May 13 2012

A Review of Thirst by Rob D. Young

It’s rare that I read a book where I really cry through the story. The book I am reviewing this time did that because, truly, the main character found out something that tells more in itself than the rest of the story really does. Yes she is a succubus, but in spite of what she is, the human that she meets reveals to her what life is really about. That’s something that is unique in this case because there isn’t really a happy ending to the story for anyone and there is only a feeling of melancholy all around…

Thirst by Rob D. Young

Thirst by Rob D. Young

The book blurb tells the story of:

Casi is a young woman just trying to get by in New York City. She has the usual hobbies: fashion, working out, bar-hopping, and devouring the souls of unsuspecting mortal men.

Oh. Did I forget to mention Casi is a succubus?

Regardless, things are going brilliantly for her until she meets Garrett. For reasons Casi can’t understand, Garrett resists her demonic charms. Having never failed at seduction before, Casi presses on, even when it means breaking her normal code, throwing chaos into her life, and facing the kind of pain that only comes when you’ve been without a drink for far too long: a true thirst that mortals could never understand.

Casi is what I would call a “modern” succubus. She knows all the fashions, all the moves, all the right things to say at the right times to get what she needs. She lives in New York, but prowls all over the city, finding humans to feed from and never being in the same place twice.

At one club however, she meets Garrett, and her succubus needs demand that she feed from him. But in spite of her best efforts, he resists her and she can’t understand how that is possible. In the past Casi could, as she puts it, “taste” from humans almost immediately and it’s not happening.

The story follows the pair meeting again and again at the club and Casi becoming more and more infatuated and focused on Garrett alone. The reveal of how and why Garrett can resist her was unexpected, but makes a good deal of sense really and I won’t spoil that for anyone…

The reflections in both of their lives and what in the end comes of their meeting makes for a gripping story of love, loss, and understanding that I haven’t seen in many short, never mind long, stories with Succubi in them.

The writing is excellent, the characters are very teal in their emotions and actions, and the story keeps from falling to the trap of solving all of the problems of the characters using “things that are just there.”

I really do think that the author should continue the story of Casi in the future, and they have something in mind but it isn’t going to have her or Garrett in it, which is a little disappointing to me personally. I think that Casi has more to tell, and more to see in her world. I’d also like to have known about what happened when she met the people in history she mentions in the story… Would be, but will never happen I am sure.

As a character, Casi is complex, interesting, smart, and most of all, she isn’t anything like the stereotypical succubus that appears in so many stories.

And that, truly, makes this worth reading.

I’m giving it four pitchforks out of five.

More of Casi would have been wonderful, but what we have is amazing…



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