Succubus Shadows is Richelle Mead’s fifth book about Georgina Kincaid – a conscience-plagued succubus in Seattle with romantic tribulations galore.
Four out of five stars.
In this book, Georgina continues to suffer the karmic fallout from cheating with her best friend Maddie’s boyfriend Seth Mortensen, who happened to be Georgie’s secret ex. As with the whole series, there is a paranormal mystery to solve and foes to vanquish. The character development of Georgie is this book’s strongest point.
I first read this four months ago, forgot to review it, and then forgot what it was about! As a re-read, I can see why: the plot starts out very, very similar to the previous books. Georgie is having strange dreams, maybe hallucinations. Something seems to be luring her to a bright light and feelings of peace and joy, almost like she’s to commit suicide. Her relationship with Seth Mortensen is off-again: in fact, Maddie strong-arms Georgie into being a bridesmaid.
This book is really about exploring Georgie’s character and moral misgivings about her role as temptress from Hell. Let’s discuss with some spoilers…
I’ve been suspecting for a while that Georgie is going to redeem herself, and get her soul back: this book seems to be establishing the scene.
The local angel Carter hints cryptically about redemption, though his comments fly over Georgie’s head. When she’s captured and tormented by the Oneroi (Nix’s servants) – the torture consists often of reviewing past decisions she’d made in placing ‘evil’ ahead of ‘good’… though the subtext is repeatedly of how she’s trying increasingly often to do the right thing.
The mysterious contract loop-hole discussion seems a little clearer on this re-read. Her contract is solid, it seems. But perhaps somehow Seth is the one affected by this second contract? Is he Letha’s long-ago husband, reincarnated?
Cover Gripe: Blargh! The cover and jacket teaser must belong to some other book! That’s not a bridesmaid outfit. She does not have dark hair and green eyes: it’s golden-brown + green as Georgie; or it’s dark-dark as Letha. ‘Seduction has a dark side”? It’s actually ‘seduction has a guilty conscience’.
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