With a Tangled Skein
Book Three in the Incarnations of Immortality Series by Piers Anthony
Review by Lynndee Theson
With a Tangled Skein is my favorite book of the Incarnations of Immortality series. Each book in the series focuses on a different aspect of an incarnation. This book is about Fate. Niobe is considered to be one of the beauties of her generation. She is from a time when women married young and so at twenty-one she is married to sixteen year old Cedric. She doesn’t love Cedric. The marriage was arranged by her father who feels this is a good match. Niobe slowly falls in love with Cedric over the next year. It is before Cedric turns eighteen that Niobe has her first child. Unfortunately, Cedric dies and Niobe is left alone with a new baby. Trying to discover why Cedric had to die, Niobe seeks out the incarnations. When offered the position of the youngest aspect of fate, Clotho, Niobe accepts.
Why I liked this book
- Flowed really well
This book is so easy to read. I really liked the story and maybe because Niobe is a female I was able to relate with her better than Zane or Norton. I was able to read this book in two or three days.
- Niobe gets to be two different parts of fate
Niobe first becomes Clotho, the youngest aspect of fate. This happens really fast in the book. After being Clotho for three decades she leaves the office and becomes mortal again. Years later, she returns to the office of fate as Lachesis. I liked that her story continued.
- Really start to see the connections between the other books
This book really starts to connect the other books. Some of the characters from the other two books reappear in this one. These are not main characters so it isn’t until this book that readers discover that they are significant.
- Niobe doesn’t age well
I found it very realistic that while she was mortal she let herself go a little and didn’t have the perfect body anymore or the youthful good looks. Again, I felt like I could relate to her.
Things I didn’t like about this book
- Niobe is of average intelligence but really attractive
Maybe it is my feminine sensitivity coming out but I didn’t like that Niobe was beautiful but no smarter than average. Why couldn’t she be pretty and smart? It’s like defining her by her beauty. Once her beauty is gone she is just a middle aged woman who was once beautiful.
- Confusing timeline
Niobe becomes Clotho around 22 years old and doesn’t age for almost 40 years. So at 62, she still looks 22. Then, she has another baby around the same time her first child who is now almost 40 has his first child. She babysits for her son and both girls look so alike people think they are twins and her children. Her now husband is also the father of her son's wife. WTF! So her and her husband are the grandparents to a child who is the same age as their child and she still looks 22.
- Leaves her baby
This is the mother in me but I really don’t like that she chooses to leave her infant son to try and figure out why her husband had to die. Don’t you think you would stay home and cherish your child that much more since he is the only thing you have of your husband? It would be very hard for me as a mother to justify leaving my kids.
If you are interested in reading this book, it can be purchased from amazon. If you want to read it but not buy it be sure to look into local libraries where you can borrow books. Find your passion for reading.Lynndee Theson