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The deadly struggle between good and evil continues in With a Tangled Skein. In this spellbinding novel, Piers Anthony combines a penetrating look at the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of love and loyalty.

When the man Niobe loves is shot, she wants revenge. Her only chance is to accept a challenge to solve a maze of riddles devised by Satan himself. But Niobe's strength is her beauty, not her intelligence, and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. Can she outwit Satan at his own game, or has her failure already been woven into the very Tapestry of Fate?

George Guidall's enthralling narration captures the essence of Anthony's rich characters and timeless story. Ingenious, ambitious, and hauntingly philosophical, With a Tangled Skein is Piers Anthony at his best.

Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
©1985 Piers Anthony Jacob; (P)1996 Recorded Books

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 02-11-14

Not as good as the first two.

This is the third book in this series. It is still more about problem solving than character development. The story in this one wasn't as tight as the previous two novels. I do like how one novel inter-relates with the previous ones. The nararator, much lke the novel is ok but nothing spectacular.

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A little backstory.

Skein begins many years before the events of On a Pale Horse. As the story opens, Niobe, a headstrong and proud young Irish woman is betrothed to a boy five years her junior and none too pleased about it. But as her father points out, the marriage to Cedric Kaftan will benefit the family. The marriage proceeds and, as time passes, Niobe discovers that Cedric, despite seeming little more than a backwoods bumpkin, is a decent and hardworking young man with the astonishing ability to conjure an invisible but otherworldly musical accompaniment anytime he sings a song. Niobe gradually grows to love Cedric, who soon begins to share her own passion for protecting wetlands and decides to study to become a magician in order to further that goal. In time the couple welcome their son, Cedric Junior, into the world. Not long after, however, the outside world intrudes on their happiness when plans are made to drain the wetlands and build a housing development. While fighting alongside the other residents to halt this project, Cedric is unexpectedly shot to death, prompting Niobe to seek the aid of the Incarnations to try to save him. She soon learns, however, that Cedric's death had less to do with his attempts to halt development of the wetlands than with Niobe herself. She in fact was the intended target of the bullet, a fact which reminds Niobe of disturbing visions she would have when she and Cedric made love. Niobe learns that she is destined to foil Satan, Incarnation of Evil, and it was for that reason that he tried to have her killed. Cedric, it transpired, somehow learned of this and resolved to switch places with Niobe. With that knowledge, Niobe readily accepts the Incarnations' invitation for her to become one of the three aspects of Fate, resolving not to allow Cedric to have died in vain.
All in all this is an excellent read and it explains the origins of some characters and events mentioned in On a Pale Horse and Bearing an Hourglass. George Gidall as usual does a fine job with the narration. Recorded Books, I've noticed, generally tends to pick excellent narrators for the titles they put their hands to.

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love

love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love the series, the story and the creator.

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Excellent

Eager for the next one in the series. They keep getting better and better as I keep progressing through the series.

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  • Jennifer
  • Mankato, Minnesota, USA
  • 02-09-17

Awesome to listen to!

I've read the story before loved it. I found it I loved it even more with it being read to me. I found the narrator to be very good and expressing emotions with the sound of his words. I could tell when he was trying to smile laugh or cry for the characters that he was protrain at the time. The interesting part was the anguish that came across in the troubles that the characters went through expecially Naomi. I have found Piers Anthony to be a wonderful writer and in this format his writing becomes more alive.

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"With a Tangled Skein" ©

A wonderful book by one of the best writers of "Fantasy novels". This book is a continuing Series of the other side.

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Fate - Book 3 of the Incarnation series

By this book, the other 3 have brought on some very inter connected story lines that seem to become more clear by this point. Fate is interwoven within all elements of the tapestry of life.. Never underestimate what fate can accomplish.

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  • Robert
  • New Brighton, MN
  • 06-04-11

Good book, audio quality is lacking.

I'm listening to all of the Piers Anthony books that I read decades ago. Since I'm doing them back to back the audio quality on this book really struck me as soon as it started. The audio is clear, but doesn't have the range of the other books I've listened to in the series so far. The narrator does a great job and the material is good, but I have been distracted by the audio quality.

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piers Anthony's best series

If you could sum up With a Tangled Skein in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, entertaining, enthralling.

What other book might you compare With a Tangled Skein to and why?

The entire series is amazing. Before the matrix, there was the incarnations of immortality.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Always entertaining. Amazing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I chuckled often.

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  • Will
  • ARLINGTON, TX, United States
  • 04-14-11

Empire Strikes Back

The 3rd book in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series is (for me) is like the "Empire Strikes Back" in the Star Wars movies. It's the middle volume, and other series sometimes fail when it comes to the middle. Not this one! It's a great book, and George Guidall does a fantastic job as narrator.
After "On A Pale Horse", this one is the best of the series. It's a nicely woven story that ties in all of the current Incarnations, and it leaves you wanting to read the rest of the series all the more. I love the way Piers, ties in all the vastly different Incarnations, and there functions. A story of this size, (encompassing all of Time & Space basically) can become very difficult to comprehend, but Piers makes it easy to understand. He has a great way of taking huge concepts, and explaining them (in the context of the series) in layman terms. If I were to list them in order of my favorites, this volume comes in 2nd, after "On A Pale Horse".

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