To avoid breaking his betrothal to the princess Rapture and the war that would surely result, Mym accepts the fearsome office. As Mars, he plans to keep Rapture by his side as he stops the suffering caused by Earth's incessant wars. But will Mym's princely training, even his abilities as a berserker, be enough to defeat Satan himself?
Piers Anthony weaves together adventure, romance, and Eastern and Western mythologies to create this charming allegory. Master narrator George Guidall delivers the elegant tale with a dignified tone and much dramatic flair.
Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
©1986 Piers Anthony Jacob; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"Missing Author's Note"
I was able to listen to the first 3 of this series through other ways. They all had the author's note as part of the audio narration. This was the first one that I listened on audible. It's missing the author's note. I remember these books from when I first read them. Then the author's note made a BIG impact on me. And now as I listen, I enjoyed the author's notes just as much.
Leaving that off I feel like I'm missing a significant portion of the book.
"The Red Sword"
The fourth novel of the Incarnations series tells the story of Mym, a young Indian prince. As the story opens, Mym has fled his father's cort, believing himself unfit for his station due to a severe stutter and the presence of his more desirable brother. To make ends meet, he joins a traveling circus where he meets Orb, a beautiful young woman with a unique gift, the ability to put people into a trance whenever she sings and plays her harp. With the aid of his magic ring Mym aproaches Orb and soon forms a connection with her. As time goest by the two fal in love, but Mym is soon discovered and take back to his fathher. His brother is dead, meaning that Mym must become Raja uponhis fathher's death. Mym refuses to accede to the arranged marriage, resulting in the deaths of several would-be brides. Finall his father arranges for him to spend a month with Princess Rapture of Malachite at the Honeymoon Castle, a castle with magical properties that leave the thoughts of those who reside within the grounds open to one another. As time goes by Mym discovers that Rapture is indeed worth loving and finally agrees to marry her. Before the wedding can take place, the Raja changes his mind and begins to arrange a different marriage for Mym. This results in Rapture's father declaring war on Mym's kingdom, greatly angering both Mym and Rapture. Mym's anger draws a strange red sword to him, which e takes only to learn from Gaea, Incarnation of Nature, that he is now Mars, Incarnation of War and that it is now his mission to foil the plots of Satan, Incarnation of Evil. Mym has trouble wit this concept, having come from a completely different belief system. It's not long before Satan approaches Mym, and only time will tell whether Mym will have the necessary quickness of mind to avoid falling prey to Satan's insidious plots.
All in all this is an excellent book and George Guidall does a fine job of bringing it to life. It's unfortunate that he doesn't narrate the next three books in the series.
"Disappointed about missing "Author's Note""
The first three books in this series had the "Author's Note" narrated at the end. They provided a very welcome insight into Piers Anthony's life and writing. When listening to the last chapter of the book, I was looking forward to the "Author's Note". I cannot express my disappointment to have this omitted from the Audible production. Yes, I have the paperbacks and can read it, but I just felt I was lacking something at the end of the Audible book.
As great a story as Pale Horse, but completely different! Funny, bittersweet, and brilliant!
"I really loved this book."
Piers Anthony approached this book from a different cultural view point. love how he weaves in the previous stories while maintaining the the integrity of the current plot.
"Mars needs a girlfriend? srsly?"
Love the author and narrator, but this installment in the series is my least favorite.
I love this entire series. Great books. The reader is ok, not too bad. Not really a good singer though. :D
The thing that I cant seem to get past is the over use of Occidental, It reminds me of Prince Bride with the "Inconceivable". Um he could use a different word mix things up a bit.
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