By Piers Anthony
In Pursuit of the final word GoodAfter an overpowering succession of tragedies, existence has ultimately, mercifully ended for Orlene, once-mortal daughter of Gaea.Joined in Afterlife by way of Jolie -- her protector and the someday consort of devil himself -- jointly they search out a 3rd: Vita, a truly modern mortal with problems, sights, and an unsettling ethical code uniquely her own.An notable triumvirate, they embark on an exceptional quest to reawaken the Incarnation of fine in an international the place evil reigns -- dealing with demanding situations that may try the very fiber in their beings with trials as various, as mysterious, and as devastating because the Incarnations themselves.
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But she was not your mother. She was a friend of your mother, before I was. Your mother conceived you out of wedlock, and your father was unexpectedly prevented from marrying her, and she had other business, so had to give you up. The Gypsy would have kept you, but fate denied her; it was her charge to give you to a suitable American family, and that she did. Your mother could have followed you, but elected not to interfere; by her own design, she let you go so that you could be a complete part of your new family.
They proceeded up, following the path. But before long there was another threat. A giant bird was coming down the slope, standing taller than either of them, with muscular legs and a thick, ferocious beak. " Orlene asked, taken aback. Jolie was amazed. "I've had opportunity to do some research into this and that, over the years. " "Unlikely. " Orlene glanced to the side. " Jolie cried, aghast. "They strike forward with their legs, to disembowel! " Orlene hesitated, then brought out the wand. As the bird charged, she invoked it.
Usually babies were left to the Purgatory Playpen, because it took some time for them to achieve independent function. In the Playpen they could mature slowly; elsewhere they did not. " NOX DID NOT VOUCHSAFE THAT INFORMATION TO THIS MACHINE. Of course not! Nox allowed few to know her business. She knew all of the secrets of the world, and kept most of them. " CONJECTURE: THAT BABY IS THE GRANDCHILD OF A PERSON SATAN LOVES, THEREFORE OF PROBABLE INTEREST TO HIM. NOX MAY HAVE SECURED THE BABY AS A LEVER.
And Eternity (Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony