With a Tangled Skein

Incarnations of Immortality, Book Three
Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Incarnations of Immortality, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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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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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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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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What happened?

The first book of this series was so good. This book was a rambling, repetitive disaster. I can’t believe I spent my monthly credit on it. Please do not waste you money or time on it. I do have to say the narrator gave a good performance.

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Another great book by this author

Loved the book!
favorite moment is a huge spoiler so I wont say.
I was told not to get attached to the narrator, but he was decent.

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Excellent!

Just as spellbinding as the first two, I'm eager to continue the series. Already having all but the last book purchased and awaiting completion I've been more captivated by this series than I have by many books over my short years.

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Great narrator, somewhat unfulfilling story

I LOVE George Guidall. I'll listen to anything he narrates. The story was interesting, however I felt like it ended abruptly and left some things unfinished. That being said, I do love how each book in this series builds on the previous books and fills in the gaps. I know that's basically how a series is supposed to go, but I find that many series merely mention aspects of previous books to catch up the readers that didn't listen to all of them. With this series, each subsequent book resolves questions or confusion I had in the previous stories. My favorite is still book 1 in this series.

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good review

Excellent story as usual, engaging and poignant.
The characters are believable and inspiring. Love the series.

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It's a good book

I liked the book overall. Some of the parts were rather boring. However, this is not a action novel. The book fits well in the series and that is what makes it work.

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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.