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Blue Adept (Apprentice Adept #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,318 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
In Book Two of the epic adventure that began in SPLIT INFINITY, Stile discovers life on Proton and Phaze is getting more difficult. On Proton he's a serf trying to prove his right to exist by competing in the Great Games. And on Phaze, where only magic worked, he was the Blue Adept trying to master the powers of sorcery. On both worlds, someone was trying to assassinate hi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 327 pages
Published August 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1981)
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James
Following Stile further as he continues the struggles from Split Infinity . Trying to complete a series of competitions to win his freedom in one world while trying to understand his new position and powers in the other. All while trying to avoid getting killed and working out who's trying to kill him. Phew!

While it doesn't really stand alone as a book, it's a good continuation of the series and keeps the intrigue and revelations coming.
Jeremy Preacher
It's not actually worse than Split Infinity, really - it actually moves faster, the stakes are higher, and the many brief Tourney scenes remain entertaining (if slightly irritating once you realize just how implausible Stile's ridiculous breadth and depth of skills is. Seriously, he had a full-time job and he's 35, yet he can run marathons, is a top-ranked martial artist, a serious musician, the best rider on the planet, a competitive gymnast, skilled swordsman, and he can use a sewing machine? ...more
David Sarkies
Oct 03, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dunno, Nobody I guess
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: sci-fi
The saga of the sex robot continues
1 March 2012

Hmm, as I glanced at some of the reviews I seemed to notice the suggestion that it really is not a stand alone book, but rather a direct continuation of book one (in the same way that the Two Towers is a direct continuation of Fellowship of the Ring) though that is hardly an issue considering the number of series out there that need to be read in order. Fortunately not all serial books are like that (such as The Dresden Files) but many are (in part
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Onefinemess
Nov 19, 2012 Onefinemess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
So.

I’m continuing on my trek through pulp fantasy I read as a kid – although I’m really not sure if I actually read these 3 books or not, I know I read books 4-7 of the series (I still owned them when I bought (or re-bought) these three). They definitely have that 70s/80s fantasy cover thing down though right? I don’t think the hero ever wears a chain mail skirt – yet there he is on the cover! The lady in red with the demon jumping out of an amulet is actually pretty accurate though.

The story it
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Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
I have loved the main character of Stile for decades. Boy, does that make me ever sound old . . . but it is true. I first read this series many years ago and it has remained one of my favorites. I quite enjoy the mix of Science Fiction and Fantasy, something you do not find very often.

As for Piers Anthony, he was my favorite author for a decade or so until the Xanth books became more and more silly and young reader oriented. But the Adept series stands on its own two feet and is a wonderful ser
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Devon
Jan 12, 2015 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure everyone has their favourite tropes that will almost guarantee them enjoying a book. One of mine is musician main characters, or magic systems that are based in music. I’m also pretty fond of tournaments and competitions like the Proton Game. That means this novel would have had to go very wrong for me not to like it.

And I do like it. There are problems – most notably the moments of random sexism (particularly the way our male POV character, Stile, objectifies the many women whose lives
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Michael
Jul 27, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults, Fantasy fans, Anthony fans
Recommended to Michael by: Seth Klein
In retrospect, it's amazing the amount of Piers Anthony I consumed in my teens. Looking at it now, I can't imagine actually finishing this book, but not only did I, I read the entire trilogy of which it is a part, in a single volume, over the course of a few weeks in Summer. This at a time when my teachers would assign me things I started and never finished. The fact of the matter is that I had more to learn from reading Anthony and his ilk; I wasn't ready to learn from the books they wanted me ...more
Blake Baguley
I made the mistake of coming back to read this book after reading the author's autobiography "Bio of an Ogre". It's plainer than daylight that Piers created Stile in his image - the height complex, the crook knees, the obsession with horses, the harmonica playing, the stifling sense of "honour" that makes him an always misunderstood moral giant among mere mortals... When you realise how much the author is projecting, the whole thing invites a lot of cringing. The main crux of the book (and a lot ...more
Joey V.
Jun 29, 2013 Joey V. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, 2013
So there will be spoilers, but I don't really care. If anything I say makes you feel that you wouldn't want to read this, then good for you. The book really isn't good enough for me to concern myself with such things. Still reading? You were warned fair and square.

So. Stile rapes his way through yet another book. In the first, he declares that he has raped Sheen by forcing her to reveal information that she wanted kept secret. Not exactly what I would call rape, but that's how he defined it, so
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Jennifer Kyrnin
I read this book back when it came out in 1981. And I picked it up again because it was a library book (via Overdrive) that was available now. Of course, I'd forgotten that it was book 2 in the series! :-)

But it was still a lot of fun to read. Anthony writes an interesting story with the two worlds of science and magic. And the Game on the science side is really interesting too.

Technically, this book was annoying to read, with typos that looked like OCR errors on _every_ page (not an exaggerati
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Thomas
When I was 13, I read a lot of Piers Anthony, and when I say “a lot,” I mean a lot. The guy was pretty much all I read, from the Xanth series to the Incarnations of Immortality series, and even the Battle Circle and Bio of a Space Tyrant series, but my favorite of his books from that time would have to be the Apprentice Adept series. I read them again in my late 20s and thought they held up pretty well, so when I got on a bit of a nostalgia kick recently, I thought I’d give these another go, jus ...more
Jim Razinha
Not really "guilty pleasures", there are two authors whose styles annoy me, but that I still enjoy reading despite the consistent and pervasive annoyances. One is Clive Cussler, and the other is Piers Anthony. As noted elsewhere, Anthony can be quite imaginative. And he invariably writes as a pre-teen, with liberal pepperig of grade school bawdy humor. This book is as most middle books ina trilogy (originally...), largely a filler. But still fun.
Purlewe
Aug 26, 2013 Purlewe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy
WHOA. OK I am re-reading these as a way to enjoy those great days of my youth when I first discovered sci-fi/ fantasy. And I am going to admit right now. I remember when I read the first 3 books of this series, but this second reading... I can't remember these at ALL. And frankly I am a little disgusted at myself for reading them back then. I don't remember the misogyny. I don't remember the ladies man bullsh*t. I don't remember the ridiculous scenarios.. And I certainly don't remember the most ...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
Jul 21, 2013 Jeanne Boyarsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Misty Davies
Dec 29, 2015 Misty Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread this book (and the rest of the trilogy) recently. I remembered enjoying this when I read it as an adolescent.

