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Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor. Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor. Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did. When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her. Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war. The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.


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Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor. Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor. Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did. When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her. Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war. The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

30 review for Succubus Rising, An Urban Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aimeekay

    I really enjoyed the first two books of the Succubus series, so I am glad to say that I enjoyed this one as well. Before reading my review however be forewarned that there are some definite spoilers in here so please proceed knowing you have been warned. I really love the characters, especially Brenna and Rebecca. I love watching their interactions and their friendship. One of the greatest underlying stories of the books is the stories of their friendship. I liked that this edition of the series I really enjoyed the first two books of the Succubus series, so I am glad to say that I enjoyed this one as well. Before reading my review however be forewarned that there are some definite spoilers in here so please proceed knowing you have been warned. I really love the characters, especially Brenna and Rebecca. I love watching their interactions and their friendship. One of the greatest underlying stories of the books is the stories of their friendship. I liked that this edition of the series really let Rebecca shine. Proving that, even though she IS Brenna’s ‘Shadow’, it doesn’t mean she was meant to live in it. I think this helped to really show that their friendship is one of equals. Brenna has also completely embraced her family and the succubus life style. She no longer has the moral issues that plagued her in previous books and is able to stand on her own without second guessing herself. On that note I want to comment about the whole Succubus/Telepath life style. While Brenna has her ‘soul mate’, she is NOT monogamous. This is a very significant change from your typical ‘soul mate’ romance. But Kingsolver has really made the romance in their world work. I’m not saying that I would want an open relationship *shrug* not my thing. But Brenna’s love isn’t twisted or warped. What she feels for the ones she loves is pure and simple love. The sex that she has that isn’t love related, and more related to her job or to her powers, isn’t made to seem sluttish, it is just part of who she is and the author again is able to make it work. I never once feel that she is heartless or cruel, everything she does is because of her gifts or to benefit those she cares for and for that reason, at least I think, is why I don’t think I look at her any differently than I would heroines who only have sex with their chosen ones. I will say that there are parts of the story that bothered me, and they weren’t sex related. The whole relationship between Rebecca and her mother is the issue. Considering how the clan has been portrayed up to this point in the stories I really wondered why her mom let her be raised and hurt as a child the way that she was. I would have thought that if her mom had known what was going on she would have stepped in with the full backing of the clan and rescued her long before she was found as a wilder. Despite my issues with that I did really enjoy this one. There are so many possibilities opening up in Kingsolver’s world. I can’t wait to see how Rebecca and Brenna’s journey unfolds in future novels. Also, and I have to put this in, the first part of the book had me really cracking up. I literally forced my boyfriend to listen to me recap it to him. It was one of those ‘Oh my God’ perfect scenes. I say read the novel if only for the first scene alone. Again there is a list of the powers and their definitions at the end of the novel. I hope at one point in the future maybe a side book can be written to accompany the novels that explains all the powers and where exactly their names come from. Since most are obviously named after the clans where the gifts are most genetically prominent, but maybe something explaining who the first recorded users were? I love this series. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and this book I give 5 out of 5 easy. I think that this novel can stand on its own even without reading the previous books, but I recommend reading them in order so you can truly appreciate how Brenna and Rebecca have grown and evolved from their humble roots.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lissette

