Aug 20 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 396

There are quite a number of adventure card games which have either a magic theme or a similar one in them. Naturally, and this really shouldn’t be a surprise, Succubi tend to appear in the game in various ways… Or if not Succubi themselves, then certainly some rather familiar names of Succubi. Sometimes they are a bit more on the “evil” side, sometimes they are “powerful” but almost always they have a certain seductive quality to them that I think is very interesting…

Lilith by BABAGANOOSH99

Lilith by BABAGANOOSH99

This work is called Lilith and is by an artist on DeviantArt by the name of BABAGANOOSH99. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here on DeviantArt as well.

I rather like this art in quite a few ways. She has no hooves, which I appreciate very much, while she has a somewhat “evil” form it isn’t one that looks poor or takes away from who, and likely what, she is. I do wish she had a tail, I think that’s really something needed here considering her overall look by far.

She does, I know, have more of a warrioress look to her, one that hides her seductiveness a bit behind that huge battle axe and the almost armour she has. But it doesn’t completely remove the Succubus nature of her character and the balance here I think works well as a whole.

I do wonder if she also has a more “seducer” form, one that takes her body shape and tones down her evil features into something a bit more seductive and tempting… As a whole I think that would work quite well and if that form doesn’t have those wings, and only adds the tail which she really needs… I’d love that a lot.

The game that is referred to on the image, Conjuror: Magical Card Adventure, is an online card playing game which you can find here. I don’t really know much about the game I have to admit and I am sharing the link for the sake of completeness and I have no connection to the game whatsoever.

So, if you do like such games, go have a look and let me know if there are, as I think there are, Succubi to be found in that game and let me know?

Otherwise, Lilith, I think, will be what I think Succubi in this world look like and it’s a rather pleasant thought at that…

 

Tera

Aug 19 2015

A Devil… Muppet… Costume?

Cozy Devil Sexy CostumeSome time ago on the Tale I shared a costume that was just the most awful thing i had ever found. It reminded me, in a way, of an attempt to make a muppet devil girl costume… and it didn’t turn out well at all. And I don’t think this attempt worked out well either…

This is called the Cozy Devil Sexy Costume and it comes with the fleece dress which has wings on it, though you can’t really see them in this image. There is also an attached spiky devil tail and a demon horn hood. The boots and tights are not included, not that it helps this disaster at all, and it lists for $85 but it does appear from time to time on sale for $35 or less.

This costume really does remind me of some of the huge monster muppets that I’ve seen from time to time, which are about a million times better than this mess by far.

The wings are silly, the tail is nothing special, and the hood with all of those horns on it just looks wrong. Adding the torn tights and the boots the model is wearing just pushes the entire costume into something one would have to really be slightly drunk to even think about wearing.

I can’t say that I like any of this, there is really no making it better, it is firmly in the fleece section of the awful costumes and it deserves to remain there. Preferably buried under a ton of potting soil and turning into compost.

Zero out of five pitchforks.

It’s just silly and ugly and those are two things that a Succubi costume shouldn’t be…

 

Tera

 

Aug 18 2015

A Review of The Ghost and Devlin Muir by S. K. McClafferty

The Ghost and Devlin Muir by S. K. McClafferty

The Ghost and Devlin Muir by S. K. McClafferty

Sometimes a Succubus isn’t a Succubus…  Or perhaps more accurately, sometimes a Succubus is a ghost with one hell of a sex drive. Now there are some stories that I have read where all the story wants to focus on is the sex and nothing more. I found a work that is hot at the right moments, but also tells a deeply involved story at the same time.

In doing so, something interesting happens… It makes you think and wonder about how the pieces of the story connect together. Any good book, mystery or not, needs to make you wonder about things… It’s nice to find that kind of work. Even if the Succubus isn’t quite a Succubus really…

The work tells of:

Devlin Muir is having the worst day of his life, until something happens that turns his world upside down. In the midst of devastating chaos, he discovers that he’s the long lost heir to the Foxley fortune: a sprawling estate near Bar Harbor with a breathtaking view of the ocean. It certainly seems like the perfect place for an artist to hang out to lick his wounds and create, and since there’s nothing left for Devlin in Boston, he decides to relocate, and he heads for the quaint seaside village of Jenna’s Cove.

But his new situation holds more than one surprise, and Devlin very soon finds himself caught between a budding romance with Jilly, the caretaker’s lovely Wiccan granddaughter, and Serena, the ghost of his great-great grandfather’s mistress, a lonely succubus.

Devlin, a lifelong skeptic, is torn between the woman he wants, and the one who won’t leave him alone. Serena doesn’t just use men, sexually. She uses them up, and Devlin is desperate for a solution. But can thirteen modern day witches and a spell to reunite Serena with Captain Jacob Foxley really bring Devlin the happiness he’s seeking with Jilly?

The summary of this work is really very good and gets to the core of the story very well. In fact it is one of the better summations that I have seen is a long time. That said, there is quite a lot more in this work that isn’t told in the summary and while some hints are given it really doesn’t quite do justice to the work fully.

This work has life in it. By that I mean the characters are not cardboard, scenes are not there for the sake of them being so. There is purpose in the characters, their lives are entwined and as events unfold there are moments of joy but also tales of loss, want and need.  The story told is one where two souls find each other and in doing so help other souls to find their way.

Devlin is quite the interesting character for many reasons, but I think the one that is most attractive is that he has something that others don’t. A certain attraction that serves to bring him a Succubus named Serena but more importantly Jilly who is a wonderful mix of sass and charm. In fact all of the characters in the work, but especially Jilly’s family, have really powerful personalities and there is no mistaking them when they appear.

Serena, the Succubus of the work is somewhat different from the usual idea of Succubi and in being so it makes her quite the foil against which Devlin and the others are placed against. The moments when she appears can be anything from a simple tease through seduction, control and beyond. Overall she appears to be a ghost in the shape of a beautiful woman, no horns or tail or anything like that. But as the story unfolds it is clear that while she is a Succubus, she isn’t quite the normal one in her needs and desires. The resolution of this work, the solution was quite nicely set up and presented I thought. More so that the aftermath neatly tied up most of the threads in the work which I appreciated.

I would describe this work as being a mystery with a dash of erotica mixed in. Personally I like those sorts of stories and I enjoyed it… mostly. My one issue with the work was the climax of the story which, for me at least, seemed to be rushed and somehow pat in nature. After all of the lead-up to that point I felt a little let down with that part. But in spite of that one thing, the work is wonderfully written, painting a clear image in your thoughts of each moment as it unfolds…

Really very good and recommended.

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

A fascinating mystery with an involved background, characters and more. Not quite the normal sort of Succubi that I look for, but certainly did make me pause and think. Nicely hot, but not overwhelmingly so and a dash of humour that just was right.

 

Tera

Aug 18 2015

A Review of the Incubus series by Abigail Fox

Ravaged by the Incubus by Abigail Fox

Ravaged by the Incubus by Abigail Fox

Two works with incubi in them in this review, both seemingly set in the same universe, in some way. Sadly, neither of these works are available any longer, both of them being removed from sale and the author vanishing as well. Still, they deserve to be reviewed, and so they will be.

As an aside, there were supposedly, according to the author’s notes, that there would be two more works appearing, close on the heels of these two, but they never appeared. It’s a bit sad as there was some promise in what was released and the entire story was never really told.

Some are fortunate to encounter those that call themselves incubi and succubi, for in that moment they discover truths about themselves, whom they are with, but in the end, they cannot remember why.

  • Title: Ravaged by the Incubus
  • Author: Abigail Fox
  • Length: 42 Pages
  • ASIN: B00WH0TAS4
  • Publishing Date: April 20, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com – No Longer Available

The work is described as:

He might just be willing to convert….

I’m at the museum with my church group when I bump into a man that ropes me in with his smooth words and fascinating ideas about demons. Feeling brave, I invite him to the evening church meeting, wanting to spend more time with him before he exits my life forever.

He agrees, much to my delight and my pastors ire. However, something about him doesn’t feel right, and his eye color keeps changing at random, which only causes my interest in him to intensify. I must know more about him!

Carmen meets Asher at the museum, and in a whirlwind, she is attracted to him, agrees to meet with him, and then, eventually, Asher reveals that his is an incubus and the truth about them.

This is actually quite a loveable romantic story for the most part, though there are some moments in which the story takes a slightly darker turn. Not between the main characters themselves, but rather around Carmen’s life, and what has happened around her for a very long time.

