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Shadow Slave (eBook)
Shadow Slave eBook Cover, written by Lillian Hanes
|Publication date||August 31, 2013|
|Preceded by||Shadow Master|
Shadow Slave is an eBook written by Lillian Hanes. It is the second work in the Shadow Master series by this author. In this work the character Laen is an Incubus.
- Title: Shadow Slave
- Author: Lillian Hanes
- Published By: Smashwords
- Length: 20 Pages
- Format: eBook
- IBSN: 9781301632077
- Publishing Date: August 31, 2013
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Felane, a warlock's apprentice, straddles the delicate line between tamer and tamed. When a slip of the tongue wounds her daemon lover's pride -- and solidifies Laen's growing fear of her power -- he punishes her, forcing her to service a troupe of underworld creatures to settle the debt. Felane welcomes this chance to mend the rift between them. No human -- nor any other daemon -- will ever satisfy her now she's had Laen.
But when his revenge goes to far, nearly killing her, restoring their trust in each other won't be easy. They must test their limits and probe the cracks in each other's boundaries -- or else their next time together may very well be their last.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on January 30, 2015
No relationship remains static over time. The problem can be one of learning new things. Or it can be forgetting what the other in the relationship cherishes most. What happens when both sides forget themselves and make mistakes that only lead towards strife, anger, mistrust, and worst of all, the need to strike back in revenge?
What is the result? Are all bridges burned away between them? Can they find a means to trust each other again? Or are they condemning themselves to lose everything for a momentary mistake?
Time has passed between Felane and Laen in the second book in the series. She is learning about her powers and is becoming stronger over time. Laen is there with her, teasing and arousing her so that he can feed on her sexual needs and desires. During her teaching, Felane’s concentration slips, Laen’s life hangs in the balance, and their relationship suffers greatly as a result. Later, when she attempts to apologize, he draws her into an agreement to “settle” the debt he feels she owes him. But it goes wrong, the tables are turned, and both find that what they thought they knew only scratched the surface.
Felane is much more vibrant character in this work when compared with the first. She’s progressed from a lost soul into one that has a purpose. That purpose however is entwined with the needs and desires of Laen. His need for her in return makes him do some things that drive Felane to distraction and at one point threaten his life. His reaction is well over the top and what he demands of her in order to remain is something that turns very wrong very quickly.
Then comes his greatest fear, made real by Felane, and what follows is the truth that each has. They are very powerful emotionally and the loss felt by each comes close to crippling each of them. How that is resolved, even if only to scratch the surface, becomes the core of this story and it tells a powerful story among the erotica that pushes them onwards.
The undercurrent of their relationship, of who is in control and why, makes for a story that twists and turns on this point and leads towards a moment when they come to understand that the answers are not as simple as they might wish them to be.
Again, excellently written, fully told characters and moments that make this story very powerful and an enjoyable read once more. But, like the first work, the story feels too short, as if some important things are not told and I would have liked to see them. The pacing and erotica is excellently told… But there is a moment where a question is asked about each of their pasts and the answer isn’t given. I would have liked to have seen that.
I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.
Sadly, the author promised a third work in this series and, as of this review, it has not appeared. That’s a shame honestly as the series has so much in it as a whole that leaving things as they are makes for so many questions that I would like to know the answers for.
The ending, if the third work would bring the story to a close, I think would be very illuminating and in that would come a resolution to the question of what Felane and Laen’s relationship really is meant to be or what it becomes. The mistrust and yet need that each holds so tightly against one another has, truly, meant nothing but the circling the main question that traps them both.
Hopefully, someday, that conclusion will arrive. Until then I will have my thoughts and fantasies about that to wonder about often…