Jun 09 2014

Reflections by TeraS

A short story that fills in a little bit more of the story of the Realm. Maybe it only means something to me … maybe, just maybe, it is something more …

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Reflections
By TeraS

 

The question was asked by a rather young, red-tailed, raven-haired succubi that was trying to figure out what had been brought into her bedroom: “What is it?”

The answer—said, in a motherly way, by a regal-looking, red-tailed blond—was: “When the time is right, you’ll know, Daughter. Just leave things alone. Just know that someday you’ll know when you need to see it.”

She watched the workmen carefully, almost reverently, carry in, and then set into place, what seemed to be a … well … she really wasn’t sure. Her mother didn’t say what it was, but whatever it was stood at least twice her height and about as wide. A blue blanket or something—her mother did prefer blue around the palace for some reason, yet this seemed to be an exception—covered it, and a single gold ribbon was tied around the middle, holding the blanket or something in place.

Naturally, the moment her mother had left the room, with the workmen right behind her, the young red-tail marched over and took hold of the loose ends of the ribbon and started to pull on them. She did not like mysteries after all … She could take a peek and …

“Tera! Don’t you dare, young lady! I’ll make you walk the halls balancing your book on your horns for a month!”

She looked at her mother standing in the doorway and dropped the ribbon: “But …”

A finger wag, a mother’s look, and an added: “Just … please, Tera? For me? Just once? Curb yourself and be good?”

Tera tilted her head and then pointed at her horns: “See the horns?”

Her mother pointed at her own: “Get the picture?”

Tera smiled: “You know, that really makes for a good saying, Mom.”

She laughed as she left, her regal duties calling for her as they often did: “Just remember where you got it from.”

Tera leaned against a leather chair in her room, the one that she curled up in to read, usually very late into the night, and whispered: “Promise, Mom. Always.”

Time passed and she did, just barely, manage to not break her promise. The thing, whatever it was, remained covered, and Tera’s life changed as it was want to do. But even with changes in the room, or in Tera herself, that thing stood there covered and waiting for the longest time.

That all changed one night when Tera had a dream, one that she would never forget.

It started when she had been reading a book she had found in the Library of the Realm, a place that she loved more than any other to be honest, and one that she dreamed of, perhaps, getting permission from her mother to take charge.

A succubi could dream, couldn’t she?

It was well into the middle of the night, and she had turned herself in knots to find a comfortable position to read. But it was too comfortable, and she had nodded off, the book slipping out of her hands and landing with a thump on the floor beside her.

In her dream, Tera woke to find herself in her chair with her room looking odd. Instead of the reds with which she loved to highlight things, everything was in the deepest, darkest blacks. Looking around, and quite confused, she was about to call out when she heard a voice … her own voice: “I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to come and find me.”

Tera looked around the back of her chair—that seemed to be where her voice came from—and then she felt a hand tap her shoulder. Spinning around to see, she found herself face-to-face with … herself … sort of. It was her, but with … red hair? A black tail?

“Who are you?”

“We met … sort of … a long time ago, Tera.”

“I don’t …”

“Yes, you do. It was on the day of your birth, in your mother’s arms. I said ‘Hello’ then.”

Tera closed her eyes and didn’t say anything for the longest time. Then she opened her eyes: “I … remember a voice. Calling herself … Tail?”

“Not exactly. What I said was, ‘“Hello, Tera … I’m Tail …”’

Tera drew her legs up against her chest: “Who are you?”

“I’m … someone your mother knew … once … in the time before. In a way, you and I are prophecy for the Realm.”

“Meaning?”

“Meaning that I am … well … I’m your tail.”

“My … tail?”

“Exactly. I’ve been with you since the day you were born, and I’m always with you and watching out for you. You’re important.”

Tera laughed—not bitterly, just a simple laugh: “I’m nothing important. I’ll never be Queen or anything important like that. I’m just as happy to be me, and that’s all.”

Tail shook her head: “That’s something we’re going to have to work on. Not the part about you being happy to be yourself, that’ll never change.”

“What, then?”

“The part about you thinking you’re nothing important. You’ll find out, eventually, about that.”

The two beings just looked at each other, then Tera asked: “So, why are you here now?”

“You’re going to need someone to talk to soon. There’s something coming, Tera, and, when it arrives, you are going to find your world is changing. I’m here to help.”

“I can talk to my mother and father, you know.”

Tail smiled, softly: “I hope so. But I’ll be here.”

