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Being a Green Mother (Incarnations of Immortality #5)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  13,787 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Orb plays magic in her harp, but seeks Llano, the song that controls Life. Natasha is handsome, charming, teaches her more spell tunes, but is he Satan? Her mother Niobe, Fate, warns of a prophecy she will marry Satan, and offers her the job of Nature. Author's Note 12-pg, bio 1-pg.
Paperback, LCC 8747742, 314 pages
Published October 1988 by Random House Ballantine Del Rey (first published October 1st 1987)
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I am quite delighted that this did not remain the last in this series as was originally intended. The ending is too abrupt, too crazy to be the ending of this whole story!
That being said, I felt like this whole book was sort of crammed together. A ton of stuff happened, but it felt rather formulaic and crowded until about page 235, right around when the actual Immortality-ness kicked in. THEN it got super interesting. Not to say it wasn't interesting before--all kinds of question get answered, l
An Odd1
Quest. World faces doom. (view spoiler)
Prophecy says Orb will marry Satan. (view spoiler)

First time through series, heroes (men and women) seemed to stretch pre-ordained parameters of roles, grow into best they could be. Death and War were seen in new, surprising, positive lights. On re-read some decades later, maybe dated, maybe worst forgotten, but cannot continue
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Orb Kaftan is born into a special family. Her father can make magical music and her mother was once an aspect of Fate. Her half-brother is a powerful magician and her niece can see auras and paint them. Orb herself has an incredible amount of music magic. As she grows her talent grows with her and when she becomes an adult she sets out to find the ultimate music of all, the Llano. Traveling all over Europe to various gypsy camps, she seeks the elusive music. In India she falls in love, but he’s ...more
Nyssa Walsh
Another female character, and I loved it! This whole series has been amazing, and Green Mother did not let me down! She had a particularly strange life story leading up to her transformation. In fact, I feel like Pale Horse was the most grounded, and each story got more magical and less tied to reality.

When I first picked up this book there was a spoiler in the very first sentence of the review, so I'm not going to say anything about the plot; if you've been paying attention it all seems to mak
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Fifth in a series. In the previous Incarnations books, the first chapter or two dealt with the mortal character, and how they transitioned into being an immortal incarnation. Here, the first 90% of the book focused on the moral character. I liked that part of it ... in theory. In practice, I found the whole thing to be too fantastical for even a fantasy novel. The main character, Orb–whose mother is an Incarnation of Fate and who herself becomes an Incarnation of Nature/Mother Earth–has magic mu ...more

This is about Orb, Luna's aunt (raised sister), who falls in love with Mym and has had dreams about the future her father was forewarned about.

Orb travels, searching for the Llano. She carries the magic of music, just like her father. Through her journeys, she meets with various Gypsies, teaching some and learning their overall language. She finds a passion for helping others, including Mym with his stutter. I feel that I learn a bit of history too - although, with this being a fantastical/alter
Jeffrey House
Now this one was good a twist in the fact that most of it contains her learning things and a great amount of all the prior books listed into it while still being its own story, if you had not read the other books in some sense it could ruin parts of the earlier books but on the other hand who would read out of order?

What if death, time, fate, war, nature, evil and good were not mere concepts but offices held by actual people, like any other occupation?

Orb knew there was something special, something otherworldly, about her musical ability. When singing and playing her harp, she senses a gathering of power she can never quite grasp fully, but dedicates her life in search of the llano, the true song of nature. Her quest leads her around the world, finding and losing love, and ultimately she assumes the role of
Don LaFountaine
Book 5 of The Incarnations of Immortality series is about Orb. As she searches for the Llano, she becomes closer and closer to assuming the Office of Mother Nature. Though a prophecy says she may marry evil, she is saved by Natasha, whom she falls in love with. A great thing about this book is that the Incarnations really become tied to one another. Things that have already been read about are seen from a different perspective, and there are even a couple of surprises in store for the reader. A ...more
I'd say it ties with On a Pale Horse for my favorite from the first (original) five of this series. The protagonist goes the longest before becoming her respective incarnation, as compared to the other four, and the climatic confrontation with Satan is already well underway by then. While it starts a little slowly, and has a good deal of overlap with Wielding a Red Sword, Anthony does a nice job developing Satan and making him a more complex enemy. It would have been better to have separated thi ...more
Piers Anthony's Being a Green Mother is the fifth book in his Incarnations of Immortality series. It starts out well. Orb Kaftan is on the search for the song behind the magic of the universe, also called the Llano. Along the way she meets gypsies, joins a circus, and later fronts a headlining band. At the forefront of her mind is a prophecy told to her in childhood, that she would one day marry Satan. And then Anthony has to ruin it with his usual “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” sermo ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 01, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody in particular
Recommended to David by: A friend
Shelves: fantasy
The incarnation of Nature
10 January 2012

I am not really sure of how many of these books that I have read, but I believe that I read them during my wasted years and therefore will assume that I have read up to number seven (there is an eighth, but that was published in 2000, long after I have moved on from Piers Anthony). The incarnation at the centre of this book is Nature, or Gaia (which is a Greek word that, well, means nature, though the translation that I understand it as being is sort of E
Being a Green Mother was intended to be the final book in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. It focuses on Orb who is the granddaughter of Niobe, the Aspect of Fate. Back in With a Tangled Skein, Niobe recieved a prediction that one of her offspring would marry Death and the other, Evil. Since, as we all know, Luna married Death, Niobe is the one to marry none other than Satan.

Being a Green Mother, like the rest of the series, is a very exciting book based on magic and romance.
I enjoyed Being A Green Mother more than the previous book, but did find myself getting a little bored again.

I really enjoyed going back and seeing things from Orb's point of view, and part of the plot did manage to shock me a little.

I feel that the middle of the book could have been condensed down, but on the other hand, some of the chapters seemed in a rush.

The main action happens in the last couple of chapters, which kind of spoils it, however it does have a good ending - not what I expecte
This follows Orb, the daughter of Fate (yes her) and while I enjoyed her fiery spirit and some of her adventures along the way, it took until the last 3 Chapters until she starts meeting any of the Incarnations and becoming the Green Mother. So I think the title is misleading. It should be: Becoming a Green Mother, rather than BEING a Green mother, because she actually spends very little time BEING a Green Mother... and when she does become nature, Chaos ensues... LITERALLY! And what she must do ...more
Elizabeth Rose
While this book is an improvement in that it is the first book of this series to break the formula created in the first, it is still rife with racist stereotypes (this time of Romani people) and horribly written female characters. Also, the huge 'reveal' at the end is not even surprising at all- its just as predictable and formulaic as the rest of this series. Its around this book that I lose most of my hope in this series as a whole, and at this time I will not be finishing the last two as read ...more
I was really disappointed by this book and felt that it was an inferior conclusion to a series that I enjoyed so much. Some of this may be due to the fact that I actually read this one versus listening to the excellent audiobook narration, but all in all I found Orb to be an annoying character, and made myself finish only to find out what would happen in her standoff with Satan (which was quite a surprise, I will say!).
Heather McKeon
The final book in the Incarnations of Immortality series that I have been listening to in the car. And I have to say that I remember liking this story more the 1st time I read it. Then again I did read it when I was in high school. I remember liking the whole series more than I did on re-reading them. But with this one I was just ready to get to the end and have the series done with. I think if I had been reading them instead of listening to them, I would never have finished the series this time ...more
Being a Green Mother has the distinct honor of being the worst of the five Incarnations of Immortality Books thus far. In the fifth book, Piers Anthony tackles the incarnation of Nature, the supposed most powerful of the earthly incarnations. However, I take issue with several points in this book: (1) Orb Kaftan begins manipulating the powers of nature well before she takes office. In previous stories, the Incarnations have stepped in to correct the situation when this occurs and (2) 98% of the ...more
Kristine (fezabel)
This is the only review I will write for the entire Incarnations of Immortality series because the review will be about the same for each book.
The series is uneven most of the time, with philosophy thrown in with annoyingly cute humor and cliches. This book is the worst of the lot. It goes on and on about this quest, following the exact same formula as in all the other books. The only thing that changes is the point of view depending on what character is highlighted.

It's boring. It's a waste o
Adam Paris
My least favorite book of the series so far. The main character annoyed me to no end and I don't know how she didn't see that coming(no spoilers). I got through the book because I know the next one in the series is one of the best.
Jun 23, 2012 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I have read some reviews that have said this book was to be the last in the series, an I can understand that because Anthony does a superb job of tying everything together from the previous four novels. But I also know there are three more books I can't wait to read!

This book is much like the others--where it follows the process of a new incarnation taking office, however, it differs in that the new Green Mother doesn't take her office until the last hundred or so pages. The majority of the book
Saying I loved this book would be going way too far, but it was so different from the other books of the series that I found myself really, really liking it. I am very curious what will happen in the next book.
I was hoping that since this book combines basically my two biggest passions (music and nature), it would be my favourite one. I was certainly expecting it to be, but I was very disappointed in this. Nature is supposed to be the most powerful of the Incarnations (except of course for Satan and God) but that wasn't too apparent. Very little of the book had to do with what the Nature Incarnation actually does. The whole book is bland without much character, and even the handsome man who makes her ...more
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Our first brush with Gaia, and the woman who plays her. How she is related to Death and how they effect the earth in the long term.
Melody Wingfield
(Pun at least partially intended) I resonated with this book. I love the idea of music being the shaping force of Nature, of everything having a song. It's like the "true naming" of fairies or spirits, but deeper. Not only knowing a thing's name, but its song -- how it expresses itself and contributes to the larger symphony of life. The character development and plot weaving in the other books continues here. I was sad when I thought this was the last book. I was glad there were two more to come ...more
Mark Palmer
For me, this was the end of the series. this was a tough one to get through.
Delicious Strawberry
I picked up this book at the library at my highschool (having since graduated) I was not aware that it was part of a series, it had simply caught my interest so I picked it up and checked out. I was a bit confused, since it was the fifth in a series, but the story still reads very well on its own, and after I read more Incarnations books, the stories made sense, especially since right after this, I picked up With a Tangled Skein, and it helped me to better understand the relationships between Or ...more
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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

Incarnations of Immortality (8 books)
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  • Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, #2)
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  • Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality, #4)
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