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For Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality #6)

For Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality #6)

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by Piers Anthony, Barbara Caruso (Narrated by)

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Parry was a gifted musician and an apprentice in the arts of White Magic. But his life of sweet promise went disastrously awry following the sudden, violent death of his beloved Jolie.

Led down the twisted path of wickedness and depravity by Lilah the harlot demoness, Parry thrived -- first as a sorceror, then as a monk, and finally as a feared inquisitor.

But it


Parry was a gifted musician and an apprentice in the arts of White Magic. But his life of sweet promise went disastrously awry following the sudden, violent death of his beloved Jolie.

Led down the twisted path of wickedness and depravity by Lilah the harlot demoness, Parry thrived -- first as a sorceror, then as a monk, and finally as a feared inquisitor.

But it wasn't until his mortal flame was extinguished that Parry found his true calling -- as the Incarnation of Evil. And, at the gates of Hell, he prepared to wage war on the master himself -- Lucifer, the dark lord -- with dominion over the infernal realms the ultimate prize!

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Fleeing persecution by the Church, a young sorcerer in medieval France seeks refuge among the Franciscans, dedicating his life to the triumph of good over evil until a strange twist of fate forces him to assume the role of his greatest enemy and take his place among the immortal Incarnations. In his most ambitious work yet, Anthony tackles sensitive moral issues with his customary high spirits. This latest in a popular series is recommended for fantasy collections. JC

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For Love of Evil

Book Six of Incarnations of Immortality
By Piers Anthony

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Piers Anthony
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0380752859

Chapter One


There was a knock at the door, so hesitant as to be almost inaudible. Parry opened it.

A girl stood without, huddled and childlike. Her flowing honey hair was bound back from her face by a fillet: a narrow band of cloth that circled her bare head. Her frightened eyes seemed enormous, the irises gray-green. "I am Jolie," she whispered, her hands making a tentative gesture toward her bosom.

She had come! Suddenly Parry's mouth felt dry. He had known she would, yet doubted. He had wanted her to, yet been afraid. Now the test was upon him.

"Please come in," he said, his voice sounding considerably more assured than he felt.

She gazed at him. Her face crumpled. "Oh, please, my lord, please let me go! I never did you harm, or even spoke ill of you! I never meant to give offense, and if I have, I apologize most abjectly! Please, please do not enchant me!" She put her face in her hands, sobbing.

Parry was taken aback. "I am not going to enchant you, Jolie!" he protested. "I have no grievance against you."

Those marvelous eyes peeked from between her fingers. "No?"

"None. I know you have done me no harm. I want only to -- " He found noappropriate word. "If you will come in, I will explain."

Her tears ceased, but not her fright. "The Sorcerer said I would not be hurt," she said somewhat defiantly.

"My father spoke truly," Parry said. "I mean only to talk with you. Please come in; it is warm inside."

She hesitated. A gust of wind tugged at her garment, and she shivered. It was evidently her best dress, but it was somewhat soiled linen, given shape only by the cord at her waist. It was inadequate protection against the chill of the fall evening. "You order me, lord?"

Parry grimaced. "I am no lord, Jolie. I am the Sorcerer's apprentice. I am hardly older than you. I cannot order you, nor would I if I could. I only want your company this night."

Her face crumpled again. "Oh, please, spare me this! To you it may be nothing, but to me it's my life!"

Parry had realized that there would be difficulty, but he had not properly appreciated its nature before. The girl believed that she was doomed if she set foot inside his house.

He could let her go. But that would mean the loss of what might be his sole opportunity, and failure in his first significant challenge. The Sorcerer had little sympathy for failure of any type.

"How can I persuade you that I mean you no harm?" he asked. "I swear to you that I will do nothing to you without your leave, and that I will not force that leave-giving."

"Will you swear by the Blessed Virgin Mary?" she asked disbelievingly. "I swear it by the Blessed Virgin Mary."

She watched him for some sign of disaster, but there was none. He had not been smitten for false swearing; therefore it must be safe. Still, her doubt loomed almost tangibly.

"Come in before you freeze," he urged. "I have a fire within."

That did it; her shivering was not entirely from fright. "Remember, you swore," she reminded him nervously.

"By the Virgin," he agreed.

She stepped in through the doorway, her eyes fixing on the fireplace within. There was indeed fire, radiating flickering heat. He had banked it so that it gave off little smoke and warmed the chamber without depleting the air; it was one of the arts the Sorcerer had taught him.

Jolie knelt before it, extending her hands to the warmth. Now the threadbare nature of her garment became evident; the light of the fire shone through, showing her thin arms, and there were holes. But she was oblivious; for the moment that warmth was all that she craved.

Parry closed and barred the door against the wind. It was of stout oak, and chinked around the edges, but some drafts still leaked through. He went quietly to his pantry, which was a niche to the side, separated by a dark linen curtain. He brought out a loaf of bread, a cup of butter, and a jar of blackberry jam. He set these on a tray and added a pitcher of goat milk and a knife and two mugs. He brought these to the main chamber and set them on the wooden table. "I have food," he said.