Carmen herself is very interesting, a fully told and strongly written character which I liked because she wasn’t a female character dropped into a story for the sake of some erotica. While that comes, eventually, as does Carmen herself, that really doesn’t feel like the point of the story. It’s more of an expression of her desires, thoughts, and yes, fears. There’s some thoughtful expressions of her own thoughts, some truthful conversation that made her quite a lot more. Carmen has a soul, and it really does show as the story unfolds.

Asher is the incubus of the two works, having two slightly different aspects to his character between the two. In the first, he is inquisitive about Carman, her life, and in being so, accepts an invitation which answers a question he had for some time. It’s more of a metaphysical one, but in having it, that gives him a bit more depth. But there’s more than that. He is thoughtful, intelligent, and holds himself in a way that speaks to the mystery that he is.

Asher’s incubus form reads beautifully, being mostly something well known but with a few little changes that make him slightly different. It is also interesting when he discusses what he is capable of, one of these being a kind of mind control which I will return to a little later.

Asher is, also, quite clear in explaining that while he is an incubus, their kind doesn’t hurt their partners, or wish to. For me that’s an important point and it is clear as the erotica comes along that he cares about a lot about Carmen’s well being.

The work focuses on story, and tells quite a good one, but there is a single erotic passage between Asher and Carmen that I think was nicely hot, had some cute moments, but also a little bit of a loving dominance as well. The erotica balanced against the story well, didn’t overpower it, and as such, I think made the entire work better.

I noted that there is a bit of mind control in the work and that is where I have a small problem. During their encounter, Asher and Carmen talk about her life and a very significant change she needs to make with it. However, in the wake of their encounter, Asher tells Carmen that she will not remember him the following morning. As such, the good that he tried to do, all of the time spent in helping Carmen to see something better for herself would seem to be lost. I’m rather disappointed if that is true because if it is, then Carmen falls back into things as they were. Considering how much Asher cared, that bothers me.

There are a few minor spelling mistakes, but nothing really outstanding. A little bit more editing to clean up some of the dialogue would be good as well. But this is still a good read with good characters and a complete story on its own.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A nice, romantic tale of discovery and one that worked well.

Desired by the Incubus by Abigail Fox

Desired by the Incubus by Abigail Fox

The series continued with the second work, in which Asher returned, this time coming in contact with a librarian. It’s a significantly different work in that it tells a bit more about Asher, where he lives, what he does and so on. It also tells more about who the incubi and succubi are in this universe, if only fleetingly so.

Being such, as it reveals more about Asher, the tone of the work is different, but also, as the woman attracted to him is different as well, more than just the tone changes.

  • Title: Desired by the Incubus
  • Author: Abigail Fox
  • Length: 33 Pages
  • ASIN: B00WGZS2JS
  • Publishing Date: April 20, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com – No Longer Available

The work is described as:

What’s a horny librarian to do?

I’m working at the library as usual, when in comes a man who looks like he just walked off a movie set. Intrigued, I seek him out, hoping to catch the eye of the ethereal creature. Instead, it is he who catches me, and I’m shocked when he gives me an offer I’d be mad to refuse.

An inner battle consumes me. Something about him seems off, and I can’t quite place it. But I also don’t want this once-in-a-lifetime chance to shag the owner of a popular nightclub to completely pass me by.

Cadence is working away in her role as a librarian as always. At least until Asher enters and she finds herself taken by him. An invitation to his club, a decision to accept, reveals that Asher is an incubus, and he offers her something she hasn’t experienced before. Something different.

While the work continues to follow Asher, and those he encounters, there is quite a lot more focus on Asher, his world, and what he does with himself. It also tells some background on the succubi and incubi in this universe that wasn’t really touched on all that much in the first. There is mention of his true form and so on again. It also is a bit clearer that the ones that Asher seems to be attracted to can see what his true eye colour is, which might mean something, but that isn’t dwelled on.

Cadence is a vastly different female lead than the previous work. She’s unsure, not clear on her own self worth, and in many ways, she wants something but cannot quite connect herself to that. Asher allows Cadence to explore her own sexuality and desires, which makes for some very hot erotica.

The work is balanced well I thought between the erotica and the storytelling, neither taking over the entire work but trying to coexist together. That all seemed to work well, but this work was slightly more erotic focused than the first was. The lead up to Cadence and Asher becoming intimate was lovely and worked well.

