Apr 12 2016

A Review of Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

Vanity Mae and the Electrician by K Tucker

A review of a new series, or what the author promises to be a new series called Vanity Mae about a rather different succubus with some interesting personal quirks and issues to work out.

But there is a rather pointed issue which bothers me about this work. Part of that comes from assuming that the note in the book summary of this work being set in a universe where humans meeting succubi is an everyday thing is fine, but that’s not said in the story itself. The other part of things that bothers me is that, at one point the main character is said to be “shy” and yet later in the work she’s also noted to be “disinterested” at her partner. There’s something off about that, at least to me. The two sides of Vanity seem to not make sense somehow…

  • Title: Vanity Mae and the Electrician
  • Author: K Tucker
  • Length: 13 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DWM7CG2
  • Publishing Date: April 5, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

Vanity Mae is a succubus. In a world where monsters and humans live together, the life of a monster who gets power from seducing humans should be easy, right? The only problem is, Vanity Mae is hopelessly clumsy and shy.

When the lights go out in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with a part-angel hybrid, Vanity Mae has to call the electrician. To her surprise, the electrician that arrives when her roommate is at work is actually pretty cute! Will Vanity Mae finally get the power she craves? Or will she crash and burn?

Vanity is not your average succubus. She’s shy, which is a problem, she’s liable to make a lot of mistakes, which is a little more unfortunate. But most of all, her slightly ditzy personality makes her a bit of a pain to her roommate. Still, she is a succubus, if not the best in her own eyes, and when she’s attracted to the man that came to fix her lights, she can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity.

The work is very short, really a hot flash with a good deal of story and character introduction leading to the erotica itself. It’s fun, cute, and passionate when the moment arrives and I liked that most of all. The story isn’t written in a way that it makes no sense, Vanity’s efforts to nibble on her handsome prey are exactly what they should be from all that is told about her at the beginning of the work.

Vanity isn’t stereotypical and for that alone I am so very pleased. There’s no “evil” in her, really she’s very much a lost lamb looking to find her way, if she’d manage to get out of her being so shy and try to be a little more outgoing. There’s a moment when her own needs take over a bit, but even so, she’s still a little shy, a little clumsy, and a little bit unsure of things at times. She isn’t perfect and that, for her, is perfectly fine.

As the work jumps directly into what’s happening with her, there’s a bit of confusion as the story unfolds. Vanity’s tail is visible, always. Her roommate is part angel and glows. When the electrical arrives, she’s not at all surprised by what Vanity looks like, tail and all. While this is explained in the book summary, the author doesn’t mention this in the work itself. It’s an important point because some of the events don’t make a lot of sense unless you are aware that in this universe it’s not uncommon for humans to meet, and live with, supernaturals beings.

The other thing that’s a bit unclear is what exactly succubi, and for that matter, incubi need to feed upon. It doesn’t seem, at least from Vanity, that they kill others, or take souls, but it’s a little unclear. It might have been nice to define Vanity’s needs a bit more than they are.

Which brings me to a bit of a conflict in my thoughts about Vanity herself as the story comes to a close. Her thoughts seem to shift away from being shy and become more… succubus-like I think would be the best way to put it. She has a need and now wants to indulge in it. While there at the end her shyness coming back, it just felt wrong when she was “bored” with her partner and started thinking about where she would go for her next nibble.

The erotica is lovely, I enjoyed Vanity’s attempts at seduction, her needs as they grow within her. The telling of her using her powers to her advantage is well done and I liked that a lot. But Vanity in the midst of feeding is a lot different than Vanity in the midst of playing a video game and I’d like that to be explained because it isn’t here.

Lovely writing, Vanity just made me smile. The ensemble characters were a lot of fun and the story offers a lot going forwards from here. I’m hoping that Vanity remains herself, shy and all, but perhaps gains a little bit of confidence. Or at least her balance.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

As cute and wonderful as Vanity is, the work is very short, really leaves a lot of detail suggested and not played out. The seduction that Vanity falls into is really well done, cute, and quite a lot of fun. Really, Vanity is a wonderful character. The thing is, the author teases her, offers a delightful personality, and then kind of loses that by the end of the work.

