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Jumped the shark,
This review is from: Under a Velvet Cloak (Incarnations of Immortality, Book 8) (Paperback)
What the title says. The seven books in the Incarnations series were tight and fun to read. I think I enjoyed books 5 and 6 the best, but all were good. The ratings for the previous seven books range from 4 to 4.75 out of 5 stars - not bad at all for a series (with the exception of 'And Eternity', which was a somewhat cliched ending to the other 6 books, but still better than this book)
Like many other authors who have been writing a long time (though not all) Mr. Anthony seems to be now writing for a easy buck. It's simple. Take something that's popular - book, movie, whatever, and milk it for all it's (bleep) worth. I've seen others do this. Anne Rice, Andrew Neiderman (ghostwriter of V.C. Andrews), Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson... etc. The author who manages to rise above their fame and popularity and continue to invest as much time and effort in their books as they had done in the beginning are to be admired.
The storytelling was not too shabby, but this was a unnecessary book, and did not have the shine or interest that the other books did. I found myself reading the book quickly just to get to the end. I thought that the Incarnation of Night was one and only, having never retired from her position unlike the seven Incarnations of Day. But this book contradicts what was previously said in previous books in the series. Unfortunately, this is not a retcon that worked out well.
I can't help but wonder what Mr. Anthony has planned for more Incarnation books. Personally, seven was the perfect number for me.
If you really want to read this book, either get it from the library, or wait for it to come out in mass market paperback.
Am I the only one bothered by the cover? It seems that the painter didn't put quite as much effort in his painting (bad book, bad cover, eh?) because the face doesn't seem right to me. Yeah I know, never judge a book by its cover. But in this case, you can.
Sorry, Mr. Anthony. Perhaps you should stop writing so many books, and concentrate on quality over quantity, because this book was definitely lacking in your usual flair.