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And Eternity

(Incarnations of Immortality #7)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  11,924 ratings  ·  196 reviews
In Pursuit of the Ultimate GoodAfter an overwhelming succession of tragedies, life has finally, mercifully ended for Orlene, once-mortal daughter of Gaea.

Joined in Afterlife by Jolie -- her protector and the sometime consort of Satan himself -- together they seek out a third: Vita, a very contemporary mortal with troubles, attractions, and an unsettling moral code uniquely
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 1991 by Avon Books (first published 1989)
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Kewpie
Dec 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
I used to love reading Piers Anthony. I started in the mid eighties, reading all of the Xanth, Blue Adept and Incarnations of Immortality series. Somewhere around book 14 of Xanth, I got sort of a creepy feeling reading his books. The stories seemed to focus more and more on panties and young teens discovering sex in a very childlike manner. The final Blue adept book made me uncomfortable for the same reasons.

However, this book blew me away. One of the characters in the book was a judge in his
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Nate
Oct 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
There were a few things to love about this book - the concept behind it, its thought-provoking nature at times, and several great scenes. The problem is that there were too many bad things - offensively bad things - to count. I say this as a lifelong Piers Anthony fan - I read with enthusiasm all the biographical Author's Notes from this series, and I remember him fondly as the famous author who responded to a letter from my sister in the mid-80s with a thoughtful critique of the short story she ...more
Justin
Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Justin by: Adrian
So. I read this when I was about fifteen, and I learned that men who don't rape women are automatically noble creatures because it's really hard not to rape. Once I start taking testosterone I'll let you know if I get a sudden urge to go around raping people, but I'm going to go ahead and guess with "no".
Todd
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A big disappointment, especially coming on the heels of Being a Green Mother and For Love of Evil, either of which would have made fine finishes to the series (the former being the original ending, these last two added later). Anthony really began to add complexity to his depiction of Satan over the course of the series, and he made each of his Incarnations entertaining to meet and follow along. However, throughout, his depiction of God and Heaven was quite unsympathetic. I expected he might do ...more
Anastacia
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, 2017
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...
(read in 2016, but I'm counting this as a 2017 book since I'm finally reviewing it now)

This book falls a little flat for me, though it has lots of Satan bits with
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Josh
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Was awful. The trashy cover is actually an accurate depiction of the storyline. I still cant believe this awesome series ended so badly, I still have trouble believing Piers actually even wrote this! I think he has issue with believable female characters
Gwen
Mar 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Each time I read this book I like it less and less. I loved it when I was in high school. Now I despise Piers Anthony's blatant sexism and wonder how much damage he did to my teenage psyche.
Jadon
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Replace God? Awesome idea. Kudos to you, Piers.
Matt Guion
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'd give it zero stars if I could.

In trying to remember this series, I honestly couldn't remember a whole lot about And Eternity. I remembered the premise, I remembered the three protagonists, I remembered the Creation vs. Evolution "debate," and I remembered the ending. I vaguely remembered enjoying this book overall, I just couldn't remember much of it. So I figured, at worst, it would be another vague disappointment like Being a Green Mother, and it certainly couldn't be any worse than Bearin
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Joan
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nox, who is the incarnation of Night, plays a part in this title, where she takes Orlene's baby and sends her on a nearly impossible journey to get powerful items from each of the Incarnations. Will Orlene get her baby back or will she find herself in a position she never imagined doing? The final pun in this story is worth the cost of the book right there. However, the story raises many societal issues, as well as some scientific issues, ie evolution, population control, etc. This is one of the ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This book isn't the best of the series. While all the other Incarnations books were brilliant (my personal favorites were Time, Fate, and especially Evil), this book falls flat of its predecessors. Orlene is supposed to be the main character, but Jolie, Satan's mistress, plays a bigger role. This book did not feel very well-thought out, with Nox wanting Gaw-Two (and what she did to Orlene in the beginning). This in itself doesn't make sense (especially when Piers Anthony said he was done with th ...more
⚜️Trea
Back in high school, this used to be my favorite of the Incarnations series. Re-reading it now, it has lost some of its luster, but it was still a favorite re-read for me.

This book centers around Orlene, who committed suicide after the death of her baby son, Gaw-Two, which we saw in Book 2 of the series. With the help of Jolie, Satan's first wife, and Vita, the singer from book 5, who is apparently now a whore on a drug known as Spelled H and somewhat inappropriately attracted to a much older ma
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David Zerangue
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Let me start with this. I had already resolved to give this novel no more than 2.5 stars. The fact that I have bestowed an additional half a star has to do with how well the book redeemed itself once reaching Chapter 12. Mind you, there are only 14 chapters. The first 11 chapters really feel more like an exploration of Mr. Anthony's views on sexuality and morality rather than a story of entertainment for its readers. It just did not mesh. There were certain points interspersed throughout the fir ...more
Paul
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
The ghost of Jolie, the ghost of Orlene, and a 14 year old drug addicted prostitute named Vita try to save Orlene's child, Gawain II. Nox the incarnation of night promises to help but needs some items of great power from all the other incarnations. In their journey they find that definitions of good and evil which are used to judge souls for heaven or hell are flawed, and the incarnation of good(God) has become obsessed with his own greatness and completely unresponsive to the outside world. Giv ...more
Patrick
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, book-series
Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality was an engaging and fascinating series. From On a Pale Horse to, what I believe is the best, For Love of Evil, I was hooked on the series. And Eternity is the final conclusion of the series, ending with the ultimate Incarnation, the Incarnation of God. (Note: I’m not counting Under a Velvet Cloak here.) While the first five books were solid on their own right, For Love of Evil really gave an entirely new perspective on the whole series and worked nicel ...more
K.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
After rereading this recently, I am kind of appalled at some of the subject matter that totally slipped by me the first time. The concept that men are pretty much just animals who just barely learn how to control themselves (dancing a very fine line, apparently) from constantly attacking and assaulting women is pretty gross. This is especially true when one of the main female characters gets turned into a man and has to deal with all the ~unchecked passions~.

