Under A Velvet Cloak

Under A Velvet Cloak

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When her daughter is tainted at birth and destined to die early, Kerena begins a quest to save her child Gaw-Two, fathered by her lover Sir Gawain, Knight of the Round Table.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Mundania Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781594262944
1594262942
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 23 cm

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solitha
Aug 20, 2017

I wrote a long, involved comment about how disappointed I was with this book. Too long; the system timed me out.

TL;DR: If you are reading or re-reading the Incarnations of Immortality, give this one a pass. Stripping Nox of her veil of mystery and making her a spread-legged bore was one of the worst treatments Mr. Anthony could have given to this series.

I say this as a nominal fan of Piers Anthony. Xanth was my first step into the world of sci-fi/fantasy, some 30 years ago. I decided to revisit his writing recently with the help of the library system. I looked forward to the Incarnations of Immortality, a series I remember with special fondness.

Then I got to "Under a Velvet Cloak", one that was added well after I'd last read the series. And it was with significant bemusement I worked my way through it. The plot is sex scene after sex scene. The protagonist wants something? She bangs someone for it. While not hard-core, it's definitely more graphic than the previous books in the series, making it unsuitable for the younger fans. At the same time, it's all so trite. Whole conversations take place either during sex or with someone she's watching have sex with another. The titillation wears off in short measure, through sheer repetition. Oh look, she encounters a person, she has sex with them; can we move on now?

The rest of the story, such as it is, has just as little depth. The mental leaps which figured into earlier books are very muted here... instead of pivotal "AHA!" moments we have "oh, yeah, okay" moments that have little impact. The protagonist's driving force, her descendants, are so far in the background you can completely forget them. The resolution of that plot driver seems like an afterthought.

The short side trip into a recap of Niobe and her descendants' role in the series story arc is more a sad exploration of Mr. Anthony's inability to keep his own major characters straight.

I wish I'd never read this book. Incarnations of Immortality was so much better without it. As I head now into a run through Xanth, a large part of which I've never read, I'm worried it will take a similar nosedive. I hope not.

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rene1951
Oct 09, 2012

Almost constant non-graphic and semi-graphic sexuality. Nothing extreme today.

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Aug 20, 2017

solitha thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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rene1951
Oct 09, 2012

rene1951 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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