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When the man Niobe loved was shot, she learned that she had been the target, in a devious plot of the Devil's. Hoping for revenge, she discovered, too late, how intricate his scheming was, and that he had managed to trap her son and her granddaughter, Luna. Niobe's only chance to save them was to accept a challenge by the Prince of Deceit--a challenge to be decided in Hell and in a maze of Satan's devising!
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345318854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345318855
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cyanopolis@aol.com on July 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Recently my friend (who's review is also here I think) lent me his copy of "On a Pale Horse," the first book in this series. I loved it and immediately read the next two books. But Skein was just amazing. Anthony was original once again, taking the three famous mythologic Aspects of Fate- Clotho, the spinner; Lachesis, the weaver; and Lachesis, the cutter of threads- and giving them distinct roles, duties, and powers. This book took place over a long period of time and managed to do so smoothly, for I felt as if Niobe had actually experienced 80-something years and developed from a stubborn young woman to a wize old one. There were a few aspects (pardon the pun) I was unsatisfied with, namely the fact that it wasn't made clear enough that the man who fills the office of Chronos who she interacts with first in the novel is not Norton from the last book in the series; her encounters with him seem almost exactly the same as the ones in the that novel. I was able to know this was not the case because I did the math, and in order for that to be Norton, Luna would have to be born while her father was only four years old. Later in the novel it was made more evident, but it still leads to misunderstanding. Whatever the case, its still an excellent book, second only to "Inherit the Wind." Satan's maze was creative, despite being slightly tedious, and it expanded well on the life of the mysterious Magician Kaftan of the first novel in the series. I particularly like that this book was full of many smaller incidents that made the larger story, much like in the first book- a quality which was lacking in the second. Now I've begun the fourth book. I've heard wonderful things about book six and I can't wait to get to it.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xenofan on December 16, 2010
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on October 19, 2001
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. . .this is a much stronger effort in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series than "Bearing an Hourglass".
While the first volume of this series involved Death, and the second Time, this volume turns to Fate -- in all three of her traditional aspects. Like the previous volume, the stage is set rather well in the opening chapters. Unlike the previous volume, the novel continues well! Of particular note: the relationship of the three women who share the single body of Fate; the recognized voluntary "temporariness" of their several assignments; the role that Fate has to play with relation to Free-Will (a concept Anthony seems to accept); and (on a rather humorous note) the visit of Fate and Nature to a temporary "hell" constructed for the sole purpose of convincing humanity that hell is, after all, a pretty nifty place. (The women were not fooled!)
The greatest weakness? The final battle between Fate and Satan. Totally unconvincing, even for fantasy.
Nevertheless, like "On a Pale Horse", this novel should be read by seminary students to give them fresh perspectives on the difficult questions which people ask in times of crisis.
An outstanding read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Duckett VINE VOICE on April 28, 2004
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I loved the first book, wasn't too wild about the second one, but could not put this third book down. It was WONDERFUL, a great addition to the Incarnations of Immortality series. It is nice to see the big story really start to develop. I had started loosing hope on the second book (I would suggest skipping it) but am really committed to the story now that I've finished the third one.
Niobe is a character and her life is a real joy to read. It is great to see how her hand in the great game that Satan has bestowed upon the Incarnations. The story never lets up and never gets boring. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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