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The fourth book in Anthony's popular Incarnations of Immortality series describes the recruitment of an Indian prince to become the latest Incarnation of Warserving alongside Death, Time, Nature and others. Mym reluctantly accepts the office as a way to cut through the tangled political web that has produced famine in his homeland and trampled on his private life. As hard as Mym works to keep earthly peace, however, Satan is ahead of him with snares and lures that lead to hell. Anthony's setting of a world where both science and magic work was charming in previous volumes but becomes troublesome here: demons coexist with biological warfare; two teardrops from an Incarnation are all it takes to end one aspect of the conflict in Ireland. In fact, most of this weak entry in the series is concerned with finding a proper mate for the hapless Mym. As before, though, the liveliest part of the book is the author's note, a 30-page open letter to his fans in which Anthony feels free to be cantankerous, boastful, whimsical and self-revealing. Major ad/promo.
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Mym was a dutiful son, but rather than agree to his father's choice for his marriage, he took up the Red Sword, symbol of office of the Incarnation of War, in order to ameliorate some of the suffering caused by Earth's constant petty wars. But Mym discovered that Satan was waiting to trap him, and he must now take desperate measures to outwit the evil genius who aimed to destroy the world....
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Product Details

  • Series: Book Four of Incarnations of Immortality (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (November 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345322215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345322210
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book wasn't bad by any means, but it lacked the awesome plot themes of "On a Pale Horse" or the intrigue of "With a Tangled Skein." The story was mildly interesting, the office was rather boring, but the characters were (as usual) well developed and deep. If you like this volume, you'll love the rest of the series. Read it only if you are really interested in the series.
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I was intrigued by the premise of the first book and have been hooked on this series ever since. And, it just keeps getting better!!!
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.
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This book doesn't really add much to the series, you can pretty much skip it. It's essentially a point-by-point retread of On a Pale Horse but with a protagonist that's less sympathetic and more "a little prick you'd like to kick repeatedly". Oh, and misogyny, lots more misogyny, which was apparently intended to be a character flaw but is played in such a way as to just disrespect both sexes instead of just the one.

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.
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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. As a child, I enjoyed this series. As an adult, I am highly impressed with its insights!
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This is another installment in the series and if you have gotten to this novel than you must be hooked with the series. The interesting thing about all of the novels is how Anthony interconnects all of the characters. While some of the plot elements might seem to repeat themselves slightly, the character development and interaction is what kept me so interested as it was quite well done.
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I Love Piers Anthony! I have the entire Incarnations of Immortality series and love it! Have read it again and again! Will continue to buy them until he no longer writes them, may he live forever!!
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One of the best books in the series. My 3rd favorite actually. Once Mym becomes Mars is were it gets really interesting.
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!
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This author has been around for awhile and my son and
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.
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