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With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony
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Jan 12, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

This entry into the series works remarkably well. The first half of the book covers the origins of Niobe who later becomes the Incarnation of Fate. It gives a pretty good back story for her and does a very good job of detailing the intricacies of how Fate works. Fate turns out to made up of 3 different people who covers its 3 aspects: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.

Anthony does a great job of not only weaving Niobe's immortal life into a larger story arc but her mortal life as well. Niobe turns out to be the Grandmother of Luna who is a prominent character in the earlier books. Niobe is also the mother to Orb who we find out will become an incarnation as well sometime later in the series.

This book covers a large time span as Niobe serves two terms as an incarnation. She was mortal and then became Clotho. Then she became mortal again and eventually became Lachesis. Niobe has probably seen more Incarnations come and go then any other character in the series aside from Satan.

I highly recommend this novel for fans of the series. It's definitely a better piece of work in comparison to Bearing an Hourglass.

I didn't care too much for the maze and the puzzles at the end but this is prototypical Anthony. It seems like he always like having the protagonist in his stories have to figure out some logic puzzle to win in the end.

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