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Reviews of On a Pale Horse (1983)

Review by cloverlimes (2011-10-27)
"On a Pale Horse" is the tale of Zane, a man at the end of his rope, who accidentally ends up slipping the noose around Death's neck. It is a novel that provokes introspection into how we as individuals, and society as a whole, deal with death. This book begins Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. Each of the novels in the series represent the story of a different incarnation; Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, Evil, Good, and Night. Throughout the series Piers Anthony touches on death, politics, society, religion, and paradox.

(This review refers to the 1983 version titled “On a Pale Horse”)

Review by raistlan316 (2005-09-06)
This is an incredible book, and one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately, the series gradually degrades from this amazing start. #1 is awesome, #2 good (ok for light reading), #3 ok (a time waster), etc. To me after #3, the series becomes unreadable altogether.

My advise is to read #1 as a stand alone novel!

Review by blueworld (2005-04-09)
This opener is by far the best of the series. The protagonist is the first character I have ever encountered in a Piers Anthony book that actually resonates with me. I think the lack of females in this book is one of the things that recommends it, since Anthony's female characters tend to be pretty vapid. The rest of the series is well plotted, but the characters just don't compare to the man who becomes Thanatos.

Review by E-Tigger (2003-03-12)
The beginning of a series that didn't hold up to what it could have been. But an enjoyable start nonetheless.

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