“How am I supposed to speak to you? I can’t just knock myself out when I want to see you or something.”

“When you wake up, pull that ribbon and see what you mother brought you.”

“Not supposed to …”

“… until the time is right. It is, Tera. Do it soon; you’ll need me.”

Tail picked up the book and dropped it to the floor with a loud bang. And the dream ended, Tera finding herself back in her own room, the reds she loved in the right places once more.

She saw the thing, whatever it was, standing in its spot as it had since the day it had first arrived and she walked over to it. Holding the ribbon in her hands, she hesitated, thinking about what her mother had said, and what her Tail had said—and that in itself just sounded weird. No one had ever talked to her about that sort of thing, but her Mother had told her that she was special.

Tera had always thought that was just what mothers told their daughters, something that she hoped someday to do as well… if she found the right person to be her Eternal that was.

She was about to let go of the ribbon and chalk up her dream to being up reading far too late when she saw something out of the corner of her eye.

Her tail was hovering there. And it held a small white sign on a stick which read: “Ribbon. Pull. NOW!”

This was new, and a little bit frightening to be honest. Then the sign spun around until it read: “I haven’t got all day.”

Her tail then moved back behind her and, when she looked at it, the sign was gone, but the tip of her tail, the heart-shaped end of it … seemed to be looking right at her.

Tera thought about this, and then realized that she had seen her tail do the same thing many times before, but she was sure had imagined it looking at her, it couldn’t possibly do that.

But it could.

And so, the ribbon was pulled, the blue blanket slid off and Tera had her very first look at … The Mirror.

It was edged in gold, the frame being made of images of succubi and incubi entwined together in various ways. And in the mirror itself, was a mirror image of Tera’s room, but all in black, and her other self, her Tail, standing there in the mirror, arms crossed over her chest and tapping a foot in irritation: “It’s about time.”

“This is weird. Mom’s never going to believe this.”

“What makes you think I wouldn’t, Daughter?”

Tera spun around to see her mother standing at the door and looking inside. She nodded at the mirror and asked: “May I come in? The time appears to be right. I’d … like to meet her.”

Tera looked at her mother, then her Tail: “I … um …”

Her Tail moved to one side so she could look at the Queen and called out from the mirror: “Come in, Your Majesty. It’s been a while.”

Tera’s mother came into the room and stood beside her, the two looking into the mirror, but instead of seeing both of their reflections there, only the red-haired, black-tailed image of Tera’s Tail-self was there.

The Queen asked: “Are you alone?”

Tail shrugged: “Not really. This is … just the best way to be able to talk to you … both of you.”

“Are you …”

“You know the answer. You’ve always known.”

The Queen nodded, just once, and then turned to Tera: “Daughter … Tera … I know this is a lot to take in. Honestly, I didn’t believe what the white tails told me. But they’ve been right so far.” She looked into the mirror: “I trust her. Listen to her. Confide in her. But make your own choices.”

Tera asked, quietly, as she looked into the mirror: “Who are you?”

Her Tail smiled and was about to answer when the Queen did: “She’s your Tail.”

“I’m so confused.”

“I’m sure it will be interesting for you both. You’re going to be stuck with each other for a long time to come.”

Tera had a thought and asked: “Do you see … everything, Tail?”

Tail smirked: “Everything … Redi-Whip included.”

The Queen looked at Tera: “Redi-Whip? Something I should know about, Daughter?”

Tera buried her face in her hands: “Thanks, Tail. I owe you one.”

They talked into the early morning, talked until Tera couldn’t go on and she crawled into bed, falling asleep the moment her head hit the pillow. After her daughter was tucked in, the Queen approached the mirror and saw Tail standing there and watching.

Her Majesty nodded: “I owe you.”

Tail nodded: “You never owed me anything. I did this for her.”

“Look after her for me.”

“Promise. She’ll never be alone.”

“That’s all I can ask for.”

Jun 08 2014

A Review of The Succubus’ Sub – Session Nine: Lessons Learned by John Dylena

The Succubus’ Sub – Session Nine: Lessons Learned by John Dylena

The Succubus’ Sub – Session Nine: Lessons Learned by John Dylena

Today I am continuing my review of the series The Succubus’ Sub, by John Dylena. You can find the review of the first book in the series here. The second book was reviewed here and the third can be found here. The fourth work’s review can be found here with the fifth book’s review here on the Tale and the sixth was reviewed here. The seventh book was reviewed here and the eighth work in the series here. This will be the review of the ninth work in the series.

