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Jul 20, 2010

Apocalypse Woman by Tyree Q. Kimber


Title: Apocalypse Woman
Author: Tyree Q. Kimber 
Publisher: Dark Roast Press
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Erotica
Length: 386 pgs.
BDSM * M/F * M/F/M * M/F/F * F/F * F/M/M * Ménage * Multiple Partners * Voyeurism
Pagan & Pagan Elements: Yes
Reviewed by: yadkny

About The Book: Selkines Ondine, a minor noblewoman without the means to fulfill her hunger for knowledge and power, faces a lonely life in service to the Aratriconian Church. To avoid this fate she makes a pact with Abryax, a fallen angel who defied the god Aratricon at the dawn of time. In exchange for bearing the demon’s child she will receive one wish for anything her heart desires. Selkines plans to use this wish to gain the wealth and power that society denies her.

But the archbishop of the Church has a secret agenda: an interest in Selkines that goes far beyond the religious. And the servants of Heaven will do anything to keep a soul they have set their sights on from Hell’s grasp.

Meanwhile Selkines’ long suffering admirer, the poet Erasmus, sets out to win her hand as well, unaware that his competition is a creature of ancient and terrible power. Abryax’s motto is that Hell gives us exactly what we want. But Selkines learns that what we want may come in a form we never expected or desired. Heaven and Hell ultimately gather for a showdown with Selkines’ body as the battlefield, but Selkines is shocked at the depth of her own capacity to love when Erasmus selflessly enters the conflict for her sake.

The Review: This story is listed in the dark fantasy erotica genre and I couldn’t agree more with that description. Small warning to those that find certain sexual situations objectionable as there are no boundaries in this story and it can be very graphic. That being said, Tyree Q. Kimber did a fantastic job of creating a riveting medieval world where the characters in the story work together AND against each other as they secretly, and not so secretly, manipulate, scheme, and plot for their own selfish agendas.

Selkines is a very learned woman who, in order to stay out of a life of servitude to the church, takes her fate into her own hands by performing a demon summoning. Her actions after that initial decision proved that she is the epitome of both the bad and good that can be found in everyone, only magnified. Her decisions bring about a domino like effect of results to those around her. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. It is easy to see why Selkines would feel the need to turn to witchcraft and I am a fan of a woman who wants to be independent, but she is also blind. Erasmus understands her completely and would give her anything she desires, but Selkines doesn’t see him as worthy and finds his attentions annoying until they aren’t there anymore. Only after things become increasingly out of control does she realize what she had right in front of her all along.

After many mistakes, Selkines’ path to redemption is commendable and the author did a wonderful job of portraying a slightly twisted happily ever after. There is also a glimpse into what life for Selkines would have been like had she not chosen a different path. This alternate ending may actually appeal to some readers and I actually felt it was more believable.

Overall this is exactly the type of story that once you read it, you’re likely to not soon forget it. It is definitely not a light read and requires much focus to make certain that things don’t become too confusing.

Pagan Elements: Spell casting, demon summoning, charms, rune carving and covens are just to name a few of the pagan elements that are in this book and there is a strong Heaven versus Hell theme.

Cover Art Rating: 5-The cover was average as far as design quality. Although, if I had seen it on a bookshelf I would have picked it up to find out what the story was about since the image doesn’t automatically give the reader any insight. In this case, the mysterious cover served its purpose to capture my attention.


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