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Wielding a Red Sword by Piers Anthony
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Wielding a Red Sword

by Piers Anthony

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Series: Incarnations of Immortality (4)

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A look into one of the more violent Incarnations: War, Mars, Aries. However you wish to describe him, this is his story. How Mym, an unlikely candidate for War, first escaped from his kingdom, joined a traveling circus because he fell in love with one of the performers only to be rushed back home when his kingdom was in need of an heir. Back home, he falls in love again, and is about to marry this lovely princess when his father calls off the marriage to arrange something more profitable for the kingdom. This doesn't please Mym too much, and when he is then given the Red Sword, he is able to use his unique office to hinder war rather than encourage it (much to the dismay of his sidekick incarnations--Pestilence, Famine, Conquest and Slaughter)--and of course to battle the Incarnation of Evil himself, Satan.

This is a truly fun story that is well worth the read. I think that my future readings will have to go on hold as there are four more books in this series...and I want to read them all! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
*Book source ~ My home library

Mym is a Prince who stutters. Since he has an older brother who will inherit the throne he finally runs away to join a traveling circus. He starts out doing menial labor, but soon works up to being one of the main attractions as Mym the Mime. He and Orb Kaftan, the musician main attraction, fall in love, but just as they are happily making plans for their life the royal guards show up. They inform Mym his brother is dead and he is to inherit the throne. He promises Orb he will get things settled with his father and come back for her. But the Rajah has other plans for his son. Mym is stuck between his duty to his country and his love for Orb. What will he do?

Oh, boy. How utterly frustrating for Mym. First he deals with a severe stutter all his life and then he’s denied the woman he loves and a life he’s happy living. He’s forced into a marriage agreement he doesn’t want and then when the political winds change he’s forced on yet another woman. When the Red Sword comes to him giving him the option to become Mars, well, who can blame him for taking it? I wouldn’t. His dad should have just let him marry Orb. But in taking the sword his trials haven’t ended. Not by a long shot. Now, he has to stay a step ahead of Satan and as the newbie Incarnation he’s at a disadvantage as Satan is going to do what he can to get around Mym and fulfill his evil plans. Will Mym have what it takes to defeat the Father of Lies? All I’ll say is it’s an excellent journey and the final act is sheer brilliance. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Mar 4, 2014 |
Mym becomes the god of War (Mars) and must struggle with Satan as all who step into their roles as immortals must to prove that they cannot be corrupted by Satan. Not my favorite in the series. ( )
  bookwormteri | Feb 14, 2014 |
La trama per certi versi mi è piaciuta, ma la vicenda è trattata in maniera troppo semplicistica: non sono un fanatico dello "show don't tell", ma Piers Anthony la fa un po' troppo breve in molte parti; l'ambientazione è un mix confuso e anacronistico di presente, passato e mitologia che stride con sé stesso; lo "scontro finale" è risolto sin troppo semplicemente.

A quattordici anni mi aveva preso, con l'età devo essere diventato più esigente. ( )
  Tonari | May 19, 2013 |
an interesting take on the necessity of violence/war. also on compromise and consequences. ( )
  librarydanielle | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Piers Anthonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crisp, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345322215, Mass Market Paperback)

Mym was a dutiful son, but rather than agree to his father's choice for his marriage, he took up the Red Sword, symbol of office of the Incarnation of War, in order to ameliorate some of the suffering caused by Earth's constant petty wars. But Mym discovered that Satan was waiting to trap him, and he must now take desperate measures to outwit the evil genius who aimed to destroy the world....

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:38 -0400)

Mym, an Indian prince in a land dominated totally by rajahs, assumes the role of War and, in his new incarnation, sets out to alleviate injustice and undermine the evil power of Satan.

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