If you think about it, Succubi are the experts in role playing. If you can imagine it, there’s every possibility that a Succubus can make it true. That in itself is an amazing ability to have.

So what happens when things get a little out of hand and something unexpected happens? On the one hand it reveals something important. On the other it asks an important question of not just the Succubus herself, but her Sub as well…

It tells the story of:

After an eventful weekend, Brett is ready to get back to work. Only Myserra won’t let him.

The morning after a sex-filled night with his mistress, she tells him that they’re taking the day off from work. Instead of meetings and reports, Myserra introduces Brett to roleplay.

But when a third joins their party, things heat up as Brett undergoes a different kind of transformation, one leaving him with a body that is anything but human.

Myserra takes Brett away from the day to day life he leads and brings him into something a little bit different. A bit of fun, a surprise or two later, and then the real shock comes when Brett finds that Brooke wants to come out to play and Myserra makes that something more. But at what cost… That’s the question that remains.

The most interesting part of this work was the role playing that went on between Myserra, Brett. Brooke when she appears, and Heather. It isn’t so much the role playing itself. It’s the emotional impact that Brett faces as a result of Myserra’s actions. He has to come clean about something, something that he didn’t want to talk about. It’s that hesitation, the uncertainty in that moment that I thought was really so very well done.

There’s a lot more to this, and in that comes a transformation which Myserra provides and it changes Brooke in a way that I didn’t see coming exactly. The method was one that I didn’t think of, but it makes complete sense in this universe and I’m glad it was used in the way it was. This provides some very erotic moments between Brooke and Heather, and a truth about Heather that I sort of agree with. It seems to fit her situation, who she is, and all of the teasing and pushing that Heather has done over the series to Brett.

The character development is actually quite a lot for Brett, having to come to terms with his own desires than he has in the past. Heather as well becomes a more vibrant character in the series as well in this work in that her secret is told. But in spite of that, she’s every bit the person she was before… You just understand her motives better and that helped me, at least, to be able to like her more than I did before.

Myserra on the other hand remains very much a mystery emotionally with Brett. By that I mean her true feelings for him haven’t quite come out, but there are hints of that throughout this work that were fascinating to read. The one thing that becomes crystal clear is that she does care about Brett very much and as his Mistress she takes that role in his life very seriously. As she should and as I wouldn’t have expected any less from her.

I mentioned the role playing, and there are two separate scenes in this work of that. Of the two, I felt that the second was a stronger, more emotional chapter in the story. The connection between Myserra and Brett/Brooke, was more… special… I think is the best way to put it. In the first, with the addition of Heather and what transpires there with her and with Brooke as well didn’t quite have the same impact. Yes, the first is more important for what Myserra does to Brett and it leads to the second scene well. I think it was a lighter scene emotionally while the second was more emotionally draining for both Myserra and Brett/Brooke.

The work ends on a very interesting situation, one that I have been hoping to see for some time. What that means going forwards in this series is a really important question. If there is an answer to this, I’m not sure that either Myserra or, for that matter, Brooke will want to use it. When there is a doorway open to you that solves an important question, do you go through it or do you close the door? I don’t think that Brett or Myserra can manage to do that now.

By far this is the best work of the series so far, the writing is excellent, the character development was intriguing, the erotic moments we hot and well told. All in all a lovely, sensual and seductive work that leaves one waiting and anticipating the next work to come.

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

Lovely hot scenes, some real surprises i wasn’t expecting, and that always peaks my interest. Something really important has happened. Myserra, Brett and Heather now have to deal with it… I am wondering how that’s going to go… Somehow I think there’s a surprise coming that none of them expected…

 

Tera

Jun 07 2014

A YouTube Succubus Art in progress series…

Something a little bit different this time on the Tale… I found a lovely piece of Succubus art and in doing so I also found a series of YouTube videos that show the creation of this art…

The series can also be seen at the following links if you cannot see the series here on the Tale…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEiDv8eowI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc1Kgtan4p8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVa0d9e0vkM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLT_viUtsxE

As well, here is the finished work, by an artist called MediumOoO on DeviantArt and you can find the work in all of its wonderful glory here.

Succubus in Darkness by MediumOoO

Succubus in Darkness by MediumOoO

I think this work is unique in several ways. The one thing that strikes me is how she is placed between the light and the darkness. She seems to bridge the space between the two and in doing so there is a kind of sadness in her expression. The mood is almost melancholy, as if she is thinking about her past and her future… She is slightly more “demonic” in appearance with spikes on her tail and so on, but there is still beauty within her to be seen.

