Book Review: Incubus

Incubus by Carol Goodman

The blurb: ‘This is where all stories start, on the edge of a dark wood…’

Ever since moving to Fairwick to take up a teaching post at the local college, Callie has been having vivid, erotic dreams about a man made out of moonlight and shadows. Dreams she begins to fear as well as anticipate…

She learns that her home – a Victorian cottage at the edge of a wood she bought on a whim – is supposedly haunted. And then her new – and rather strange – colleagues tell her a local legend about an incubus demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen…

My review: I love the name the Fairwick Chronicles, it conjures up images of New England, Witches and spooky Victorian houses. Which is lucky as bar the location, that is exactly what we have here!

Incubus was a lovely book, beautiful to look at and a captivating story. By the end I was wishing for more and was very happy to read the words volume 1 in connection with this book. Goodman has a superb way of drawing you into her world, the magic within is subtle, enchanting enough to weave a spell over the reader without causing you to suspend belief. Incubus has all the characteristics of a truly gothic fairytale, snow-locked setting, fair heroine, magic and mystery, villiains and curses! This book reminded me a bit of Deborah Harkness’s The Discovery of Witches, there is something epic about it, if you liked that book you’ll love this!

My main and only criticism is one that interrupted the smooth flow of the book. Carol Goodman has a tendency to refer to some of her characters by their full name all of the time i.e. Nicky Ballard – I found this a very distracting occurrence, there were no other Nicky’s in the book and even when it comes to teachers/students I’m sure a firstname would suffice. It drew me out of the magic of the story and distracted me which is always a shame when the narrative is flowing along so nicely.

But one bad point is a rare thing. This book is a marvel, don’t read in public if you have a tendency to blush!

8 out of 10 stars! ********

BUY ME! Incubus (Fairwick Chronicles 1)

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