Bearing An Hourglass by Piers Anthony (review by Andrew R. ’17)

Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, #2)Bearing An Hourglass by Piers Anthony
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bearing an Hourglass, the second book in Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series, is set on a future Earth where science and magic mix and clash freely. After losing his child and wife, Norton is offered a position as Chronos, the Incarnation of Time. If he accepts, he will have the power to visit his loved ones once again, but will also have to collaborate will the other Incarnations—War, Nature, Fate, and Death—to save humankind from the forces of evil. Unfortunately, while this novel contains a few ingenious ideas, they are rarely translated into a smooth or effective story. The plot is choppy, often skipping forward or backward in time and then suddenly returning to the original narrative with little or no explanation. The multiple story lines seldom interact. This novel is largely independent, as the author only makes occasional references to its predecessor, On a Pale Horse. Overall, only the most dedicated of time-travel fans can thoroughly enjoy this book. – Andrew R. ’17

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