But it is the overwhelming sense of sadness in her eyes, the marks around them, her pose, her hesitation, that makes me wonder who she is, what she thinks about her world and, at least I think, her longing to be if not free of what binds her, at least given a choice to decide for herself…

Something that I think she hasn’t had in time immoral…

Lovely striking art which bring many thoughts to me that I should try to do something with sometime soon…

 

Tera

Jun 06 2014

A Review of Hell To Pay: Carnival of Lust by Marc Cabot

Hell To Pay: Carnival of Lust by Marc Cabot

Hell To Pay: Carnival of Lust by Marc Cabot

To my pleasant surprise this week… Actually two of them, but the latter I’ll reveal at the end of this review, I was delighted to learn that Marc Cabot had released a new work in his Hell to Pay series which has one of my favourite Succubi in it. I reviewed the first two works in this series here on the Tale and with that, I’ll be reviewing the third work Hell To Pay: Carnival of Lust.

Temptation exists all around, and who is better to see that temptation and revel in it but a Succubus? What can a Succubus do in the middle of temptations all around her but have fun within that moment… and whom can tell her were her boundaries are, or make her learn about herself? That question matters and always will.

It tells the story of:

Simon Marshall and Lily the Succubus are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and the French Quarter will never be the same. The first night of Carnival is easy – just a little trip to the Quarter’s hottest strip club, where the stage show gets a lot wilder than even old New Orleans would expect.

But after that, things get dangerous.

First Lily becomes an unlikely heroine by helping Simon save a pretty damsel in distress – and punishing the villain distressing her in ways he’ll never forget. Simon, meanwhile, enjoys the hero’s reward he deserves when gorgeous blonde Brittany expresses her thanks with Lily’s help.

And finally, on Mardi Gras itself, Simon has to face Angelique, a voodoo priestess who’s after Lily’s power and Simon’s spirit. Together the magician and his demon lover can easily overcome her. But at what cost to Simon’s one hope for escaping the Pact that will doom him to Hell? The only weapon that can save him… is lust. And for once, it isn’t Lily who has to fan the flames.

Simon and Lily love parties and what better place for a party than Mardi Gras in New Orleans? All kinds of delicious lust for Lily, a temptingly seductive Succubus to enjoy and the fun that she can provide. But with the fun comes a some unexpected events and moments for them both.

As this is an in-between chapter in the story of Simon and Lily, it tells about a moment between their beginning and where their story goes. In that comes a bit of Lily being a little bit more seductive and tempting in a way, perhaps a bit more rough around the edges of what she thinks and understands about Simon. This works really well as she is… more tending in her personality, wants and needs to be trying to make Simon slip up, as she would try to do as a Succubus. But as well Simon himself is subtly trying to teach Lily something as well and its interesting to see how that effects each of them.

Lily, who is really one of my most favourite Succubi, does something in this work that, for me, really gave me a smile. She of course has to have a costume for Mardi Gras, and honestly it’s just perfect in how it is described and in my thoughts the entire look just seems so familiarly… right. Lily is a redhead of course, but the description of her tail and wings, in how she’s dressed up, is more seduction and the power within that image. Personally, I like that so much better than the entire “hooves” look. Which, by the way, Simon seems to agree with me. And interesting enough, I think that Lily does too. Seduction and beauty trumps… everything. And Lily knows it.

There are three main events in this work, one in which Lily and Simon are heroes, one where Lily fulfills a fantasy for Simon, and one in which the darker side of magic rears its head. I felt that the best of these was the first of these. It was interesting to see how Simon did things that Lily didn’t expect and how Lily herself used her powers to not just control things, but to make things better. Something that was a surprise to her.

The second, the fantasy, was Lily being her best as a Succubus. Fulfilling a fantasy, doing all of the things that Simon wanted and more. But with that temptation and all that Lily gives, there is a surprise in the end that she didn’t see coming either.

The last, where darkness came to them both, showed Lily at her most dangerous. She wasn’t evil exactly, but she showed what lays under the lovely seductive vision in wait for those that are not careful. We’re seen a hint of that in another work, but in this one… well… Her claws come out and she’s all fire and brimstone. As that part of the story unfolds, Lily isn’t the focus of things, Simon is, but again, it’s what happens at the end, the surprise that Lily is faced with that was for me so well done.

