I don't read much fantasy but this was on sale so I thought I'd try Piers Anthony, knowing he's been around for 2 or 3 decades. I wasn't prepared for an alternate 20th century earth that is much like our own in everyday details but one where science and magic play equal roles, Satan competes with God for souls, ghosts and demons are prominent, and the lead character is not Death itself but someone who holds "the office of Death."
On the positive side, the suspenseful story is cleverly written and fast paced, and there are glimmers of humor and double meaning scattered throughout that keep the story from becoming too grim. Although I was tempted to quit several times, because this is not the kind of fantasy I enjoy, the entertaining writing style was enough to keep me engaged to the end.
On the negative side, the story seemed to me to become both more dreary and more outrageous as it approached the climax and I found myself glad when it was finished. But that may just be my own taste and limited exposure to fantasy. So, in deference to more devoted fantasy fans than I and to the well-established Piers Anthony, I'm giving it four stars, largely because I enjoyed very much the way he told the story.
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