Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And Eternity by Piers Anthony

"And Eternity" was written in 1990, and was supposed to be the last of the series "The Incarnations of Immortality." Apparently something changed his mind, because he wrote another book, "Under a Velvet Cloak" in 2007! I'd love to read it, but the library doesn't have it yet. Oh well. I'll read it eventually!

I really enjoyed "And Eternity." I was a little worried going into it because I knew that they Incarnations were headed to a show down with the Incarnation of Good, IE, God. I really enjoyed it though! I think the portrayal of God didn't bother me in this book because the whole system of belief and reality is so vastly different from reality. 

We see all of the old characters in this book, and it was fascinating to realize how closely the Incarnations ended up being by the end of the series! In the book Jolie, Satan's original bride and now a ghost, realizes that while she was off on a mission Orlene, Gaea's mortal daughter, has committed suicide. Horrified by this turn of events Jolie sets off to do what she can to help Orlene's now ghostly soul. Through an entertaining turn of events, the two ghostly ladies get sent to inhabit and help a young girl who's in trouble. 

The ghosts manage to help the girl, Vita, and the three of them set off on even more adventures! Orlene had suicided because of the early death of her baby. Instead of going to Heaven or Hell, the baby had ended up with Nox, the Incarnation of Night. To be able to get her baby back the ladies must go on a quest that involves getting favors from each of the Incarnations. 

Along the way the three ladies learn quite a bit, and by the end of the book the world is headed to a show down. Has the Incarnation of Good given up His right to retain the role because of His inattention? And if so, who will replace Him? All this and more will be answered by the end of the book! I couldn't put it down at the end.

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