    Rebecca Healy has spent most of her life questioning who and what she is. She's dealt with her unique powers on her own, never knowing that there are others just like her out there. She's made do with her lot in life, though she's wished to know more about the things that set her apart from everyone one else. When a chance encounter lands her in the midst of a Clan full of people just like her, she can't thank her lucky stars. She finally has a chance of fitting in, but only if she'll allow hers Rebecca Healy has spent most of her life questioning who and what she is. She's dealt with her unique powers on her own, never knowing that there are others just like her out there. She's made do with her lot in life, though she's wished to know more about the things that set her apart from everyone one else. When a chance encounter lands her in the midst of a Clan full of people just like her, she can't thank her lucky stars. She finally has a chance of fitting in, but only if she'll allow herself to do just that. Having immersed herself in her new way of life, she becomes fast friends with Brenna Morgan. Brenna possesses extra-ordinary powers, those of which she makes use of on a daily basis. Her new friend has it all - money, power, beauty, and the ability to make men do her bidding with just the flick of her hand. Jealousy doesn't fit into the equation, though Rebecca yearns to know what it's like to have someone love her for who and what she is. Just once it would be nice to have someone she could call her own. When her eye falls on Carlos de Vargas, a South American general with his eyes set on Brenna, she can't help but to bristle with annoyance. Carlos intrigues her to no end, and she aches to have him wrap his arms around her and make her his own. His clan hopes to cement an alliance with the O’Donnell clan, and tying himself to Brenna is the key to doing just that, a fact she has a hard time embracing. Rebecca's good fortune soon changes. She's no longer destitute, and has the means to make something more of the life she lives. Embracing her new status with open arms, she's intent on enjoying herself to the fullest. Yet she soon realizes that her soul merge with Brenna has more implications than she thought possible. Brenna is growing ever stronger, and the things she does are becoming a tad more cumbersome. She knows she needs to accept the way things are, and pronto, yet how can she do that when so much is changing within the blink of an eye? Another great addition to this series, Succubus Rising explores the darker side of what a succubus's life is like. While Brenna certainly lives up to the Goddess's expectations, we can't leave Rebecca behind. She exhibits a strength that both expands and overshadows Brenna's abilities. It was delightful to see just how much the girls have grown in the face of such adversities. I've got to admit that certain twists and turns I so did not see coming, but they made the unexpected events within the story worthwhile. So can't wait to see what comes next for both Brenna and Rebecca. They've a lot on their plates, that's for sure, but together they'll be able to withstand whatever comes their way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maghon Thomas

    Well, now this is gunna be a crazy ride! I expected that, but was I in for a surprise. Things are really getting serious, and there's some serious trouble brewing. I am not one for politics, but these types are not the normal... as magic wielders they are way more lethal :) And now, is Brenna ready to take over everything and can she really handle it all? I was pretty devastated with the "situation" with Brenna and Rebecca... Let's just say the ish has hit the fan. Boy, I was not expecting all th Well, now this is gunna be a crazy ride! I expected that, but was I in for a surprise. Things are really getting serious, and there's some serious trouble brewing. I am not one for politics, but these types are not the normal... as magic wielders they are way more lethal :) And now, is Brenna ready to take over everything and can she really handle it all? I was pretty devastated with the "situation" with Brenna and Rebecca... Let's just say the ish has hit the fan. Boy, I was not expecting all that and it only made for a crazy good plot twist. I am trying really hard not to put too many spoilers, because many people will see this review that hasn't read the two books before this one. Plus, I don't like spoilers. LOL But I am becoming so proud of Brenna and who she has become! I am so glad I was able to see how much she has grown from the first book. Things are definitely not on the happier side either. Because of all the things happening and things that have happened and will happen, be ready for emotional ride. And then there's some really happy moments. And all the damn family politics. HA! I always thought I had a really complicated family- well wait till you meet these!!! And the Goddess.... she intrigues me, but I can't say too much about that part either :) I'm hearing rumors of more books to come and I REALLY HOPE this is true! I love this series! It's fresh, unique, full of so many wonderful things and most of all, it's well written! I am a fan for life!!! Well done! Now, pretty please gimme more! ;) 5 PAWS!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    "Succubus Rising" is the third book in the 'Telepathic Clans Saga". The author pens the plot unique, original and picks up from where the frist book left off. Filled with action, romance, suspense, emotions, and a touch of humor, this book will hook you in and not let you go. I do suggest reading the saga in order so you understand the characters and plot. Highly recommended for all fantasy, romance fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an hones "Succubus Rising" is the third book in the 'Telepathic Clans Saga". The author pens the plot unique, original and picks up from where the frist book left off. Filled with action, romance, suspense, emotions, and a touch of humor, this book will hook you in and not let you go. I do suggest reading the saga in order so you understand the characters and plot. Highly recommended for all fantasy, romance fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    Another new character. A mystery solved. Lots of action. Good ending.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Middle class female fantasy? I hoped that book 4 would be Like book 3 but I had to bail at the 6% point. The book is a celebration of prostitution as as female liberation. As I read the pages trying to understand the glamorous description, I started to gag. I've read news stories and seen documentaries about sex slaves and their lives aren't glamorous. A women chained to a bed for twelve hours a day while a line of day laborers climbed on top of her for those twelve hours doesn't sound empowering Middle class female fantasy? I hoped that book 4 would be Like book 3 but I had to bail at the 6% point. The book is a celebration of prostitution as as female liberation. As I read the pages trying to understand the glamorous description, I started to gag. I've read news stories and seen documentaries about sex slaves and their lives aren't glamorous. A women chained to a bed for twelve hours a day while a line of day laborers climbed on top of her for those twelve hours doesn't sound empowering to me. Hoping that after being raped for half a day, you'll be fed at the end is not the the dinners that the writer is describing. If someone saw the German movie on which "Pretty woman" is a based, then watched the U.S. remake (a lot of odd scenes and reactions -including the bathroom drug use accusation scene will make more sense), the romantic story doesn't look the same anymore. Maybe I just don't get it because I'm a man but equating prostitution with attractiveness (there's no correlation), opportunity for professional advancement and social freedom is a really bad message. Before reading this, read about sex slaves sitting on Spanish roadsides in the sun for hours trying to pay off their "debt" and you'll probably want to give this one a pass.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam Collins

    Paranormal at its best! The books bring awareness of many of the global atrocities people force on the world, and in so doing offer ways to stop them. But even more amazing, these books are extremely entertaining and thrilling. I would highly recommend them to adults 18+, due to the scenes which might be triggering. Even so, if the enjoy steamy paranormal, they'd only have to skip those parts to the justice served victories scenes. Enjoy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lillie Ward

    I have loved every single series B R Kingsolver has written. And I have given 5 stars each and every book I've read because honestly, they are really that good. 4 stars on this one because I like a little risqué setting and some sexual innuendo. But im just not into the constant blow by blow account of each characters sexual encounter. Over and over...i just flipped thru it and it did not take away from the story at all...once in a story...well maybe...but over and over...no thanks...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Still fun but too much war. The characters in this series are fun and interesting, but this installment had too much violence and conflict for me. I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion, hopefully we’re done with the war.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam Miles

    Telepathic Clans Saga Book 4 Very good! I also enjoyed book four. Now I can't wait to move on to the last book in the series #5! It's been a fun ride and I'll be sad when it's over!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Geneva Rogers

    Succubus Rising: An Urban Fantasy (The Tel.. I chose this rating as it was appropriate. The characters are spellbinding,the action fast-paced,and exciting. I live the interaction between the characters and their antagonists.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Good series Love the characters and the way they interact with one another. Love the story and the action that happens in it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Majanka

    Originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book/boo... I’m not a fan of succubi. Every time I read a story based on succubi, I want to like it, but in the end, I never really do. It’s like, they’re just over the top. I’m not again some displays of sexuality, and I can live with a ménage thing, or even more than that, but succubi just never know when to quit. The reason why I started reading Succubus Rising was because a) I wanted to give them another chance and b) from the synopsis, Originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book/boo... I’m not a fan of succubi. Every time I read a story based on succubi, I want to like it, but in the end, I never really do. It’s like, they’re just over the top. I’m not again some displays of sexuality, and I can live with a ménage thing, or even more than that, but succubi just never know when to quit. The reason why I started reading Succubus Rising was because a) I wanted to give them another chance and b) from the synopsis, the story seemed to have a great plot. At the end of the ride, I can safely conclude I’m still not the world’s biggest succubus fan, but Succubus Rising had enough plot and storyline to keep me entertained for the three-something hours it took me to read this book. First of all, this is the third book in a series, and I should’ve started with book one and two, but things caught up with me, and well, I started with this one. It wasn’t that difficult to follow. Toughest parts were the vast array of characters. Some of them were probably recurring from the first books, but since I didn’t read them, I had no clue who they were. It wasn’t really an issue though, so if you want to read this one without reading the first two, it works as well. The world B.R. Kingsolver has built around the characters is pretty impressive. The author displays a vast array of world-building skills and imagination. I enjoyed getting to know the world of the succubi, Protectors, telepaths, and their Goddess, and the gifts the Goddess bestows upon them. The novel also talks a bit about politics, and how the succubi run a law firm and lobbyist firm and deal with influencing politicians and such, and I thought this was really interesting materials; good stuff. It brought the imaginative, magical world in contact with our real day-to-day world, making it less further away and less difficult to imagine. The downside? Main character Brenna. I hated her so much that if I had a bazooka, I’d probably shoot at her. And it’s not just Brenna. I disliked all of the succubi, simply because it’s all they are. Succubi. They seduce men (and women) like it’s a sport, without ever taking into account what happens to their victims when they’re under their succubus curse. They flaunt their sexuality in an almost gross way. And while it wasn’t as bad here as in some other books, it still made me cringe. But even with the succubus part aside, what really threw me about Brenna was her Mary Sue – personality. Brenna is just perfect. All guys want her, all girls dream to be her. Even if she screws up, like killing a politician by having sex with him, she gets off with a slap on the wrist. Everyone dones on her and loves her like she’s a special cookie with a flavor you only come across once in a lifetime. Color me unimpressed. But then there’s Rebecca. I loved Rebecca. The only thing I disliked about her was how she couldn’t see Brenna wasn’t worth her time or friendship, but that aside she was perfect. Human. Or maybe not human, but she acted like an actual human being, a person with feelings and emotions, and most importantly, flaws. She wasn’t little Miss Perfect, and that made her a lot more interesting. I’m glad she got the screen time she got, but in my opinion, more about Rebecca and less about Brenna would’ve been an excellent option. The writing is okay. The pacing is pretty solid, although it dragged a little at the start. The secondary characters didn’t really get a lot of personality traits, except maybe Carlos. I didn’t really mind though, there were so many different secondary characters I had trouble keeping track of them as is. All in all, Succubus Rising was an okay read. For someone who dislikes succubi, I didn’t mind it that much, but it didn’t make me change my opinion about the female sex-demons either. I loved the world building and everything related to Rebecca, everything related to Brenna made me cringe. If you’re a fan of succubi and books related to them, give this book a shot; it’s one of the better ones out there.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darlyn

    I have not read the first two books in the series but, I can relate to the story. I think this is my few times I'm reading something about succubus thingy. I also feel that the girls are the strongest team in this story. It's fast pace storyline, interesting plot and funny in between. Sometimes I felt like the story is a bit over the top, exagerative kind of way. Or maybe in a simple way, there are times I felt anoyed with the character and most of the scenes. However, I still like the book, may I have not read the first two books in the series but, I can relate to the story. I think this is my few times I'm reading something about succubus thingy. I also feel that the girls are the strongest team in this story. It's fast pace storyline, interesting plot and funny in between. Sometimes I felt like the story is a bit over the top, exagerative kind of way. Or maybe in a simple way, there are times I felt anoyed with the character and most of the scenes. However, I still like the book, maybe it would be different if I read the other two book. It's still good to read something out of our comfort reads. I guess anyone who likes succubus or paranormal would love this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Retta

    I was very very disappointed with this book and it seems with the end of the series as their is only 4. I felt this book was disjointed and rushed it didn't seem to read as easily as the prior 2 and it seemed I was easily bored and seemed to skim a lot which is something I rarely do. I feel the author gave up on this series and the characters after book 2 and was just in rush to be through with the series with the characters and move on to something else to bad this series could have been so muc I was very very disappointed with this book and it seems with the end of the series as their is only 4. I felt this book was disjointed and rushed it didn't seem to read as easily as the prior 2 and it seemed I was easily bored and seemed to skim a lot which is something I rarely do. I feel the author gave up on this series and the characters after book 2 and was just in rush to be through with the series with the characters and move on to something else to bad this series could have been so much more, as I was so impressed with the first 2 books in this series

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    My main review of this book will be here next month, for part of the promotional book tour. In the meantime, I liked this book because to me it was more about Rebecca. Rebecca is supposed to be at an elevated status in the other two books, but in this one Rebecca gets a lot of attention, a relationship, and some major excitement in her life. I thought this was a refreshing change from Brenna, who usually gets all the excitement.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mia Darien

    I was a beta reader (twice) on this book and it was too long ago now for me to write a firm review, so just rating it to mark it as read in my records.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah S. Parkerson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia A White

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Cox

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shadow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mushy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jezzie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Setzer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Graham

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Sheik

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wachowski

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Stuart

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

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