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Series: Incarnations of Immortality #6
Published by Avon Books on February 1st 1990
Source: the library
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The Man Who Would Be Satan
Parry was a gifted musician and an apprentice in the arts of White Magic. But his life of sweet promise went disastrously awry following the sudden, violent death of his beloved Jolie.
Led down the twisted path of wickedness and depravity by Lilah the harlot demoness, Parry thrived--first as a sorcerer, then as a monk, and finally as a feared inquisitor.
But it wasn't until his mortal flame was extinguished that Parry found his true calling--as the Incarnation of Evil. And, at the gates of Hell, he prepared to wage war on the master himself--Lucifer, the dark lord - with dominion over the infernal realms the ultimate prize!
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…
(this book was actually read over the summer, 2016, but I’m counting it as a 2017 book because that’s why I’m finally getting around to writing the review)
So, I still have to say, this is one of my favorite Piers Anthony books, ever, of all time – and that’s saying something. It wasn’t always one of my favorites, but once I hit adulthood it quickly became a favorite & it still is (though I wouldn’t rate it in even a top 20 all time, overall favorite book list). It’s genius to think of Satan as a human being, and it’s fascinating to see how that human being changes, over the course of hundreds of years, in his role as Satan. The Incarnation of Immortality is heavily featured in all the books in this series, of course, but he’s the star in this one, and he does shine. I really, really like him as a human, like him throughout most of the book, really. He does a few things here and there that I wish he hadn’t done, but it makes him so, so human and really, it just adds SO much to the book to see even an Incarnation make a mistake. His story continues in the next book in the series (and as far as I’m concerned, the last book in the series because book #8 is horrible, horrible, horrible and I don’t consider it part of the series & I pretend it doesn’t exist)
That being said, my standard comment applies – Piers Anthony is a pig, so much so that sometimes I’m ashamed of reading his books (as a woman) and I will never, ever actually pay money on one of his books because I just can’t support an author who devalues women as much as he does. (at least these books aren’t quite as bad as the Xanth books are).