Best-selling novelist Piers Anthony creates fresh, original takes on age-old themes like love and death. In For the Love of Evil, he adds a delightful new chapter to a series that has captivated millions.
Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
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"Fleeing persecution by the Church, a young sorcerer in medieval France seeks refuge among the Franciscans, dedicating his life to the triumph of good over evil until a strange twist of fate forces him to assume the role of his greatest enemy and take his place among the immortal Incarnations. In his most ambitious work yet, Anthony tackles sensitive moral issues with his customary high spirits." (Library Journal)
Well, if you have read the other 5 books in the series I probably don't need to say anything for you to want to get this book. One observation though, the story starts at around 1200 AD. I really would love to get into a debate about this book but anything I say would probably be a spoiler so I will refrain. Not the best in the series but definitely a 5 star by any reference. Another plus is that the narration is very well done (imho) and the audio quality is (thankfully) very good.
"The best book in the series."
This book is the best in the series in my opinion. The story is tighter and the characters are much better developed. the best part is this is the novel that ties all the other books together. that makes it really interesting to see what was going on from the person seen as the enemy for the series to date.
"Ties All the Others Together"
I know this is the 6th book in a 7 book series, but it ties the entire series together so nicely. It really does a great job of revealing Satan's motives. It also answers the question Satan must come to terms with: Does The Incarnation of Evil evoke the evil in men's souls, or does it just punish it? I think this one is the best out of the whole series. Word of advice, read the other 6 books first.
For an agnostic man, Piers sure can get into some detail about God and Satan. Somewhere during the middle I noticed a bit of "Dante's inferno". After listening to the first 5 and really disliking Satan, my opinion of him changed when you get to see things from his point of view. Oh call me a heratic, but I find myself sympathizing with this poor character. As always, very well written. Still not crazy bout the narrator although she did a better job in this one than book 5. Maybe because she did not have to do any fairy or nymph voices in this one.
"Helluva good book"
I had reservations, even superstitious fear about reading this book but, having read Screwtape Letters multiple times, I figured, "Oh what the Hell. Writing a book with sympathy for the Devil was difficult for C.S. Lewis, let's see how Piers Anthony does it with Satan." It was delightful. I even got a little weepy at the end for the guy, and I cheered for him throughout the story. Piers Anthony puts so much thought into each and every character, their motivations and triumphs, that one cannot help but love and admire his work. I've read his books on the incarnations of Death and Time, and this one was just as good or better. The blasphemous themes were less than I expected, even minimal; if I was offended by anything, I trust it will be corrected in the next books as resulting from the characters' misunderstanding of God, Heaven, Holiness, and Faith.
"Loved the book"
Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. I enjoy listening while passing time sitting in the morning traffic.
I had read the first 5 books years ago, I am happy these last two have been made available.
"Black-flagged in the first 15 minutes"
The writing in this one felt slightly sub-par, but the offensive sexism seemed dialed back and I recalled the story being at least interesting. It went OK for a while; then a character died, but could not go to Heaven because of -get this- some unspecified, but horrendous evil attached to the /circumstances/ of her death. That's right - in this universe, you can be condemned to wander the Earth eternally if your death is even /tangentially/ related to some kind of evil at some point, provided that evil is of sufficient magnitude. The concept was simply too ridiculous, and I had to stop reading.
If you think you can get past that kind of gaping plot hole, then more power to you, but otherwise, save your time and money for a better book.
Also, the more I think about the story, the more I remember that the sexism gets pretty rampant later on. There's a female character who is constantly abandoned by the men she partners with as they grow weary of her and who is always getting used by those around her. She speaks as though this is both natural and inevitable, because all men are this way...and the book never contradicts her, implying that in the world of the Incarnations, they really ARE that way. Again, if you think you can put up with that, more power to you.
"Excellent rendition of the story "
Read with true grace and emotion.
Highly recommended to anyone who thought gone a Piers Anthony fan
"I Love Piers!"
Yes with my eyes going as I get older the audio books bring my back the stories I can't read any more.
Who else but Perry too many whys to list. Give it a listen you'll see why. Also Jolie is a perfect love interest.
Her inflection and character voices bring the story to life even better than when I read it the first five times.
Jolies death and Perrys rise as the evil incarnation.
Read this and any Piers Anthony you can get your hands on! He's punny, intelligent, and a wordsmith like no other this or last decade.
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