The heat in the story is just right, not over the top, not that Lily does things that make no sense for who she is or what she can do. She’s every bit the seductive temptress that I have come to love throughout this series. When she turns herself to being temptation, it is with unabashed pleasure and she revels in every single moment of what she does to those around her. Including Simon. But with that comes a lovely joy in discovering the world of Mardi Gras, the lusts that for Lily are so tasty, and what she can do with them.

It’s a wonderfully written story filled with all sorts of lovely character growth, scenes, moments of passion and discovery. There are some truths told for both Lily and Simon, there are things said and done which drew them both together and reaffirmed for me why I love the two of them so much in this series.

Five out of five pitchforks.

I’ve missed Lily very much and it was nice to see her and Simon in an “in-between” moment that I felt showed how things unfolded in their relationship, but also in how Lily thought. And in doing so, she learned things that she never expected she would.

And, one last note about this work, that other surprise I mentioned… Marc dedicated this work to me and I just wanted to express my thanks and really how much I was overwhelmed when he dropped that surprise on me. The dedication is… right. I can’t explain it any better than that.

Respectfully Dedicated to Her Majesty, Tera.

With my gratitude for showing the world that there is more

to Succubi than meets the eye…

and without whom Lily would not be the character that she is.

Thank you Marc, it means more than I can say… and so does Lily…

 

Love

Tera

Jun 05 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 334

Sometimes I find art of Morrigan Aensland that is a little bit different. It is of her of course, but what happens is that she appears in a slightly different outfit or a unique style which adds to her looks I think.

I found one of those for this week on the Tale and I do think it is an interesting and lovely look for Morrigan…

Confused? by 3Dogz

Confused? by 3Dogz

This work is called, interestingly enough, Confused? It is by an artist on DeviantArt named 3Dogz and you can find their artist’s page here and the page I originally found this work is here.

Now, Morrigan is, if you can follow this, cosplaying as the character Rosalina, which is interesting because another artist did a work of Rosalina cosplaying as Morrigan which was a lovely idea some time ago.

But here’s the thing… I really feel that this kind of clothing suits Morrigan better than what she is normally seen in. I think it makes her look a bit more regal in nature and that’s something that I think Morrigan has simply with her presence…

But it isn’t just that, it is her expression, her pose, the wildness of her hair… All of this makes the drawing come to life and it’s simply wonderful…

A huge thank you to this artist for creating what is one of my most favourite Morrigan works of art…

 

Tera

 

Jun 04 2014

Darling you might be a devil you aren’t a Succubus costume…

Darling Devil CostumeLots of shiny costume this week to ponder… But I have to admit that I wouldn’t think about this as a choice unless it was a very cold Halloween night…

This is called the Darling Devil Costume and it comes with the jumpsuit that has an attached hood, the horns and tail which isn’t visible in this image, but it is there… barely. The shoes the model is wearing are not included and it sells for $85 US though it can be found on sale for $70 US occasionally…

I really do not think much of the horns, but I think even less of the hood. I could almost accept the rest, including the really lousy tail, if it wasn’t there, but it is and so it just puts this on the list of costumes that I would never think of wearing save for having little other choice.

I do, however, have to admit that I have the thought of combining this with a pair of thigh-high black boots, removing the hood, and using a pair of my better horns and tail… In black and a black trident version that I have of my pitchforks.

I’m not sure why, but somehow I think that would work really well… Perhaps there is a certain side of my Queen of the Succubi self that is giving me this idea…

As this costume is however, I’ll give it two and a half pitchforks out of five.

I do have some ideas…

Question is if it really is worth going to all of the trouble…

 

Tera

Jun 03 2014

A Review of The Succubus and the Crown by Daniel Garcia

The Succubus and the Crown by Daniel Garcia

The Succubus and the Crown by Daniel Garcia

I’ll be reviewing the second work by Daniel Garcia today called The Succubus and the Crown. I reviewed the firs book in the series on Sunday and you can find that review here.

I adored the first work in the series and I had some very high expectations for the second work. As a whole I was not disappointed, though I have to admit that there was one part of the story that bothered me slightly.

The thing about being a Queen is that no matter how many are trying to make you what they want you to be, you have to be true to yourself first. If you can manage that, if you can find yourself in all of the things that are pulling you in every direction imaginable… You can find the inner strength to survive almost anything. And sometimes you have to… in spite of yourself.

