ARC Review: Incubus Honeymoon (Arcana Imperii #1) by August Li

incubus-honeymoonTitle: Incubus Honeymoon (Arcana Imperii #1)

Author: August Li

Publisher: DSP Publications

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy, LGBTQIA

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 274 Pages / 99,621 Words

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

synopsis

As the so-called magical creatures go, I’m low on the hierarchy, and my powers aren’t much good to human mages. I’m a lover, not a fighter, through and through. I’m also selfish, lazy, and easily bored. But I’m damned good at what I do.

Too bad that won’t get my arse out of this sling.

Do one—granted, uncharacteristic—good deed, and now I’m held hostage to an arrogant faerie prince, trying to track down the one who summoned him while dodging gangbangers, gun runners, and Nazis. Add the powerful mage guilds scrambling to gather firepower for some doomsday event they’re sure is around the corner, and my cushy life of leisure might be nothing but a memory. On top of that, something’s compelling me to change on my most fundamental level. I’m not sure what I’ve got myself mixed up in, but nothing will ever be the same.

Bloody hell.

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Featuring a new twist on urban fantasy combined with fast-paced action and intrigue, the Arcana Imperii series books are standalone adventures, each completely accessible to new readers.


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

I’m an August Li newbie reader and “Incubus Honeymoon” is the first of a new series “Arcana Imperii” so I thought, what the heck! And I’m rewarded with such a trip.

Incubus Honeymoon” told the story from multiple voices, humans and magical beings: Dante, Raf, Inky, and Blossom. Coming from vastly different background – realm, even – each differed in their view of the world and the people in it. Drawn together by fate and intricate pull in such convoluted twist of plot with the help of magic.

Set in AU America, the author employed the current divisive situation since the new government took power and put it to use in this story. This might not be far off the mark from reality, and the band of people Li put together as unlikely allies represented diverse group who fought back. The existence of magic, mages, and magical beings perk up the storyline. Not only having diverse representation, it’s also featuring mixed spectrums of LGBTQ community. The non-binary person was quite a kickass!

As the first book, “Incubus Honeymoon” set quite an interesting path for the series to go. At first – with that title – I thought the book would mostly focus on the incubus and the faery who tricked him. But then – for personal motive of their own – Dante and Raf were introduced into the mix then somehow cleverly being woven into the story and the stake was up. From one rumpus to horrid retribution and whatnots, the spiel escalated and culminated to one big bang that unveiled the mask from everybody. I for one applauded Li’s way with plot and words. My issue laid with the connection with Inky and Blossom. With what’s implied that Inky was bound to be Blossom’s servant until he fulfill their agreement, there was no mention of anything in the aftermath of the hubbub.

The characters certainly evolved after everything that went through here, course altered and allies forged. It would be interesting to find out what the sequel would bring and if these motley crew would join together again to face whatever it is Li thrown their way; or if there would be some different band of people. I certainly couldn’t wait!

 

Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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