Succubus, by A.J. Markam


Ian just wanted a job as a Quality Control tech for the biggest virtual reality game online. Instead, he met the woman of his dreams… who just happens to be a demoness from hell.

Ian starts off as a Level 1 Warlock, and after summoning a mischievous imp named Stig as his first servant, goes on a series of quests to win the ultimate prize: a sexy, smoldering succubus who will fulfill his every wish.

But Alaria has a mind of her own. When she’s not playfully seducing Ian and then driving him crazy, she’s plotting revenge against shadowy figures from her past.

Ian gets drawn into her plot, and the three of them – Warlock, succubus, and imp – go off on an adventure full of bloodlust, blood, and – well, lust.

If you have never played an RPG, it will not hinder your enjoyment of this book or your understanding of the gamer parts of the story. Aside from a few gamey components, it reads like any other fantasy book; a light and fun adventure about a character arriving in a new, fantastical world. The game world is enjoyable, and the story has a pleasant blend of adventure, humor, and romance.

Ian lands his dream job as a Quality Control tech for the greatest VR game in the world: Otherworlds Online. They need him to test a shiny new, state-of-the-art version of the game. But once Ian gets into the game, he finds that the new VR tech makes it feel a lot like reality, and the new AIs act a lot like people. It is all fun and games until he finds himself stuck in the game, which is the trope of all LitRPG tropes.

The main character can be whiny at times, but he is likable, and he shows a touch of development as the story progresses. The other significant characters are his two demon buddies. Ian plays a Warlock in the game, and enslaving demons is what he does best. He starts with Stig, a pointless imp, and later he gets powerful enough to summon the succubus Alaria. Since this story is a mix of action, fantasy, and erotica, it is fairly predictable what happens next. Ian is immediately smitten with Alaria, yet neither she nor Stig show any obedience towards him, despite being his demonic slaves.

The book’s writing is captivating, which keeps the story moving at a quick pace. The best thing about this book is how silly it is. Not every joke lands, but enough of them do to make the experience very enjoyable.

All things considered, I feel this is a fun read. It is not perfect and not without a few flaws, but it is still a fun mix of fantasy, action, and light erotica. Definitely worth a read.

By Blake Sky


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