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Being a Green Mother (Incarnations of Immortality #5)

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To Marry Satan! Orb brought her harp and propped the music against a tree before her. She began to play it, and the song took her, its magic manifesting. There was power...
281 pages
Published October 1987 by Ballantine Books
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An Odd1
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Matt Guion
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
I've read this book a few times over the years, and I'll state the same thing at the beginning of reviewing all the I of I books: this is a re-read, and the first time reviewing the books. I'm reviewing all of the books after I finished re-reading the entire series, which I don't normally do & didn't do deliberately this time, either...

So Orb is my favorite character in the series, so naturally I enjoy this book, though it isn't my favorite out of the series. Orb is beautiful - though not as
My first introduction to Piers Anthony--I'm wondering what the fuss is about? I liked it well enough to finish is and to read another in the series. But I don't like his portrayal of female characters as overly emotional, none too bright and easily leaving their children behind with people they don't know very well. You'd think a man with daughters would have a higher opinion of the feminine gender.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially, this fifth book was meant to be the last of the Incarnations of Immortality series. Piers Anthony lets his imagination flow a bit more freely in Being a Green Mother. Most of the loose ends are tied up fairly well and the Kaftan family tree is filled out. The book is much less formulaic than the previous four. The story is not so much about adjusting to the immortal office of Nature as much as the process of assuming it.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't get through this one....if you're a fan go for it.

I read the incarnation of Death book first, and really felt they faded with each book after. So it goes sometimes. For Anthony fans I assume you will like this, but as I said, I just couldn't get into it at all.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series, but this book I just didn't like. Not because of the writing or anything, but because I just felt the main character never got a break.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Nyssa Walsh
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeffrey House
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeffrey
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?

Adam Duclos
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the quickest read of the series so far. In it we follow Orb, the daughter of Niobe (from With a Twisted Skein) as she travels the world in search of the Llano, a song which encompasses and can affect all of nature. As she follows the music she meets and aids gypsies, an Indian prince, drug addicted musicians, and the Incarnations of Immortality. Being a musician, it's nice to see music be at the core of a fantasy novel and its power be acknowledged.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I loved Gaea / Gaia. Once again, I loved Orb.
From the original 5, only Chronos is still messing with my head, others are just in my heart. I'm looking forward to 6&7 which I have never read...yet.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad to see it end

A fabulous book, with a great surprise twist ending. Lots of good twists throughout the book, concerning the Incarnations and they're human histories and families
Barbara Sherrick
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
One of the better books in the series. Had a very satisfying ending.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. The entire series went downhill after book 1. It simply hasn't aged well.
James Alston
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I really enjoyed the audio. I loved the travels and freinds Orb made though the story!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I really enjoyed this series. A long time coming to get around to reading it.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final installment begins a bit slow, is predictable besides a variation in the theme, and the title is misleading. "Being" should been "Becoming". However, I still tore through this one in two days and found it ultimately worthwhile and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this series.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
As you may perhaps be able to tell from the sudden uptick in the frequency of my reviews, I am in the process of taking a much-needed break now that my semester has ended, which (being me) I am frantically filling with as much reading and knitting as possible before the arrival of Christmas.
But you aren't here to listen to me tell you about my questionable decision to capitalize on my leisure time, you're here to find out what I thought of Being a Green Mother. Like with Wielding a Red Sword, I
rated it really liked it
Mar 07, 2017
This book was originally intended to be the final book in the Incarnations of Immortality series, so it does a lot of tying up loose plot threads. It focuses on Orb who is the granddaughter of Niobe, the Aspect of Fate, who had received a prediction that one of her line would marry Death and another would marry Evil. Niobe sets out to sway Orb from this path, but there are problems along the way.

Like the rest of the series, this was an interesting book based on magic and romance. The difference
David Sarkies
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaime K
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-series, reviewed
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.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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