Apr 21 2015

A Review of My Mate, The Incubus by Sinn Lee

My Mate, The Incubus by Sinn Lee

My Mate, The Incubus by Sinn Lee

The problem I have with stereotypes comes up a lot where Succubi and incubi appear in stories. It amazes me just how many writers have to go with the trope of them being evil… or worse for that matter. It should be clear, I think at least, that each and every one can be, and really should be different.

That concept brings up a question that is, again, not really touched on in a lot of stories. What happens when a hunter of “evil” comes to the conclusion that what they are doing isn’t right. What’s more interesting about that is when they come to the conclusion that an Incubus, at least one of them, isn’t what they are expected to be.

Then, the question becomes, do you take the chance to be with them or to end them? It’s a hard choice to make in the end…

  • Title: My Mate, The Incubus
  • Author: Sinn Lee
  • Publishing Date: August 23, 2013
  • Length: 16 Pages
  • Publishing Date: August 5, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Elissa learns about creatures known as “incubi.” As a slayer, it’s her job to kill them. But she’s never killed before in her entire life. How could she? It wasn’t her place to end someone’s life if they hadn’t done anything wrong. It’s this mentality that brings Dorian to her dreams. He’s been visiting her the past couple weeks and the two of them have become quite intimate in their steamy activities in the dream world. But now that she knows what he truly is, she intends to meet Dorian and find out how blissful his physical touch can truly be.

Elissa finds herself sucked into a world where creatures like vampires and zombies are real. The problem is that world is the one she lives in already and now she’s part of a group that goes around dealing with the “problem.” Problem is that she’s been watching the others going around and killing… and she’s not sure they are doing the right thing. One night as she is reading the book she is responsible for, she comes across the legend of the Incubi. And then she encounters Dorian in her dreams and has to come to a decision.

What I found to be the most interesting part of this work was the comparison between Elissa and the other slayers that appear. Elissa isn’t stereotypical but those that she is with most certainly are. They seems to think they are “right”, have no reason to consider alternatives, and, in short, are the typical “do good no matter the cost” sort of characters. Elissa… thinks. In doing so she is a better, stronger character and that carries the story along really well.

When Dorian appears, he again, is not stereotypical. He admits that, yes, some Incubi are evil, some aren’t and he knows right from wrong. He does, from the first moment, care quite a lot about Elissa, wants to be with her, and prove that he is exactly what he appears to be. That he is not a stereotypical creature of evil.

It’s that connection, the providing of that proof and the relationship that brings that I really enjoyed  very much. There is a lot of wonderful background, setting and more in the story but it really comes back to the question of “why should I believe you” that drives the story forwards.

The heat in the story is well done, the scenes between Elissa and Dorian are hot in all the right ways, but also the acceptance between the two of them has just as much heat within in. The story is just a cute, passionate romance and it worked really well here.

It is short, which is a problem with this author at times however. The work ends on a question mark, a thought, a concern that really needs to play out and bring the story of these two characters and those around them to a conclusion. What happens when the other slayers find out about Dorian? What happens to Elissa as a result? What can Dorian and Elissa do about it? I have a thought, it is Succubus related of course, and that book that Elissa has points me at that obvious thought… I really would like to know.

Four out of five pitchforks.

One of my personal favourites from this author. I would like to see this continue as a series, which from all intents seems to be a possibility. There’s a really wonderful connection between Elissa and Dorian and I’d like to see where that goes. I don’t expect a happier after ever, not with the situation they are in… But where the story could go, and what might be possible would be something to see.



Apr 21 2015

A Review of The Millennium Falchion by Dou7g

The Millennium Falchion by Dou7g

The Millennium Falchion by Dou7g

The eighth in my continuing reviews of the works of the author Dou7g in the series called Succubus Temptations. You can find my reviews of the series here on the Talehere, herehere as well as here and the most recent review can be found here. Today’s review will be what I think is the best work so far in the series.

Eventually there comes a time where characters need to make a choice. It marks, in a lot of ways, not so much where they came from, but rather where they are going. They say that getting there is half the fun, but that’s not always true. When it isn’t that’s when the true mark of one’s character comes to the fore.

