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Red River Song (eBook)
|Red River Song|
Red River Song eBook Cover,
written by A. R. Mummey
|Author(s)||A. R. Mummey|
Amazon Digital Services|
|Publication date||April 6, 2016|
Red River Song is an eBook written by A. R. Mummey. It is the first work in the Descendant series by this author. In this work the character Thea is a Succubus and reference is made to Lilith, Eisheth Zenunium, Naamah and Agrat Bat Mahlat.
- Title: Red River Song
- Author: A. R. Mummey
- Published By: Amazon Digital Services & Smashwords
- Length: 166 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B01DYINVJG
- IBSN: 9781311781604
- Publishing Date: April 6, 2016
Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki
Lorelei Abrahms knew she’d never be famous. She’d never change the world. Lorelei’s just an introverted college student losing faith in her dreams as her life plods onward with no meaning. That is, until she discovers she has strange powers and someone wants her dead. When Lorelei first sees the sparks coming from her hands, she worries it is all in her mind. She tells her best friend Heath, but he seems more interested in separating her from Patrick, a classmate she cannot keep off her mind. After being nearly killed by Thea, a succubus disguised as a college student, Lorelei learns she and her closest friends are Gifted, or sorcerers, and Patrick and his family are Sang, also known as vampires, though no one uses the common terms.
Somehow, she must control her new powers and unite the Gifted, the Sang, and the Dark, the Gifted’s opposing faction of sorcerers, to defeat Thea. Unfortunately, Thea is much more than just a succubus and no faction is safe on its own.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on January 3, 2017
Lorelei’s life sucks, there’s really no way else to explain it. An encounter with an odd student leads into an odder relationship and then all hell breaks loose. Now she’s not sure about herself, her reality, or what’s going on. Worst of all, there is something evil that wants her and Lorelei can’t get an answer on what to do next.
The main character, Lorelei, seems to have one emotion throughout this work and that seems to be a complete lack of self assurance. She just doesn’t see anything of value within herself and even when she learns that she is more than she could have imagined, that nagging self doubt keeps hammering into her. It’s hard to see much in the way of her character developing as a result and as such it’s difficult at times to see progress in the story.
The characters that surround her are in the same way lost in many respects. There’s so much strife and loss that simmers in them that the work just lays about waiting for the conflict to start. Before that the story treads on what is almost a romance, but a lost one. When the story turns towards the real plot and things get complicated, that odd feeling remains. Lorelei and everyone around her just cannot find their footing and when the real evil appears, the train wreck begins.
The character Thea is described as being a succubus, and she does display some mind control powers and some seductive qualities. It becomes more fascinating a story when her past is delved into, the connections made, and the questions about Lilith, Eisheth Zenunium, Naamah and Agrat Bat Mahlat in this universe come into play.I rather liked how important they are, what they represent, and the hidden aspects that come out over time.
Thea is, as a whole, an evil force of nature with very little character otherwise. There’s no question she’s evil and Lorelei’s discovery of who she is opens up some interesting mythologies to explore. She’s cruel, uncaring of anything save power, and seems to have no other thoughts but that goal. As such she’s a little two dimensional in that aspect which is a shame because considering all she has done I expected her to be more whole rather than the creature she is. That’s not to say she isn’t a threat, she’s a very clear one, but she could be less of a willful villain and more of a scheming seductress. The hint is there, but it isn’t played out fully.
The writing is very good, the characters are complex and the interwoven plots I enjoyed as they unraveled. I just found Lorelei too lost as a main character overall. There’s a lack of belief in herself and I have the feeling that’s on purpose and caused by other forces. The sparks of life from time to time are fleeting and could be more. I think there is, I just would like to see a little bit more hope within Lorelei than there is.
Four out of five pitchforks.
The only thing that I didn’t really enjoy was the overwhelming lack of self that Lorelei shows through the story. Even when she started to see what she could do, there seemed to be no way to get out of the life long funk she’s been in. In many ways she is static from beginning to end. Considering who she is up against, that needs to change when the series continues.
Sometimes faith isn’t everything. Belief in yourself is.