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Series: Incarnations of Immortality #3
Published by Random House Ballantine Del Rey on 1986
Source: the library
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Weaver Niobe 21 learns to love husband Cedric 16, until he dies in her place - a plot of Satan. In revenge, she takes job as Clothos, youngest aspect of Fate, shares minds with Lachesis and Atropos. To save her son the Magician and grand-daughter Luna, she navigates a maze in Hell of 100 illusions and monsters, with 100 reality threads.
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 I always liked this one in the series. Niobe is pretty cool. She’s written as a character that is supposed to be a little dumb, but I don’t find her really that dumb (though she does have a few moments where she’s a bit slow, but we all have those moments). Her story line is one of the more interesting ones to me out of the interesting story, and she’s probably the character I like second most out of everyone (I really like Orb).
Every time I read the book, I’m a bit fascinated by the whole three people/souls in one body bit, and how the whole thing works. Yes, I realize that’s the smallest part of the plot, but it just always fascinated me.
As a knitter, spinner, and weaver, it also fascinated me that Fate uses similar elements to tie together all of humanity.
That being said, Piers Anthony is a dirty old man and loves his sex, and paints women in general as nothing but beautiful sex slaves. Ugh. The man’s a genius with his ideas, but it takes him forever to get there as he’s too busy talking about sex, and his writing is sub-par.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: