Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality #4)

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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....

Wielding a Red Sword continues Piers Anthony's most ambitious series to ...

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Overview

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....

Wielding a Red Sword continues Piers Anthony's most ambitious series to date--Incarnations of Immortality. Mym was a dutiful son, but his father interfered in his love life too often. Rather than wed without love, Mym takes up the Red Sword.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth book in Anthony's popular Incarnations of Immortality series describes the recruitment of an Indian prince to become the latest Incarnation of Warserving alongside Death, Time, Nature and others. Mym reluctantly accepts the office as a way to cut through the tangled political web that has produced famine in his homeland and trampled on his private life. As hard as Mym works to keep earthly peace, however, Satan is ahead of him with snares and lures that lead to hell. Anthony's setting of a world where both science and magic work was charming in previous volumes but becomes troublesome here: demons coexist with biological warfare; two teardrops from an Incarnation are all it takes to end one aspect of the conflict in Ireland. In fact, most of this weak entry in the series is concerned with finding a proper mate for the hapless Mym. As before, though, the liveliest part of the book is the author's note, a 30-page open letter to his fans in which Anthony feels free to be cantankerous, boastful, whimsical and self-revealing. Major ad/promo.(October 15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345322210
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Series: Incarnations of Immortality Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 170,834
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    rapture

    this book was ok but not as good as the others. it started out great but then it got to rapture and by the time i got half way with her i just wanted to strangle her. how can someone be so dependent. thank god she's out of mym's life by half way thru the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Wielding A Red Sword (review)

    Through the whole book Piers Anthony keeps readers at the edge of their seats with suspense and descriptive details in the book Wielding A Red Sword. This story is set in an exciting fictitcious world full of excitement, danger, and love. The book is set back in the 16th or 17th century witch sets up a vast array of things that happened and the ways of life back then. Wielding A Red Sword is a story full of plot twists and exciting conflicts that the main character Mym encounters. The first main conflict that Mym encounters in this book full of adventures is that he is faced with a horrible speech impediment. This speech impediment causes Mym in the book to be faced with challenges in speaking and social problems. During the book Mym is in danger as well as love often at the same time. Because, of this horrible speech impairment Mym joins the circus to run away from his rich and powerful father who¿s name was King Jurat. In the beginning the only real f\place that Mym can call home is the circus and he really and truly feels as if he is part of a ¿family¿ for the first time in his life. While working for this circus Mym meets a beautiful lady named Orb. They fall in deep love but soon they get ripped apart by Mym¿s family. Now to find her he must search far and wide all across this world full of adventures to find his true love. In my opinion this book is very well written. It has great descriptive details at times but then at other times it seems as if they sum things up to quickly and you have to read it several times to understand what they are talking about. Now for the characters, Mym is a very well written young man of the age from 20-30 years old and has great personality and very easy to understand. Now for the realistic part of the book it seems that most of the conflicts are very reasonable and are realistic but for some parts of the book during war and during some scenes during the circus many things seem very outrageous and very unrealistic. Such things as women being devoured by monsters and getting coughed back up by them is very unrealistic in my opinion and the book could have gone without these things. But on the other hand it gives this book an edge over some other books of this sort because they do not have this creativity that Piers Anthony has in his books. I think that if you like books with war and love as well as many different plots going on at the same time you would like the book Wielding A Red Sword. I recommend this book strongly if you have an open mind for creative literature. If you decide to read this book I hope you enjoy it and happy reading.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    War...what is it good for? Mym is a Prince who stutters. Since

    War...what is it good for?

    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.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    How Neccessary is War?

    That is what truely defins this book, is war a neccissary part of life? Featuring a very dynamic lead character, Mym, it becomes apparent that he is somewhat torn about the concept of war. In life he strove to end it, now he is in charge of it. Of course Satan, makes an appearence. This book is a favorite in the series for me, second only to "On A Pale Horse".

    I highly...HIGHLY...reccommend reading the three precceding books, however, as many characters make a reapperence.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    book number four...

    Wielding a Red Sword is the fourth installment in the Incarnations of Immortality series. It centers around Mars, the incarnation of War. The setup is similar to the other books in the series in that the plot leads up to the final engagement between Mars and Satan....a showdown of sorts. The thing about these books is that they feel thrown together. It reads like Anthony made the story up as he went along, and that's fine except that the story has the feel of a rough draft. It was interesting in parts though and a quick read. The first book in the series, On a Pale Horse, is by far the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Another Great One By Piers Anthony

    I think this is another great book and that starfallengoddess was wrong in saying that piers did a bad job by including rapture. that was how the oriental people LIVED so deal with it!! we're occidental but if you had grown up oriental then you would be depoendant too(if you are female).

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