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Lies and Deceit (eBook)

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Lies and Deceit
Lies and Deceit eBook Cover, written by Catherine Forbes
Lies and Deceit eBook Cover, written by Catherine Forbes
Author(s) Catherine Forbes
Publisher Smashwords
Publication date September 20, 2011
Media type eBook
Length 12 Pages
ISBN 9781465864840

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

Lies and Deceit is an eBook written by Catherine Forbes. In this work one of the minor characters, Harrison, is described as being an Incubus.


  • Title: Lies and Deceit
  • Author: Catherine Forbes
  • Published By: Smashwords
  • Length: 12 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • IBSN: 9781465864840
  • Publishing Date: September 20, 2011

Plot Summary

Mystren and her kin are from another world, one that was supposedly destroyed. Now, they find themselves in a new world dominated by destructive beings – humans. As the new long-eared race try to take over, they start a war with earth’s supernatural creatures.

Vampires, gargoyles and incubi are just some of the creatures that have banded together to stop this invasion.

Now Mystren is captured and alone. She braces herself for death, but her captors have other things in mind.

Book Review

The following review was first published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on April 21st, 2013

Mystren is on a mission to investigate a place where some of the enemy of her kind call their home. Though she gets into the place, and finds some evidence, things go wrong and she is captured. Her captors confront her with what they say is the truth, which she does not believe and then… then the story comes to an abrupt end.

It’s an interesting beginning to what I hope would be an interesting view of what humans are doing to the Earth, what we believe to be creatures of myth and legend, and a new, orphaned race that need the Earth for their own reasons.

There isn’t a lot of explanation of what, or who, exactly, Mystren is exactly, nor who she is working for, or beholden to. Nor does the story really begin to explain why the myths of Earth are defending it really, save the one truism that free choice matters, no matter how wrong a choice may well be.

As well, the creatures she encounters, and that imprison her, are shown, and save their names, and what they represent, not much else is discovered or revealed about them. It is quite clear however that one character, Harrison, is an Incubus, and as well a reference is made that Succubi exist in this universe as well.

But there isn’t anything else said about them, which disappointed me to an extent. There is a small amount of interaction that occurs with Harrison, but otherwise the story isn’t about him, or the other beings that Mystren encounters save for little tantalizing tidbits and observations that do not, really, build on the story very much.

It is, to me at least, the opening chapter of a longer story and I have to say that I would have wanted the author to write the entire story and share that rather than give out this little preview of their universe.

It feels far too much like being teased and that has always bothered me.

There is a story here, quite a good one I think that doesn’t seem to be treading on the path that so many supernatural themed stories have in the past. The author writes well, Mystren has soul, a will, and a purpose. Those that she meets have obviously a past and a goal as well. So in doing this, there is conflict, and a plot for the story to move forwards on. But it is short. And honestly I think that another five pages or so of fleshing out the characters would have made the different for me personally. I’ll give this work three pitchforks out of five.

A good start, the characters start to be interesting and the story more so, but then the sudden ending was very disappointing to me. More that the next story didn’t, or hasn’t appeared at the time of this review appearing on the Tale.

Still, perhaps someday it will.

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