There is a darker side to Succubi and Incubi of course… It has been that way, told of, and revealed in many legends and stories throughout time. This week’s review is of a short book that takes that darkness and places it front and centre, but in spite of the obvious horror, there is an erotic undercurrent to the story which both brings me pause and wanting to know what happens next…
Which is, really, a good thing for a story to accomplish…
- Title: Death’s Lover
- Author: Katie Lynn Bodell
- Publishing Date: August 3, 2012
- Length: 17 Pages
- ASIN: B008SNT5WU
- This work at Amazon.com
The story is of:
Things go bump in the night. Sometimes they use sex to do it. When things slink through from the shadows it isn’t safe for a woman to be alone. Unless she’s the one hunting the things in the shadows. Sex is one of the best weapons a woman has against the darkness. And Cassie Shade does it better than anyone else. The sex, and the fight.
Erotic and disturbing, the Demonatrix series shows us that the realms of sex and terror can intersect, and blur together.
This story is billed as the first book in a series, but at the time of this review, I have not found other books to read. Allowing for that point, the story itself has both it’s good and bad sides.
The story is, really, like a scene in an action movie more than anything else being narrated by a character as they relive the moment in question. Cassie, the main character of the story, tells of what she feels, thinks, and also give a lot of background about how she got into the situation she finds herself in.
But while we learn about the Incubus, who is really the darkest of creatures possible here, and we learn about the weapons that Cassie uses, the apartment she is in and a lot of other details…
We don’t actually learn all that much about her. There are some vague descriptions of what she is wearing, some hints to what she looks like, but she isn’t really clearly defined in the story. We learn that she has long dark eyelashes, that purple bras don’t match with her skin tone, but that’s about all we learn really outside of the moments when the Incubus is having its way with her.
And in this story, the Incubus is called an “it” not a “he”. I think that’s an important definition as Cassie is, to be blunt, raped by the Incubus in this story. It does I think allow Cassie to deal with beings like this Incubus in a more cold and focused manner.
There are a few moments of humour, for example Cassie talking about her sleeping with a sword, which I thought were well done. But it was the reaction she had at the end of the story, when she talked about her boyfriend, and what killing Incubi did to her emotionally that were possibly the most riveting moments of the work.
One last thing. The copy that I received of this work did not have the author as being Katie Lynn Bodell but rather was credited to Shawn Wells. I’m not really sure what is going on exactly, as the preview on Amazon has credit being given to Katie Lynn Bodell. So whomever is the author, it would be nice to have some clarification on that point.
Whomever the author is, they write well, have a good grasp of action scenes and a very tactile way of describing erotic moments that I thought fit well into the story as a whole. I do have, as I have said, a problem with not having a clear idea of the main character of the story, but in the overall scheme of things that doesn’t harm the story as a whole too much.
Four out of five pitchforks.
If there will be another story in this series, I hope that whatever it is about, that it does not fall into the trap of Cassie facing another Incubus in the same way or a variation of it. There is a lot to be told about her and it would be nice to learn that I think…
There has to be more to Cassie than what she battles and why.