NSFW Book Review: Succubus Dungeon – Divine Overlord by Eden Redd

Title: Succubus Dungeon: Divine Overlord

Author: Eded Redd

Publisher: Eded Redd

Publication Date:  January 15, 2020

Genres: Fantasy, erotica

Shelves: Female-authored

Before I get into the erotic delight that is Succubus Dungeon: Divine Overlord, I first want to say a few words about the LitRPG genre, of which this was my first read. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it refers to sci-fi & fantasy novels that incorporate aspects of role-playing games into the narrative. It’s a genre that hearkens back to the quest-driven fantasy of my youth, but what makes it unique is the awareness of stats (like hit points), scores, and abilities, with characters driven to complete quests in order to level-up. It sounds a bit weird, I know, but it’s not as obtrusive as you think, and it really does add something to the story.

So, anyway, that brings me back to Eden Redd and Divine Overlord, which is actually a sequel to Succubus Dungeon, but I can say from experience it’s perfectly enjoyable on its own. It’s the story of Lucian, a human mage who surrendered himself to the Succubus Queen, becoming a Dungeon Core – both a personification of the dungeon and Master of all it contains. His quest is to grow the dungeon, find the Queen’s 8 elemental daughters, and survive the interference of surface Paladins who would put an end to such darkness.

While this is not grimdark, it is a reversal of the usual epic fantasy conventions, making a protagonist of someone who would otherwise be the villain, and encouraging the reader to cheer on the advancement of evil. This is a story that’s very often dark in tone and sentiment, with even the erotic elements being dark, edgy, and as full of pain as pleasure. That’s not to say this is a simple story, however, of even one that’s likely to develop as you expect. Once you get beyond the novelty of the LitRPG genre, it is the characters who drive the story. Lucian and Nadia are two fantastic characters with a unique relationship. There’s real character growth here, with some genuine surprises, and relationships that drive the story (or quest) in unique ways, especially once we begin meeting those elemental daughters.

There is significant conflict here, both within Lucian’s growing dungeon harem, and from the surface world above. It’s like reading a sword-and-sorcery novel from the other side, with the same challenges and heroic acts to be witnessed, except we’d rather seen the light fail and goodness be defeated. It makes for a fun read, completely self-indulgent, and one hell of a guilty pleasure. As for those erotic elements I teased, they are dark and delicious, full of inspiration and imagination, and precisely what you would expect of a dungeon lord and his succubi. They’re tastefully done, with just the right about of explicit detail, and always in service of the overall plot. Redd spaces them far enough apart that we come to look forward to the next seduction, and uses them to reward us as much as the characters.

Succubus Dungeon: Divine Overlord is fun, fast paced fantasy for a mature audience, the next evolution in the SFF genre. I enjoyed it far more than I expected to, and I’m already anxious to read more.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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