A Review of Hell and Back by Anthony Quill

Hell and Back by Anthony Quill

Hell and Back by Anthony Quill

There are some story themes which I find to be the most interesting. One of these comes to how an author tells of someone being transformed into a succubus. The more unique that is, the more I adore things because, as I have said many times, I do not like stereotypical themes and characters.

To see an author make mention that Succubi have a soul, and more importantly for me, that they aren’t quite what most expect them to be is for me wonderful. Telling the story of how that all comes… or rather cums… together can be enthralling.

  • Title: Hell and Back
  • Author: Anthony Quill
  • Length: 33 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781311916525
  • Publishing Date: December 15, 2014
  • This work at Smashwords.com – No Longer Available

The story tells of:

A modern day, bisexual magician in London. After Blaze had been missing for nearly two months, his former lover – a werewolf by the name of Sal – comes looking for him for help, despite being furious with Blaze. But Blaze wants his lover back…

Blaze is a magician. That in itself wouldn’t be too strange save that magic is real, he knows much of it and along with that comes the supernatural world that hides in the shadows. A werewolf for a lover, a woman possessed by a Succubus. Things are never boring in Blaze’s life.

The work was billed as the beginning of a series and it did continue onwards for a total of four works. Based on this one alone, I never managed to read the rest of the series, it is smart, funny, the characters are amazing and most of all… There is a Succubus who I found to be the most amazingly fun thing by far.

Shelley finds herself pulled out of her body and a Succubus takes her place. Blaze goes about finding Shelley in Hell, brings her back and then has the most interesting way to make both the Succubus and Shelley happy. He’ll just merge their souls together into one body. The overall story of finding Shelley’s soul isn’t told, save in passing and that was a bit of a shame. I think that would have been interesting to read. What was told was Shelley sharing Blaze’s body, she coming, and cumming, along for the right as he has fun with the Succubus.

It’s an amazingly hot scene, I especially liked that the Succubus was described as looking human, save for her wings and tail, and afterwards the reactions of the Succubus and Shelley, what changes occur and the last little comments by Blaze and Shelley made me laugh out loud.

But most of all, this was really the most amazing piece of writing in a work that was fun, had so much promise and delivered on every bit of that from the first word. All of the characters, Blaze, Shelley and Sal are just wonderful and so full of expression and life that it was a joy to read their thoughts, words and actions in the story.

The work has two very hot flashes within it, one with Shelley/The Succubus and Blaze, the other with Sal. They are, in their own ways, well done, the latter being a bit more harshly BDSM than I really like as a whole. Nonetheless, there is lovely heat, the scenes make sense and I really enjoyed them both dearly.

The one part of the story that did give me a bit of pause was how Blaze kept referring to normal people as “Norm” and “Norma” which got a bit old after a time. It turned into a sort of running gag, one that I just didn’t feel matched up with the rest of the work and how Blaze spoke otherwise in the story.

Simply a wonderful read, characters that I cared about and wanted to know more about. Hot in the right way, smart as well. A work that I will remember for quite some time as it is, in many ways, unforgettable in its tone, story, and more.

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

Sadly, this work is no longer available. More so as the author made note that Shelley would be returning in the future in this series. I never managed to find that series, to see what happened to her. I really wanted to see Shelley being a succubus, being something more than she was before.

Perhaps someday this series will return and I’ll be able to know the rest of the story…




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    • James on January 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Hmmmm . . . a succubus who looks basically human, with two souls sharing a single body . . . but the “bi” is the magician.

    Still, nice to see the growing influence of Your Majesty in the genre.

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    • TeraS on January 26, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I think it’s… surprising…


    • avatar
    • James on January 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Not so surprising for some of us . . .

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