The humour in this work was quite strongly felt, especially in Cadence’s personality and comments she makes and I liked that for it gave her a voice, made the work different in its own way, and in being so wasn’t a carbon copy of the first work.

The characters are whole, the story is quite good, the scenes are telling. There are one or two uncomfortable moments in the work, but they add to the storytelling and not take away from it. They allow Cadence to learn about herself, on the one hand, but also that not everyone is nice.

There was one spelling mistake in the work that tripped me up. Asher notes that there are a pair of Succubi working for him. But that is spelled ‘Sucubi’ and that, of course, stopped me cold in the story.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Another good, romantic read with characters that are more than they are expected to be. In that, the promise of the first work came through in the second which was good to see.

Regrettably, the third and fourth works never appeared in this series. They were supposed to appear within a few weeks of the initial two works, but never did. There’s no explanation for that happening, and it’s a shame that the series didn’t continue as both works set up quite a good main character and seemed to promise there to be a lot more to discover.

It would have been nice to see that happen…

 

Tera

Aug 17 2015

Knee Socks By TeraS

I decided that I needed to write something fun this time on the Tale. I’m not sure this is exactly what I had in mind, but it seemed like a good idea, which, like many good ideas in the Realm, took on a life of its own …

 

Knee Socks
By TeraS

 

Sometimes, one of the succubi finds herself in an odd situation. That could be any number of things, and, as Tera would tell them all, that is, very much, expected. There are some moments, especially for the more innocent of the succubi—and yes, they do exist—where they find themselves utterly confused by the ones they are with.

Kerri had been following him for quite some time. Well, some might say she was being a little bit of a stalker, but the sweet green-haired red-tail didn’t have a nasty thought in her at all. In fact, she was a bit of an airhead at times, though that was part of her charm, really. Regardless of that—and she didn’t dwell on it much, if at all—something attracted her to him, and so she had spent the last month following him around at a distance …

… to start.

She didn’t know exactly what it was about him that she liked. Maybe it was how he smiled, when he did … which wasn’t often, because he was so very shy around everyone. Or perhaps it was how he was so nice, never having a bad word to say. It could be how he spoke, but that shyness did get in the way of conversation.

Or, perhaps, it was what she saw when she snuck into his bedroom in the middle of the night and watched him sleep. She especially liked the foot of his bed; there was just enough room for her to perch there and watch him. She looked at him, under the covers, snoring, mind you, and tried to figure out what she liked about him.

This went on for a very long time.

During the day, she would follow him around at a distance, usually. Once, when she was trying to be as nonchalant as possible she bumped into him in the middle of the library. Before she could apologize to him, he had run off, around the corner and vanished. This really confused Kerri. She hadn’t said a word, hadn’t done anything wrong and yet he’d gone and rushed off like she had poked him with her pitchfork.

She went back to the Realm, back to her little apartment, and looked at herself in the mirror. She couldn’t see anything wrong with how she looked. Her hair was in a ponytail, the skirt she was wearing wasn’t that revealing: it didn’t even show off an inch of skin between the bottom of the plaid skirt and the tops of her knee socks. And her top? Well that wasn’t anything stupid looking, either: her curves were just right in it, not too much cleavage showing or anything. If anything, some of her sisters would tell her that she was really overdressed for being one of the succubi.

A thought came to her. What if she was wearing too much? Maybe that was the problem! Maybe he ran off because he couldn’t see her well enough and mistook her for someone else! Perhaps someone had done something bad to him wearing something like she had decided to wear that day! Deciding that this had to be the problem, Kerri quickly wiggled out of her skirt and then pulled off her top. She looked at herself in the mirror again, and then slipped off her bra and panties as well.

But then she paused. She loved her knee socks, really a bunch, and she didn’t want to take them off. Not just because she liked them—which she really did—but more because she didn’t feel right being completely naked and running around like that.

Tracing a finger along the elastic top, she smiled and recalled how her sisters made fun of her not wanting to be completely naked. One of them told her that being naked has all part of being of the succubi and she needed to get over her problem about being totally nude. Still, as she thought about it, if all she was wearing was her knee socks, then she was, almost completely bare, and that was just as good as being totally undressed, really.

Well, it would have to be, because she wasn’t going to be naked for anybody. Not even him. No matter how much she liked him and all.

Looking at the clock, which she had set to his time, she realized that he was probably asleep and, without another thought, she portalled away from the Realm to his bedroom.