  • Title: The Millennium Falchion
  • Author: Dou7g
  • Length: 76 Pages
  • Publishing Date: April 11, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

In this installment Edmund the scholar and the ogre find themselves in a battle with the Duchess’s Captain and the knights of her guard. A battle ensues for the fate of the kingdom while Megan continues her seduction and corruption of the Duchess as both Edmund and Megan try to repay the favors they owe Kendra, the beautiful red haired succubus.

Plans unfold and change as events continue to swirl around Megan. Choices are made, battles are won and lost. There is loss, anger, despair and in the end, the choices each makes defines their future and that of those around them… Whatever the cost.

By far this the the strongest work in the series by far. It’s a lovely mix of adventure, a touch of romance and a revelation for many of the characters that helps to solidify who they are, what their goals are and who, exactly, can and cannot be trusted.

It isn’t just Megan that has to make a lot of difficult choices, that’s true of every one of the characters and it’s telling how each responds to the events around them. Some make really bad decisions that put them at odds with the others and it’s that strife that reveals in the end who can, and cannot, be trusted. But it’s more than that. There’s a sense that in this work Megan, Kendra, Edmund and Phil become a family, if an odd one, and when that comes there’s a certain… relief I think is the best way to put it among them.

There’s a moment between Edmund and Phil that has been long in coming in the series and it pays off delightfully when it does. The same, in a way, can be said about Megan and Kendra, but it’s somehow slightly tragic, or foreshadowing in tone and leaves a lot of questions that need to be answered about them.

Beyond the main characters themselves, the events they stir up, what Edmund, Phil and their ragtag group encounter along the way makes for a wonderful adventure which I did enjoy. Through that adventure there’s some betrayal, some acknowledgement, and, most importantly, there’s proof that one cannot accept what’s seen alone. There’s more to everyone, in everyone, it’s just the need to spend the time to figure out who they are and not dwell on what they are.

There’s an interesting dynamic between Megan and the Duchess that unfolds in this work which I thought worked well and where it goes, how the relationship changed tells a lot about how Megan herself has changed. The moment where truths are revealed to each is painful, there’s no doubt of it, but as well there the hint of something more within that as well.

Kendra makes herself known again in this work and when she does, and the adventure comes to its conclusion, it’s clear that while she is a Succubus, there’s more to her and she shouldn’t be taken lightly. At the same time, like Megan and Edmund, she makes choices, forces others as well, and there’s a point at which her own nature comes into conflict with her desires. That’s something that will come to haunt her going forwards.

A light touch of erotica, a little bit of a D/s relationship and some suggested mind control themes at one point mixed together quite well and added a lot of depth to the story. But it is the characters, the stories of what happens to them and where they wind up that makes this work shine brightly.

I’m giving this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Really an excellent climax to the series that leaves open some very interesting paths forwards for all of the characters. Kendra’s still quite the mystery and that is deepening as the story goes on, but that’s all part of the fun here. The real question comes to what will happen to Megan next and how she will deal with the things she has done.



Apr 20 2015

Symbolism By TeraS

A very short thought today on the Tale … There are, of course pitchforks in the Realm. They exist physically of course, but then there is…


By TeraS


It is common knowledge that the symbol of the reigning monarch of the Realm is a pitchfork. What is not so common knowledge, however, is that there are, in fact, three pitchforks that Tera holds claim to: one of place, one of understanding, and the last of love.

The first is the one displayed in the Realm’s castle, in a place which can be seen to all who enter the throne room of the Realm. There is a long, mystic case which hovers in mid-air just to the left of the throne where Tera would, if she really wanted to, hold court. The case is ethereal, a shimmering, multi-layered web of magic and power that both protects this treasure and holds it for all to see. It is a long, taller than Tera herself, golden pitchfork, the pitchfork that Tera’s mother, known only as The Queen, held in her time. It is meant to be used in certain formal ceremonies where Tera, as much as she doesn’t like it, has to appear “regal”—and, if you know Tera, you would be seeing her using finger quotes at the word regal.

