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Succubus

Succubus, Book 1
Written by: A.J. Markam
Narrated by: Iggy Toma
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Warning: This is a story featuring naked women, lots of foreplay, hot sex, demons, warlocks, violence, revenge, and moral quandaries.

©2018 A.J. Markam (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • s m
  • 2019-01-22

teen boys dream

the story itself is ok but the performance from the narrator is what sold me on this .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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funny & exciting

never had a book so exciting and funny... can totally relate to the main character

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  • high-fantasy
  • 2018-10-25

Incredibly weak main character.

If you are looking for a strong Male lead look for something else. If you are into femdom this is the book for you.

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  • Sailnoff
  • 2018-10-28

Frustration.....not in a good payoff way!

Spend 34 chapters hating the Main Character because he seems to forget he's in a video game and can reroll bad characters!

The main character complains his real life girl left him then proceeds to let himself get treated like a bitch by a virtual hotty.

I understand the need for conflict and progression but the MC is treated like a weak & very stupid manga character. It's not till almost the very end the author trys to justify the treatment but I had already speed to the end.

Nothing can be help by this succubus being incredibly hot and an asshole to her Summoned Master. Fine, the guy won't take advantage of her and even gives into her horrible quest but the bitchy attitude never lets up. I don't believe 4 chapters out of 40 is enough good will.

Nothing is wrong with the narrator and I'm sure more succubus books will sell because of the subject but I only hope it gets WAY better!

Anyways this kind of book isn't for me because the payoff in the end is sooooo little!

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  • Leif
  • 2018-10-25

the MC is a total joke

this MC has no control over himself, he gets things pointed out to him seconds before and it just fly's straight over his head. the demons are fine tho the succubus arguments could be so easily dismissed by the MC, but he can only think in one way. and he has no ability to reflect when needed in conversations with her.

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  • Conner
  • 2019-02-06

Preachy With A Side of Alaria

I’ll start with the pros:
1. The voice acting done by Iggy Toma is well done and commendable. The narrator commands a range of voices which really uplifts the story for ease of listening.
2. Alaria. She is the only saving grace of this story besides Stig. Although unlikeable in the beginning, I enjoyed her character more and more as the story goes on, as she grew to be the driving force behind the plot with her schemes and personality.
3. The sex scene(s) were well done, if not annoying at times due to Alaria’s behavior.

The Cons:
1. The main character is an idiot. I get it, I really do; when a gorgeous, soul rending beauty is in sight, there’s nothing more that you can do than ogle her... especially if she’s a succubus. But having a character that is so very insecure and, frankly, nauseatingly incapable is hard to sell unless there are grounds by which to sympathize with. I tried, and succeeded at times to like Ian’s character, but largely it was Alaria that carried.
2. Philosophical inflection coupled with moral gray zones done right enrich a story and add a level of intrigue. This story does not achieve that. Instead, what this story does achieve is make the moral dilemma sound like a political statement that the author felt like, and I can only guess, was to give Ian something to become enlightened about, ending with the reader feel like he/she was in for a sermon. Slavery BAD. We know. Ian knows. And it felt like I was listening to a cartoon show that had to blatantly tell me, “This is wrong.”

To which Ian responds, “I was wrong and here’s why.”

Allusion exists, ya know.

3. Show, don’t tell. “My heart was crushed”. Right. Five more times and we’ll start being repetitive. And while I get that this isn’t supposed to be High Fantasy with amazing amounts of scene building or character description, I feel like more than Alaria’s body should receive justice in description.

Will I read the next books in the series? I don’t know. From what I’ve read of the summaries of other people’s reviews for the next books it doesn’t look promising as Alaria seems to go through the same plot troubles as in this book. It’s disappointing and predictable but maybe on a rainy day I’ll aim to pick the next one up if there’s nothing else to read.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-12-26

Totally doesn't Succubus, it rocks

First of all I just have to saw WOW. This is one of the best books I’ve listened to in a long time that is not from a major author like Hunter, Corvin, or Dean. AJ Markam has skillfully crafted a world that is rock solid, is filled with interesting characters and actually has a message. He manages to paint vibrant scenes that detailed and latch onto your senses.

Now, I know this is a part of the Naughty Special, but I really think it belongs in the nice category. Of all the naughty book on the show today I think that his sex scenes carry the most impact, because they really are not sexy but rather are sensual. There is more emotion involved than there is physical pleasure and that only added to the story. Truth be told there really is not much sex in the book at all, I know we go several hours in before anything actually happens, and even then there are only two or three real sex scenes in the whole book. When I talked to AJ about this book he told me that some one had said that if it wasn’t for the sex they would let their kids listen to it, and I have to agree. This is a novel that totally stands on its own without sex, but still employs sex in a way that completely elevates the story. I wanted to record this segment as soon as I was done listening to it because I felt it was so powerful. Really great stuff. I can’t praise it enough.