When she got there, she noticed that he wasn’t, in fact, in bed. Frantically, she looked around the bedroom, trying to find him, and when she couldn’t she very quietly creeped around his home looking for him. She could have just poked into his mind, but she didn’t want to—again, another one of her quirks. It would have made things a lot easier, not to mention finding out what his name was, but that didn’t seem right somehow.

Kerri was mulling this over, her tail swaying slowly as she walked along one of the hallways, when she walked headlong into him. She found her body pressed into his, face to face, or, more accurately, she looking up at him while he looked down at her … with the weirdest expression she’d ever seen on him. It almost looked like he was having some kind of problem breathing.

Worried, she blurted out: “Um … Hi. Are you okay?”

He fainted, and then she was left with him out cold on the floor, his head bouncing off it when he landed. Slapping a hand over her eyes, she groaned in despair before grabbing his feet and pulling him down the hallway into his bedroom and then, none too gently, lifting him into his bed. She considered pulling off his clothes … after all, maybe that’s why he fainted … they might be too tight on him or something … She’d had that problem a lot because of how tight some of her tops where, especially the latex ones.

Instead, she crawled into bed with him, straddling her legs over his waist, and paused. She tried to remember what Tera had told her about what to do when someone fainted. Then it came to her: she could try mouth-to-mouth resuscitation! That would wake him up!

The problem was that she wasn’t exactly sure how that worked. But she was a good kisser, and she thought it worked in the same way, more or less. So, having no other good ideas, she leaned down, put her lips to his and started to kiss him …

… at least she did until his eyes opened, he yelled, and she found herself tossed off him and over to the foot of the bed, where she looked at him in as much shock as he did with her.

“Who are you?”

She smiled and offered him her hand: “I’m Kerri. It’s nice to meet you!”

She expected that he would shake her hand, say hi, and then tell his name too. But instead he kept staring at her, mouth moving, but saying nothing. Frowning, she gently slapped his cheek with her right hand which seemed to snap him out of it.

“Why are you naked?”

Frowning, she replied: “I’m not naked.”

“Yes! You are!”

This wasn’t right, obviously, so Kerri turned herself around and then waved her right leg at him: “No, I’m not. See? Knee socks!”

Now, she expected an answer, but instead, for some reason, he fainted again, at least this time his head bounced off the pillows and not the floor. Confused, she looked at her leg and then wiggled her toes.

What was the problem? She wasn’t naked. She was wearing her knee socks. Bouncing out of the bed she walked over to a mirror that was nearby and looked at herself. Obviously the problem wasn’t her! She wasn’t naked, and, really, he must have seen girls before, so what was the problem?

Tapping a finger against her lips she mused out loud: “Mebby the problem is what my knee socks look like. But, I can make them something like latex stockings, or pantyhose or something. Maybe that would be better!”

She didn’t have time to answer herself as he moaned from behind her: “No! That’s worse!”

By the time she turned around to look at him, he had put a pillow over his head, and that confused her even more.

“Um … Why are you hiding behind that pillow?”

“You’re naked!”

In a huff, Kerri answered: “No, I’m not! I’m … Look, I am not naked, okay? I am wearing knee socks, so I am not naked!”

There was an uncomfortable silence, then he asked: “What are you doing here?”

Happily, Kerri explained: “Oh, well, see, I am one of the succubi, and I think you’re kinda’ cute, and I wanted to meet you. So, here I am!”

There was another pause and then, peeking out from behind the pillow he asked: “Actually, why arent you naked? I mean, isn’t that what your kind does? Run around naked all the time?”

Now it was Kerri’s turn to be shocked as she asked: “You want me to take them off?”

He didn’t answer, still hiding behind the pillow. A smile started to appear on Kerri’s lips as she began to walk towards him: “You’re naughty.”

“No! I’m not! It’s …”

At this point, Kerri had crawled into bed with him again, and placed herself exactly where she had been before, straddling him, but this time that pillow was in the way.

“You are naughty. What’s wrong with me wearing my knee socks?”

He crushed the pillow to his face, which made Kerri wonder if he was going to try to eat it or something. Deciding that wouldn’t be any help at all, she took hold of the pillow and yanked it away from him, then set it down in front of her—which, for some reason, seemed to make it easier for him to talk to her. It didn’t mean, however, that he was going to get away without answering her.

