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Under a Velvet Cloak (Incarnations of Immortality #8)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good read; however not recommended for less than mature audiences

While a very good read, I feel that this book is only safe for mature audiences, as this work shows just how dirty Piers Anthony can write. This is a stunning conclusion to the Incarnations of Immortality series, as Piers Anthony wraps up the last remaining loose end f...
While a very good read, I feel that this book is only safe for mature audiences, as this work shows just how dirty Piers Anthony can write. This is a stunning conclusion to the Incarnations of Immortality series, as Piers Anthony wraps up the last remaining loose end from the previous seven books, Nox. I will not go into a synapsys of the book itself, and limit my commentary to the review while trying not to give the story away.

The first part of this story that really struck me is that I feel this book revolves way too much around the bedroom. It is my opinion that the amount of these scenes in the book could potentially detract from the storyline. When dealing with the Incarnation of Night they are to be expected to an extent, however this started early and often, and it felt like there was not a chapter with one of these scenes in it.

Aside from these scenes, I found the book very easily pulling me in with various hooks to keep my interest. Every time I would try to set the book down to do something else, I would invariably try to get back to the book as quickly as possible to see what happened next. Piers Anthony definitely showed his skill with word crafting to keep the reader hooked into the book.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to any and all Piers Anthony fans, as it's no worse than many of his other works, and I would especially recommend it those who have read the rest of the Incarnations of Immortality series. To those new to this series; however, I would strongly recommend starting with On A Pale Horse and working their way through the series before reading this book, as it would otherwise be a very big spoiler on the rest of the series.

posted by KazeKitsune on April 20, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Should have quit while he was ahead

I loved the original series, so I was looking forward to this. What a disappointment. In 233 pages there is perhaps 20 pages of actual story, the rest is just a string of poorly written sex scenes. The shallow sexuality fails to distract from the fact that the charac...
I loved the original series, so I was looking forward to this. What a disappointment. In 233 pages there is perhaps 20 pages of actual story, the rest is just a string of poorly written sex scenes. The shallow sexuality fails to distract from the fact that the character development is missing and the storyline is recycled and not very interesting. Its a shame. This last book feels like an anchor on a series that was better off left alone.

posted by KHibbard on October 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Should have quit while he was ahead

    I loved the original series, so I was looking forward to this. What a disappointment. In 233 pages there is perhaps 20 pages of actual story, the rest is just a string of poorly written sex scenes. The shallow sexuality fails to distract from the fact that the character development is missing and the storyline is recycled and not very interesting. Its a shame. This last book feels like an anchor on a series that was better off left alone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Terrible ending to the series. It is written to cram as many sex

    Terrible ending to the series. It is written to cram as many sex scenes in the book as physically possible. There is so much sex that characters have normal conversations WHILE having sex.
    I loved the previous 7 books! Just stop at book 7...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

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    terrible!

    This book is terrible! It's book eight in the Incarnations of Immortality series and hopefully the last. It's definitely the last for me! I loved the first book in the series, On a Pale Horse, but then the books went downhill from there. In Under a Velvet Cloak, the author is entirely too preoccupied with sex. Sure, sex can be good in a story but not when it's in every other paragraph (unless the story is written as erotica of course). It's distracting and detracts from the story line, what little there is of one. And it's not even good sex. It's laughable how corny his descriptions are! And then there is the matter of one of the "good" guys who likes having sex with little boys between the ages of six and eight. How can Piers Anthony write in this character as a hero? He should have been the villain in my opinion. Do yourself a favor and read the first book in the series and stop there.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Don't bother.

    This was a lame ending to the series. I'm beginning to wonder if the author himself has a desire for sexual relations with underage girls. It began with And Eternity and continues (albeit poorly written) in this book. Obviously, there is a connection between the office and sex, but the episodes in the book were far to frequent and seemed like they were written by a horny 8th grader. I actually found this book diificult to read because of the sheer number of these horrible scenes.

    Unfortunately, if he had taken out the sex scenes, the thin recycled plot could have been published as a pamphlet. Hopefully, not a lot of paper was used on physical copies of this book. It would be a crime to waste recources on this "novel".

    If I could, I would ask the author for a refund and compensation for time lost while reading it. I doubt they would compensate me for pain and suffering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    WORST story by Piers to date

    So disappointing. This was the absolute worst story I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Terrible Terrible Terrible - I want a refund!

    This book is awful...I cannot even begin to describe how bad it was. Stay away from this turd of a book and spend your money on some fantasy that is actually entertaining.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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