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For Love of Evil

(Incarnations of Immortality #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  14,003 ratings  ·  237 reviews
The Man Who Would Be Satan

Parry was a gifted musician and an apprentice in the arts of White Magic. But his life of sweet promise went disastrously awry following the sudden, violent death of his beloved Jolie.

Led down the twisted path of wickedness and depravity by Lilah the harlot demoness, Parry thrived--first as a sorcerer, then as a monk, and finally as a feared inqu
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Avon Books (first published 1988)
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Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Probably
This was the best book in the Incarnations of Immortality Series. Though I am generally put off by books that try to humanize God and the Devil, Piers Anthony did it so well it can be forgiven. The paradox that a soul should be condemned for a sin that was only committed because the soul was condemned draws attention to the one of the most excruciating theologic issues in Christianity. That is: How can a person commit a sin if the commission of that sin is part of God's plan and an expression of ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I might be a minority here. I bought this book without prior knowledge of other Incarnations of Immortality series. After reading the reviews and other info, I understand more.

This book is not suitable to be read as a first book. I didn't understand the plot of the book until the end of the story. Thanks to other reviews, I finally get the general idea.

Penny Tan
This is my favorite book of the entire series. It is actually dangerous because it actually makes a lot of sense and will most likely make the reader see Satan in a different light. Personally, I like this angle very much. A good wizard, becomes a priest, rises in the clergy, is seduced by a succubus, and in his doting age assumes the role of the Lord of Evil and turns it into a rehabilitation center. In other words, a good man doing a necessary function to maintain the balance.[return][return]I ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
I start this by saying that I'm still impressed with Anthony's imagination and ability to hold many character threads together.
However, this is not at all a strong entry in the Incarnations series. The main character, Parry, is a sorcerer-in-training in the Middle Ages--already I'm a little wary, being a medievalist. And rightly so (Franciscans in France, what?), because Anthony unfortunately twists history just enough to fit the addition of magic but not enough to make it look purposeful. Alter
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Parry was the adopted son to a very competent sorcerer. Even though he was not the sorcerer’s biological offspring he proved to have an aptitude for magic as well as having an uncommonly gifted singing voice. When his beloved wife Jolie and his father die in the Albigensian Crusade (precipitated by the mischief of Lucifer) he joins the Brotherhood to hide and plot his revenge against the Horned One. After thwarting a major plot of Lucifer’s a demoness is sent to corrup
Nov 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
The concept is so cool, and the way he writes it so painful and juvenile...but this one really was the greatest one in the series. I mean, it's about replacing the devil, how could it not be? So I give it extra points. ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, sci-fi
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...

(this book was actually read over the summer, 2016, but I'm counting it as a 2017 book because that's why I'm finally getting around to writing the review)

So, I s
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Mr. Anthony always did a great job with the preceding Incarnations as the philosophical questions, suggestions, and revelations of Death, Time, Fate, War, and Nature. A few books were better than others, but ALL of the books were at least 4 stars, and were all excellent reads.

I was blown away by this sixth volume of Incarnations of Immortality and the development of Satan's character. It's a fantstic read, exploring good and evil and tackling some hard questions. The revelation that God simply w
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I sure read a lot of crap fantasy in high school.
Sam Sobelman
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Maybe my adult mind would think otherwise, but this anti-hero's journey was pretty badass to my teenage mind. ...more
Matt Guion
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've mentioned before that Piers Anthony suffers from what I like to call "second book syndrome," where the second books he writes in a series suffers greatly in comparison to the first, either because the first book raised expectations unreasonably high, or because after successfully publishing the first book in the a series, the author doesn't feel the need to try as hard for the second. (I know I'm supposed to be reviewing the sixth book in this particular series, but I have a point, bear wit ...more
David Sarkies
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who can put up with Anthony
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
Into Satan's mind
14 January 2012

This is the sixth book of the series and the main character of this book is the incarnation of evil, or Satan. The book follows the same lines as the previous books in the series in that the first part of the book deals with the mortal life of the main character before he becomes the incarnation, and it also looks at the events of the other books from the eyes of this particular incarnation. However Satan, being the antagonist of all the other books, obviously ha
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
The Incarnations of Immortality series shows us a world were magic and technology have developed together and deities like Death, Time, Fates, War, Mother Earth, Evil, Good, and Night are supernatural "offices" held by humans for a length of time.

For Love of Evil is the 6th book of The Incarnations of Immortality series and in this book we are introduced to the aspect of Evil. Parry is the adopted son of a Wizard. Parry is a musician and adept sorcerer of white magic when his father instructs h
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I was excited to pick up this book, to finally learn of how Satan--Incarnation of Evil--told his story (especially considering how Green Mother ended!). I am not sure I got what I expected, but I got an excellent tale.

Here is the tale of a man who had the love of his life taken from him by a powerful sorcerer working for the devil. This starts him on a new life in hiding--and he joins a church to eradicate evil. Seems an unlikely candidate for Evil, right? It was, until Lucifer sends a demoness
Jaime K
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Satan's story, and how he took over as the Incarnation of Evil after Lucifer (using the name Satan, instead). It implements the plots from ALL of the previous 5 novels.

There is quite a lot of history here, as it spans from the 1200s to the 1900s. Parry was a sorcerer's apprentice in his mortal life. After the death of his wife, he turns to monkhood, where he learns that the perverse acts done in the name of God are actually the works of Lucifer.