“What’s wrong with my knee socks? I want to know.”

His answer surprised her: “You’re … a lot more beautiful wearing them … never expected to meet someone like you … and …”

He didn’t get anything else out because he found himself crushed between the pillow and one of the succubi who was now kissing him … deeply.

After a bit, just before he fainted from lack of oxygen, or blood, or something, to his brain, she broke the kiss and he found himself nose to nose with her, her tail moving slowly behind her.

“That’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever said to me. Thank you.”

“Um … You’re welcome.”

He paused, then added in a squeak: “I’m Tom.”

She kissed him again: “Hi, Tom. How can I make you happy?”

Hesitantly, as if he was afraid to break her, he took Kerri’s hands in his own: “I was going to ask you the same thing.”

Winking she replied: “Just let me wear my knee socks. I’m a little shy about being naked.”

He had the most odd expression again, she thought, before he replied: “And I’m a little shy around beautiful girls.”

She laughed: “Oh, you’re too cute for that. I mean, you must have a lot of girls.”

“Um … no. You’re the first that ever said ‘Hi.’ You’re also the first to bump into me, the first to be this close to me.”

Kerri wiggled a little closer, putting the pillow to the side as she did so: “It’s nice to be first. Would you like to help take off my knee socks?”

He gave her a sloppy smile: “I don’t think so. I think you’re perfect as you are.”

It turned out, in time, that they were, indeed, perfect for each other, and Kerri was able to prove something to her sister succubi: you don’t have to be naked to be a succubi. But you do have to know what you like and who you love …

… and how to choose your stockings well …

Aug 16 2015

A Review of Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

Just This Once by Sylvia Parker

One of the things that bothers me is the summaries that some books have. They do tell something of what is going on, but there is a problem that crops up from time to time. Sometimes they tell a very small part of the overall work and leave out everything else.

I do realize that, much of the time, the point is to drive sales of a work, but I don’t see why there needs to be one expectation from a reader going in and then finding out that the actual story is something that’s much different than one expects.

  • Title: Just This Once
  • Author: Sylvia Parker
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B00L5LT8RE
  • Publishing Date: June 19, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is described as:

Anna is a disciplined elven thief, and a damn good one at that. Having fenced some stolen goods to a personal adviser of the Governor, she leads him to a safe-house in the Poor Quarter, run by Tartan, a close friend. She finds him catering to the carnal needs of the citizens of the city, holding a massive erotic party where clothing is optional.

As she discreetly tries to get in and get out, Anna is stopped in her tracks by Ubana: a powerful succubus. The elven thief is put under a spell of intense desire, and she gets in touch with her dark side as she begins to rub elbows – among other things – with some of the peculiar and powerful guests of Tartan’s party.

As a whole the summery doesn’t leave much out of the work, everything that is mentioned does, in fact, happen in the work. The problem is that the way it is written it seems like the succubus is a core character to the plot, which she isn’t, and in that I came away from the work disappointed.

It reads very much like a very over the top sexual fantasy Dungeons and Dragons adventure in many ways with just about every trope being seen at some point in the story. The majority of the story is taken up by Anna’s adventure to get where she needs to be and then things take a turn when a centaur wants to have some fun with her and the succubus decides to help out.

Ubana appears in this work in total for about one page, possibly a page and a half. She is quite stereotypical in a lot of ways, is intent on one thing only and beyond that really nothing much is told about her as she’s simply an easy means to get Anna all hot and bothered which then leads to the centaur having his way with her.

The name Ubana should be familiar to those that had read other works by this author as she has appeared in several other works, again only fleetingly. Really the only difference between this appearance and her other ones is that here she isn’t having her way with someone, or trying to kill them, or worse. Between the two versions, the one in this work is somewhat more palatable in that she isn’t exactly as evil as her other incarnation.

There really wasn’t all that much that held my attention plot wise, and honestly there could have been a lot more lead up to the main story and a better ending than there was. A few mistakes that another editing pass might have caught as well. The erotica was, for me, rather lukewarm. There is the single scene with the centaur but that’s really mostly Anna losing control and doing things she has never done before. It’s really mindless in a lot of ways and that just didn’t have a lot of heat in it for me.

I think the problem that I’ve noticed in other works by this author comes out here as well. There is a plot, it tries to go somewhere, but it gets abandoned for a single sex scene which then, when it comes to its climax, ends the story and leaves a lot to be desired.