Perhaps there will be more time spent within Vanity herself in the next work, assuming the author takes the plunge and continues this series onwards. There’s no question that there’s talent here, the characters are wonderful. The thing that missing is developing all of the ideas offered and not leaving them aside for the erotica itself.



Apr 11 2016

Heated By TeraS

There are moments when one might expect Tera to become … oh, let’s call it “miffed.” Perhaps there is someone that’s a bit grating for her, someone being a bit of a pest—not that this has anything to do with what happened this past week for me. Still, there is a story to tell, and it is …


By TeraS


There are points in many of Tera’s days when she finds herself being drawn into a discussion with one of her subjects, or a visitor, or, on the rare occasion, some other being that decides that confronting her over a particular point would be a good thing to do. Those encounters usually being with a simple statement: “I’m sorry, but you’re wrong, Tera.” Such encounters result in a discussion, considered at times, and those are the ones that Tera enjoys the most.

Sometimes the statement is far more pointed: “You have no idea what you are talking about.” In those encounters, the result tends to be a slow defusing of the one that is angry by Tera as she explains, clearly, why things are as they are.

Then there are the encounters that begin with the slamming of a door, sometimes the shouting of words, occasionally some very unpleasant ones. On these occasions, Tera remains calm, becomes pointed in her replies, and. whether or not there is a resolution at the end of things, she allows the words needing to be said, to be.

Now, the Queen’s reply depends on the particular moment, of course.

For the first, If she happens to be enjoying a cup of tea, her answer comes with a bemused smile as he raises her cup to take another sip: “Then please, do explain.” What then follows is a long discussion that can travel down multiple paths. Sometimes there is enlightenment, sometimes not. But at the end of the path, whichever way it may go, there is no ill will, no anger, nothing that suggests in the slightest that the gorgeous red-tail holds anything against the one that has discussed things with her. She would even share some of her tea along the way.

The second might happen when Her Majesty is out and about, in the Realm or elsewhere. Perhaps she is enjoying an evening out when someone approaches her. They might believe she would be off balance, having a need to return to what she was doing. After all, the dance floor, for example, might be calling to her, and why would she wish to tarry? Strangely enough, she would be likely to take the other by the hand, join the person at the bar or other similar place, and then—after ordering a Diet Coke, of course—turn her attention on her uninvited companion completely. Having the Queen’s complete attention can be, for many, a rather intimating experience. People often lose their train of thought, perhaps deciding that they should leave. Sometimes there is a moment when the other pointedly tells Tera that she is using her powers of persuasion aggressively. It is when the raven-haired succubi replies that she isn’t, at the same time taking a sip from her drink, that the other might realize that, while Tera might not always be right, she’s more than willing to listen.

But you’ll never see her become visibly angry or yell at the one confronting her.

In the end, the other will either have a point that Tera accepts, or not. Or the other will see another way of looking at things, or not. Either way, the parting isn’t quite so blunt as it was in the beginning and, perhaps the next time that person encounters the Queen, it might result in a real discussion rather than what had transpired before.

Then, of course, comes the last possibility. She might be reading in Royal Offices in the palace, or off to visit some other world. She could well be just about anywhere, but wherever it is, things usually start with a threat—a sinister promise of some kind—followed by the pointed comment that Tera did something wrong, was evil in her visitor’s eyes, or something far worse: the opponent might say something quite foul about her parents. Some come prepared for Tera to summon her pitchfork out of thin air and attack them. Others prepare spells they foolishly believe will bind her, control her. Still others await her to strike at them, turn them into mindless vessels of her power. Some of the more Machiavellian take the battle to her in the hope that she will turn them into her slaves, which is why they moved to anger her in the first place.

