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Dungeon Spawned: Dark Dungeon 01 (eBook)

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Dungeon Spawned:
Dark Dungeon 01
Dungeon Spawned: Dark Dungeon 01 eBook Cover, written by D. R. Rosier
Dungeon Spawned: Dark Dungeon 01
eBook Cover, written by D. R. Rosier
Author(s) D. R. Rosier
Series Dark Dungeon
Publisher Amazon Digital Services
Publication date July 25, 2017
Media type eBook
Length 169 Pages
ASIN B073B359C7
Followed by Dungeon Imperiled:
Dark Dungeon 02

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).


Dungeon Spawned: Dark Dungeon 01 is an eBook written by D. R. Rosier. It is the first work in the Dark Dungeon series by this author. In this work the character Lila is a Succubus.


Overview

  • Title: Dungeon Spawned: Dark Dungeon 01
  • Author: D. R. Rosier
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 169 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B073B359C7
  • Publishing Date: July 25, 2017


Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki


Plot Summary

Nurien wakes up in a crystal prison, a soul stone, and has no idea what happened to him, or what he is or was. It takes him a while to figure things out.

A dungeon imp eventually shows up to tell him what he is, a dark dungeon, and to help him learn and grow. Problem is, it doesn’t take long for him to figure out that things aren’t quite matching up to little Ebony’s expectations. Luckily, he has some other help in his head, another soul trapped in the crystal prison with him. Unluckily, that help is a power-hungry demoness from hell.

He’s got a lot to learn if he’s going to survive and prosper, but most of all, who the hell was he, and what?


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on September 5, 2017


Nurien has more than a few problems to work out. Who he is, why is he as well. But perhaps the most confusing are those around him. Still, there are always possibilities and one of those is a succubus, things can become so very interesting.

The work is an action-adventure mixed with a lot of mystery along the way. The characters are well created, they grow as the story does as well. There’s a lot happening along the way and it’s perhaps a little odd listening to Nurien as he creates his dungeon, there’s a real feeling of a D&D dungeon master setting up a dungeon crawl. That said, it also allows for a lot of character development in Nurien himself, but also in those characters that are closest to him, such as Lila.

Lila, the main succubus character of the work, isn’t at all stereotypical and I liked that because it allowed the story to take her in directions that a limited character could never approach. There are some other succubi and incubi mentioned, but they are minor characters mentioned in passing. That’s a shame I thought because I think there could have been some interesting moments between them. There’s no question that there is some darkness in Lila, but it’s not all she is. Her character is more than that and by the end of the story the truth about her, or rather the change that Nurien brings to her, makes a lot of sense.

There’s very little in the way of erotica, those scenes are glossed over for the most part. The focus is on setting up the universe, introducing the characters and putting them in harm’s way when the story demands it. There’s a lot of character development as a result and that was a pleasant surprise. I’d have liked more time spent in drawing out more about Lila and the other main characters however. Those closest to Nurien seem to be still somewhat in shadow and there’s a lot to be told I think in that respect.

The work is a strong start to the series, there’s a lot to like. But at times the focus on the minutia of creating a dungeon and running it seemed to take over too much of the storytelling. There’s a point to that of course, but the moments I think took away too much from the characters themselves. When the climax of the work came, again there seemed to be too much focus on how things worked rather than the emotional and character impacts overall. It’s not so much as to take one out of the story, but it was somewhat distracting and it shouldn’t have been.

That said, I liked the work very much and I am looking forwards to the next work in the series, that being scheduled for three works overall. The intrigue works, the characters are captivating. I think the only thing that’s missing is the “why” and for Nurien to see, in time, what it all means.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I like the complexity of the story, how the characters play off each other so delightfully well. The second work in the series, which has been released at the time of this review, I hope will allow for more character growth for Lila, but really for all of the characters. There’s a lot of plot left unrevealed, plans and plots still simmering. I think that will make for an interesting follow-up.

I like character development and that seems to be core to this work. Perhaps, in time, Lila will discover she’s more than she really understands and the same I think can be said about Nurien most of all.


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