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Faith of Tarot by Piers Anthony

Faith of Tarot

by Piers Anthony

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Series: Tarot (3)

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This is the final book of the Tarot trilogy, and is no standalone. Like say, Lord of the Rings, the three books are really one novel, not three novels with the same world and characters, so you should really read God of Tarot and Vision of Tarot first. Brother Paul of the Holy Order of Vision is a monk on a future Earth that has expanded to the stars. He's sent by the head of his order to investigate reports that God has appeared on the planet Tarot. The first book was framed by the 9 trump cards of the Tarot, this novel is framed by the 11 more trump cards, and this book takes us to 28. Tarot packs ordinarily have 21 trumps, Anthony has interpolations of his own. I discovered this trilogy in my teens right around the time I became fascinated with the Tarot. I'm really the opposite of a New Ager, and don't believe any deck of cards have powers or that the tarot cards have a mystical past going back to Egypt, but I loved the art and symbols of it all, so I adored how Anthony played with it and religious and spiritual themes. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 29, 2012 |
Definitely my favorite series from Piers Anthony ( )
  shazmaru | Jun 6, 2009 |
To go the whole religious hog, you have to go to Hell, baby.

Which, given he is on the planet Tarot, Paul can undertake in a somewhat literal sense, and does so. This can be seen in the somewhat cool Rowena cover for the book, to give you the idea.

After a bit of the sort of stuff you would expect, he sets about tying some of it together:
"I offer a rationale," the Rt. Rev. Crowder said. "Let us surmise that, for the benefit of the Universe or at least the Galactic Cluster, it is necessary to educate a series of sapient entities in a very special way. High-Kirlian-Aura creatures to be suitable tools, perhaps fashioned from imperfect clay, yet tailored to the need. Call them Herald the Healer, or Melody of Mintaka, or Flint of Outworld—or Paul of Tarot. Perhaps even Jesus of Christ. Assume that these entities, properly prepared, will set in motion currents that will in the course of several millennia preserve the entire Cluster from needless and ironic destruction. As by devising or reconstituting a deck of cards whose images evoke key understandings on critical occasions—"

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/07/faith-of-tarot-piers-anthony.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jul 10, 2007 |
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On far TAROT dreams come true - and fanged nightmares stalk the land.
Sent to pierce the dread curtain of the Animation that turns fantasy into hideous reality, the wanderer-monk Paul finds himself on a trip to the ultimate, and most terrifying, fantasy of them all. HELL.
"Now for the grand tour." Therion said to Paul.
They passed beyond the wall, where the creature waited, its canine face peering into an enclosure where a multitude of creatures struggled to escape. Most had the bodies of humans; some wore the scaly skins of fish. Heaped in the corner where the scrambling feet had scuffled them were the remains of a feast:
fruit rinds, shards of pottery, bread crusts and human hands and feet ...
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Third in the series-the miracle planet is revealed.

On far Tarot dreams come true-and fanged nightmares stalk the land. Sent to pierce the dread curtain of the Animation that turns fantasy into hideous reality, the wanderer-monk Paul finds himself on a trip to the ultimate and most terrifying fantasy of them all...Hell.

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