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Wielding a Red Sword Library Binding – October 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833510258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833510259
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,095,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The fourth book in Anthony's popular Incarnations of Immortality series describes the recruitment of an Indian prince to become the latest Incarnation of Warserving alongside Death, Time, Nature and others. Mym reluctantly accepts the office as a way to cut through the tangled political web that has produced famine in his homeland and trampled on his private life. As hard as Mym works to keep earthly peace, however, Satan is ahead of him with snares and lures that lead to hell. Anthony's setting of a world where both science and magic work was charming in previous volumes but becomes troublesome here: demons coexist with biological warfare; two teardrops from an Incarnation are all it takes to end one aspect of the conflict in Ireland. In fact, most of this weak entry in the series is concerned with finding a proper mate for the hapless Mym. As before, though, the liveliest part of the book is the author's note, a 30-page open letter to his fans in which Anthony feels free to be cantankerous, boastful, whimsical and self-revealing. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mym was a dutiful son, but rather than agree to his father's choice for his marriage, he took up the Red Sword, symbol of office of the Incarnation of War, in order to ameliorate some of the suffering caused by Earth's constant petty wars. But Mym discovered that Satan was waiting to trap him, and he must now take desperate measures to outwit the evil genius who aimed to destroy the world.... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy book.
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Not all of them are good reads but I think this one was one of the best.
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The series, in its entirety, is well done a tells a wonderful story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Duckett VINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was intrigued by the premise of the first book and have been hooked on this series ever since. And, it just keeps getting better!!!
Piers Anthony does a wonderful job developing his characters and in this book, Mym and Orb are no exception. We got an introduction to Orb in the prior book and it was wonderful to have her come back briefly in the beginning. Mym, however, is a new character. From the beginning, it is hard to imagine a pampered, stuttering prince becoming Mars... but Anthony does a good job of convincingly making it happen.
The only thing I did not like about this book was that the character development was a large part of the book and I had to keep asking myself, "Okay, so, when are they going to have Mym assume the office of War?" But after assuming the office, it gets very good.
Mym is a lot like Zane (Death) from the first book as he assumed the office... not afraid to go against the status quo. War is also like Death in that War does not bring on war (much like Death does not bring on death) but instead facilitates and manages it.
My favorite part of the book is when Mym finds himself in Hell and to get out of Hell he builds and army and attacks the forces of Satan. I thought this was very creative and a lot of fun. It was also wonderful to see War balk Satan twice in this book.
If you've liked the rest of the series, I would encourage you to continue reading it with this wonderful addition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "geddysciple" on March 12, 2000
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This book wasn't bad by any means, but it lacked the awesome plot themes of "On a Pale Horse" or the intrigue of "With a Tangled Skein." The story was mildly interesting, the office was rather boring, but the characters were (as usual) well developed and deep. If you like this volume, you'll love the rest of the series. Read it only if you are really interested in the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 1, 2001
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I loved this book best of 'em all. I'm absolutly crazy about weapons, especially swords, so even the name was exiting. I'm eleven and flying through this series a book a week. If you like this series, read Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. If I were Mars, I would slay all who oppose this book. And to let you know, Mym's former snake-ring now belong to Norton/Chronos and goes by Sning. It was awsome and very detailed. Who would have ever thought a Prince for Mars, I mean a PRINCE to be the incarnation of WAR. Anthony is a genius for writing the series. Even Xanth doesn't compare. I advise this for anyone who CAN identify GOOD si-fies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S on July 24, 2000
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i must say that i read this book out of desire to complete the series. mars is an interesting character. but it is rather disappointing story actually.
it begins with mar's life as an escaped prince then drifting to the women he becomes involved with. the style of writing was rather dull and plodding to me. *sigh*
the plot picks up in the second half of the book when satan enters the scene again. i found little of the ironical homour i enjoyed in his other books but overall the book was neither here nor there, neither good nor bad.
if you plan to read this series, begin with thanatos' story in the book 'on a pale horse'. now that was a excellent book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James H. Vanriper on December 12, 2012
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I think I expect more out of Fantasy anymore. I remember really liking this book when it was new. Looking for something to read on a plane, I downloaded this book and boy its just not that good. Very predictable. The scenes in no way stand up to Jordan or Tolkien. There is no way this is a 5 star book. Its OK, so I give it a 3, but its really a teen age boy 3, not a full out 3. Lots of T&A for no apparent reason. I guess it fills up the pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Miller on November 29, 2012
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I think this was the most interesting book in the series so far. Anthony does a really good job drawing you into this evolving story line. Mym's struggles being the Incarnation of War make him more personal than the Incarnations in the previous three books (Death, Time, and the Fates).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mailman on October 21, 2012
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The series, in its entirety, is well done a tells a wonderful story. The 6th is my favorite, but the series as a whole is very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AntKathie on May 16, 2012
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Really enjoyed this whole series. Have read them all at least three times! Will probably read them again. Unique viewpoints on life & death.
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