The reader learns of why Satan has such a v
David Caldwell
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the Incarnation of Immortality series. Piers Anthony said there was going to be 5 books in the series. The series was supposed to deal with Death, Time, War, Fate, and Nature. Since Mr. Anthony has never limited himself to what he originally planned (his Xanth trilogy has 30+ books and is still going), he decided to add 2 more books to his pentology(a 5 book series). These last 2 were going to look at Evil(Satan) and Good(God).

Satan was the opponent to all the other Incarnations in thei
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just the fact that Piers Anthony is able to make a fairly convincing argument for an incarnation of evil is pretty amazing. It is a difficult topic, but he does it surprisingly well. My major complaint is that the story line seems a bit awkward at times, which he seems to try to cover by blaming it on the fact that men are slaves to sex. Hmmm, not convinced. Having said that, there is a fair bit of sex in this one, so it probably is not a great choice for younger fantasy readers.
Christopher Jackson
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this, my friend lent me his copy. The cover was torn, the pages were stained and falling out, and the book was nearly impossible to read. Even so, this book entranced me and pulled me deeper and deeper into Perry's transition from pure good to "conventional" evil. This is my absolute favorite of the Incarnations of Immortality, and now my once-new copy would probably evaporate in a half-strong breeze. ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Strangely, this was the best book in the series. It did cover new events, but mostly it was a retelling of the first five books; this would seem like a disastrous idea, but it was really a stroke of genius. For Love of Evil> is told from the Devil's point of view, and Anthony did an amazing job. Of course, to really enjoy this book, you'll have to read the rest of the series. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1980s
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Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, book-series
Originally, the Incarnations of Immortality series was meant to end at Being a Green Mother when Satan is finally defeated by his love for Orb. This was an ending that I found very dramatic, even if in a corny way. After reading that, I thought it was an excellent conclusion. But it wasn’t the end. Piers Anthony continued his series with two more books detailing the most important offices: Good and Evil. Thus, For Love of Evil and And Eternity were born.

For Love of Evil is one of the best books
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spec-fic
I really enjoyed For Love of Evil, and am giving it five stars in spite of its imperfections. Let's get those out of the way first. Same problems as always, although Anthony definitely wants to mitigate them/thinks he isn't doing them/etc. Lilah the demoness (not sure how I feel that one of the most explicitly feminist/feminist-adjacent characters is a demoness, but oh well) explicitly states that she was Adam's first wife and that she was not going to let him think he was superior because he wa ...more
Adam Duclos
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perhaps more of a 3.5 in a way, since a fair amount of the middle was repetition of the other titles, with the conflict from Parry's point of view. However, a large part of this was very interesting, with an argument being made that I've heard from historians, that the Black Death which ravaged Europe periodically for a few centuries and is estimated at wiping out perhaps 1/3 of Europe's population, was in the long run, a good thing for the common people, since wages had to increase due to lack ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Among the first six books, this was definitely the most entertaining. I hadn't read it when I read the original five (because there were only five then), though it makes a nice addition overall. It was one of those books that make you wish it wasn't over yet when you reach the end. Given the subject matter (not to mention Anthony's own tastes), this one was the lustiest of the bunch, particularly during the temptation and fall of the main character. Purists will hate Anthony's hashing of Christi ...more
David Zerangue
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is yet another series I decided to revisit as it appears the author has added another installment to the Incarnations of Immortality. It seems I may have read parts of this novel, but not all of it. And I know I had not yet picked up the 7th installment, And Eternity. But, as I saw Mr. Anthony published an 8th installment, Under a Velvet Cloak, I felt I must reread from the 6th on so as to regain my bearings on this interesting world. The story was interesting and fun to read. This book is ...more
Don LaFountaine
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys realistic fantasy books
This book is my favorite book of the series!

Book 6 describes how Perry becomes Satan, the Incarnation of Evil. He starts out as a magician's apprentice, falls in love, and through a series of misfortunes, he becomes a religious leader who brings about the Inquisition. From there the path he follows a less than pure, until he takes over the position of the Incarnation of Evil. This books ties a number of loose ends, including why Niobe, the Magician, Luna, and Orb are so important to the entire
D.F. Krieger
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the books I've read of this series, For Love of Evil has always been my favorite. The questions he poses as Satan, and the way he runs things, really follows after my own heart on how things should be done. The punishment should fit the crime and those dirtied by sins not of their own doing shouldn't be punished to begin with. The rules of what makes someone good enough to go to 'heaven' are warped and really should be thought about. We won't even get into the emotional struggle that ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. That was definitely a ride worth taking. I definitely felt bad for Parry, the man that would become Satan. He is a decent guy with human faults who cared, and still does by the way, about peoples welfare.

His point if view from the stories of the other incarnations was so sad and so pathetic. I was actually glad when Parry created the black plague to mess with the incarnations after demeaning and humiliating him.

But in the end, like most good stories, everything came together in the end. T
Melody Wingfield
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite book in the series for the topics it tackles, the humanization of the office of "evil", and its necessary place in the scheme of things. I was curious and hopeful that Anthony would handle this one well -- after all, Death and War are no small subjects to humanize and make sense of, yet by the end of books 1 and 4, both achieved a certain place of understanding in the worldview that made you go "You know, it really could be this way..." I felt some of the same with t ...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.

Piers is a self-proclaimed environm

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)
  • And Eternity (Incarnations of Immortality, #7)
  • Under a Velvet Cloak (Incarnations of Immortality, #8)

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