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Product Details

  • Series: Book Six of Incarnations of Immortality (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380752859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380752850
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Fleeing persecution by the Church, a young sorcerer in medieval France seeks refuge among the Franciscans, dedicating his life to the triumph of good over evil until a strange twist of fate forces him to assume the role of his greatest enemy and take his place among the immortal Incarnations. In his most ambitious work yet, Anthony tackles sensitive moral issues with his customary high spirits. This latest in a popular series is recommended for fantasy collections. JC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series.

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.

Customer Reviews

This was a very well written book with a well thought out storyline.
B. Skeen
Piers Anthony takes the concept of evil and instead of giving us terrifing, false imagery, he is able to turn Hell into a very believable place.
dhines@ntplx.net
A few books were better than others, but ALL of the books were at least 4 stars, and were all excellent reads.
M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "ahmadku" on March 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. Anthony leaves behind the traditional notion that the devil is pure evil and instead attempts to portray Satan as a sort of governor of hell, who is trying to make it better for its denizens. Parry, the character who takes over as the devil is a nice guy who basically starts acting evil once he becomes Satan. Even as Satan however, Parry retains some of his good side. As in all of the books in the Incarnations of Immortality series, this book has superb character development and an enthralling plot. This book was very enjoyable to read and I would recommend it to all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
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I've read all of the books in the Incarnations of Immortality Series and I loved every one of them, but this one changed my views about a lot of things more than any of them! Piers Antony 'humanizes' every Incarnation with attention to detail, especially Satan. He takes a very controversial look at life, death, after-life and our beliefs about them which eerily plausible. I also think the friendship between Satan and JHVH is quite interesting. My only problem with this book was the repetitiveness. It was nice to see the connections between the other books and this one, but it didn't have to be the entire dialogue written over again! Overall, I suggest you read this, along with all the others in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
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The young sorcerer, Parry, lived with his adopted father (who taught him the ways of magic), and his love, Jolie. This was in the 13th century. A crusade swept the country of France, devastating it, and incidentally claiming Jolie's life. Thanatos came to claim her soul, but instead, he let her reside in a drop of blood on Parry's wrist. Parry soon became a Franciscan, than Dominican monk. He was guided by Jolie's ghost, whom no one else saw. Afterwards, he became an Inquisitor. Something unexpected happened. Parry was corrupted by a demoness sent by Lucifer, for foiling all of His plans. Parry was then enslaved by Lucifer, but eventually over threw Him. Parry then became Satan, the new Lord of Hell; the Incarnation of Evil.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua S. Spell on January 18, 2000
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In the world of what might be the future of mankind, the great showdown between Good and Evil is about to take place. And it is Satan's intention to win. In perhaps the best of his Incarnation works, Piers Anthony has taken the world's oldest Antagonist, Satan (aka Lucifer, Scrotch, the Devil) and turned him into a great Protagonist. One great aspect is that it can be read as part of the series or by itself. It contains enough of the plot of all the work that a novice Anthony reader would not get lost. However, it is not a rehash of what has already been written. Because of the acute difference in viewpoint, it is a completely new story. Anyway, read and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1997
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I'll be straight-forward with you: this book was without a doubt the best book in the series, in my opinion. I was anxious to see how Anthony would pull off a story about Satan without seeming like a Satanist. Of course, he did a perfect job! I was very impressed with this book. He perfectly captured the atmosphere surrounding hell and the legend of the devil. He piqued my curiosity in each of the previous books by having Satan make his "cameos." He fully explains not only why Satan is evil, but why his role is important in the whole scheme of things. Very touching at times, and refreshingly brash at others, this book is one of the best you'll ever read, if you read it with an open mind.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Roberts on July 13, 2003
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Of the seven books from Piers Anthony's Incarnation of Immortality series, For Love of Evil is better than all in the series with the exception of On a Pale Horse. Not to say that it is worse than On a Pale Horse but it is as least as good. For Love of Evil is a thought provoking and finely written piece of work for this genre. I do feel that some area of the book was left sketchy jumping years in advance leaving it up to the reader's imagination to fill the left out parts. But considering that Piers Anthony compacted 800 years into 383 pages it is understandable why some descriptive lead-ins were omitted. Piers Anthony was in top form when writing this installment. He is also an atheist, by his own admission, but has still used a very original view of how the age old deities conduct business.
Piers Anthony's synopsis of Satan, AKA Parry, in For Love of Evil, is not necessarily evil, only evil by the accepted norms of the current society when the office is taken. Parry believes there is much evil in humanity that is none of his doing, and that the persons doing these atrocities slip though the bureaucratic cracks and end up in heaven. By the same turn people are going to hell for reasons that he does not believe to be sound. Because of these beliefs he creates a heaven in hell for these people, and sets out to try and work out a new set of rules with his counterpart who apparently is not paying attention.
For Love of Evil has a storyline that could be read as a stand alone book and the reader would not loose any of the storyline not having read the other six books in the Incarnation of Immortality series. Sadly number seven, An Eternity, was a let down for a series of books that gave us an interesting idea, what if the immortals are just everyday Joe's.
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