A Review of The Summoner Anthology by Tsukasa Ito

The Summoner Anthology by Tsukasa Ito

The Summoner Anthology by Tsukasa Ito

The odd thing about an anthology of two stories is that while the idea might have some promise, it’s hard to actually manage some character development or plot in what amounts to, for the most part, two sex scenes as a whole. There’s something to be said about getting to the point I suppose, but there’s also something to be said about actually telling a story and not just a porn scene or two.

At the same time, leaving the work feeling like it’s unfinished, lacking something, does little to make things a lot better. Telling a story needs, at some point, a hook to make the characters interesting and the story captivating. It’s far too often that instead a story just goes for the porn and leaves so much behind.

The work tells of:

Lyssa is a young sorceress with something to prove. She starts dabbling in the dark arts of demon summoning. However, what she ends up summoning doesn’t quite turn out as she expected and she quickly finds herself become a sex slave to the demons she thought she could command.

If that wasn’t enough, she then takes on an apprentice, who quickly finds herself in the same position as Lyssa…

A story of a horny sorceress who summons herself some toys and finds herself at their mercy, over and over again.

The work is a pair of short stories in which Lyssa summons two different creatures and then finds herself having sex with each of them. There’s little to no character development, the dialogue is very flat, and as a whole the focus of the work is mainly in seeing how many different ways Lyssa can be toyed with as a whole.

The first work is mainly tentacle sex with some setting up of who Lyssa is, the second follows Lyssa taking on an assistant through which the pair summons Demona, who for all intents and purposes is a succubus. Much like the main characters, there’s nothing really told about Demona, she really only caring to dominate both Lyssa and her apprentice.

In both cases, the short passages setting things up show some promise to be seen, but as soon as there’s any possibility of sex, the story immediately rushes off to it, leaving all else behind. As such, both scenes are attempts at hot flashes that really didn’t have a lot of heat in either. In the second work, Demona uses a bit of mind control, there’s some forced domination as well. But that’s not enough to raise the heat of the scene or make it interesting.

Overall, that’s the main problem with this work. I didn’t find the story held me, the characters weren’t interesting, the sex wasn’t erotica, it was porn. The domination aspects I had some issue with as well. The work reads as very scattered in how things were put together, that with the flat tone to the dialogue conspired to give something that just didn’t find its heat or its story overall.

The work needs another editing pass, there could be more time spent in developing the characters than there is. More time spent on building heat in the erotica, taking it away from being a simple porn scene would do wonders as well.

One and a half pitchforks out of five.

Not really a book about a succubus, more a story about how things go wrong for a sorceress and in so many ways. The erotica isn’t hot, the characters are thin and the dialogue adds little to how the story is told. The idea is a good one, but then the entire series is far too short to do much with it, save rush to the sex.

That’s a shame, it could;d have been something more than that.



1 comment

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    • James on June 1, 2017 at 1:32 am

    “I didn’t fine the story held me, the characters weren’t interesting, the sex wasn’t erotica” . . . there was no craft put into the writing, and this isn’t an anthology, but a short story in two scenes.

    Fortunately, it isn’t s succubus story.

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