Title: Cambion: Season 1: Dark Around the Edges
Author: Cari Z
Cover artist: Nathie
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Amazon: Buy Link Dark Around the Edges: Heaven’s On Fire (Cambion)
Genre: dark fantasy
Length: 49 pages
Rating. 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Sirius.
A promising beginning of fast moving fantasy adventure with potential romance thrown in
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.
Episode 1: Heaven’s On Fire
Devon’s infiltration of a Chinese kingpin’s lair doesn’t quite go off as planned, and lands him in a dangerous predicament. Shangdi knows about Devon, and knows how useful a cambion can be, particularly to his partner, the mysterious demon summoner Porter Grey. With time running out for Devon, it’s up to the even more mysterious Rio Pagani to storm the compound and pull Devon out before Porter can put his plans for the cambion into motion.
As you can see this is the first episode of the serial fiction. I was told that the first season has six episodes, but now I am not sure if it is correct, because if it is, then the Season pass that you can buy at publisher’s website will be more expensive to purchase than to buy each episode separately. Neither do I know how many seasons are planned.
I took this for review mainly because I wanted to challenge myself. While I have reviewed series I had absolutely no idea how to approach the review the first episode of a serial, which, if it would be anything like american TV shows would just introduce us to the main players and to break us into the new world.
Well, in a sense it was like the first episode of a TV serial, which I considered a mixed blessing. The episode introduced Devon to us and several other characters, including somebody who I thought was clearly a potential second half for him. There were also potentially very interesting supporting characters being introduced, about whom I cannot wait to learn more. The episode was also very action packed. We are thrown into an interesting fantasy world, which is a mixture of our world with addition of demons and other interesting creatures. I am not going to tell you much of anything besides what the blurb tells you, but I doubt that it will be a spoiler to share that Devon works for the good guys, or should I say I hope they are good guys 🙂
I liked that the author did not go the info dump route, but instead threw the reader in her world and I guess let me “sink or swim” . I really had a lot of fun reading this episode.
Now as I mentioned earlier, I thought that the fact that I was reminded so strongly of a pilot episode of an action/adventure fantasy TV serial was a mixed blessing. Let me explain why. I was just worried that because the story started so cinematically we would not get to see a lot of character development, but it would be non-stop action all the time. Maybe I should just trust the writer and wait and see, especially since I really enjoyed her writing in the past.
And do not get me wrong, there is A LOT of” waiting to see”. So many things I wanted to know and did not get to know just yet – characters motivation, what does the organization which I pegged as the “good guys” want and need besides what was revealed? What do the bad guys want besides what was being revealed? Who IS the real bad guy? Funnily, the blurb seems to hint at that, but again, I think we should wait and see. I also should note that while it is clear that the overall objective for the supposed good guys is not even close to being done, the first episode does not end in a cliffhanger which I really appreciated.
Stay tuned for the next episode guys 🙂