  • Title: The Succubus and the Crown
  • Author: Daniel Garcia
  • Length: 303 Pages
  • ASIN: B00HRRJXUC
  • Publishing Date: January 11, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Delilah thought having supernatural powers was tough … but being the Succubus Queen of New York is an even bigger challenge! Now she must face werewolves, the Council, pixies and a Vampire King who’s looking for a new queen, one who won’t take no for an answer. But what might be even scarier is navigating her relationship with a certain, cute demon hunter, and figuring out if he is or isn’t her boyfriend.

Delilah’s got to survive it all over the course of one crazy night, and it just might turn out that the only ones who can help her are a group of offbeat succubi who show up in the big city looking for refuge.

Good luck and … all hail the Queen!

Delilah is trying to deal with some changes in her life. A new place to work, a boyfriend that wants to be with her, a movie mogul that is courting her. A new best friend who is just a little bit of a fashionista, with her own boyfriend issues. Then comes a vampire who’s a complete pain in the neck, her mother who doesn’t give up, and her boyfriend’s mother who might be just as bad as her own. When things turn unexpectedly, Delilah has to find her inner strength and be true to herself. But the cost… That’s when the crown sits so very heavy on Delilah’s brow.

The one thing about this book was the relationships that formed over the course of the story. There are several new Succubi that appear and they represent a rather wide expanse of Succubi as a whole. That was good to see as, after all, there is no such thing as a Succubi template and in that comes the possibility of a much wider story being told. There is also the relationships growing between Ken and Delilah, Chloe and Jim, the touches of back story that comes from that, where their relationships have gone to and more. Benito, Delilah’s friend, really came to his own in this book. He was a little bit underused in the first work, but in this one he… just makes me smile whenever he appears.

There are the darker side of things of course, and some of them are just bothersome, and to be honest, so far over the top that I was expecting maniacal laughter, the crashing of thunder and lightning when they appeared. Ken and Jim’s mother is too stubborn for her own good, Delilah’s mother can’t honestly be a stupid as she seems to be, but I suppose she is, which really is a shame. Then there is Lex, the vampire king who is, in all honesty, a schmuck. That’s about the nicest thing I can say about him really. There are others that bring in a lot of supernaturals myths and beliefs which really put an interesting spin on things. I particularly liked the cab company that appears in this work, it’s just too perfectly named.

Getting back to the problems that Delilah has, she really does get overwhelmed by all of the things that pull on her as the story progresses. A lot of events are out of her control, some of them are simply a matter of Delilah being true to herself and those around her making some very large errors in judgement. But then, life can be random and in Delilah’s case, it really does get that way more often than not.

There is a tragedy in the work, which I will not spoil, but it really did hurt when it comes. Did it have to happen? That’s something that Delilah will be thinking about and having nightmares about for the rest of her life I think. Here’s the thing though, doing the right thing for the right reasons doesn’t always end happily. But you do the best you can. That’s all you can do. Even a Succubus Queen has to accept that she can’t fix everything… But it doesn’t mean that you don’t try.

The continued building of this world of New York around Delilah became very solidly set and it opens a lot of story paths going forwards. It won’t make Delilah’s life any easier, probably a lot more complicated, but then, she’s not exactly what she’s expected to be. I wonder what would happen if people took her at her word for once. They might be surprised at their own flaws.

After the story comes to a close, there’s a little hint of what is going to happen in the next book and… I’m kind of on the fence about it. I have a feeling that I might know what Delilah’s mother is up to. It is a rather desperate ploy and she’d would be honestly better off to just walk away from her daughter before things go really poorly for her… But she won’t.

I think the writing is excellent, the characters grew as they needed to. It’s a real page turner and that’s a very good thing. There’s only one thing that i felt was a little overdone in the work as a whole. Delilah came up against a lot of people that were against her, or trying to manipulate her, or otherwise gain an advantage over her. It felt like there were two books inside of this one and I wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to stretch out things slightly. There’s a clear point in this work where it could have come to a pause, then begun in another work to tell the rest of this story.

That does not mean that I didn’t love Delilah, the Succubi around her, their secrets, the myths being told, the story of love and friendship. It’s a fitting and powerful companion to the first work in the series and it leaves some story threads open for the next work to have to deal with. But it also meant, for Delilah, that she lost something precious to her. I’m not sure she’s ever going to get over that… But then, Succubus Queens have an inner strength to draw on.

That’s called love.

Five out of five pitchforks.

Completely recommended, every moment is joyfully written and told. Easily one of the top ten Succubus stories of the year, and it was simply amazing.

The Succubus in a Black Hat, the third work in the series, appears in August. I’m not sure I can wait that long… Things, it appears, will be very interesting for Delilah.

 

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