In that moment, something important I think was revealed about Lily’s true self and I honestly want to know more about that. Is everything that Lily says she feels real or a front? That’s something to think about. This might be the turning point, it might be the moment when the real Lily comes out and has to make sense of herself. I hope so.
Four out of five pitchforks.
Seeing what a “real” succubus was like, even fleetingly was interesting. Hinting about Lily’s possible future was interesting. Lily having to face the fact that she can be overcome was somewhat more so. What I didn’t find was the heat in the erotica when Lily was at her weakest. Abuse isn’t a fun thing to read, even if Lily’s succubus nature made that enjoyable for her. I’m hoping for the next work in the series to move fully into the real mystery here. That of Lily herself and what exactly is going on around her.
That’s the thing that seems to be missing in every part of the series so far.