A Review of Summon Him by Kasumi Lee

Summon Him by Kasumi Lee

Summon Him by Kasumi Lee

There are some stories about Succubi and Incubi in which they themselves aren’t quite as important as the events that unfold. They are the catalyst for other characters to learn about themselves, discover secrets held from them. It becomes more important that they keep to the shadows, appearing only when needed to push things that much more onwards.

They are not always evil, sometimes they appear as a means to an end. Perhaps in coming to terms with that destination those that summon are themselves transformed.

The work tells of:

Curiosity is a dangerous urge to satisfy, just like sex. Rummaging through the mysterious contents of the attic, Lily finds a dark secret that will make her wish she had left well enough alone. Something visits her as she sleeps, making her endure a night of ecstasy and fear she will never forget. Weeks pass and her belly swells. This is not a normal pregnancy, and the rumors floating around are more sinister than mere gossip. Something is stalking her, preying on the fertile women in the town, something she unwittingly unleashed. As she prepares to deliver the baby, it will take all her strength to banish its otherworldly father from this world once and for all.
Summon Him at your peril.

Lily finds herself caught in a trap of her own making. Otherworldly powers swirl around her, bringing secrets revealed and truths difficult to face. Sometimes desire takes control, bringing the unexpected to the fore. The mystery to be pierced in the night is both unexpected and all she desires.

The work is mainly a mystery mixed with magic at the core. It tells of the events that surround Lily when she comes into possession something better left alone with no understanding of it. Through this comes some surprises about her mother, the events around her life and other mysteries.

It’s not really focused on the erotica, though there are flashes of heat throughout which tie into the plot and aren’t there for the sale of being there. As such they are rather brief, but considering the overall work, going further wouldn’t have done the story justice.

Here what matters are the characters, what they experience and the decisions they make. It’s very much a character driven story that happens to have an incubus as part of it. The incubus doesn’t appear often, he’s not really much more than a means to an end as a whole. What’s interesting is that he’s not really evil, his purpose is towards a seeming good and that works well overall. Mostly a shadow until revealed, the climax of the work explains much and takes the story in a direction that’s both unexpected and works well.

The work seems a bit rushed at times, events pass by in a rush a bit too often. I’d have liked some deeper reflection on events by Lily, her mother and her friends. There’s hints of that but it feels rushed to get to the next moment and crisis to be revealed. That said, it’s written very well, being deeply engrossing and quite an enjoyable read.

Four out of five pitchforks.

It’s a fascinating read for how the characters develop, the plot itself, and what comes at the end. There’s a multitude of questions left behind that would be interesting to explore however. They need not be, they leave something to ponder of course. Still, there’s some questions about Lily that nibble at my thoughts. They would be something to explore.


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