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Duncan's Tale (eBook)

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Duncan's Tale
Duncan's Tale eBook Cover, written by Roxane Crawford
Duncan's Tale eBook Cover,
written by Roxane Crawford
Author(s) Roxane Crawford
Publisher Amazon Digital Services
Publication date April 24, 2016
Media type eBook
Length 51 Pages
ASIN B01ES6CNII

For other uses of the word Incubus, see Incubus (disambiguation).


Duncan's Tale is an eBook written by Roxane Crawford. In this work the character Duncan can be described as an Incubus.


Overview

  • Title: Duncan's Tale
  • Author: Roxane Crawford
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 51 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B01ES6CNII
  • Publishing Date: April 24, 2016


Plot Summary

Beyond the velvety curtain of our daily lives, hidden in the shadows, live supernatural creatures known as the watchers. They are to watch humans, engaging them in matters of life or death only, never interfering with their free will.

Duncan, a young watcher, ignores the rules and follows beautiful human artist Erika, only to fall madly in love with her. Will Duncan's love be reciprocated?


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on November 13, 2016


Duncan has been attracted to Erika for what seems like forever. He cannot be with her, though he craves her touch and to be with her for always. His obsession mingles with Erika’s own and the walls between them start to crumble. But who is the moth and who is the flame?

Duncan can be described as an incubus for the most part, though he isn’t actually referred to being one in the work. There is a singular attraction to him, what he sees out from those around him and it is very much like an incubus in that nature would be. There’s a bit of shape-shifting, dream walking and much of those scenes are really well done.

Where the work shines is telling of Duncan’s needs, his obsession with Erika, how he feels when certain things happen, how he nips at her perceptions. Over time that leads to encounters that have emotion, need, want and desire, but there’s also a sense of extreme danger in what Duncan does as well.

Erika is just as interesting a character. Following her realization of Duncan being there, seeking out why he is so familiar and how that changes her life’s direction I think worked really well. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster but along the way there are some heated moments that gave her character the depth she needed in contrast to Duncan’s singleminded obsession.

There is some erotica scattered in the work, it isn’t core to the story and mainly adds some character depth and development overall. Being that the theme of the work seems to be obsession, that does come out in the erotica to a point, but doesn’t smother it. But there is one thing that did bother me and it really shouldn’t have.

The ending was very disappointing and while it related to the dangers of obsession, it was far too short, to matter of fact and the final line of the work made all else that came before seem to matter very little and that bothered me. I didn’t need a happy ending, there was no way that was going to happen regardless, but an ending that takes less than two paragraphs and lacks any real emotion seems sad to me.

Good characters, strong storytelling and the work held my attention throughout. But the final page, how events took what really wasn’t an unexpected turn, caused much of the good to fade away. A twist in a story can be done well, but to make a twist work there needs to be emotion, reason, and grief. Somehow I didn’t feel that in this ending.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The ending is completely disappointing considering the effort made throughout the rest of the work. Ending a story can happen well, or it can be rushed. Here it was rushed and in doing so all of the promise in the story was lost. I really wish it wasn’t so. There comes a point when fading to black and leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination works better than to dump the ending upon them.


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