I’ll give this work one and a half pitchforks out of five.

Like the other works by this author, any succubus in the story is there but fleetingly and in all honesty does nothing for the story as a whole. They could be removed at the stroke of a pen and it wouldn’t change a thing.

 

Tera

Aug 16 2015

A Review of Julie’s Ascent by Emily Walker

Julie's Ascent by Emily Walker

Julie’s Ascent by Emily Walker

Quite some time ago, I reviewed a work on the Tale in which I thought that the story had some promise, even though it was so very short. I mentioned at the time that the work seemed like the beginning of a longer, more detailed origin story for a series and I wondered if that would ever come to be. If you’d like to read that review, you can find it on the Tale here.

Recently, to my surprise, the work reappeared in a more full and captivating read that I thought was wonderful. There comes a moment when what the truth is does not represent what we believed it to be. Sometimes becoming a succubus isn’t about what you are, but who you are…

  • Title: Julie’s Ascent
  • Author: Emily Walker
  • Length: 117 Pages
  • ASIN: B00ZPM8Q36
  • Publishing Date: June 14, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

 

The work is described as:

When Julie Monroe ends up in Hell, she has no idea why she’s there.

The things does know are: she’s dead, she’s transparent, and she’s been given a second chance.

Kind of.

Given the opportunity to return to Earth as a Succubus, she take the chance to get out of Hell–but she isn’t too keen on sucking souls for the Underworld. To make things even more complicated, she has a huge crush on her mentor, Asa. He’s been in the business of the Succubae for hundreds of years, and Julie can’t help but feel drawn to him.

Convinced she can escape, Julie thinks she can run and hide. But, as she discovers different dimensions of Hell on Earth, she begins to realize that maybe there isn’t a way to escape her fate.

Julie finds herself in Hell, her future to be a succubus, and while that isn’t something she looks forwards to, the more pressing question is what happened to her in the first place. Learning the hows and whys of being a succubus, which are nothing like she expected, she finds that there is more going on than she knows. Questions abound, the answers are few, slim and none, and when she finds out the truth, the questions do not end.

The work spends quite a lot of time in world building, telling of the characters, of Julie herself. There is more depth to this work in explaining Julie’s thoughts, her confusion, her worries, and, in some ways, her desires, than a number of other works of late and that works really well here. At times there is a bit too much “woe is me” in Julie’s thoughts, but she soon gets through that stumbling and moves onwards to try to take control of herself. It is not a simple path, there are many points at which Julie stumbles and needs to be, if not rescued by Asa, then given a talking to.

We really never see Julie’s succubus form, by that I mean horns, tail and so on. In some ways this makes her a better, more complete character in that she still has her humanity in the face of so many others that do not. As well, while there is mention of succubi and incubi killing and taking souls through sex, that isn’t how things work in Julie’s reality. How things work for her is more subtle, but also more dangerous for her and that adds an aspect to things that isn’t seen often. There is a little bit of a mind control aspect here and there in the work, but it is very lightly touched upon and does not get in the way of the overall story.

There are consequences. Some of which are warned of. others that happen. But it is the past that haunts Julie most of all and more over time. Uncovering that past is a constant theme in the work, even through all else that Julie deals with. It is a mystery that isn’t simply explained in a word or two, it literally takes the entire work for all of the pieces to fall into place and when they do, it is really quite surprising.

There are two other characters, one a succubus, one an incubus, which add some twists to the story, but also explain a lot about what happens that I think worked well. Asa, who is the other main character of the work, is written well, is a strong personality, and has a quirky personality that I did enjoy too.

There isn’t really any erotica to speak of, really that’s not the point of the work. It’s the exploration of memory, what happens when it is found, and what that does to you. A solid work, really there are no editing errors that take one out of the story at any point. I wish that some time had been spent in telling more about one particular character, why they did what they did. But then, not all of the answers come at once.

I’ll give this work four and a half of out five pitchforks.

Really everything I could have hoped for from what came before. For that being true, for the author finishing this work, telling the story, making the world be all that it is… That is such a wonderful things.

I hope the author isn’t going to wait three years before releasing the rest of this series, at least it seems like there will be more to come. Julie’s story isn’t over, the questions, though some answered, remain. The promise I had seen before comes through quite well and I look forward to seeing more someday…

 

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