On a Pale Horse by Piers AnthonyOn a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

On a Pale Horse

byPiers Anthony

Mass Market Paperback | September 12, 1986

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When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan's plot. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved...unless he could discover the only way out....
The first novel of the INCARNATIONS OF IMMORATLITY series.
Piers Anthony, sometimes called Pier Xanthony, is the pseudonym of a Mundane character who was born in England in 1934, came to America in 1940, was naturalized in 1958, and moved to Xanth in 1977. His first story was published in 1963, and his first novel, Chthon, in 1967. His first Xanth novel, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August D...
Title:On a Pale HorseFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.86 × 4.14 × 0.85 inPublished:September 12, 1986Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345338588

ISBN - 13:9780345338587


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series I really didn't expect to fall in love with this series as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Piers Anthony This is the beginning of a lively septet and the only Piers Anthony series I really love. It is still punny and creative, but...better somehow than his other works.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book This is a great start to an amazing series. This book is amazing and such a wonderful read.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Death Quite a bit more death in this book than Piers Anthony's regular books, but it is fitting. The story is well written and it connects well with the other books.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Best read I have had. This series is great. Highlh recommend
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding It took me three tries to get into this book. Once I did I enjoyed the read. Finished the whole series in a couple weeks.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I really liked this book. It gives a different view on life and death than what you normally see. Zane is just an ordinary person who doesn't know how to react to becoming death, and the way Piers Anthony writes it, makes it easy to connect with him, and see things from his POV as well as your own.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I first read this book many, many years ago, but thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't wait to read the others in the series. All of them were "can't put it down" interesting, and this book (as well as the others in the series) is among only a handful that I ever considered reading again. Whether you're new to Piers Anthony, or have read some of his other book, this is book is a must read. You'll probably find you'll be looking for the others in this series as soon as you finish it. It is well worth the read!
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Fantastic beginning to a well written, amazingly detailed world that I enjoyed from beginning to end!
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The is a riveting book. Keeps you turning pages to see what happens next. Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. The entire series is just great.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding great series! Read this a long time ago; but thinking of picking it up again.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Extremely intriguing plot that captivates throughout the entire story.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The begining to a great series of work, as with all Piers Anthony books, this won't disappoint. This book will set the stage for the rest of the series but it is also a great stand-alone story. Gives you a different way of thinking about the incarnations of immortality.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Incarnations of Immortality is one of my all time favorite book series. Brilliantly written. I have reread this series, a couple times and I still love it. :)
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The start to an awesome series. Appeals to all ages. Being death is a challenge.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from original I first found this series in highschool, and I've been hooked. The main character, starts out ordinary even with a world of magic around him. Then gets pulled into a job and a responablility to determin the fate of the world. Each book is only part of the story you have to each them all in order fully understand what is going on. With this one our uncertain man must deal with handing out death to those whoes time has come, and learn to work together with the others people whose jobs coinceid with his work and keep the devil off his back in order to keep the world in balance.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan-Freaking-Tastic! On a Pale Horse is the first book that I have ever picked up by Piers Anthony, and frankly, a little hard to find! Even though Mr. Anthony is such a prolific author, the themes, characters and world of his Incarnations of Immortality do not lose texture and depth. The book starts out with the the protagonist, Zane, rummaging around a gem shop, eventually trading his "love" for a wealthstone, meant to help him make his rent. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, Zane finds himself face to face with Death, and decided to shoot Death instead of himself. This is where the book picks up, as Zane meets Fate, and assumes the office of Death, going around collecting the souls that hang in the balance of good and evil. I loved the characters in this book. They were fantastic - fully alive and complicated. Their interactions were genuine and true to life. The world of OaPH is basically our world (from my opinion), but with magic included, as well as physical manifestations of Time, War, Fate, Death, Nature, as well as God and Satan. It all makes for very interesting interactions. I looked into Mr. Anthony a slight bit, and can't believe how many books he has creditted to his name. I'll be the first to admit that he is no spring chicken, but he has got to have been churning them out about as quickly as, well, Terry Pratchett. His Xanth series is the only other series to even approach the Discworld series (Xanth has 31 books and counting, Pratchett must be up there somewhere, as well)! I like how simply his books are written. No big complicated sentences and paragraphs. No overly symbolic gestures. It's nice and simple, and easy to pick up. I don't feel overly daunted when I read it, but it's not complete fluff either. This book would be appropriate for people from the age of about 13. There is mention of sex, and some sexual inuuendo, and the most graphic thing was that a lithe young woman walked into a room naked. Then she left. Not a lot of violence, but (obviously) a strong theme of death and dying. This book is NOT for people who have strong views on God and Satan and their relationship. If you are not willing to suspend belief to include religion, this book is not for you. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series. I fully enjoyed the first book and I am looking forward to finishing the tale, for surely it is not done here.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy and Beyond I've read and reread this entire series since I was a teenager and I never cease to be amazed at the levels that Mr. Anthony is able to incorporate into his Incarnations series. As a teenager I fell in love with the magic and the characters. As I've gotten older I've learned to appreciate the touches of reality and the caustic sense of humor involved in these books. Without a doubt this series is highly entertaining, but it is also the most intelligent fantasy series I have ever come across. My only regret about reading this series is that I will never again get to experience it for the first time.
Date published: 2003-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is absolutely unbelievable. I've read it about 5 times now, and every time I read, something else really stands out to me. On the surface it appears to be just a great piece of fantasy writing, but after I read it a second time, it seemed like it was kind of a satire of modern society. The entire Incarnations of Immortality is amazing and Piers Anthony is one the best writers ever, but I think that this book is really his best piece of work.
Date published: 2002-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST SERIES!! Honestly, if you want excellent fantasy with a touch of reality then read this series! I loved ALL of the 'Incarnations of Immortality', not only because it sparked my curiosity, but because in every book at least one other incarnation makes an appearence, pretty cool! Poor Zane drives himself to suicide...almost, he shoots 'Death' instead! I never would have believed that Death, lonely and cold could find love, what a concept! I urge you to read it!
Date published: 2001-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Though I was sceptic about reading this book at first when a mother of my friend reccomended it to me, after reading the first chapter I was already hooked! The thought of a world that is a mixture of science and magic and where people can find themselves working as Death, Fate, Time, War, Nature, God and Satan is just so captivating that I couldn't read the book fast enough!
Date published: 2000-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC JUST READ IT!
Date published: 2000-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favorite series!!! On a Pale Horse is the first book in the "incarnations of immortality" series by Peirs Anthony. This is my favorite series... Each book follows one of the seven incarnations of immortality : death, time, fate, war, nature, evil and good. Once I read the first book I had to read them all and couldn't put any of them down! Very well written with an intricate but easy to read and follow plot...Relatives and descendants from the first books will show up in later books. The character "time" in the second book lives his life backwards and you can see events and conversations from the first book from a different perspective (very cool). I guarantee you won't regret buying this book!!!
Date published: 2000-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On a Pale Horse This is the first book in a series that I highly recommend. Zane, a poor guy from the wrong side of town is not feeling too good about his life. He decides that it's not worth living anymore and wants to shoot himself. Just at the moment he would pull the trigger, the Incarnation of Death appears, and Zane, scared out of his wits, shoots him instead. Now he must take up the mantle of death himself and learn his new job, as collector of souls. This is my favorite book in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series. It is an introduction to an alternate vision of gods as a whole. Piers Anthony succeeds in putting you in Zane's place, feeling his frustration and reluctance to take the souls of people he doesn't feel should die, and the relief of freeing the souls of those old and decrepit. All in all, I think that this book is an excellent start to a gripping series that I couldn't put down. After finishing this novel, I had to rush out and buy the rest! Go to it people! Get caught in the Incarnation's web!
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from S.Holtz This book was intriguing from the very first time I picked it up, a personification of death - what a concept. This led me to read the other six books connected with the series, time I consider well spent. I recommend these to anyone with a serious appetite for good fantasy.
Date published: 2000-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Good A guy called Zane is about to shoot himself but instead he shoots the Incarnation of Death. Now he must take Death's place in taking souls of people. He must save Luna from Satan. And it's really good.
Date published: 2000-04-17

From Our Editors

As the Incarnation of Death, Zane must end the lives of others but then he finds himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan's, to destroy Luna, the woman he loves.