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Demon Hunters (eBook)
Demon Hunters eBook Cover,
written by William Harper
|Publisher||Amazon Digital Services|
|Publication date||February 5, 2017|
Demon Hunters is an eBook written by William Harper. In this work the character Selexia V'derin Tl'llaca is a Succubus.
- Title: Demon Hunters
- Author: William Harper
- Published By: Amazon Digital Services
- Length: 169 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B01N80K327
- Publishing Date: February 5, 2017
Follow the exploits of the handsome, deadly, competent, and extremely delusional Demon hunter Martinez and his half giant side kick Raoul , as they track down an elusive Succubus.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on February 17, 2017
The work of a demon hunter is never done, at least that’s what it seems to be and while Martinez is one, he’s not exactly what others expect him to be. Finding himself embroiled with a woman who isn’t what she seems, a threat to her town that is more than he realized, his view of those around him might need to be changed slightly. But one thing doesn’t change, the demons he faces, and the mystery of a succubus that threatens them all.
The work is an action fantasy adventure and it’s clear from the beginning that the author has invested a lot of time and effort in telling the story, making the characters come to life. At times there are several plot threads running, some of which collide head-on and others seem to go off on a tangent looking for meaning, but don’t quite find it.
That said, the main characters, such as Martinez, Raoul and Stille to name but three, are wonderful and I adored them from the start. The bits of snark are well done, the personality conflicts are very real, but more it’s the imperfections of each that really makes this something special. The characters make the story, there’s no question and as they develop, change as grow, things work out really well overall.
The succubus of the story however I found to be somewhat disappointing Much of that comes from her situation, what’s done to her and it’s a real problem because there’s no little of “her” seen until very late in the story. By that time, when some of who she is, what she is, comes out, it’s almost anticlimactic. She’s just known as “the succubus” almost to the very end and when her name is revealed, Selexia, that just screams for more story to come. But it doesn’t in the rush towards the ending. Given that she has a reasonably major role in the plot, and how that unfolded, I dearly wanted to see “her” rather than what did come from the story.
This is not a work of erotica, though there are a few little scattered moments when sexuality comes out in the work. The point is, of course, the story of overcoming the threats that Martinez faces, which the work does hold onto for the most part. Still, the teasing was fun and it did make me smile along the way.
The work could use another editing pass, there are a number of spelling mistakes and some of the passages need a bit of clarity in the telling. The humour is wonderful, but then the moments when some important events unfold seem like they are rushed too much. As well, the scenes told from Selexia’s viewpoint offer a story to be told, but it really isn’t. Most of all, the last appearance she has left me wanting mainly because it leaves so many doors open in spite of what happened i think.
I’d like to see a following work, the ending clearly points towards a quest of some kind for the characters. More so, I want to see more focus on the relationships, on growing the characters. Humour is a start, their purpose for each as well, but beyond that, the hints left untold just beg to be told some time. Perhaps along the way a certain succubus will reappear and her story might be told. It’s said in the work that not all evil is evil, I’d love to see that be true in many ways.
Four out of five pitchforks.
A delightfully fun fantasy adventure story with wonderful characters, plots and just really a fun read overall. While there are some serious moments, and there are a few points where the story got lost a bit, that just added to the overall storytelling.
I really so wish however that Selexia hadn’t been so terribly used as a succubus, mainly that her story, which it was able to be told, didn’t get glossed over so much. As well, she being very stereotypical as a succubus character was disappointing to me. I’m hoping there’s another story to be told, that she returns as an ongoing foil to the characters as I think that would be interesting.
The work isn’t about her, obviously, but in the same way there’s a lot of story not told about so many characters and those stories really need to be revealed sometime. Recommended as one of the most entertaining sword and sorcery tales I’ve read this year so far.