In this case, Tera’s first response is to arch an eyebrow; her tail might move in a particular direction. There might be a moment when her eyes might narrow slightly, become a bit sharper in focus. The latter, of course, is generally when the other decides to attack, or cast spells, or drop to their knees to await the blow. The thing is that, whichever they choose, the end result is Tera tilting her head to the right, a lock of her ebon hair covering her eye, and taking on a disappointed smile.

But then nothing happens for a long, almost endless, moment. She might then close the book she was reading before she was so rudely interrupted. She could turn to a companion, if there is one, and ask to be temporarily excused. Perhaps, in another moment, she might place her shopping bags to the side as to not sully the contents. At a ball, she likely would offer a captivating look as she offered her hand. Whichever it is, the result is a moment of confusion that the legendary succubi didn’t do as expected. After all, she was certainly “evil,” or whatever some sort of book, scroll, myth or legend said she was.

What such opponents fail to realize is that the one thing that cannot be explained is Tera. She isn’t who she is expected to be. She doesn’t fit into a category, an image, an understanding. Perhaps the only way to explain her is that she is succubi—but then, no other succubi is quite like her. This is, in the end, the hardest thing to understand when one is not prepared to listen, to consider, and to actually converse—something that those in the prior encounters would have explained . . . had they listened, of course.

However, no matter the attack, no matter the anger, no matter what has been directed at her, she crosses quietly and looks into her visitor’s eyes. Her voice is calm, quiet, measured. She asks why. She listens to their answer. Sometimes it is just as blunt, sometimes there is a hint of willingness to discuss in the words. After the answer has come, she continues to look her caller in the eye, not wavering. Her tail might move slowly behind her, a metronome to her thoughts. Then, always, she will explain her side of things. There is no perceptible heat in her words, no angry ranting, no explosive replies. She speaks her mind—sometimes more than that—and then waits.

No matter what follows, she does not turn away. There is never a moment when she dismisses the other out of hand. Even if she is attacked again, out of some assumption that she is distracted, or simply toying, she does only enough to protect herself and nothing more.

Eventually one of two things happens: either there is understanding or there isn’t. Some will leave with their opinion of the Succubi Queen changed and possibly return to confront her, but in a better way, where a real discussion happens and not a rant, like this was. Others will not gain anything from the moment and go off to scheme, to plan, and try the same thing again.

In any event, Tera remains … well, Tera, waiting for the next soul to visit, to call, to shout. Whatever and wherever that may be, in each case there’s one simple fact that remains.

Tera never loses her temper … not anymore.

You see, the thing that she learned a long time ago was that it was better to speak softly than it was to yell at someone. Being calm can be far more unsettling. It can also lead to more interesting answers for the one that started things in the first place.

There comes a time when one needs to realize that discussion is the answer. The question isn’t as important as understanding that point. One can rant, yell, and scream, but, regardless of how much anger one feels, one cannot lose sight of that. The more heated the encounter, the less is accomplished. Tera isn’t a pushover; there are untold numbers that will admit to that. She enjoys a battle of wits more than a battle of swords … maybe even more than a battle of pitchforks. She accepts two opposing sides to an argument, but not that it must come to blows.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is talk and to talk intelligently. There are heated moments, but, even in them, there is the need to use one’s mind and not lose it.

Perhaps knowing that, using that is what makes Tera the Queen, the succubi, the enigmatic wonder she is.

Apr 10 2016

A Review of Raising the Dead by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Raising the Dead by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Raising the Dead by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The sixth review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine this time on the Tale. You can find the first review here, the second herethe third herethe fourth here, and the prior review to this one on the Tale here. The series has run hot and cold for me as Lily’s story has unfolded and in this work I wondered if that would continue.

Beyond that, Lily’s history, that of the succubi in this universe, and most of all, the core plot of the series, I really wanted to see expand, move forward, and possibly point the series forwards. Some of that happened, some of it didn’t, but perhaps the single thing that was the most different in this work was that Lily discovered that she isn’t invulnerable. Perhaps that will be the difference for her.

It tells the story of:

My name is Lily Quinn and I’m a sex-powered half-demon monster hunter. That sets my bar for ‘weird’ pretty high. So trust me when I say there’s something really weird about this job.