But it is also one of Tera’s most treasured gifts, left to her by her mother upon her passing. When it comes time for her to hold it in her hands, to act formally as Queen of the Realm, Tera always pauses before it. She thinks about the battles that her mother fought while holding it. She sees, through the golden shimmer that surrounds the truth of the pitchfork, the notches, carefully spaced along the shaft. She runs a finger over each of them, remembering the battle that each represents. She pauses as her fingertip brushes into each groove, and she recalls the souls that were involved in each one. She then recalls the words of her mother: that, while it is a thing of battle, of purpose, of control, it is also a reflection of the strength needed to rule. Tera understands that point of view, why it was and why it is so. When she holds it in her hand, she can feel echoes of her mother’s soul in the metal, the troubling times which went on, seemingly forever. She also feels the joy when her mother announced to the Royal Court that she was expecting the birth of Tera, how that moment gave her mother the reason to continue.

This then, is the first, the pitchfork that marked the past times, the fight for who they now were and the Realm they all now shared.

The second is one of bronze. It is sleek, almost as large as the golden one, still quite a bit taller than Tera herself. It is heavier, made for larger hands, meant not for someone like Tera or her mother. It rests in another case in the same room, next to the golden one. It, too, is meant to be seen, to be appreciated for what truths it holds, in the same way as the first. Not as damaged as the first, it has far fewer markings. It was once held by Tera’s father, known simply as the King.

Like its golden counterpart, it has seen many battles, but the difference in its markings reflects the purpose of the King. This pitchfork is meant to be held by an Eternal, one who knows, in ways that no one else can, the holder of the golden pitchfork. Thus, there are but five marks on the shaft, each representing a moment that the King, and he alone, understood and remembered.

Tera herself rarely holds this pitchfork, for it is not meant for her, but for her own Eternal, for times when the Realm’s King must appear alongside the Queen. When he does so, he feels the pain in each moment its five markings represent. He hears the thoughts of its bearer when each was made and the echoes of the soul that came before. But there is an identical mark, in the same place as on the golden one, which tells of the joy felt when he knew that there was a future, her name being Tera, giving him a reason to continue onwards.

The last pitchfork, the silver one, is the one that Tera keeps close to her always. It is exactly the right size, shape, and balance for her and her alone. There are no marks in the metal, no flaws to show that it was meant for battle, has seen battle, or even been considered for that purpose (that isn’t to say that it hasn’t seen battle, just that its marks don’t show … or don’t show to anyone but her and Keith). It does not rest in a case; it quite literally lives with Tera and can be plucked out of thin air in an instant. It has been used to defend and to attack, but it also has been used to drive a point home, to act as an arbiter of justice, and more. Some have felt the prod of its tines and known the force held within it.

This last pitchfork is the most important one to Tera because it was given by her Eternal. Where he found it is a mystery that not even Tera herself has been able to solve. The only answer he has ever given is that it … just is.

When Tera holds it, one would think that she knows of the love he has for her, that he will be with her, hold her, defend and do all of the things that one that is an Eternal, the King of the Incubi and the Realm, would do. But that is not the truth. Tera knows all of those things because Keith is her Eternal, and they know in the connection between their souls always what that truth is.

The truth is that the silver pitchfork, while it is perfect for Tera in all ways, is meant for the future, for the promise to be from the promise made and the promise now kept. It is not meant to be put away, to be examined now and again; it is meant to be a reminder of the struggle every day to keep what they have, to remain as they are, to be all they can be in the face of what all others might think of them. Tera holds it with a light touch, the same as she has over her Realm. It shines as do those of the Realm in all they have created, experienced, and shared. It has a dangerous purpose, meant as a warning to those of ill will. It has a sensuality which reflects Tera’s own. It holds all that Tera has within herself, all that she is or could be.

As her Eternal has said … it just is.

But it is more. There is the pitchfork that Keith calls the silent fourth: never seen, never known, never told of. The fourth is in every way identical to the one which Tera holds. It is the equal of it, no better or worse, no more powerful or less so. It is Keith’s own, the twin of Tera’s in every way. They are the pitchforks forged from the love they have for each other.

Perhaps that is the best symbolism of all …

Apr 19 2015

A Review of Romasanta by Valerie Willis

Romasanta by Valerie Willis

Romasanta by Valerie Willis

Last year I wrote a review of the first work in a series by Valerie Willis called Cedric the Demonic Knight. You can find that review on the Tale here. I quite loved the story, the characters, and have been looking forwards to the next work in the series which focuses upon the character Romasanta, known as the Father of Werewolves in the series.

