A Review of the Incubus series by Lynn Carter

Scent of a Conquest by Lynn Carter

Scent of a Conquest by Lynn Carter

A review of a two book series about an encounter, or rather series of encounters, with a creature that can best be described as an incubus. The work is written well, the characters have depth and are powerful. The story takes the time to grow, to tell what the author seems to have wanted. But there’s a problem.

The problem is one that happens often. Whether in a movie, book or short story, there seems to be a need to throw a curve into the story at the end. A twist for the sake of doing so. Sometimes that can work, but most of the time it just deflates what otherwise was something special.

The first work in the series is:

  • Title: Scent of a Conquest
  • Author: Lynn Carter
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B01IE1KTLQ
  • Publishing Date: July 12, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

The chill, dark hour of the night is the time of the hunt. An ancient, powerful, evil force emerges from the shadows to prey upon young, beautiful women in the moonlit hours and drinks the shimmering essence of their life force. Creatures of dark myth and half-forgotten legend. Winged creatures of the night who feed upon the vibrant feminine life force, who feed to survive, to sustain their immortality. Nightmare creatures who touch their victims with an ancient, evil power and, in return, bestow the most intensely erotic pleasures a human body can endure. So much pleasure that their victims lose themselves completely in the addictive throes of the wildest ecstasy, victims who writhe and gasp in their torment of sexual abandon before their bodies are emptied of every last vestige of life.

In the twenty-first century, when the old legends have been recast as harmless fairy tales, a young girl falls prey to the hunger of the night. The unholy incubus emerges on ebony wings from the darkness to sip her life force and drives her to the point of insanity with primal lust, threatening madness with the addictive seduction of the deepest and wildest of physical pleasures.

A story of two women being haunted, and hunted, by an incubus. Their nights are long, deep and dark, their lusts played upon and something taken. But what is that cost and who can possibly help them? The larger question is if anyone can help themselves.

Scent of a Battle by Lynn Carter

Scent of a Battle by Lynn Carter

It’s difficult to comment on the series as two separate works because the two books are so tightly intertwined in the storytelling. Really the author should have combined the two works into a single volume all things considered. To try and review them as stand alone works would not do proper justice to them. Therefore, I will list the second work before reviewing the series as a whole.

The second work in the series is:

  • Title: Scent of a Battle
  • Author: Lynn Carter
  • Length: 64 Pages
  • ASIN: B01IE1KTKW
  • Publishing Date: July 12, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

In the twenty-first century, when the old legends have been recast as harmless fairy tales, a young girl falls prey to the hunger of the night. The unholy incubus emerges on ebony wings from the darkness to sip her life force and drives her to the point of insanity with primal lust, threatening madness with the addictive seduction of the deepest and wildest of physical pleasures. beautiful doctor intervenes to save her young patient and becomes the new focus of the creature’s hunger.

Can the doctor survive the torments of the night where countless others have perished? What can she do to save herself when science is not even equipped to admit the existence of such horrors? But the ancient terror of the night has an adversary. Mortals are not entirely powerless in the face of the demons of darkness. The darkness has an adversary, an unlikely hero who emerges from his secret background in the form of Oswald Albright, an elderly gentleman with his own dark history.

As ancient enemies draw up the battle lines over the life and body of a beautiful, talented woman, a new era witnesses a timeless contest where life or death are the only prizes. And so the battle begins.

Seeking rest, a soul returns to her family for solace. But along with the soul comes the incubus hunting her and battle lines are drawn. The fight begins but there is always a cost in every battle. The question, as always, is who pays and who loses in the end?

It’s impossible to divide this series into the individual works for review because the two are so tighten interwoven. The story continues from one to the other and honestly the author needs to release this series as a single work at some point, which I expect them to do. There’s a deep connection in the first, where the story is grounded, forms and starts to develop, and the second where the effects are seen, the choices made, and the battle fought.

That all said, the work is very well written, the plot is solid, the characters have strong voices, history and backgrounds. Everything in the story matters, and in the telling of that story the characters are forced to develop and change. There’s no rush in telling the story, the words speak as they need to and doing so means there’s so much detail and thought to make this work amazing.

The incubus of this series, Thu’ban, in the first work hovers about the edges of the story, pushing things forwards, but really there’s nothing that really says what they are life. The second work brings them out fully and when they appear it’s a mixture of emotions about them. The teasing glimpses of this character seem to indicate they are something different, something unique. The second work peels that back and the character is… if not quite stereotypically evil, they are extremely close to being so. It’s a bit disappointing at the climax, the confrontation, how the character loses themselves and it just didn’t fit in well with the rest of the story.

Settling Thu’ban aside, the other characters, Oswald, Agnes and Borena, are compelling ones. Their histories, the connection amongst them are wonderful. Oswald is a fascinating character, one that takes the story completely when he appears. Before that, Agnes is a force of nature in her own right and Borena herself, confused and under attack, is nonetheless a telling force as well. Really it is the characters that drive this story, all of them, and there’s no doubt they are some of the strongest characters I have read in some time.

The plot and storytelling is excellent, the author’s writing is amazing. The building up of tension is well done and it turns the work into a page turning need to see what comes next. The climax is telling, there is meaning in the moment and when it passes, the moments that follow are still powerful and well done. Except for one thing. The last page, the very end of the series which brings with it something I can’t quite understand. A twist ending.

The twist ending really wasn’t necessary. It just feels very tacked onto the series, an afterthought as if to tease the reader that there will be more in the series to come. That twist reads very much like a typical 80s slasher film ending and that disappointed me the most.

With how well the series was written, with how strong the characters are, the ending just falls flat on its face. It just doesn’t work, doesn’t need to be there. The preceding few pages made a clear suggestion about what happened and the author could have stopped there. Instead they went a little bit too far and shattered what was amazing in what came before.

Four out of five pitchforks.

If the ending hadn’t been as it is, I would have given this series four and a half pitchforks. But that ending just didn’t need to be there. Now, if it does lead to another work in the series, which might be a possibility, then it makes some sense. But if the series ends here, then it is an ending for shock value which wasn’t needed.

The series was perfectly capable of standing on its own and doing so well. It’s a shame the author felt they needed to put the twist in.

 

Tera

1 comment

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    • James on July 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    There is the old adage about taking multiple choice tests: always go with your first answer when unsure, because the first answer is probably right. It sounds as if this author didn’t trust her instincts. One hopes that she will the next time.

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