On a Pale Horse : Incarnations of Immortality

  • by Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Incarnations of Immortality
  • 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No science-fiction/fantasy collection is complete without On a Pale Horse. In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

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Full Series Review: 5 Stars

If your reading this your probably looking for a good series to get into, having read all the books here is my take on the series as a whole to help you make that decision:

The first book is excellent and sets the tune for the entire series. If you pick up this one and dont like it then you can safely avoid the others in the series as they are very similar in most ways (though the rest of the books tend to be more plot driven and less focused on the powers of the office involved).

Book 2 unfortunately has the least impressive plot of any, you absolutely must ride with it despite the strangeness for it to make sense and reveal itself as a decent book. The odd points are explained in the end, and when the plot is progressing its very interesting.

Book 3 and on plot becomes very important, the characters become much more real outside their offices and it takes longer to get around to the overall theme, but is a vast improvement over book 2s interludes. Maybe its just me but book 2 really messed up my perception of the timeline of the series, to the point where I was confused on that point for most of this book - to clarify, this one takes place before either of the other books so far. Much of the structure of the incarnations is revealed in this book.

Book 4 is interesting and quite diffrent plot-wise, though I have trouble relating to the character of Mars. Mars character makes the story work however, I dont think your supposed to relate to all of his aspects - but its his idiosyncrasies that progress the story.

Book 5 is the slowest of the series, and would be my least favorite if not for the ending. The ending of this book is one of the great scenes of fiction and makes the entire series worth reading.

Book 6 is a work of art, it spans the entire series and more filling the perspective of Satan in each novel. This is the perfect end to this series, it binds everything together and gives greater meaning to the work as a whole.
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- Jake

Didn't do it for me

Being a fan of Piers Anthony from the Xanth books and also a fan of George Guidall (the reader of this novel) from listening to multiple other books he has read I thought this would be a safe pick for something I would be sure to enjoy, but alas I found myself disappointed.

Piers certainly portrays the universe in an interesting way but I found little humor in the book. It was too off the wall for me to take it seriously and it was not funny enough for me to to take it in a comical way. I found the larger plot intriguing enough to pick up the second book in the series with the hopes that it would develop in to something I would enjoy; however, book 2 put an abrupt end to that thought and I have moved on to other series.

To give some reference to my tastes: I am a fan of Fantasy/Sci Fi books in general and I also enjoy books portrayed with a sense of humor like Discworld, Xanth, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I listen to audiobooks regularly and I wanted to like this one but I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it. It is definitely better than book 2 though.
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- Lore "Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books