I’ve got two dead College wizards, murdered by a… cute junior advertising executive? Rick Sung is no kind of monster I know of, so how the hell did an ordinary human manage to kill a pair of trained mages?

And that’s only the beginning of the weirdness. I’ve got about a million questions for Rick, but first I need to catch him before he can kill anyone else. That shouldn’t be too hard. The guy is only human… right?

Lily finds that things are becoming a little complicated for her. Her personal life is one, her professional life is another. But no matter how that might be, the one thing that she never expected to be was helpless. But then, one of the succubi is never that. Especially when her name is Lily.

This work has several moments in the telling that, for me, spoke of foreshadowing for Lily in a lot of ways. There’s an interesting fortune cookie which speaks to something I have been hoping for about Lily, and I dearly hope that comes true. Max’s arc continues, and in that some of Lily’s thoughts spoke volumes I felt. As the truth behind the story came out, there follows some revelations about Lily and those she works for, their thoughts about her.

The thing about all of this is that there’s a lot of strife in the background that really hasn’t been dealt with in the series so far and I really wish the series would focus on it more. The tension between Lily and those in the College needs to be explored for a lot of reasons, but most of all is this underlying opinion that she’s nothing more than a toy for some to use in their minds.

It’s sort of expected, overall, but it speaks poorly about all she has done for them, what she has accomplished. At some point this needs to be dealt with, and in a “Lily” way. When it is, I suspect that a lot of Lily’s past will finally be told and if the single thing I expect will be, that will shake the College to its foundations.

Beyond everything that happens to Lily, for the first time in the series an actual succubus appears. I honestly expected something more than she is, how little she’s in the story, considering how important to this work in the series she is. There’s some details revealed about succubi over this, and one of them I hope will not result in an ending to the series that I fear as a result. It would be a terribly sad thing if it did. I hesitate to call her stereotypical, but there’s really nothing told of her, what she does is typically “evil” for a succubus and in the end, while it creates the core of this story, she’s not there long enough to be more than, sadly, an interlude.

There are two main works of erotica, in one Lily masquerades as a stripper, and I just adored that scene immensely. It was some of the most delicious succubus seduction and control that I have read in the series and it made the work sing for me. When Lily is like this, she’s just amazing. The other work was far less hot, in truth I shuddered through most of it, but that has to be expected considering the situation Lily was in. It’s really over the top in a lot of ways, it didn’t hold much heat because of how Lily was treated, again, things turned out as they had to in that moment.

The singular thing that came out most of all in this work is that there’s something that is very wrong about Lily’s world. More so that it seems that a lot of people have their heads in the sand and cannot see what’s going on. What makes this more bothersome is how Lily is seen as the threat by so many in spite of all the good she has done. It’s like there isn’t anything she can do which will result in her being seen as “worthy” and “more than a succubus.”

Overall, this work I felt took the series back to the beginning in tone, attitude and overall there was a shift in the direction of the work that allowed for more of Lily’s past to be told, if barely, than it has been in some time. There was not a lot of movement on the overall series plot, that of what’s going on with the College, but there’s a really good hint about just how bad things are, and at this point, Lily has to have a clue that something’s not right at all.

Speaking of clues, for the first time in the series, Lily discovered that all of the warnings that Max had given her about being careful, and she brushed off, finally came back to haunt her. Seeing Lily being “helpless” was something telling because when push came to shove, there is a moment when the two sides of Lily confront each other. In that moment, something important I think was revealed about Lily’s true self and I honestly want to know more about that. Is everything that Lily says she feels real or a front? That’s something to think about. This might be the turning point, it might be the moment when the real Lily comes out and has to make sense of herself. I hope so.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Seeing what a “real” succubus was like, even fleetingly was interesting. Hinting about Lily’s possible future was interesting. Lily having to face the fact that she can be overcome was somewhat more so. What I didn’t find was the heat in the erotica when Lily was at her weakest. Abuse isn’t a fun thing to read, even if Lily’s succubus nature made that enjoyable for her. I’m hoping for the next work in the series to move fully into the real mystery here. That of Lily herself and what exactly is going on around her.

