I have firm standards for series: every novel must be able to stand on its own, so that a reader new to the series is not confused. This, I believe, is one of the reasons my series have been successful; people can read them forward, backward, or scrambled, and still enjoy them.
—Piers Anthony, March, 1987
from the introduction of Tarot
Incarnations of Immortality
Book One: On A Pale Horse
THE MAN WHO MURDERED DEATH
Shooting Death was a mistake, a Zane soon discovered. For the man who killed the Incarnation of Death was immediately forced to assume the vacant position! Thereafter, he must speed over the world, riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others.
Zane was forced to accept his unwelcome task, despite the rules that seemed woefully unfair. But then he found himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved.
He could see only one possible way to defeat the Father of Lies. It was unthinkable—but he had no other solution!
Book Two: Bearing an Hourglass
THE MAN WHO LIVED BACKWARD
When life seemed pointless to Norton, he accepted the position as the Incarnation of Time, even though it meant living backward from present to past.
The other seemingly all-powerful Incarnations of Immortality—Death, Fate, War, and Nature—made him welcome. Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered the gifts were cunning traps. While he had been distracted, he had become enmeshed in a complex scheme of the Evil One to destroy all that was good.
In the end, armed only with the Hourglass, Norton was forced to confront the immense power of Satan directly. And though Satan banished him to Hell, he was resolved to fight on.
Book Three: With A Tangled Skein
THE WOMAN WHO WANTED REVENGE
When the man Niobe loved was shot, she learned that she had been the target, in a devious plot of the Devil’s.
Hoping for revenge, Niobe accepted a position as one of the three Aspects of Fate, only to find that Satan’s plots were tangled into the very Tapestry of Fate. Now the Evil Ones was laying a trap to ruin Niobe’s granddaughter Luna, who threatened his plans—and he had tricked her son into Hell.
Niobe’s only chance was to save her son and Luna was to accept a challenge by the Prince of Deceit—a challenge to be decided in Hell and in a maze of Satan’s devising!
Book Four: Wielding A Red Sword
Mym was a dutiful son, but his father the Rajah interfered in his love life once too often. Rather than wed without love, he took up the Red Sword, symbol of the Incarnation of War.
At first he thought his efforts could ameliorate some of the suffering caused by Earth’s constant petty wars. But he found that behind all his involvement were the clever traps of Satan.
When seeming mischance placed him in Hell, Mym organized a great rebellion among the Damned. And Satan seemed to capitulate. But free again, Mym learned that Satan had been busy stirring up lots of riots and war. Now it seemed things had gone too far and Satan must surely win. There was only one desperate chance…
Book Five: Being A Green Mother
THE GIFT AND THE CURSE
Orb had a rare gift—the magic which manifested whenever she sang or played her harp. No one could resist her music. But greater magic than Orb’s lay in the Llano, the mystic music that controlled all things. The quest for the Llano occupied Orb’s life.
Then she met Natasha. He was handsome, charming—and an even finer musician than she. Natasha began teaching Orb the music of the Llano, and she found herself falling in love with him.
Then Orb’s mother Niobe came as an Aspect of Fate, bearing the news that Orb was chosen for the role of the Incarnation of Nature—the Green Mother. And Niobe warned Orb of the prophecy made years before—that Orb was to marry Evil. Could she be sure that Natasha was not really Satan, the Master of Illusion, laying a trap for her?
Book Six: For Love Of Evil
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 inquisitor.
But it wasn’t until his mortal flame was extinguished that Parry found his true calling — as the Incarnation of Evil. And, at the gates of Hell, he prepared to wage war on the master himself — Lucifer, the dark Lord — with dominion over the infernal realms the ultimate prize!
Book Seven: And Eternity
IN PURSUIT OF THE ULTIMATE GOOD
After 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 her own.
An extraordinary triumvirate, they embark on a great quest to reawaken the Incarnation of Good in a world where evil reigns — facing challenges that will test the very fiber of their beings with trials as numerous, as mysterious, and as devastating as the Incarnations themselves.