Jul 25 2014

A Review of The Missing Sacrifice by Glenn Scrimshaw

The Missing Sacrifice by Glenn Scrimshaw

The Missing Sacrifice by Glenn Scrimshaw

It’s something that does, occasionally, bother me when Succubi appear, quite literally for two paragraphs in a story, then aren’t part of the story again, but the summary of the book uses them as a hook for readers to consider buying it. So, in this case, yes, there is the barest hint of Succubi in this story, but otherwise? I hope you like odd vampires and werewolves…

The story tells of:

A family holiday to Paris starts off well – until Eloim meets a sexy succubus on a boy’s night out at an Abba tribute concert. Eloim’s natural ability to find trouble reaches a new height as werewolves, demons and the greatest vampire hunters in Transylvania hunt for the cross dressing vampire teenager.

The second of the vampire Eloim short stories sees Eloim blunder through a plot to depose a king while struggling to stay as fashionable and stylish as only he can be.

This is a rather odd story about a rather odd vampire. He’s a bit.. well gay in nature, has a very odd fashion sense and sense of humour as well. That could have been interesting on it’s own, and it was to a point. The problem for me comes in with the succubus in this story… Actually there are two of them, sisters, they look the same as well.

The only reason that the main character in this work notices the first sister is that she’s wearing an outfit he adores. Past that meeting, and it’s a really short one, there isn’t any other sign of her. And the appearance of her sister later in the story is as vague as well.

Both of the Succubi in this story aren’t described save in the barest means possible for the clothing they are wearing. Otherwise there is no clue if they have horns or a tail, or what their hair colour is or anything else.

Now I understand that they are a means to an end within the story, but as they are mentioned in the book summary, a reader, like me, would assume that they are central to the story, have a major role in it, and, one would hope, we might be able to form a picture of what they look like, how they act, and what they want.

That just doesn’t happen here to my regret.

Now, as this work is the second book in a series, there is a background for the characters and a world they reside in. You get a fair idea of what that is all about, which is useful. The appearance of vampires, werewolves and demons seems almost natural in a way. And yes, the vampires use humans in the ways you would expect from them as well.

The focus is, of course, on the character Eloim, who sometimes I enjoyed reading and other times I couldn’t help but shake my head and sigh in resignation over his actions. Still, he is the core of the book so he must survive of course… Perhaps he might even grow up in a later book when he has to face a demoness that is rather mad at him for reasons that are not clear in this book, not that I expected them to be really.

The author can tell a story, there is no doubt of that. I have to wonder though why this story kept moving in and out of comedy all the time. The mix of mild horror, adventure, light sexual innuendo and flippant humour was very odd for me. I know that is really the characters, how they are more than anything else, but, it got on my nerves a bit by the end of this book.

I’ll give this work one pitchfork out of five for the Succubi in it. Two pitchforks out of five overall.

It is, I admit, the second book in a series, and I didn’t read the first book. In spite of that, I can’t give a good rating for Succubi for it, nor can I really say that I enjoyed the work as much as my expectations were from the summary for it.

That’s a shame really…




  1. avatar

    Paragraph three of the body of your review (“Both of the Succubi in this story . . .”) seems to me to be all you needed for the Tale, Your Majesty, to point out that this isn’t really a succubi book.

    And I have to say that “cross dressing vampire teenager” would probably keep me from reading the story at all.

  2. avatar

    Prolly so…


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