But in all things, there are others that appear in one’s life to change it, to shape it, and if one happens to be a certain succubus named Lilith, then, of course, one has to make an appearance…

The work tells the story of:

Romasanta finds himself a cursed man and struggles with his internal demon, literally. All his troubles start with a stone and after that he will be losing everything he’s ever loved. Faced with clinging on to what little humanity he has, he will lose it many times before reaching the end of his journey. His life’s tale will take you through time to see how every lore, every moment in history tied in with wolves all come back to him. They call him the Ancient One, others simply refer to him as the Father of Werewolves, but we know him by his name, Romasanta. Many battles will be fought before he gets closer to his goals, but will he be ready to finish what was asked of him at the very beginning of his horrible fate. Will he be able to return the Eye of Gaea and free the love of his life from the laurel tree in the Black Forest?

It is said that history is written by the victors. Perhaps it is more fitting that legends are told by those that lived, loved, suffered and survived them. Romasanta holds secrets within himself that none were ever meant to hear. When the truth comes out, finally, not all things are as had once been believed about him.

Just as in the first work in this series, the characters are amazingly well told, have strong personalities and their stories become more complex and captivating from what was learned in the first work. What is especially wonderful is how this work tells the story of Romasanta, but as that unfolds some of the events that transpired in the first work are revisited from his perspective and it changes, to a point, how things were understood before.

Everyone has their own understanding and memories of events in their lives and when lives cross and those moments can be compared, it creates a deeper, richer story. The character development that comes with these perspectives reveals quite a lot about Romasanta, Lilith, and many other characters in the first work that didn’t quite have enough of their story told before. To finally see, clearly, what these characters thought and did in the moments we saw before told a larger story, a better one. More so when the story, in telling Romasanta’s life, deeply enters the lives of Lilith and the others that came into contact with Romasanta.

While many characters develop and Romasanta is the core of this work, the most telling character for me was Lilith by far. There was so little really told of her in the first work, but here that doesn’t happen. Lilith appears in many moments, scenes, events, and makes a large difference to Romasanta himself. How she does so makes a few important truths about her known and in doing so the Lilith that appears here is so much more than her myth tells of her. That matters because as the story is told and Lilith must make some choices, it shows that, at least in this universe, just because one has horns and a tail that doesn’t mean you are as evil as most expect you to be.

The story tends to intersperse Romasanta’s hidden story among the events of Cedric, the main character of the series, and I think how that happens works really well. There’s connections made for each moment, for each choice and that makes for the revealing of a world, a history, and of a man, Romasanta, who lives through the most amazing highs and the most terrible lows imaginable.

Mythology matters in this work, every bit as much as it does in the first. The truth of those myths, of the stories well known and not so much so, ground the story well and allow it to flourish as much as I had hoped it would be. Fantasy and the adventure which Romasanta and others face, make for a strong, captivating story and is a strong companion work to the first book in the series.

There is a touch of romance as well, not erotica, and it allows for some truths to be revealed about several of the characters. Beyond that, the relationships, the understanding and conflict that appears between them build upon what has been told before and does not seem out of place, odd, or strange. Everything makes sense, flows into events in the past and present and there is little wasted moments in the story.

The work ends a bit further into the future from where the first work did, and it also reveals several surprises that are very unexpected but are not out of place with what was known in the first work and added to in the second. It is a bit of a cliffhanger, but that happens in a way that doesn’t leave disappointment. It give anticipation for the next work in the series.

Wonderful characters, amazing scenes and a mythos that fits together and makes sense. Lilith’s truths were everything I could have hoped for, and wanted to see. A few, very few, minor misplaced words here and there, but nothing that takes away from a story that I simply adored.

Another solid five out of five pitchforks.

Every bit as wonderful as the first work in the series, highly recommended, and like my reaction to the first work in the series, I can hardly wait for the third to appear. It’s nice to see events unfold from another set of eyes, but it’s more amazing when those eyes have their own story to be told.



Apr 18 2015

A lovely Lilith Aensland Tribute Video…

I’m actually quite pleased to have found this tribute video for Lilith Aensland as there really isn’t enough of Lilith to be found in comparison with her sister Morrigan…

And a link if you cannot see this video on the Tale:


And the one image that I liked the most of Lilith herself…

Lilith Aensland

I’d like to have seen the entire image of her, but just from this little part of it, I think she’s adorable here and if anyone happens to know where I might find the complete piece of art, I’d love to know were I could find it…



Apr 17 2015

A Review of BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C.J. Pinard

BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C.J. Pinard

BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C.J. Pinard

I think the one thing that gets to me more than any other when it comes to Succubi appearing in stories is the number of times they are said to be vampires. Now, they aren’t and I’m not going to get into a long discussion over this point here, but it is, for me, the one thing that can turn me off when it comes to a story.

There is one small caveat to this however. I’ll accept this in the rare occasion that the story is very, very good, that the explanation of why the Succubi is a vampire makes some sense, and there is something that I like about it.

That really doesn’t happen very often, but I give many works the chance to impress me. One came very close.

  • Title: BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
  • Author: C.J. Pinard
  • Length: 145 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781301453573
  • Publishing Date: September 26, 2013
  • This work at Smashwords.com

The work tells the story of:

Supernatural creatures have roamed the Earth since the beginning of time. There was a time when humans would not tolerate having vampires and other creatures in their midst, stealing their young and killing their fellow human beings. These humans took care of business with pitchforks, sharpened stakes, and fires. As the centuries passed, the supernatural creatures learned that they needed to hide in order to survive. As they did, humans evolved, and after a few decades, humans no longer believed the tales from mythology and folklore. Then the creatures became more bold again, showing themselves when they should have stayed hidden.

In 1945, the assistant director of the FBI suffered a horrible tragedy, which he learned later was supernaturally related. He created a small branch of the Department of Justice called the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation – the BSI. Little did he know that there were already men and women policing the world of the supernatural – or the “Fae.” The only difference was that this other group had a huge advantage over the humans running the BSI; they were also immortal, just like the creatures they policed. Should the BSI and the Immortals work together to keep the peace?

Follow agents and Immortals from the four supernaturally busiest places in the country – San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. and watch the BSI evolve.

Vampires, shapeshifters, succubae, and Immortals. What is the Justice Department hiding?

The work has a really interesting premise, one that creates a world very close to the real one, but with little differences. It tells a story through time, through various characters and I found myself wondering about how they all connected as the work continued. Each of the eras, from the 1940s through the 1980s have the right feel, the right voice to the characters and the overall settings work very well. It’s rather cute to see how some of the older, more immortal, beings still have pieces of their past in their dialogue, and how those around them tease about it.

The focus is on the “undercover” investigations, what is found out about the supernaturals over time and what that means to each of the people involved. The main focus is on vampires and shifters, with a little side note about other beings, but that is only said in passing. As such there isn’t very much about Succubi in this work, though in the last era told they do have a main role in what happens.

Quinn is the only Succubus seen in this work, and as a whole she acts very much like a Succubus would be expected to. She seduces, entraps, and then feeds on those she has ensnared. The problem comes with what happens after she does so. It is said that she feeds on the souls of others, not their blood, so she isn’t quite a vampire in that respect. But in the aftermath of her feeding she turns the others into vampires, quite brutal ones at that. As a whole, I like Quinn’s personality, how she seduces and, at least to a point, mind controls others as well. But it’s the transformation part that bothers me a lot.

Mixing up Succubi and vampires just doesn’t work for me and that point really muted my enjoyment of the work. More than I think it should have, but really it just… Let me put it this way, enthralling is very hot. Turning them into wild blood craving beings isn’t.

That said, the work is very well written, I loved the characters and it is a real page turner. The world is well conceived, told and presented in a way where it isn’t an information dump as well. The inner workings of the investigators, their relationships and secrets all twist things into something that’s a fun read with a touch of mystery within it.

I’m giving this work three out of five pitchforks.

Quinn was interesting, what little was seen of her and at least she acted like a Succubus and not so much a vampire. It would have been nice to see her be a Succubus. Beyond that the story was very good, the characters compelling and the lives told came together in unexpected ways. More pleased than I thought I would be, but my personal bias still gets in the way.



Apr 17 2015

A Review of Tethered by Pippa Jay

Tethered by Pippa Jay

Tethered by Pippa Jay

What is the place of Succubi and Incubi in science fiction? That is something that I have thought about in the past and i came to the conclusion that they could very well have their own world and yet still exist within the galaxy as a whole.

The question of the society, of who and what they are is a more open one and it allows for the Succubi and Incubi to be transformed. But at their core there are some things that they need to have. They need to know passion, they need to see worth in themselves, and in the end they need to believe in themselves.

That’s a story that I find fascinating.

The story tells of:

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.
For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.
Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

Tyree is very good at her role in life. She is one of the Inc-Su, a race of beings that are very much like the legendary Succubi and Incubi. Tyree’s role is that of an assassin, but when she is told she must take the place of one of her clone sisters to save the universe, things begin to unravel for her. She questions her motives, her past and what she knows about herself. She also discovers something that her kind have not been allowed. The capacity to love and to be loved. And what that new emotion will teach her.

Tyree is a very complicated character from the first moment she appears in the story. She’s a bit headstrong, her will and abilities are just as powerful and as a female lead character she is well suited to the role of a force in her own right. But there is a part of her that her own society had no use for and has tried to, for lack of a better explanation, burn out of her and her kind. There’s no place for love and compassion in the world of the Inc-Su even though their trade is through sex and with that comes some of the abilities of the legendary Succubi and Incubi.

Tyree has no horns or tail, she does not look like the Succubus of legend physically. But she has several powers that are Succubus-like such as being able to turn into mist and pass through walls or other items. She also can use a bit of mind control over others, and she, like the legend, can kill others through sex with them. With that there is also a need to feed on sexual energy to live which is also somewhat Succubus like. But with all of that there is a certain amount of coldness in Tyree that takes away from her a bit. As the story is told that changes, and the changes are exactly right, but somehow I felt like beings for who sex and sensuality is such a part of who they are I would have thought there would be more… soul… in their society and in themselves.

When she meets Zander, she begins to lean that there is a part of her she has buried deeply because of what her society forced her to do. She finds her thinking changing, turning towards Zander and as that happens there is a change not so much in who Tyree is, but rather what she wants. It is that growth in her character, the shift from cold and calculating towards making a connection, being wanted and wanting in return that I really did enjoy. Tyree at the beginning was nothing in comparison to Tyree at the end of the work and it is a change that does not come like the turning of a switch. It happens over time, slowly and in a way that is amazing to watch.

Zander is as headstrong as Tyree, perhaps a bit more so, at least he is single minded for most of the work. Again there is a shift from he mourning his lost wife and having to deal with Tyree being there and looking exactly like his wife. The shift in his thinking is a bit more hidden, not perhaps as bluntly told as the story is see mainly from Tyree’s viewpoint and that’s a bit of a shame as I would have liked to see when the shift in going from “just being” to “living” happens.

The story is well told, the universe is richly detailed and the work holds onto the reader and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. There is a touch of erotica in the work which does not detract from the story. The moment isn’t wrong for when it appears and I enjoyed the way the connection between Tyree and Zander is transformed through that moment and the moments that come before.

The writing is solid, there really wasn’t anything that took me out of the story. At the end I was left wanting to know what happens next between Zander and Tyree, what happens with the Inc-Su, and what the future holds for them all. The work as a whole tells a captivating story and I enjoyed that.

The one issue I had with the story was mainly in the Inc-Su society, the harshness of it. The punishments were severe, the threats that pushed Tyree to be who she became from where her life as an assassin began were very hard to read and they, at least for me, took some of the joy out of the story. I do understand that it needed to be the way it was for the sake of character growth and to get the characters to progress. But I felt that it might not have been necessary to tell considering where the rest of the story went.

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five.

A unique version of the Succubi and Incubi that I found riveting, well considered, and with that came a history that told much about them. I wish the race as a whole were more passionate, more in tune with themselves more than anything else and that hardship didn’t quite work well for me. In the end, Tyree’s passage from who she was to who she becomes makes up for much of that and I do hope there is more to be told in this universe about the Inc-Su.

I don’t believe their story is finished yet.