Feb 05 2012

A review of The Huntress by C.S. Dusk

Violence is, I know, part of what most think that succubi are. The problem becomes when that violence overcomes the character and they become a simple caricature of what they are. That’s a bigger problem when the actions of a character become the character.

A review of The Huntress by C.S. Dusk

A review of The Huntress by C.S. Dusk

It is described as:

She seeks her prey among those who prey on others, the man with the easy wink and the flashy gold watch, those whose lustful gazes follow her every move. For she is beauty taken form, but her body is merely a device, the snare she sets for the unaware. Those that are trapped within her gaze never surface again, their existence snuffed between grinning red lips.

She is the Huntress, and her names are as numerous as her victims. Of predators there are none more vicious, cold or unstoppable. Yet she has a singular but debilitating weakness, a hunger that threatens her superiority over the pathetic masses. Not only that, but it may also cause her to fail in an important task, a task given by forces who are not known for their compassion toward incompetents.

Madness and debauchery await… give in to it. Stare into the green eyes of oblivion.

The story is set in a world that the author describes as being set in a world following a civil war in a modern Hell after the end of the Eternal War between Heaven and Hell. They also describe this work as the first in a series they have named the Silent City series.

The main character of this story, Dena Bat Mahlat, is a succubus. She has a demonic form and a more human one that we see in the work. She is violent, arrogant, evil, and all of the other things that succubi, at least the classical ones, are seen to be.

She kills those that she is with, in the most violent manner possible, and attached to that is a need to control men around her and debase them… All of which makes her as a character someone that I honestly don’t like, don’t care for, and wouldn’t be sorry never to see again.

Setting aside my dislike of her, the story is written well save for a few points where I wondered what the point was to bring in yet another victim for Dena to feed upon. Oh there is a final moment where all of the previous moments lead to a reveal about her and moreover, who or what she is part of that helps a bit in understanding the work, but there is a problem.

That problem is that the actual setting of this work, and the author’s stated goals and setting, don’t match up right. What I mean by that is the world seems not to be well fleshed out and is pushed into the background against all of the violence that Dena creates.

That’s disappointing as there is a story there that isn’t touched on and I would have liked to be able to see the connections that have to be there, but aren’t explained.

The ending leaves many questions and an open door to the next work in the series. I’m not sure that I want to read that when it appears. If all that appears there is more violence and no story, then I’ll be as disappointed in that work as I am in this one.

I’ll give it two pitchforks out of five.

There is a succubus, but a succubus should be more than a monster and violent.





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    It would seem that while the pornography for some people is sex-based, this author may find violence to be more pornographic, to the point where story is less relevant.

    And just because the author calls her succubus doesn’t make her one.

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