When I first read "On a Pale Horse" (book one of the Incarnations of Immortality series) I was utterly blown away. It was a fantastic, thought provoking, highly original and imaginative story, and I couldn't wait to read the next in the series.
Next came "Bearing an Hourglass". Whilst nowhere near as good as On a Pale Horse, it was still enjoyable and had some interesting and original ideas.
Then came "With a Tangled Skein". With a Tangled Skein is not as good as Bearing an Hourglass, and totally inferior to On a Pale Horse.
I am sorry to say that I see a pattern here, and it is not one I like so much. It seems that I like each book in the series less than the one before it.
There are a lot of things wrong with With a Tangled Skein. Its extremely sexist, the characters are not all that well developed and the conflict isn't really very interesting. I thought the role of Fate was one of the more boring, which was a big dissapointment to me because I expected to find it a lot more interesting than it was.
The overall conflict concerning Satan was poorly done. Satan was a very shallow character, uninteresting and not at all very frightening. There was no sense of danger to the main character, and for the most part, I found much of that part of the story very dull.
This was a weak, uninteresting book. I did read it, and I got through it quite quickly. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I was left feeling that I'd wasted my time. I thought things might pick up towards the end, but they didn't.