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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.
Like a lot of Anthony books, the third and fourth installment just sort of become wandering and aimless, and he loses track of a lot of the details of his setting established in earlier books, but where in other series like Apprentice Adept it's worth slogging through the low points to get all the plot points, there really aren't any plot points to get here. Skip this one and Green Mother and go straight to For Love of Evil, which is pretty awesome.
The only issue I have with this series (not so much on the first book though), is how much the author takes to get to the main story line. I understand that there needs to be a good build up and background story on the characters, but I think Mr. Anthony takes it to a whole new level!
his step-son in Arkansas have enjoyed these books since
I sent them awhile back. They really appreciated them and
loved everyone of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good entry into this series. ENjoyed it again after being years since reading the first time.Published 10 days ago by Richard Clapp
Alot of people think this is the weakest in the series. I think those people don't understand how Satan thinks.Published 19 days ago by Tom
This was my least favorite of the Incarnations series, this is book 4, but at this point I am in it to finish the group. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
Great series, love Piers Anthony. Not for children, if you're looking for a kid's book try the Xanth series.Published 1 month ago by Hunter
Mym is an Indian prince who doesn’t want to be forced into an arranged marriage. He ends becoming the Incarnation of War, with his arranged bride and a demoness who wants to be his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Arey
Ok book not the best in the series but it is worth the read to follow the whole story of the incarnations of immortalityPublished 6 months ago by Michael Lindenbaum