That’s the thing that seems to be missing in every part of the series so far.



Apr 10 2016

A Review of The New Neighbor by Ray Garton

The New Neighbor by Ray Garton

The New Neighbor by Ray Garton

There are some works of fiction which have a particular tendency within them to focus, as a whole, upon horror. They sometimes also add in as much darkness as possible in order to drive the characters towards doing dark things. While that can work, it also creates a story in which there’s no very little chance of redemption, survival, or, most importantly, happiness.

Proving a particular character is evil, mean and nasty can be overdone. Sometimes getting to that point means that the rest of the story loses any hope of being anything more than fodder for the main disaster that unfolds to all involved.

  • Title: The New Neighbor
  • Author: Ray Garton
  • Length: 276 Pages
  • ASIN: B00J90CKP0 (eBook)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759297630
  • Publishing Date: March 7, 2011
  • This work at Amazon.com


The work tells the story of:

The Pritchard family is quite content in their home on Deerfield Avenue…until Lorelle Dupree moves in across the street. The new neighbor is astonishingly beautiful…friendly…and seductive. Each member of the Pritchard family surrenders to her advances and Lorelle’s influence changes them in shocking ways. Soon everyone on Deerfield is changing. And then the killings start. The new neighbor is not interested in borrowing a cup of sugar or using your weed-whacker. She’s more interested in your soul.

Evil comes in the most pleasant of forms it seems. Her name is Lorelle, she’s evil, and has no problem in bringing that out in all of those around her. Sometimes when things go bad, they go very bad for everyone.

As a whole, for me, this was an extremely difficult work to read. I couldn’t find a way to care about any of the characters, for one. There so little hope, light, or promise to be seen as the story unfolds and as Lorelle tightens her grip on those around her, there’s just nothing in the story that made me want to care about what happened.

Coupled with this, there’s a good deal of horror, pain, suffering, and all of the darkest aspects of humanity that come out as a result of Lorelle’s actions. The ending of the work is telegraphed almost from the beginning. In every aspect of possible help, or hope, that is shattered in moments after it appears. In this work, the heart of darkness is very present and persistent. In being so, at least for me, I found the read to be very difficult and I had to restrain myself from skimming the chapters.

There are a lot of uncomfortably violent scenes, from beginning to end, which are described in quite a lot of detail. In the same way, as Lorelle ensnares those around her, twists them, and more, that’s told in a way that is as dark as it can possibly be.

Lorelle herself, is a being of evil, a very old one. Throughout the story her true form appears, making it clear she is some kind of demonic being, and to call her a succubus does, in some ways, make sense. However, in spite of her using sexuality to claim others, there’s more Hollywood style fright/slasher to her personality.

For those that like a lot of horror mixed with their erotica, this might be a work to consider. As well, there’s quite a lot of social commentary mixed into the words and actions of the characters which is something to consider as well. But here’s the thing, without some kind of hope, or positive meaning, there’s nothing else but the darkness within the characters and the evil that is Lorelle.

I found that, as a whole, to make this work much less than what many of the reviews have made it out to be.

One pitchfork out of five.

Not my taste, nothing that I enjoyed overall. I expected more, considering, but it didn’t turn out that way for me.



Apr 09 2016

80s movies weren’t all that good to Succubi really…

The 80s… Big hair, Big boobs and even bigger disasters of B-movies that made you cringe then and run away screaming today. There was, if you can imagine, a movie that had what were described as Succubi appearing as characters was released in 1987. More popularly known as Nightmare Sisters, the film was also released as Sorority Succubus Sisters.

Of course, it is a complete over the top train wreck of a film, and yes I do happen to have a copy of this mess in our Succubi Films Collection of course.

Recently I found that someone had uploaded the trailer to the movie, and as I don’t like suffering by myself and do have quite a lot of throwing grade popcorn to pass around…

Here’s the trailer. Brace yourselves…

And, if you can’t see the video here on the Tale, and you really want to experience all of the “glory”… Try this link:


The synopsis of this… classic… is a classic on its own I think.

