Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature – Split Infinity (Apprentice Adept Book 1) by Piers Anthony
On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay through a mysterious “curtain” revealed by a loving robot.
Beyond the curtain lay Phaze—a world totally ruled by magic. There, his first encounter was with an amulet that turned into a demon determined to choke him to death. And there, he soon learned, his alternate self had already been murdered by sorcery, and he was due to be the next victim.
“Know thyself!” the infallible Oracle told him. But first he must save himself as he shuttled between worlds.
On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games.
On Phaze, he could survive only by mastering magic.
And if he used any magic at all, the werewolf and the unicorn who were his only friends were determined to kill him at once!
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
R. Becker5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read, well written and engaging Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book when I was younger, but it was so long ago I decided to listen to the series again in Audible. I was afraid that the story would not hold up to what I remember as my reading tastes have matured over the years. I was happy to see that I still enjoyed the story after all these years. Piers Anthony has a great way of keeping readers engaged with well written prose, while also imparting valuable mores that are rare these days. His heroes are real human beings, with the same anxieties that we all have – They may go bravely into the abyss, however you “hear” their thoughts along the way and know they are not acting blindly or irrationally. The only thing that makes these characters seem somewhat unreal is that they are so steadfast about maintaining their oaths and integrity despite overwhelming adversity. It is a great lesson that you can persevere without compromising your values, however how many of us would keep to an oath when someone they love or deeply care about is in imminent danger?
I truly enjoy an imaginative tale such as this that can take you to another world, or worlds in this case – striding the lines of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
This is a fun read, and you can really connect with the characters.
Jeanna rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Shelves: read-in-2015, my-home-library
This was my second time reading this book, but it had been probably 5+ years since my original time through. I really love the author, especially his Xanth series which I had started just prior to tackling the Apprentice Adept one. I only got through the first 3 books before I stopped, and which my 2015 Resolution to “Finish What I Started” I want to finally tackle the series.
Piers Anthony is refreshing, hilarious, extremely creative, and I love how well developed he writes his characters. The world of Proton and Phaze are easily imagined given through his writing. And of course, it is easy to get carried along in a story that can be categorized as both science fiction and fantasy. I found it a simple read, but at the same time complex given the detail he used to set each seen, and his colorful dialogue and vocabulary throughout. Who uses the word ‘fettle’ these days? I don’t know, but I think we really should start. It’s quite charming, and I feel a certain sense of freedom and inspiration diving back into his various worlds. Now to go find a ‘curtain’ of my own..
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