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Under a Velvet Cloak by Piers Anthony 
13th-Jul-2008 01:23 am
Xposted in booktards, but reposted here for those of you who like the series and don't read booktards.

I was kind of dissappointed in this, book 8 of Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. Mind you, Book 6 ended up annoying me since the second half was a recap of the first 5 books, then Book 7 started developing a distinct odor of cheese before rolling around to a fairly predictable ending.

Still, I loved the series and figured a new book written years after the rest couldn't be all bad. And it isn't.

Jolie (Satan's first lover before becoming the Incarnation of Evil) gets sent down an alternate timeline by Orlene (Currently the Incarnation of Good, and so convolutedly related to the other incarnations you need a flow chart to figure out who the hell she is) to keep the timeline from coming to a horrible end. The basic theory being if Jolie can make all the events in the other timelines mirror the "successful" timeline, the universe will be saved.

So, she winds up riding around in Kerena, a young woman who apprentices herself to a seer in ancient England. Who, over the course of the book works for Morgan LeFey, has a child by Sir Gawain, and has sex with every major male character and a few female characters. All leading up to Kerena becoming Nox, the Incarnation of Night. Mind you, the inevitable recap of previous books does help make some sense of Orlene's travails in And Eternity...

Honestly, I kind of wish he'd left off after Being a Green Mother, since the last 3 books really don't live up to the original pentad. And while he (thankfully) didn't get into graphic detail, Nox's sexual life and prowess was getting to a point where I half expected her to change her name to Anita Blake or Merry Gentry. I mean seriously. The character ended up screwing at least one character a chapter.

I will say that finding out who Nox's nemesis was and who had taken on the role of that Incarnation made the book feel worth reading, even if the climax of that fight was underdone.

So basically, if you read and enjoyed the rest of this series, you may enjoy one more go with personifications of abstract concepts. If you haven't, then go get On a Pale Horse and read it.
13th-Jul-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
haha i didnt realize he came out with another one!
might have to check it out.. been a awhile since i read that series!!
14th-Jul-2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I didn't realize it either until I randomly found it at a branch of the library I normally don't frequent:)
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