While the mythos of the incubi is a well established thing, there is always the chance for the story to be told in a new way. In doing so, that story can offer something more, something unique. A story that brings with it a mystery, a passion, a need. But also, in the end, a truth.
Not all dreams are dreams. They offer a glimpse at a reality not known, not expected. The need to find a connection, a soulmate exists, it is something undeniable. But when souls meet, what drives them apart or pulls them together?
- Title: Incubus
- Author: Raine Weaver
- Published By: Loose Id LLC (Original), Amazon Digital Services (Reissue)
- Length: 68 Pages
- ASIN: B01CXC66KA
- Publishing Date: June 21, 2005 (Original), March 12, 2016 (Reissue)
- This work at Amazon.com
It tells the story of:
Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping.
It may be because she’s on the verge of breaking up with her fiancé, who can’t keep it in his pants. Her insomnia could be the result of finally accepting that love is a fairy tale and she must settle for cold, dreary reality. It might be because she’s virtually stranded in a strange cabin in the mountains–a pagan place with an invitingly sinful history that whispers secrets in the dead of night.
She may be getting shadows under her eyes because thoughts of Gabriel Manning, the gorgeous, sexy stranger she’s just met, are driving her to distraction. Gabriel, her fiancé’s mysterious uncle, who makes no secret of his desire to steal her away. Or it may be because an unseen being of shadow and dreams visits her nightly, ravishing her body and driving her to heights of erotic intensity such as she’s never known.
But Sera Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping…
Sera dreams of him. Someone that takes her breath away, that lights the fires within and gives her that which she needs, but never can put into words. The dreams meet with reality and a choice needs to be made. But that choice brings with it something more, something needful and for always. The question is whether her reality stops the dream, or the dream becomes the reality. Either way, Sera will never be the same.
I never had the chance to read the original release of this work, having only found a copy when it was reissued on Amazon earlier this year, so whether the author revised the story, changed is somehow or otherwise I cannot say.
I can however say that the work is one of the most unique tellings I have read in some time, and being so there’s so much to love within the pages. The story is strongly written, the scenes have depth, there is an emotional connection to what transpires. Beyond this, the interplay between the characters, especially Sera and Gabriel, holds one in the story completely and there is a need to continue on, to see what happens next.
Rather than tell all about Gabriel, to tell much of his story, I leave the work to tell that on its own. It’s hard to explain him, to put into words well how complex he is, the sides of his personality that come to the fore. The air of mystery remains through to the last page and it’s something that need to be appreciated on its own.
In much the same way, Sera, as a character, has layer upon layer of personality, need, and self-exploration through the story and her development from the beginning, to where the story closes, is amazing to follow through.
The erotica is mixed throughput the story, some of it within Sera’s dreamscape, some in the real world, but each scene is woven into the story well, isn’t told in a way that takes away from the story and gives voice to Sera’s needs. That is what drives the erotica forwards, Sera’s needs, which start as hidden and slowly build as Gabriel enters her world.
The work ends on a hopeful note, one that I felt closed the story well, offered something more than a simple ending and allows for one to interpret the events, and the ending, in their own way. For me, there’s something hopeful, promising, in the last pages of the work and being so that brought the story to a close that make things, for me, be the right way.
Perhaps the only thing I wished for, among the story, the characters, the telling of legend, the love, the passion, the erotica, would be a moment when the truth appears, at least to Sera, for an instant before the ending. As it is, there’s a lot of assumptions to be made, but that’s not a bad thing. Still, in a way, a clear answer in the after would have been nice too.
Four and a half pitchforks out of five.
Really one of the more unique tellings of the incubus myth and along with that the telling of something more. It’s that something more that makes this work stellar, captivating, and more. Well recommended for the mystery, the romance and the telling itself.