A Review of The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

A review of the first work in a new series called Daemon Lover today on the Tale. I enjoy series that begin with meaning, a purpose. Characters that are more than they first appear to be. I like the idea of a series exploring who they are, why things happen. I feel that the best series are the ones that remember there is story to be told and the erotica need not be the core of the work.

The drawing out of desire brings with it fantasies, needs and more. Desire can lead to a choice, whether that is from oneself, or is pressed upon one. Regardless of the why that comes, the need to answer the unspoken questions about oneself can be all that matters.

  • Title: The Book of Ecstasies
  • Author: Amelia Ravenhearst
  • Length: 38 Pages
  • Publishing Date: January 9, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

When Natalia Whateley is given an old book of magic spells, it seems harmless enough fun. Little does she know that she is being drawn into an ancient pact of depravity with a lustful demonic spirit.

Natalia visits an odd book store and finds herself bring drawn to an ancient book of spells. A warning given, a spell cast, and Natalia finds herself needing and needful. Returning to the place where it all began, the surprises continue, her life changes. Then she uses the book again and summons an incubus who entwines himself in her life, her body, her mind and soul.

Natalia is written as a wonderfully complex character and I adored her from the moment she first appears in the work. As she passes through the story, there is a lovely grasp of her wit, intelligence and humour. The time spent in telling Natalia’s story allows for a slow erotic heat to build up as the story continues and Natalia’s contact with the book begins to influence her. There are some very interesting references to mind control here and here which I thought were well crafted and told. What’s more important is that she doesn’t turn away from who she is. She become more needy, more wanton in her desires, but she is still herself, just very flustered and those scenes were both hot and, at time, quite funny as well.

Eventually the incubus of the series, Sartraeus, appears. At first he isn’t clearly defined, but once the story arrives at the point where Natalia summons him, I thought his physical form seemed right for him and in being so raised the erotic heat of the work at time right time in the right way. He isn’t stereotypical, for the most part, though there is a clear telling of his character that makes him very dominant and in being so that puts a particular spin on the erotic scene between himself and Natalia.

Of the two main pieces of erotica, the first was… more a porn movie scene than erotica, which worked in that moment. The better was the second one between Natalia and Sartraeus, although some of the D/s moments in that erotica didn’t play out for me well. Comparing Sartraeus’ first appearance with his second, I felt like there was something not quite right with it and I think the reason for that will come out at some point.

What attracted me the most to this work was the storytelling. There is a good deal of care taken to make the story matter, to set up the series to come. Unlike a lot of series that have appeared of late, there seems to be a clear idea, intention to the author’s words. Story is not cast aside for a hot flash with no meaning. Every word matters, erotic or not.

The writing is very good, the characters, main and supporting have clear voices. There are two minor spelling mistakes, but they aren’t in any way critical. If there is one flaw in the story, I think that comes from how odd, at two points, the erotic encounter between Sartraeus and Natalia was. It didn’t quite sit right with me in that the hint of who Sartraeus seems to be at the beginning of the work seems to be discarded, for the most part, in the latter stages.

The ending points clearly towards the next work in the series, leaving little question as to what will be coming next, and who will be. It does make sense in the context of the work, it isn’t silly or adds in a twist that makes no sense. It simply, clearly, revels in what has happened and offers a hand towards what is to come as all good stories should.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The author has stated there will be a second work in the series, however at the time of this review that date had not been revealed. I will be looking for that work to be published because this is one of the rare series where the needs of the story are met by the heat of the passion and feed upon each other.

Seeing where that takes things I hope can be as amazing as the first work was. The story is but begun and telling that story, should the author continue to do so with the passion they have invested in this work, will be amazing.



1 comment

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    • James on February 12, 2016 at 1:52 am

    It is nice when we have positive proof that the craft of storytelling matters, when we can see it make the art so wonderful.

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