Jolie tore her rapt gaze from the fire and turned to him. For a moment her eyes met his; then she turned away without speaking.

"For you," he clarified, picking up the sharp knife.

She looked again -- and screamed. She lurched to her feet and ran for the door. She would have been out and away, but the bar balked her.

"No, wait!" Parry cried, dropping the knife and hurrying to join her. "I meant -- "

Perceiving herself trapped, Jolie turned on him a stricken countenance, then fainted.

He caught her as she fell. It was no ruse; her body slumped in rag-doll fashion. He had to transfer his hold from her shoulders to her midsection as she sagged. She was so light she seemed indeed like a doll; there was little flesh on her bones.

He tried to walk her to a stool, but couldn't make it work. Finally he picked her up and carried her. He eased her down by the fireplace, propping her against the warm hearth wall, then fetched pillows for comfort.

In a moment she recovered. Her eyes popped open, and she glanced about like a snared bird.

"You are safe, Jolie," Parry said quickly. "You swooned, but you are safe."

"The knife -- "

Then it burst upon him: the knife! He had been about to slice the bread, and she had thought he meant to use it on her. No wonder she had spooked!

"I gave my oath," he reminded her. "No harm to you."


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Meet the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series.

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For Love of Evil: Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book 6 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of Piers Anthony's books since highschool. I first started off with the Xanth series. 10 books through, my parents introduced me to the Incarnations of Immortality series, and I have to say it blew my socks off. The first two books of the series were great, and then it slowed down with Weilding a Red Sword, but then you get to this book. This book, the greatest installment in the series, delves deep into the mind of the evil one as you start from the begining... when he was mortal. I have read this book many times over, and will probably never get tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Piers Anthony's ever since my father gave me a couple of books about Xanth. Ever since then I have completely enjoyed reading more of his storylines than any other author. In my personal opinion 'The Incarnations of Immortality' series is the best he has written. I rarely ever read the first book of a series first. The problem with this is that usually it makes no sense out of order, but with this series all of the characters lives intertwine in some magical way only Piers Anthony could pull off. I understood every bit of every book and I started with Book 4. I have yet to read 'And Eternity', book 7, but I am deeply looking forward to having the pleasure of being pulled into the world that Piers Anthony has created. I would recommend this series to anyone.
Ckorgis More than 1 year ago
I love the Incarnations of Immortality books. I wish books 6 & 7 were available for nook
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Home library Parry was the adopted son to a very competent sorcerer. Even though he was not the sorcerer’s biological offspring he proved to have an aptitude for magic as well as having an uncommonly gifted singing voice. When his beloved wife Jolie and his father die in the Albigensian Crusade (precipitated by the mischief of Lucifer) he joins the Brotherhood to hide and plot his revenge against the Horned One. After thwarting a major plot of Lucifer’s a demoness is sent to corrupt Parry and corrupt him she does. In 1250, just as Parry’s ailing body was ready to give up, Lucifer appeared to claim his soul in person. However, Parry countered the spell Lucifer threw at him and with his dying breath he claimed the Office of Evil taking the name Satan. After reading the first five books in this series, much of the middle part of this story is recapped from the other books, but from Parry’s POV. Where Parry came from and how he obtained the Office of Evil and became an Incarnation is an interesting pathway that is new though. And what happened to him at the end of Being a Green Mother is revealed. The setup is now complete for the final book in the series and I can’t wait to get to it! Now, a few words on the story itself. There are a few inconsistencies and at times the writing is a bit simple, but the overall storyline is just as enthralling to me now as it was when I read it two decades ago. I love, love, love this series and I most especially love Parry/Satan. I mean, who doesn’t love a bad boy who isn’t all bad?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for the love of evil  so im not going to say that this is the best book in the series because i am just starting the seventh but but this  one was pretty good although you have to stay with is in till he becomes an incarnation and as soon as you pass that point you find your self wanting to stay with it just to see the kind of stuff he did from his point of view i found  really nice to find out why he wanted to go after orb in the first place for example and the farther explnation of the dreams he used to get her to fall for him all and all it is worth the read if you have started the series from the beginning if not then this book would be very boring and it would be hard to understand everything that go's on  in the plot  
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JRoldy More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. For those that have read the series leading up to this 5th book, you will absolutely appreciate Satan and see him on both sides of good and evil. I came to understand him and his character and actually I couldn't see a better fit for the role of Satan! I love how all of the characters evolve and develop in to their prospective roles as the Incarnations, and also how the characters intertwine. Although you are able to read a single book in this series without any difficulty in being lost, you appreciate the characters that much more if you start from the very beginning. I would definitely recommend this book and really, this is one in this series that I especially enjoyed!
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Wesker_Chick More than 1 year ago
If you've read the previous books than this one will start to show things in a different light. Parry, a human, becomes Satan. As the book moves through his life as Lord of Hell, many of the conflicts that occured in the previous books and his motivations behind them become clear. Surprisingly you find yourself ACTUALLY like Satan and even rooting for him to prevail! A must read for a fan of the series.
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