Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I joked to a friend, while I was reading Succubus Heat, that she'd know what I thought of the whole series by that weekend. Then I started reading this one before bed. The next thing I knew, I'd finished it, and was itching to start book 6. It's been a long time since I've read a book in one sitting.
In Succubus Shadows, the fifth of the Georgina Kincaid books, our favorite succubus is having visions of peace and happiness, beckoning her toward a doorway. When she succumbs, she finds herself trapped in a dream world where she's forced to live out her many mistakes over her 1500 years.
I was glad for the interludes where Georgina watches her friends search for her. She's entirely passive and unable to do anything about her situation for a good portion of the book. As fascinating as the flashbacks are, it was incredibly frustrating to read about events Georgina has no control over. Being able to root for her friends took away some of that frustration. Just enough that I couldn't stop reading, evidently.
This book breaks the formula of previous books. The mystery isn't in the who; Georgina knows that as soon as she lays eyes on her captor. It's in the how, as in, how will she get out of this?
This book answers a major question from Succubus Dreams, the third book in the series. Georgina finds out who the man was in her dream. The answer shouldn't be a surprise, but it was still gratifying to read.
I was sorely tempted to keep reading so I could finish up the series, after this book. As much as this book does wrap up its conflict, it leaves a major question up in the air. It's the big question holding the whole series together, so it makes sense that it would wait for book 6. By the time I read this book, I really cared about the characters. I wanted to see them get the happy ending they deserved.
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