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Series: Incarnations of Immortality #2
Published by Random House Ballantine Del Rey on 1984
Source: the library
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When life seemed pointless to Norton, he accepted the position as the Incarnation of Time, even though it meant living backward from present to past. The other seemingly all-powerful incantations of Immortality--Death, Fate, War, and Nature--made him welcome.
Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered that the gifts were cunning traps and he had become enmeshed in a complex scheme of the Evil One to destroy all that was good....
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…
I do believe this is one of Anthony’s better series, but there’s a lot of promise to the series, and for some of the books, a lot of promise and not a lot of delivering.
This was always my least favorite of the books in the series, not counting the horrible 8th book which I pretend doesn’t exist because it’s so horrible WRONG and BAD. This continues to be true in re-reading the books, especially after finishing rereading all of them.
My issue with the book- or main issue, really- is the same now as it was then. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that Chronos lives backwards. I understand why he does, but it just seems like there’s these huge gaping holes in the story line that is just ignored, all these holes created by the fact that he lives backwards. And the only explanation in the entire series is that Chronos is “mostly immune” to paradox- mostly immune meaning whenever Anthony doesn’t want to explain something, Chronos is immune, the rest of the time he’s not immune? Hmm…. I don’t write books, I don’t pretend to be an author, but when there’s HUGE gaping holes in a story line it just feels like the author is being lazy… In his LONG author’s note in the back of the book, Anthony leads you to believe that the holes in the story line will be answered later on in the series, but this never happens.
This is turning more into a series review, and I apologize.
To make a long review longer, a lot of this book is important to the rest of the series, and I do feel as if it’s important to hear each Incarnation’s point of view for the series as a whole, but it’s still my least favorite of the series.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: