A Review of the The Succubus Confesses series by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – A Paean to Priapos by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – A Paean to Priapos by Xandra Fraser

Some of the most interesting works about succubi are ones in which the author uses history to tell a story within which succubi have a hand, or a tail for that matter, in it. Seeing the world, it’s history, through the eyes of beings that live for millennia leads to some introspective moments, ones that I really enjoy.

Some of these stories have passion others are lust. Some fall into the depths of despair and loss. Through the focus comes in not so much the sexual adventure that appears, but rather in the revealing of another way to look at history and beyond.

As this series of two works are written in a similar tone, I will list them both before commenting on the series as a whole.

The first work in the series is:

The work tells the story of:

The Succubus Confesses is a series of stories written in no particular order and intended to be read similarly. The narrator, Zuzanne, claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for several millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by her human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors.

A Paean to Priapos recounts some of Zuzanne’s early life, her awakening to awareness of the god Priapos, and her experiences at a Roman orgy at the villa of Tiberius Caesar on the island of Capri.

Suzanne tells the story of her past, the lives she has encountered and a singular truth about herself. Along the way she describes her needs, her powers and those souls found in mythology, history and passion. A world of tastes and experiences which shape her and form who she has become.

The following work focuses on Zuzanne trying to solve a mystery, the depths to which she must descend in order to find, if not solace then a measure of justice in a time when there was really no such thing.

The Succubus Confesses – An Inquisitor Meets His Maker by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – An Inquisitor Meets His Maker by Xandra Fraser

The greatest evils are those that we bring upon ourselves. We can be awful petty things when our own hidden wants press against us. Giving into that darkness only brings more upon us. Even those with the best of intentions can stumble and fall.

In the end, the truth doesn’t always set us free, it binds us forever.

The second work in the series is:

The work tells the story of:

The Succubus Confesses is a series of stories written in no particular order and intended to be read similarly. The narrator, Zuzanne, claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for several millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by her human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors.

An Inquisitor Meets His Maker tells the story of Zuzanne’s search for her last living sister which takes her from Northern Italy to France. Zuzanne is drawn to Loudun where demons have taken possession of a convent of Ursuline nuns. On the road into France, she hears tales of exorcism, torture, and execution. She fears her sister has been caught up in the chaos of this 17th century witch hunt. When she arrives in Loudun, she finds that the fate of her sister is far worse than she had imagined.

Zuzanne tells of a tragic discovery in her past. A search for her sister brings her to an event that offers little in the way of hope for her. But the truth will not be denied, she will find it and whatever the cost, someone will pay. Along with Zuzanne herself.

The singular thing about this series that tells so much about it comes to the detail in each work. The stories are told from Zuzanne’s perspective and quite a lot of care was taken by the author to be sure her voice is clear and strong. The emotional connection with the memories allows for a wash of melancholy to pass through each tale. It’s as if Zuzanne herself is pining for the past, remembering the better things from a time where things are not so good in many ways.

She makes a statement which clearly says, from her perspective, that she is the last of her kind, the last of the succubi. The sadness in those words is deeply felt and beyond that, Zuzanne almost seems as if she’s trying to justify to herself what she’s done in order to find a reason to live.

The first work tends towards telling of passions and thrills of the past, of her own and that of her kind’s history. The detail is stunning, the stories are richly woven and touch upon the past from the time of Eden to the midst of the Greeks. There is no feeling of modern judgement upon the past, rather the stores are memories and thoughts from Zuzanne that offer a glimpse into herself when she had passion.

The second work presses upon a short note in the first where Zuzanne tells that she does not kill those she is intimate with, save for one instance and the second work explains that point and how that all came to be. Again, the story is based on history, telling of the moments that occurred during the time the story is set in.

While that happens, Zuzanne’s path to the truth is told, both sexually and otherwise. The erotica doesn’t overwhelm the story, it helps to push Zuzanne along towards the truth, whatever form that will take for her. Once to her destination, learning of her sister’s fate, Zuzanne makes a choice and she falls, for a time, into being what the legends claim of her kind to be.

There’s no rush through these stories, they take the time they need to, they tell a complete story and then leave one wondering about Zuzanne. Again, that melancholy I spoke of never leaves the storytelling and it makes me wonder about Zuzanne in the “here and now” that she seems to be speaking of.

I wanted to see more of Zuzanne now, what she’s like, who she has become. Perhaps another work might have taken things closer to the current time, to reveal what’s happened and if Zuzanne still has a soul after so much history has taken its toll upon her. While the past is complete, it’s that question of the present that makes me wonder and want more.

For the series as a whole, I’ll give four out of five pitchforks.

I dearly wish the author had continued the series, taken Zuzanne into the present, perhaps into the far future and told of how she’s changed and why. The melancholy in her character is palatable throughout the series and while some of that can be explained, there’s quite a lot not told. Recommended for the writing, the attention to detail and a reflective succubus who seems to be trying to find her own way in a world where she is so very much alone.

 

Tera

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