Melody, Marci, and Mickey are three geeky college girls who can’t get a date. One night, they invite some geeky college guys over and have a seance that results in the girls becoming possessed and turning into sex starved succubi. Will the geek hero guys be able to stop the horrible possession?

If you really want to know more, you can visit this film’s page on the SuccuWiki and be amazed at the plot, there isn’t one, the fashion, there isn’t any, the acting, there might have been some, somewhere.

It’s really a classic example of a B-movie in every sense, the trailer alone just screams that as loud as it possibly can. I have to admit that I almost wonder what this might be like as a modern remake.


I just know that if it happened, there would be so much horror over the campiness that it would be a real shame. Perhaps the best thing is that this serves as an example of a Succubi B-movie, and for that alone, I think there’s some good in it existing…



Apr 08 2016

A Review of Trapped by a Song by Nicole Pouchet

Trapped by a Song by Nicole Pouchet

Trapped by a Song by Nicole Pouchet


Many times a Succubus appears in a work for the express purpose of being the “villain”. With that should be, to some extent, something about them that sees to their character not being stereotypical. However, it is also possible for the succubus to turn out to be far less a villain than the humans around her.

Still, misdirection can be a useful thing to keep a reader on their toes. But does it need to be so obvious?

It is the story of:

If Detective Jori Anzoli has to do one more telepathic reading for the Las Vegas Police Department, her para-capabilities may fry out. That doesn’t matter when she’s called in to help find eight men who mysteriously went missing. The case escalates quickly. Clairvoyants in the department are scared to touch it, her brother becomes the ninth missing man, and the Paranormal Investigative Agency (PIA) sends a distractingly handsome agent who hassles her every step of the way.

Agent Del Moore is on a mission to find the PIA’s missing biomedical weapons engineer. A retro-cognizant, Del is used to avoiding human contact unless the job demands it. The less intrusive knowledge he has about others, the better. But a brush with the aloof Detective Jori may change his mind. He can’t ignore her warm essence, especially when she impossibly summons him into her dream.

As mounting clues lead Jori and Del to go deep undercover into a Nevada brothel, an ancient succubus preys on every living soul within, placing Jori and Del on separate hallucinogenic paths of destruction. Will they learn the truth behind the brothel and their mission before succumbing to an ulterior plan neither of them wishes to see?

Jori and Del find themselves joining forces, and more intimate things, when they investigate the disappearance of several men and how a certain brothel connects to the mystery. When the truth is uncovered, it seems that what they expected, or thought they knew to be the worst of times is overshadowed by so much more.

The work is, overall, a detective/mystery which works well in the telling, but has a little bit of a problem trying to keep focus on the underlying foundation that it is built upon. There are, as a whole, a lot of “villains” in the work, possibly too many for what transpires and it might take some of the power from the words themselves.

The work loses a bit of focus here and there before the conclusion and the aftermath. It’s the ending that left me wanting a bit, considering the events, and as such the heat and passion gets sidetracked a bit for the murky mysteries of this universe.

The succubus of this work, Prisca, was as a whole quite disappointing. She’s very stereotypically “evil” and “monstrous” in her nature and that was disappointing. Considering all that she had created and done, I expected more from her than what transpired in the story. She was a means to an end, a rather thin one really, and that took away much from her character. I expected something of a more involved, present, and in control personality, but that didn’t come out in the story well I thought.

Prisca was, overall, more monster than succubus and I think that was a shame considering how the story unfolded and what happened when the events came to a close. Sometimes the monsters aren’t the obvious ones. Past that, Prisca didn’t strive as a succubus, but rather more of a thinly disguised drug dealer. Again, I just expected better when she appeared, that didn’t really come out in the story.

Still, the story isn’t about Prisca, it is about Jori and Del and that part of the work did manage to keep my interest, have good heat between the characters, and keep them from being cardboard in their personalities. There’s a good deal of history involved in their characters and that drew me into the story. Their world is complex, but at the same time there’s so much distrust, anger, fear, and more that to live in such a world much be soul sapping over time.

