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Battle Circle Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (August 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380018004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380354696
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans.In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

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It has very interesting characters, that make you feel like your in the book.
"weedgee"
The plot is watertight, and gripping, and the characters draw you into this wonderful work of storytelling.
Mahibur Rahman
I am 10 and reading BattleCircle. in school i read this EVERY MINUTE its the best book i have read.
Lily M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Benson on November 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up Battle Circle purely on a name-recognition basis, and was rewarded for my faith. The three volumes of Battle Circle are some of the least lighthearted of Piers Anthony's work. Sos the Rope, Var the Stick, and Neq the Sword are parts of a very tragic and captivating story. Par for the course for Anthony, the characters deal not only with their own situations, but with the ethical considerations associated with their actions and others'. For this reason his heroes always command respect and those of the Battle Circle, while violent and largely illiterate, are no exception.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "arem9" on February 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The time is the barbaric future and you have to take up a militant profession to survive and live well.
Warriors, pick up a sword, a club or a rope and enter the Battle Circle to show your skills!
This is one of Anthony's seldom-talked-about-book and difficult to find in bookshops (at least in Singapore and Malaysia)compared to some of his other titles. Hey, even amazon.com has only a used copy for sale!
The trilogy trails the stories of Sos The Rope, Var The Stick and Neq The Sword (no prizes for guessing what weapons they use), with the tale turning from just another military fantasy type yarn, to post-Apocalypse sci-fi in an interesting manner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Streakblondie on November 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Battle Circle incorporates the stories of SOS the rope, Var the stick, and Neq the sword: this is Piers Anthony work orginally published in the early 1970s.
The stories of SOS, Var, and Neq are based in a barbaric world (possibly america), where honour rules supreme, and disagreements are sorted by challenge and battle in the "circle". Each story is vastly entertaining and follows the trials and tribulations of each man fulfilling his destiny and dream/s.
An avid Piers Anthony fan, I believe that this novel is one of his best works and so was surprised that only used books are available for this novel!
Piers Anthony's Battle Circle is original, thought provoking, and evokes emotional interest/empathy with each character (which is something worth mentioning: a truly good author is hard to come by these days!).
In three words, I believe you will find this book: a timeless "keeper".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mahibur Rahman on September 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Battle Circle is a trilogy of Books - Sos the Rope, Var the stick and Neq the sword, available as a set in one volume. The story follows the life of a wandering warrior in a land of nomadic fighting tribes, and charts his adventures, and the changing fortunes of his empire. The book is perhapst he best work, and yet one of the least well known by this great author. The plot is watertight, and gripping, and the characters draw you into this wonderful work of storytelling. Excellent.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hanif Houston on November 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is, without a dought, the most amazing piece of literature I have ever read. It is three books in one: Sos the rope, Var the sticks, and Neq the sword. Anthony intertwines them masterfully. He creates his own world that you will sucked into and accually start wishing our world was similar. The dimensions of this book are astounding. You will want to read it over and over
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very old series from Anthony, back from before he was rich and famous, but it's a very good series, one of the best he's written. I like it so much I've re-read it many times in the time I've owned it.

First of all, a word of warning. This series is very dark and gory, it will make you wince. Since I first read it, I've become old and cynical and all the gore and treachery I read in it is no more than what I've seen in every day life, but it really bothered me when I first read it as a young lad, such as the dismemberments, the rapes and the tortures - there, does it shock you yet?

Having said that, I think the impoverished Anthony poured his heart and soul into the book. What I like about this book and all of Anthony's good books is that he really invests his time in to the main characters, yes, he pours his heart and soul into writing them. They are fully fleshed and in our consciousness when we read them. Thus, I feel for Sos, or Sol of all weapons, or Var the stick. The characters stand out and up. And then Anthony discovered that the public would simply simper over light fantasy, and he poured his heart and soul into that. I don't think Anthony will ever write anything as good and as dark as Battle Circle. He is no longer hungry or impoverished. This series is a chapter in the life of Anthony pre-famous era and it's a gem.

I won't say much about the plot as you can read that above. I will only say that your soul and your mind will be taken into a deep and dark journey into a sadistic post-Apocalyptic future if you choose to read this book, and it's a real treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Piers Anthony may be best known for his tongue in check Xanth series, and for his Adept and Incarnation books, but he also has written some excellent "serious" sci-fi and fantasy. This is one of there, ranking ver close to his Bio of a Space Tyrant books.

I will not rehash what the other reviewers have covered so well, but let me just ad that this is a standout from my teenage reading days -- it made a big impression. If you are in the mood for a gritty, post-apocalyptic battle world where honor is everything, then this read should not dissappoint.
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