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Series: Incarnations of Immortality #5
Published by Random House Ballantine Del Rey on 1987
Source: the library
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Orb plays magic in her harp, but seeks Llano, the song that controls Life. Natasha is handsome, charming, teaches her more spell tunes, but is he Satan? Her mother Niobe, Fate, warns of a prophecy she will marry Satan, and offers her the job of Nature.
I’ve read this book a few times over the years, and I’ll state the same thing at the beginning of reviewing all the I of I books: this is a re-read, and the first time reviewing the books. I’m reviewing all of the books after I finished re-reading the entire series, which I don’t normally do & didn’t do deliberately this time, either…
So Orb is my favorite character in the series, so naturally I enjoy this book, though it isn’t my favorite out of the series. Orb is beautiful – though not as beautiful as Niobe – and for a female in Piers Anthony’s world, is smart. She’s still mostly a one-dimensional character, as all the women in his books are, but she’s not as bad as most of the females in his books.
The first half of the book is nice because you really get to know Orb, however, the storyline drags, and isn’t terribly magical/fantasy/incarnation-y. The second half of the book involves Orb being lied to-alot- and she’s so clueless she doesn’t pick up on ANY of it (a few scenes/times I can believe, but a few of the scenes are just so obvious that there is something WRONG with it, that I want to shake her entire body until she stops being an idiot)
This book was intended to end the series, and ended up not being the final book – mostly because Piers Anthony was making a crap ton of money off of it, so why would you stop writing?
(Sadly I keep staring at my computer screen, trying to add something else to this review, and I’m failing miserably)
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: