For Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality #6)

For Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality #6)

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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 sorceror, 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!

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ISBN-13: 9781402510083
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: Incarnations of Immortality Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged

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New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series.

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For Love of Evil

Book Six of Incarnations of Immortality
By Piers Anthony

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Piers Anthony
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0380752859

Chapter One


There was a knock at the door, so hesitant as to be almost inaudible. Parry opened it.

A girl stood without, huddled and childlike. Her flowing honey hair was bound back from her face by a fillet: a narrow band of cloth that circled her bare head. Her frightened eyes seemed enormous, the irises gray-green. "I am Jolie," she whispered, her hands making a tentative gesture toward her bosom.

She had come! Suddenly Parry's mouth felt dry. He had known she would, yet doubted. He had wanted her to, yet been afraid. Now the test was upon him.

"Please come in," he said, his voice sounding considerably more assured than he felt.

She gazed at him. Her face crumpled. "Oh, please, my lord, please let me go! I never did you harm, or even spoke ill of you! I never meant to give offense, and if I have, I apologize most abjectly! Please, please do not enchant me!" She put her face in her hands, sobbing.

Parry was taken aback. "I am not going to enchant you, Jolie!" he protested. "I have no grievance against you."

Those marvelous eyes peeked from between her fingers. "No?"

"None. I know you have done me no harm. I want only to -- " He found noappropriate word. "If you will come in, I will explain."

Her tears ceased, but not her fright. "The Sorcerer said I would not be hurt," she said somewhat defiantly.

"My father spoke truly," Parry said. "I mean only to talk with you. Please come in; it is warm inside."

She hesitated. A gust of wind tugged at her garment, and she shivered. It was evidently her best dress, but it was somewhat soiled linen, given shape only by the cord at her waist. It was inadequate protection against the chill of the fall evening. "You order me, lord?"

Parry grimaced. "I am no lord, Jolie. I am the Sorcerer's apprentice. I am hardly older than you. I cannot order you, nor would I if I could. I only want your company this night."

Her face crumpled again. "Oh, please, spare me this! To you it may be nothing, but to me it's my life!"

Parry had realized that there would be difficulty, but he had not properly appreciated its nature before. The girl believed that she was doomed if she set foot inside his house.

He could let her go. But that would mean the loss of what might be his sole opportunity, and failure in his first significant challenge. The Sorcerer had little sympathy for failure of any type.

"How can I persuade you that I mean you no harm?" he asked. "I swear to you that I will do nothing to you without your leave, and that I will not force that leave-giving."

"Will you swear by the Blessed Virgin Mary?" she asked disbelievingly. "I swear it by the Blessed Virgin Mary."

She watched him for some sign of disaster, but there was none. He had not been smitten for false swearing; therefore it must be safe. Still, her doubt loomed almost tangibly.

"Come in before you freeze," he urged. "I have a fire within."

That did it; her shivering was not entirely from fright. "Remember, you swore," she reminded him nervously.

"By the Virgin," he agreed.

She stepped in through the doorway, her eyes fixing on the fireplace within. There was indeed fire, radiating flickering heat. He had banked it so that it gave off little smoke and warmed the chamber without depleting the air; it was one of the arts the Sorcerer had taught him.

Jolie knelt before it, extending her hands to the warmth. Now the threadbare nature of her garment became evident; the light of the fire shone through, showing her thin arms, and there were holes. But she was oblivious; for the moment that warmth was all that she craved.

Parry closed and barred the door against the wind. It was of stout oak, and chinked around the edges, but some drafts still leaked through. He went quietly to his pantry, which was a niche to the side, separated by a dark linen curtain. He brought out a loaf of bread, a cup of butter, and a jar of blackberry jam. He set these on a tray and added a pitcher of goat milk and a knife and two mugs. He brought these to the main chamber and set them on the wooden table. "I have food," he said.

Jolie tore her rapt gaze from the fire and turned to him. For a moment her eyes met his; then she turned away without speaking.

"For you," he clarified, picking up the sharp knife.

She looked again -- and screamed. She lurched to her feet and ran for the door. She would have been out and away, but the bar balked her.

"No, wait!" Parry cried, dropping the knife and hurrying to join her. "I meant -- "

Perceiving herself trapped, Jolie turned on him a stricken countenance, then fainted.

He caught her as she fell. It was no ruse; her body slumped in rag-doll fashion. He had to transfer his hold from her shoulders to her midsection as she sagged. She was so light she seemed indeed like a doll; there was little flesh on her bones.

He tried to walk her to a stool, but couldn't make it work. Finally he picked her up and carried her. He eased her down by the fireplace, propping her against the warm hearth wall, then fetched pillows for comfort.

In a moment she recovered. Her eyes popped open, and she glanced about like a snared bird.

"You are safe, Jolie," Parry said quickly. "You swooned, but you are safe."

"The knife -- "

Then it burst upon him: the knife! He had been about to slice the bread, and she had thought he meant to use it on her. No wonder she had spooked!

"I gave my oath," he reminded her. "No harm to you."


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For Love of Evil: Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book 6 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of Piers Anthony's books since highschool. I first started off with the Xanth series. 10 books through, my parents introduced me to the Incarnations of Immortality series, and I have to say it blew my socks off. The first two books of the series were great, and then it slowed down with Weilding a Red Sword, but then you get to this book. This book, the greatest installment in the series, delves deep into the mind of the evil one as you start from the begining... when he was mortal. I have read this book many times over, and will probably never get tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Piers Anthony's ever since my father gave me a couple of books about Xanth. Ever since then I have completely enjoyed reading more of his storylines than any other author. In my personal opinion 'The Incarnations of Immortality' series is the best he has written. I rarely ever read the first book of a series first. The problem with this is that usually it makes no sense out of order, but with this series all of the characters lives intertwine in some magical way only Piers Anthony could pull off. I understood every bit of every book and I started with Book 4. I have yet to read 'And Eternity', book 7, but I am deeply looking forward to having the pleasure of being pulled into the world that Piers Anthony has created. I would recommend this series to anyone.
Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#6 of Incarnations of Imoortality-- Wonderful book on the Immortal office of Satan. Excellent storyParry, an orphan, is taken in and is accidentally adopted by a wizard who teaches him the benefits of white magic and how it can be used to help others. A musician and adept white magician, Parry plans on following in his father's footsteps when he is encouraged by his father, the sorcerer, to take a bride. Parry selects Jolie, seeing her potential despite her ragged appearance. Using his unique singing talents, Parry convinces Jolie that he means no harm. Taking her in, Parry and his father begin to teach Jolie the ways of wizardry and they begin to fall in love. With his father's blessing, Parry and Jolie wed and are about to start a life of bliss when they are attacked by crusaders of Christianity. Parry's father is killed in the attack and Parry escapes in bird form while his wife Jolie had gone ahead to warn her parents to go to the pre-determined hidden shelter. Unfortunately by the time Parry gets to town to check on his wife, she has been taken prisoner by the crusaders, who capture Parry himself shortly after he arrives. Working in conjunction with his wife, since he possesses a magical second sight, he frees them both but not before Jolie is slain by the dying Captain who was going to rape her. Taking off in horse form with Jolie strapped to his back, Parry arrives at the shelter and tries to heal her wounds but is lacking in medical supplies to save her. Parry watches as his wife dies in his arms. Vowing vengeance, Parry thinks the best way to escape from the villagers is to hide in plain sight, and then the problems start
kawgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On a Pale Horse was still better, but this was a good read
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had nearly given up on this series after being thoroughly disappointed with Being a Green Mother. However, Piers Anthony salvages this train wreck with the sixth book, For Love of Evil. Parry, a sorcerer turned clergyman, spends his life in pursuit of foiling Lucifer only to find himself in a position to be corrupted by that which he is attempting to abate. Moments before Parry's death he is given the opportunity to assume the role of "Satan". Parry, now Satan, spends centuries running hell and trying to understand the rationale of good vs. evil. The reader finally gets a chance to hear the story of the last five books told from the side of Satan, which provides an entertaining twist on everything you thought you understood. The book also serves as a thought provoking theological counterpoint to the standard Christian view of good and evil. Evil is not so black and white; it is in all of us, but should we be doomed for eternity when situations force one down an "evil" path.In For Love of Evil, Piers Anthony returns to what made this series so enjoyable in the first place: The mortal person coming to terms and understanding their new role as an incarnation. The first three books in the series accomplished this, but the formula went astray somewhere around book four.This book could be read on its own, but I think is a stronger novel if you suffer through the first five books. On to the last: And Eternity.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is definitely very YA. They are easy reads but enjoyable. A very unique concept.