There is the matter of a "very good
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Matt
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was the second time that Piers Anthony was going to end the Incarnations of Immortality series. The first ending was book 5, then he added two more books: the quite good For Love of Evil about Satan, and this one, about God.

The book follows the ghost Orlene as she goes on a quest to revive her dead ghost baby who had been kidnapped by Nox. Sound silly? Well, that’s because it is. In the process, there is some Incarnation politicking and a weird Lolita-like romance that seems creepily rati
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Jeanne
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final story in the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony, I have to say this was my favorite of the seven. Each story was a bit quirky at times--for this story, it was the entire disk 7. Other than that, I loved this story!! The author did a great job of finishing the series and the story had a great flow. I was planning to give this story an 8 out of 10, but the ending was totally amazing, so my final rating is 9 out of 10!! I loved the way the story / series ended--it was so ...more
Erika Bayler
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone with an open mind
Shelves: wonderfulness
This book is the final installment of a seven book series. I however, did not know it when I read it. Once I finished this amazing book, I was demanding more and that is when I realized it was part of a series. I enjoyed it so much that I went back and read all of the other six books and reread this one. It is truly an amazing series, just for the simple fact that it showed me that I wasn't alone on beliefs or ideas that I have.
Lainie
Dec 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ugh! What a terrible ending to such a good series. I would probably rate it two stars but the whole concept of an elderly man having a sexual relationship with a fourteen girl was inappropriate for the context of the novel. The way time passed also changed from previous books. Time spent in purgatory was much slower than time on earth. This didn't correspond with the passage of time from Wielding A Red Sword. Over all, it was just a lame book and really had no purpose.
David Staniforth
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as good as I remember it being; same text so I've obviously moved on. Worst of the series.
Maximum
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really don't like this... This book is such an outlier in an otherwise great series. It took me a while to finish because I didn't like it, but I treasure this series enough to see the story through to the end.

The story starts off promising enough. Both Orlene and Jolie are given prominent roles. These are two of my favorite characters from past books. Jolie's perspective is especially satisfying as she had to be sidelined during the last book (my favorite) so I wasn't sure what happened to h
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Adam Duclos
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Incarnations of Immortality is one of those series that's needs to be reread over and over in order to understand the nuances of what's going on. There's a huge cast of characters, who are all so unique and amazing that each time I reread one of these books I see something new or something that I missed. Or I interpret something differently, which changes my entire view on that character.

In And Eternity, we get a trio of very remarkable, and very different women,
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Moonny
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was unexpected till the end. I think that it is a good end of the series. I don't think I'll read the last book as "And Eternity" makes sense - one big family they are, indeed. Happy family 😊I am glad a re-read original 5 books and added 2 more. Now it gives complete story. Maybe Nox's story is still missing right now, on the other hand I am satisfied with only the Incarnations of Day 😊
One of the best books in the series, together with Thanatos, Fate, and Evil....then comes Gaea, Mars
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Sarah
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to the series.

The dated sexism in this book isn't terrible (like Stranger in a Strange Land), but his views on sex and sexuality are wincey. At least he has main women characters who actually have an impact on the story!

The philosophy and world-building, however, are phenomenal.

A really great series to read, as long as you don't *need* super deep characters.
Grace
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun and creative series. This was a read out loud book for our car trips and it was quite enjoyable. Each book can be a stand alone but I would recommend reading them in order. I appreciated each character and the thought Piers Anthony takes in their development and story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and even to those who don’t.
Susanna
I quite enjoyed this series when I read it as a teenager but now, thirty odd years later, it was difficult to finish. The first six books were okay but they have not aged well for the most part. This book was the worst: I had forgotten about his justification of statutory rape.
Kate H
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Piers Anthony's books but I had never read this series. As a whole I quite enjoyed this series of books. I found the characters and story to be clever and interesting. It sort of reminded me of a more adult version of a Rick Riordan series of books.
Senan Demirbas
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The further and further you get with the books the more predictable and very paint by the numbers. If you get through the first few chapters you know the end. Being a completionist I finished the book but I really didn't have too to know the end.
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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.

Piers is a self-proclaimed environm
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Other books in the series

Incarnations of Immortality (8 books)
  • On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality, #1)
  • Bearing an Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, #2)
  • With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortality, #3)
  • Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality, #4)
  • Being a Green Mother (Incarnations of Immortality, #5)
  • For Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality, #6)
  • Under a Velvet Cloak (Incarnations of Immortality, #8)

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