Being a Green Mother (Incarnations of Immortality #5)

Being a Green Mother - Piers Anthony

This book was originally intended to be the final book in the Incarnations of Immortality series, so it does a lot of tying up loose plot threads. It focuses on Orb who is the granddaughter of Niobe, the Aspect of Fate, who had received a prediction that one of her line would marry Death and another would marry Evil. Niobe sets out to sway Orb from this path, but there are problems along the way.

Like the rest of the series, this was an interesting book based on magic and romance. The difference in this book is that Orb doesn't assume the office until very late in the book. Most of the story involves her questing to find the Llano, a song with magical healing powers, as well as powers to control parts of nature. This quest, fills most of the book and introduces us to interesting and quirky characters along the way.

The storyline does end up being a bit predictable, but it starts a little slowly. It has a good deal of overlap with Wielding a Red Sword, and to a lesser degree, With a Tangled Skein and On a Pale Horse, so it can also seem a bit repetitive. I really thought the author did a nice job of developing Satan and making him a more complex and fleshed out enemy. I think it would have been better to have separated this book from Red Sword and Tangled Skein more, to make the overlap seem less repetitive. There are some very original ideas in this story, most notably, a giant fish who is invisible and can't swim through water, which I thought was great! This story held my attention a little better than previous books, through the immersive details provided. The final chapter would have made an extremely satisfying conclusion to the series, but thankfully the author decided to continue the series and give us, as I call them, the Major Incarnations’ stories as well. All in all, a great addition to the series!