Written well, there wasn’t anything to draw me from the story, the erotica is well told and has just enough heat to make it enjoyable without overwhelming the rest of the story. Still, some parts of the story might have used a bit more “telling” and less “showing” to pull one deeper into things. The one thing that does matter when reading this work is that the details are important, they matter by the end of the story. But even then, there are a lot of questions unanswered, beings that pop in and vanish with little explanation and as such there’s some holes for me in the telling.

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

An interesting universe with driven characters, However, Prisca was disappointing in many ways as a succubus. While she was a minor character in truth, there could have been more to her than just being evil for the sake of being so.



Apr 08 2016

A Review of Dungeons and Dryads by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Dungeons and Dryads by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Dungeons and Dryads by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

A review of the fourth work in the Succubus Apprentice series today on the Tale. You can find my review of the first work in the series here, the second work in the series was reviewed here and the third work was reviewed here on the Tale recently.

Sometimes the question isn’t so much about what you know you have to face in front of you as it is what’s happening behind you. There’s something to be said about having eyes in the back of your head to manage that. Occasionally however, you might be wearing a blindfold and not know what’s just hit you…

  • Title: Dungeons and Dryads
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 27 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DRE3WE6
  • Publishing Date: April 1, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

This is the fourth installment of “The Succubus Apprentice”. In this volume the vampire Kiki and Loreli the Dark Elf sorceress continue their attempt to take over the supernatural community of Manhattan with the help of a Troll who runs the last used bookstore in Manhattan. Their opponent is a powerful Necromancer. To defeat him they decide to ask someone for help who has absolutely no reason to remember them kindly. This is bound to go well.

The best laid plans sometimes get derailed by those with you, against you, and more often than not, the plans just need to change. Not everything goes as planned, and it’s worse when you haven’t got enough time to go shopping for shoes either. That’s about the time when things really take a turn for the worst.

The one thing that seems be the most prevalent theme in this part of the series is one of schemers against schemers. By that I mean there’s quite a number of side plots working their way through and causing all sorts of havoc along the way. The humour is there, the characters are every bit as wonderful as they have always been, but there’s a little bit of some really serious problems creeping in along the edges of the story.

Overall, the series becomes really very complicated with a number of old and new characters popping in and causing their own brand of mischief in some cases, and in others some very serious moments for Loreli along the way. Two characters that I didn’t really expect to see again have returned to the series, and in both cases there’s a unique edge to both of their stories now. Where that winds up taking things is a question of course, but it opens some doors and I thought that was a nice touch.

I felt there was, perhaps, a little too much verbal fighting between several of the characters, however the reaction by a certain Troll at one point made me laugh and I thought that was the perfect response actually. As an aside, there’s a point at which I knew that something really bad was going to happen and, at least for me, it was really an obvious point. I mean, how is it possible that the girls would turn away from something that’s so important to them? What that is, you’ll have to read the work to find out.

I like that the series has shifted between the characters, but how this work ends seems to point at a certain succubus and her apprentice appearing in the next part of the series. When that comes along, I do rather worry about how much of New York is going to be left standing.

There’s an air of mystery around the opponent that Loreli is facing in her quest, all that comes to that point, the climax of the work, seems to say that she’s up to her thigh-high boots in problems. There was a lot of those in this work, and why things happened as they did needs to be explained, but that’s for another work in the series, which I look forwards to.

The conversational jabs, the clashing of personalities, the mix of silly and serious works very well in this part of the series as always. The zingers come quickly along the way, they made me smile, and that is the one thing about this series, and authors, that I cherish always.

Four out of five pitchforks.

There’s trouble in New York City and for our heroines, that means there’s going to be issues. The twist bring about an interesting direction for things to unfold, though I have some thoughts about that. I expect there are more surprises to come. What happens next when the everyone else arrives at the party will be, I am sure, something quite… interesting.