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Coming into Power (eBook)
|Coming into Power|
Coming into Power eBook Cover,
written by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
|Publisher||Loose Leaf Stories|
|Publication date||June 30, 2016|
|Preceded by||Tangled Limbs|
|Followed by||Lily Quinn: Volume 2|
Coming into Power is an eBook written by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine. It is the eighth work in the Lily Quinn series by this author. In this work the character Lily Quinn is a half-Succubus.
- Title: Coming into Power
- Author: Natalie Severine and Eric Severine
- Published By: Loose Leaf Stories
- Length: 80 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B01GFA2PAG
- IBSN: 9781310885204
- Publishing Date: June 30, 2016
Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki
- Wanted Undead or Alive
- All's Fae in Love and War
- The Beast Within
- Max's Long Night
- Lily Quinn: Volume 1
- Raising the Dead
- One Night Sand
- Tangled Limbs
- Lily Quinn: Volume 2
- A Made Man
- Deep Woods
- Spells of Binding
- Sealed with a Kiss
- Lily Quinn: Volume 3
- Magic Max
I’m Lily Quinn: half-succubus, monster hunter, insatiable sex fiend… but you know all that by now. So maybe it’s finally time to tell the first story, the one about how all of this began.
How I discovered the whole supernatural world and my place in it. How I met Evaine and why she taught me how to fight. How I managed to convince the College that I wasn’t a monster. How I nearly lost Max forever.
How I became me.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on July 5, 2016
Once upon a time, Lily was a girl with everyday problems. A foster family she wasn’t getting along with, a boyfriend she didn’t want to be with. A life ahead that seemed to be achingly alone. But sometimes things change. Your best friend becomes something more, your life changes and you become a succubus. Then you find out your life, every day, is going to be a challenge. Deciding to take up that challenge is what makes Lily who she is.
As an origin story, the work is really quite interesting, mainly for the issues that Lily was dealing with before her transformation. It’s a bit unclear as to what she was intending to do, but when the moment came, she did know, or at least had the need, to want to be with Max. I really liked that their relationship was strong before the moment of crisis.
The actual transformation that Lily goes through is one in which, yes, there is a hot piece of erotica telling the story, but as well there’s story. It isn’t just about Lily’s first sexual encounter, of being with Max. There’s a real connection between the characters then which, in the present time for them, created something really special. One of these episodes, perhaps Max and Lily will get to the point that’s been with them both from the beginning. I really hope so.
For some origin stories, there’s not much time spent actually dealing with the immediate aftermath of what happens. There’s a jump to a point further ahead with a lot skimmed over. This doesn’t happen here. The days and weeks following Lily’s change are the focus of the story. The first meeting of Lily and Evaine, how their relationship developed, how Max was part of that, really was some of the best writing in the series so far.
Reading of Lily’s “training” in her powers did make me smile. Again, that is the sort of thing that gets glossed over in many stories about succubi. It matters a lot to a character like Lily to know about her, where she came from, and why she turned out the way she did. Lily makes mistakes, her powers get the better of her, and she falls from time to time. There are moments of terror, passion, and understanding, not all of which are through Lily learning about herself, but as well having to deal with her “human life” issues too.
It’s an example again of how erotica alone cannot support a story well. There’s a good balance between the erotica and the story, perhaps slightly more story overall, which matters here. This is a story of the beginning and Lily being “perfect” from the first moment wouldn’t have been believable. She isn’t and that matters a lot.
The one thing about this story that bothers me is that Lily, overall, has about the same attitude as her older self, the same sort of smirk soon after she is changed. I’m not sure that worked well for me. I rather liked “human” Lily a bit more. I did because that Lily had issues, problems, and was a little lost. The “new” Lily just seemed to lose some of that along the way and it happened too quickly.
Written as well as ever, the characters were clearly younger versions of themselves. I liked seeing those that Lily deals with everyday at the first encounter and what happened then. Some of Evaine’s comments about Max did give me pause, they seem to hint towards something, but whether or not that plays out is another question of course.
I would have liked more told about Lily, Max and Evaine’s time together. To know a bit more about what happened after Lily’s test, her choice to be a hunter as well. While her sex drive is explained, I can’t quite understand why she hasn’t gotten things better under control since the beginning. Having a teacher like Evaine, you’d think that Lily might be more developed in her control and powers. More questions, as always it seems, but they are good ones to think about.
Four out of five pitchforks.
A story that took all of the little hints in the series about Lily’s past and melded them together quite nicely. A little disappointing in that Lily seems not to have really changed all that much from who she was, not developed more fully as I hoped she had. I still feel there’s another shoe to drop on Lily, on the College, on Max. There’s an important piece of the puzzle not revealed as yet and that seems to go all the way back to the day Lily transformed.
If that turns out to be what I think it is, I will be quite pleased.