I just re-read 'A Spell for Chameleon' (the first of the Xanth series) as well, and found it lackluster relative to my childhood enjoyment. With adult eyes, some of Piers Anthony's treatment 0f gender detracts from the story.

Overall, I still enjoy this series. This series suffers less from the gender problem, and the female characters are rich and varied -- just as full of heroism
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Joran
May 05, 2014 Joran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a reasonably good follow up to the first book, direct continuation from where the first left off. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the story was broken up over the 3 books of this "first" trilogy, as the end of the first books maing story line subject finished in the first 20% of this second book. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and recommend these books most highly to my friends.
Amber
Dec 16, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I have to say, the sequel to Split Infinity was not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. There was a lot happening in this book and I think that it would have been better if the book had been longer. It just felt like a lot of information crammed into 300 pages. The ending seemed really rushed, and personally I think it could have ended better. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next one.
Chelsi
Aug 17, 2015 Chelsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The ending of this one was a little abrupt for me. I wasn't sure if he'd fulfilled his oath of vengeance or not.
However, I do still enjoy the story and the alternate worlds. I liked the frame jumping during the battle between Stile and his foe.
wesley alton fisher
Good book.

As far as Piers Anthony books go,this is one of the best.Not nearly as simplistic as most of his work.I can't give it 5 stars because he is no Robert Jordan,but still 4 stars is more than I would give most authors.
Christian Crowley
Not as good as the first or third installments of the trilogy; the end especially got a bit silly. One gripe here is that all of his characters tend to have the same "voice" even when they're disguised with various masks of age, race, origin, class, origin, etc.

This series appeals to and helped shape my aesthetic sensibilities, in the way Piers Anthony creates a universe with certain rules and limitations, and explores one facet of it at a time. Typical of this author, the series develops in a w
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Ien Cheng
Nov 08, 2014 Ien Cheng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read as a teenager, read again in recent years. Will likely read it yet again. The idea of The Game contained in the early pages is haunting and brilliant.
Debra Meyer
Feb 25, 2016 Debra Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yea gets more 17 yr old nerdy guy kind of writing but its still a good book and the narrator is pretty good but still doesn't do that old english very well
Brice De Witt
Feb 04, 2016 Brice De Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this one right after the first book, finished this one in about 4 hours too. Piers Anthony really knows how to entertain with literature.
Jeanna
Feb 04, 2015 Jeanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was my second time reading this book, but it had been probably 5+ years since my original time through. I really love the author, especially his Xanth series which I had started just prior to tackling the Apprentice Adept one. I only got through the first 3 books before I stopped, and which my 2015 Resolution to "Finish What I Started" I want to finally tackle the series.
Emily
Jul 15, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stile is becoming adroit at passing between the parallel worlds of Phaze and Proton. In Proton he must continue in the tournament to earn his citizenship, engaging in several interesting Games. In Phaze, he continues to track down the killer of his Other Self, whose place he is rapidly assuming. Perils abound in both worlds and the action never wanes. Stile is constantly in danger, which keeps the novel quite suspenseful and quickly paced. Both worlds are fascinating and filled with wonders and ...more
Haydensdad
Feb 16, 2012 Haydensdad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Not as good as the first in the series but still entertaining. Both books are very similar in plot and could probably have been a single volume rather than two. Stile is transitioning between Phase & Proton in the search of his alternate selfs' killer and collecting a retinue of magical creatures as well as self aware machines to help him in his quest. As the story unfolds the connections between Phase & Proton becomes a little more clear and the killers identity is revealed somewhat.
Wi
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Holly
Aug 12, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A bit better than the first book, but I was still not impressed. I was lost and confused and just couldn't follow the story line.
Carol
Feb 21, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-collection
One thing I really have to say about this one is how abruptly it ended. The climax of the book was all the way up until that last sentence. I felt like it ended on an odd note, but was entertaining otherwise. The books that I have read by him have always made me think deeply about the plot, since he analyzes everything about a certain scene.
Derek Mcknight
Mar 25, 2015 Derek Mcknight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Loved it
Annette
Sep 20, 2007 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
Shelves: fantasy
I strongly encourage this be read as the entire series. The last books go in a very different direction than the first few.

At first, this seems a rather typical fantasy type book. Toward the end, well, the comparison to our own world is inevitable and powerful.

Why can't we all just get along?

I'm giving the series a rating of 4. Some of the books in the series are better than others. As a whole, I think it's worthy of a 4.
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

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Other Books in the Series

Apprentice Adept (7 books)
  • Split Infinity  (Apprentice Adept #1)
  • Juxtaposition (Apprentice Adept #3)
  • Out of Phaze (Apprentice Adept #4)
  • Robot Adept (Apprentice Adept #5)
  • Unicorn Point (Apprentice Adept #6)
  • Phaze Doubt (Apprentice Adept #7)

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