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On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality, Bk. 1)

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A book by Piers Anthony

When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan's plot. … see full wiki

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Author: Piers Anthony
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
1 review about On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality,...

An absolutely fascinating concept. . .

  • Oct 19, 2001
. . .is portrayed in this book.

Piers Anthony, beloved author of the tremendously popular "Xanth" novels, does something entirely different in this series.

What if, just what if, magic was recognized and quantified as one of the forces of nature?

What if, Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, etc. could be identified as particular people set aside for (temporary) immortality to fulfull the necessary tasks the world needs to function?

With these sorts of questions, this series "Incarnations of Immortality" begins. And this first volume "On a Pale Horse", dealing with the character of Death, is arguably the best in the series.

Below the surface of a brilliantly conceived fantasy novel, Anthony asks serious questions about good, evil, heaven, hell, and the role free-will plays in our lives. He does not, however, provide answers. The depiction of this fantasy universe is seemingly dualistic in nature. Will good win?

Believe it or not, this novel should be required reading in seminary -- because every minister, regardless of denomination, will be faced with trying to provide reasonable answers to difficult questions. Again, while this novel (and those that follow) do NOT provide the answers, they nevertheless frame the questions in unique manners. The reader will certainly gain a new perspective.

Highly recommended.

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