Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cambion: Dark Around the Edges Serial by Cari Z.

I am new to the idea of online serial fiction but when I saw that Storm Moon Press has some interesting online serials, I decided to check them out.  The first one that caught my eye was the Cambion serial.  I only learned about cambions in the last year or so while beta reading for a writer.  I have read a handful of other cambion stories over the last few months and everyone writes them differently.  There doesn't seem to be a clear consensus on what a cambion looks like or can do but I really enjoyed the way that Cari Z. wrote Devon the cambion in this serial.  There are 6 parts to the serial with 2 bonus shorts.  Here's the first cover and the series overview from Goodreads.

Devon Harper is a cambion, the offspring of an incubus and one of his female followers. Discovered by those who could've helped him too late to be saved from his nature, he barely survived a brutal childhood before getting a handle on his powers of seduction. Lust, sex, desire: these are second nature to cambion, and are their road to both riches and ruin. Devon has the power to bring people to their knees with a glance, to drive them so crazy with pleasure that they forget their names, and occasionally forget to breathe as well. He could use his birthright to force the world to worship him, but Devon is trying to fight against the pull, to do what he can to track down people with the power to summon a demon and stop them before more cambion can be made.

But Devon doesn't realize that the path he and his friends are following is only one strand of a web laid in place by a demon who's not content to wait on the whims of humanity to get out of Hell. Devon is this demon's key to staying above ground permanently, and when he finally catches up with the cambion, he's not taking no for an answer.
This is, of course, an adult serial with explicit scenes.  There is more to it than just sexy scenes though.  Devon can't use his powers on Rio so he knows that whatever happens between them, it is real.  That's really important to Devon because he was raised not to use his abilities to coerce others.  He was raised by his dads in their home that has become a cambion foster home in the years since Devon first arrived.  The overwhelming feeling of love and caring there is amazing.  His dads love him and his foster brothers and sisters no matter what.  They do what is best for them and they keep them safe.  There is so much understanding and so little judgement.  What an awesome environment for these unique kids!  I love how Cari Z. can make you feel all of it.  Just phenomenal.  Rio is a pretty amazing guy as well.  He becomes Devons friend through work and grows to love him because Devon doesn't care what flavor of supernatural being he is.  Devon doesn't judge the huge scary guy with the tiny cutesy dog.  He just wants to be a part of Rio's life and if Rio wants to share his past, he can.  Their relationship is amazing because of how well they work together.  Rio anticipates Devon's needs and Devon knows that Rio needs his acceptance.  They work together easily like breathing.  All in all, I loved this. LOVED it.  I will probably re-read it at some point now that it is on Trevor (my Kindle).

You can click here to find the serial on Goodreads.  You can also find out more about the amazing Storm Moon Press on their website and on Twitter.  They have some free reads on their site and an awesome reader rewards program!  I give each of the books of this serial 4 Fairies for being amazing stories with plot and purpose.

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