So at this point you’re asking me what the book is about, well lemme tell ya the story centers on a man who is in need of work, and just happens to have a background that fits what the company he is applying at needs. That would be a human Guinea pig. Seems Ian, the MC, has done some medical experimentation work in the past and that makes him ideal to go into a deep dive long haul immersive tank. The OT is too good to pass up and he starts instantly. He soon finds himself playing a warlock, a class that summons demonic beings to do their bidding. He is soon saddled with a by the numbers imp who takes every command he is given and interprets it to his benefit and Ian’s detriment. Ian eventually summons a Succubus named Alaria, who has a bad attitude and instantly crushes Ian’s hopes of getting a love slave.

Basically the story centers on ownership, free will, and slavery but does so in a non-preachy way. In other words it doesn’t bet you over the head with it every five minutes. It is a very nice story about respect and how that is earned, as well as the fact that you can’t force someone to love you. Plus, I think it does a great job of showing how a guy will do practically anything to get laid. Again, this was an intensely fun book and I really enjoyed myself listening to it . . .wait should I say that on the Naughty Special?
Another stellar thing about this novel is the incredible work by Iggy Toma. I usually research new narrators, just so I can see how experienced they are. I do this after I listen, not before, and I have to say that I was very surprised at what he has done before, because this is his first LITRPG book, and he reads this like a pro, an old hand (Annnnother thing I shouldn’t say on the naughty special) . . .anyway he feels like he’s been doing this a long time. He has it down, and knocks the voices out of the park. Seriously, this was like listening to Hays, Pohdel, or Daniels and all you authors out there ought to take note because he owned this book from start to stop, and made it a blast to listen to. All I know is that if I had a book that was going to audio format soon I would have this cat on my radar. He stole the show, which wasn’t easy to do with the high caliber of writing that was going on here. This guy rocks, and he deserves to get into this sort of genre.

I’m not going to fool around here. This was captivating on every level, I loved the premise, the characters, the goals, and resolution at the end. This is a solid 8.5 stars. Get this book.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Brett Jarvis Jr.
  • 2018-12-08

Big let down

Let me start off by saying that the "Publisher's Summary" will give you the wrong idea about this story. I came to this hoping for a great story about a demon summoner with dark magic. (something that is hard to find) But what I got was a basic overused bitchy High school trope of bitch cheerleader and nerd how helps the cheerleader.

Over 85% of this is just the succubus Alaria complaining about her past, or sexually teasing the main character and getting pissy when he takes her bait. I get that she has problems from her past but Good god let it problem grow into the story and not just repeat it OVER AND OVER AND OVER! there is almost zero character growth of any kind until the end of the first book, which leads to a big F-U for readers that wanted to see a story about a Warlock.

The Demons the main character does summon are rule lawyer's to the extreme finding any to circumvent any request or order they can, it was funny at first, but it NEVER STOPS!

For the readers looking for romance and sex look someplace else, the romance is cringy and the sex has NO feeling to it what so ever.

The fault is not all on the creator of this story, the Performance by the Narrator. Iggy Toma. is just plain flat, no matter what is going on the inflection does not change, it always the same tone of voice.

So, I am sad to say this story was a huge missed opportunity

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-25

WTF

This has to be the worst bool ever writen in the litRPG history!
Akward as hell, bad humor and a MC that sounds like a 16 YO virgin

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  • Ericka
  • 2018-12-13

The most incompetent lead character ever written.

The main character’s mental capacity is staggeringly low. The sexual fantasy succubus can’t make up for all the short comings in writing. Maybe the writer was dumbing this down and over did it. If this book made you dig deep as the cover five star review suggest I pity you sir. I’m not a troll this my first full review. It simply that bad. It gets better towards the end but that’s not saying much.

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  • Cthaeh
  • 2018-10-26

awful main char boring story

Even for the style of light novel this is the worst Ive read or listened to. The main char is supposed to be an adult but acts like a brain damaged 14 year old virgin. I couldnt get more than 1/2 way through. Most of what i listenes to was the same scene played out the same way over and over. If you want to hear a some kid who has never met a woman before stammer and stutter and the same woman described the same way 50x this is book for you.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Gorden
  • 2018-10-31

I want my money back, It's ridiculous

Never stopped hating the characters, their humiliation, or the authors apparent inexperience with gaming. Worthless.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful