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Book Review: ‘Reign of the Demon Queen’ by Lance Edwards

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To say that Lance Edwards’ Reign of the Demon Queen  is a paranormal femdom tale on a grandiose scale would be spot on, but to do so also might inadvertently trivialize the book while not fully communicating its essence. As happens in many erotic femdom stories, the principals in Reign of the Demon Queen meet serendipitously and soon thereafter engage in spontaneous female-led sexual activities.  Only this time the dominant partner is the demon Reyna posing as a mortal, and her prey is Gerald, a naive virgin with a heretofore-unacknowledged propensity for masochism.

During the brief period when the new couple is merely involved in relatively standard BDSM exploits, the story is fairly accessible to D/s aficionados and wannabes. Very quickly the scenarios become terrifyingly brutal as Reyna initiates Gerald into extreme submission and torture. From this point through the end of the book, with only a few short respites, the story chronicles continuous, ever escalating vicious sexually humiliating and debilitating ordeals that Gerald endures at the hands of the goddess-demon that he inexplicably worships, despite only knowing her for a limited amount of time.

In general, I enjoy femdom and BDSM erotica, and I also have a high tolerance for writing that contains rough sex and severe corporal punishment. The vast majority of pleasure-pain scenarios depicted in Reign of the Demon Queen far exceed what I consider erotic and arousing. Indeed, the sheer volume, intensity, brutality and often-grotesque nature of them had a numbing effect on me, and it became an ordeal to continue reading. Had I not committed to reviewing this book, I wouldn’t have finished it.

To be fair and objective, it should be noted that the book’s storyline is fairly original and well executed. Also, even as I steeled myself to slog through the seemingly endless torture scenes, I found myself admiring the erudite prose and crystal clear descriptive passages. Based on that, very likely I would find other books by this author enjoyable. This one just didn’t do it for me.

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About Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon began writing erotica in the mid 1990s and served as story editor for the now-defunct Ownme.com before his first femdom-themed erotic novellas, Uncharted Territory and The Accidental Domme, were published as e-books by Sizzler Editions. Jim is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He left high school in his senior year to live the bohemian life in New York City's Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Not being a big fan of cold weather and crowded tenements, Jim returned to the West Coast within six months and lived in Berkeley during the tumultuous mid to late 1960s and early 1970s. While there, his claims to fame include being folksinger Malvina Reynolds' neighbor/tenant and part owner of the Northside Theater, a repertory cinema of considerable renown. After leaving Berkeley, Jim put himself through college and earned a B.A. in Journalism from USC. His eclectic career since then has encompassed editing, writing, business management, social work, teaching, and web publishing, with stops in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Florida and Oregon.