Raben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Love of Evil, by Piers Anthony is the sixth book in his Incarnations of Immortality series and the first I read. coincidently he wrote it so that you would not have to have read the other five too follow its contents. I liked it because it shows that everyone has evil in them and anyone can be turned, but it also shows that there are different kinds of good and evil, it is not all black and white. A great story with an even greater ending. I wish I could recommend it for people of all ages, but sadly I can not because it is definitely for young adults.
kamuningangels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of the entire series. It is actually dangerous because it actually makes a lot of sense and will most likely make the reader see Satan in a different light. Personally, I like this angle very much. A good wizard, becomes a priest, rises in the clergy, is seduced by a succubus, and in his doting age assumes the role of the Lord of Evil and turns it into a rehabilitation center. In other words, a good man doing a necessary function to maintain the balance.In For Love of Evil, the human who becomes the incarnation of evil, Satan, is troubled by the nature of good versus evil and decides to end it all in a death duel with God.
Amtep on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second half of this book is a retelling of the events of the first five books from a different perspective. It is predictable and not very interesting, and feels like retroactive continuity.The first half, the main character's fall from grace, would have been interesting if it were more convincing.
Ckorgis More than 1 year ago
I love the Incarnations of Immortality books. I wish books 6 & 7 were available for nook
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Home library Parry was the adopted son to a very competent sorcerer. Even though he was not the sorcerer’s biological offspring he proved to have an aptitude for magic as well as having an uncommonly gifted singing voice. When his beloved wife Jolie and his father die in the Albigensian Crusade (precipitated by the mischief of Lucifer) he joins the Brotherhood to hide and plot his revenge against the Horned One. After thwarting a major plot of Lucifer’s a demoness is sent to corrupt Parry and corrupt him she does. In 1250, just as Parry’s ailing body was ready to give up, Lucifer appeared to claim his soul in person. However, Parry countered the spell Lucifer threw at him and with his dying breath he claimed the Office of Evil taking the name Satan. After reading the first five books in this series, much of the middle part of this story is recapped from the other books, but from Parry’s POV. Where Parry came from and how he obtained the Office of Evil and became an Incarnation is an interesting pathway that is new though. And what happened to him at the end of Being a Green Mother is revealed. The setup is now complete for the final book in the series and I can’t wait to get to it! Now, a few words on the story itself. There are a few inconsistencies and at times the writing is a bit simple, but the overall storyline is just as enthralling to me now as it was when I read it two decades ago. I love, love, love this series and I most especially love Parry/Satan. I mean, who doesn’t love a bad boy who isn’t all bad?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for the love of evil  so im not going to say that this is the best book in the series because i am just starting the seventh but but this  one was pretty good although you have to stay with is in till he becomes an incarnation and as soon as you pass that point you find your self wanting to stay with it just to see the kind of stuff he did from his point of view i found  really nice to find out why he wanted to go after orb in the first place for example and the farther explnation of the dreams he used to get her to fall for him all and all it is worth the read if you have started the series from the beginning if not then this book would be very boring and it would be hard to understand everything that go's on  in the plot  
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JRoldy More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. For those that have read the series leading up to this 5th book, you will absolutely appreciate Satan and see him on both sides of good and evil. I came to understand him and his character and actually I couldn't see a better fit for the role of Satan! I love how all of the characters evolve and develop in to their prospective roles as the Incarnations, and also how the characters intertwine. Although you are able to read a single book in this series without any difficulty in being lost, you appreciate the characters that much more if you start from the very beginning. I would definitely recommend this book and really, this is one in this series that I especially enjoyed!
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Wesker_Chick More than 1 year ago
If you've read the previous books than this one will start to show things in a different light. Parry, a human, becomes Satan. As the book moves through his life as Lord of Hell, many of the conflicts that occured in the previous books and his motivations behind them become clear. Surprisingly you find yourself ACTUALLY like Satan and even rooting for him to prevail! A must read for a fan of the series.
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