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Wielding a Red Sword (Book Four of Incarnations of Immortality) Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1987
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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.
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...
While the prior book introduced a multifaceted Incarnation, Mars executes his duties traveling with four other minor Incarnations. The office of War changes in an unusual yet remarkable fashion. Plus, Mars and the other Incarnations have stimulating confrontations and relations.
Although most non-romantic plotlines evolve effectively, Rapture's conclusion and Mym's impulsiveness concerning Ligeia undermine the overall story. Phasing out of reality has proven effective to avoid most human and spiritual interaction, yet Incarnations do not remain in such a state while challenging the test barriers of fellow Incarnations.
I recommend this series to any fan of the fantasy genre. However those of a highly inflexible religious background or intolerant attitude towards religion might want to avoid the selection.
1. Protagonist falls in love.
2. Protagonist and love are separated by circumstance (arranged by Satan).
3. Loss of love leads protagonist to become an Incarnation.
4. Protagonist meets second love, forgets about the first.
5. Satan tempts protagonist, gullible protagonist walks right into his trap.
6. Satan sets up an impending disaster on earth.
7. Other Incarnation(s) show the protagonist how to use his/her power.
8. Protagonist uses unique power to make a desperate but successful bid to stop Satan.
Despite this general structure, the details do make for an interesting story, full of intrigue and plot twists. Piers Anthony has a particular talent for character development, and each character's unique background, personality, and talents contribute to that character's role in the story and to the overall movement of the plot. Often details that seem to have no consequence in the beginning of the story come back to hit the characters full in the face later.
Nevertheless, the limited amount of variation between books puts a limit on the length of this series. Will I have the patience to make it through?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I Love Piers Anthony! I have the entire Incarnations of Immortality series and love it! Have read it again and again! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Shane Stanley
Ok book not the best in the series but it is worth the read to follow the whole story of the incarnations of immortalityPublished 23 days ago by Michael Lindenbaum
I absolutely love this series of books and have read through it at least twicePublished 8 months ago by wallsttutors
This is another installment in the series and if you have gotten to this novel than you must be hooked with the series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Logan Terheggen
This whole series is fantastic with the issues it provides insight into. Wielding a Red Sword provides an interesting viewpoint of the necessity, purpose, and conduct of war. Read morePublished 11 months ago by H Williams