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Review: Incubus Master (Part Four)

Reviewer: Lissa Pattillo
Incubus Master (Part Four)
Available Now @ YaoiProse

Author: Yamila Abraham
Illustrator: Le Perruguine
Rating: Mature (18+)
Release Date: January 27, 2010

Format: Downloadable eBook

Synopsis: “Jinady is thrust into the lurid intrigue of the human settlement protected by incubi. He’s hearing the name Rowan frequently. Who is this mortal who’s managed to get under the skin of a demon general, an incubus school teacher, the gruff demon Scor, and even the noble Figaru. Figaru deals with his own chaos back at the settlement, despite not having slept for weeks and having fed very little. When his demon general Vandrel tries to cast a spell on him the incubus decides he can punish Vandrel and feed at the same time.”

The opening chapter of this part utilizes some terminology within the context of the story that’s a little difficult to keep track of at first. Now taking place in the settlement that the troop who rescued Jinady have been travelling to, there’s some obvious societal set-ups and rules to get straight in order to understand the ramifications of what’s occurring. Whether it’s the decision to cast young men in the role of soldiers or as mates to the incubus who defend them, there’s a very set-in-place structure to the lives everyone here lives.

A couple new characters are brought into the fold here in part four. One of whom, Rowan, we’ve heard brief mention of for a while now. Impetuous, emotional and a more than a little dangerous in his actions, Rowan is definitely going to be trouble. His specific motives aren’t entirely clear but psychologically driven by a difficult life, they go a long way in warning readers that he’s going to be unpredictable as well.

A confrontation with Figaru in the first chapter (chapter seven in the bigger scheme of things) offers a tense moment that not only introduces readers directly to Rowan but also to a more vulnerable side of Figaru. It leads well into a later scene where a demon General under Figaru’s command tries to seduce the dreaming incubus. It cues the instalments obligatory sex scene, which though not exactly along the lines the demons planned, is no less satisfying for what either of them require at the time. Like those before it, it should also go far in satisfying the readers looking for another lusty liaison.

As for the story’s main focus, the human Jinady has been welcomed into the village but also needs to find a place for himself. Because of his ability to read and write, he’s taken under the wing of one of the village’s schoolteachers, an incubus by the name of Leatha. Adorned in women’s clothing, and with an appearance to match them, Leatha is referred to as a woman and is also the wife of Rowan – only the tip of the iceberg of relations between recently introduced characters. Demonic battles for lives and territory may be easy plot-fodder but it’s the relationships and alliances between the growing cast that proves the real bulk of the story.

By the end of this fourth part, the plot of Incubus Master finally feels like it’s picking up after the lull left in place by part one. The ending in particular is a real cliffhanger as Jinady finds the terms of his settlement have suddenly changed. Part five will be notably anticipated for those finishing this one as the webs being woven suddenly tighten drastically around the characters.

Review written January 30, 2010 by Lissa Pattillo
Complimentary digital copy provided by Yaoi Press

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.

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