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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Tandem Library (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785797777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785797777
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,603,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This is a better than average fantasy begun by Kornwise, then completed by Anthony ( Xanth ) after Kornwise's death. In spite of the enforced one-sidedness of the collaboration, the writing is skillful and seamless; in large part because Anthony was Kornwise's favorite author, whose style he emulated in his first novel. Seth Warner, Rame, Tirsa and Vidav are the Chosen, predicted by prophecy to be the decisive factor in a conflict between a putatively evil sorcerer (named Nefarious) and a greedy and bigoted Empire. Furthermore, the outcome on this plane of Earth affects similar moral conflicts on the other planes of Earth, from which each of the Chosen came when called by the Empire's magic. Sent by the Empire to destroy Nefarious, they wonder if they are a suicide decoy to hide the Empire's real attack. Betrayals and the plights of non-humans under the Empire add to their confusion. Their confrontation with Nefarious reveals final truths in a surprising yet logical plot twist.
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I thought it was very well written and a great story.
Derek J. Rouleau
Piers Anthony is perhaps one of the most imaginative, spellbinding, and ultimately ingenius writers in the genre today.
Swing King
If you are fan of sci-fi or fantasy...I beleive that this book is a winner for you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zorknot on July 10, 2000
Format: Library Binding
It's a good book to begin with. It has an original storyline and an ending with a statement on morals that I personally believe or at least, would like to believe. Before I read Through the Ice I had read many other Peirs Anthony novels but was hesitant to read a collaboration. When I read it I was pleasantly suprised at the freshness of the writing. I'm dying to reveal the other reason why I liked this book, but I feel it would ruin it for others. Suffice to say I think that what Anthony did in writing this book is one of the nicest and most touching things I've ever known anyone to do. A good story in itself. After I read this book I felt better about people and life in general. Not saying it's a masterpiece or anything but it's quite good and I can't think of anything really wrong with it which is all I ask of any book. Five stars is my score and I'm sticking to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wind on May 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I originaly started reading this book to waste time visting a close friend who worked at a library, i picked it because it wasn't too long for the time i would have visiting her, and it was co-written by Peirs Anthony an author who came with high regards from my family. In my first day of reading it i got through about the first 4 chapters, i then decided to check the book out so i could finish it. When i got the time at home to read more of the book it seemed as though i was reading a totaly different book as Seth an ordinary teenager was transported to a mystical land after a fight with some street punks in the are he lived in. To say this transition was a bad thing would be far from the truth the book only got better as more of this world was revealed and more of it's mesages made clear. As i got deeper into the story i began to notice trends in some of the events and morals portrayed by the two authors. By the end of the book, and Seth's actions near the end i became almost certain my hunch was right. This book seemed to me to be the epitome of a modern day satire as the fantasy world seth is transported to shows mimiced problems from our own society. This only made me enjoy the book more, never before had i encountered a satire in a fantasy book, it was very enjoyable and i would recomened it to anyone who is interested in fantasy. Hope you Enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was wonderful. I read it for an assignment in school. Afterwards, I was happy I had read it. I've read more than once and each time it's just as good as the first. I recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy. I've never read any other of Piers Anthony's books but I highly enjoyed this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek J. Rouleau on September 22, 2000
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I read this book after I started reading the Xanth series while I was waiting for the new book to come out. I thought it was very well written and a great story. This is definatly a book I would consider reading again as it's like a good movie, once just isn't enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DT Gutscher (topdragon@go.com) on October 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you've read Piers Anthony before, you'll see his style all over the place. This book is an easy read, enjoyable, not to serious, well thought out story. You can't tell by reading it that it is a collaboration. Light fantasy at its best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on August 20, 2004
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Piers Anthony is perhaps one of the most imaginative, spellbinding, and ultimately ingenius writers in the genre today. This book was indeed unique in that it was "co-written" with a dead Robert Kornwise. In essence, Anthony edited and elaborated upon Kornwise's original draft, which he had wrote in highschool before being killed by a drunk driver. Piers says he believes this is the book Robert would have written, if he were to have matured in his writing a bit and edited it himself.

We start with a teenager by the name of Seth familiar with training in the martial arts. Seth winds up getting jumped after a party, and wanders out onto a frozen lake...where he falls Through the Ice. From here the story really gets going, taking you on a journey of wonderful landscapes and lovable characters. Fantasy at it's best. I'm tempted to say this is one of Piers better works-strange-because it's not really all his own material. But that aside, all Piers Anthony fans will be sure to want to pick this one up for their next read. Then again, this book is for fans of the fantasy genre period. A solid piece.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas W. Jackson on September 3, 2005
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Through the Ice has a nice little plot, offers humor and some imaginative adventures typical of Anthony's writing, and has some good character interaction.

The tone, however, was a big problem. I would expect Kornwise, being in his middle teens, to have the kind of "gee whiz" style that dominates the book. But Piers, in refashioning the text after Kornwise's death, somehow neglected to cut down on the vast numbers of exclamation points that litter virtually every page. They're jarring and not the mark of a mature writer.

That said, the author's note at the end of the book details just how much effort Piers took to maintain Kornwise's voice while still producing a marketable novel, and he deserves vast respect for doing so. I just wish he'd gone a bit further in his changes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 24, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The storyline was predictable except the climax which was a bit silly. I didnt pay too much attention to the duality in the writing and didnt know who was writing which part but the plot was certainly jerking around.

While it was obvious that Seth was the hero - there was absolutely no time spent on the other characters. The magic reed was the only useful item and it seems like Rame alone could have carried the day :). The confrontation with the sorceror was a joke - It had to be!!!

This book is ok for a teen or for readers who like real light reading even in fantasy.

(disclaimer - I am not a particular fan of piers who, I think is a bit too obsessed with sex especially with teen characters)
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